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When a pipeline threatened national forests, a federal court invoked Dr. Seuss

When a pipeline threatened national forests, a federal court invoked Dr. Seuss

Forget about the Truffula trees. The Lorax is now saving real-life forests. A panel of federal judges in Virginia cited the beloved Dr. Seuss character to block the construction of an underground gas pipeline that would cross two national forests and a portion of the Appalachian Trail. “We trust the United States Forest Service to…

Camp Fire victims return home as evacuation orders are lifted

Camp Fire victims return home as evacuation orders are lifted

For the first time since the Camp Fire devastated parts of Northern California, residents in the worst-hit areas are allowed to return to their homes. On Saturday at 9 a.m., the evacuation orders were lifted for residents in the town of Paradise and other unincorporated areas hit by the wildfire, Butte County officials said in…

Idaho is experiencing an increase in imposter phone scams

Idaho is experiencing an increase in imposter phone scams

There are a number of different phone scams that people in Idaho need to know about, the Attorney General’s office says there is an increase in the number of scams that are targeting people in Idaho. Brett DeLange from the Idaho Attorney General’s office says that if you receive a call that you think is…

Lost dog returned to owners after 3 months

Lost dog returned to owners after 3 months

After months of worrying, a couple in Riverdale is thrilled to have a member of their family back home in time for the holidays. In September, Bob and Marybeth Calverley noticed that their 14-year-old black lab, Scout had gone missing. They live in a rural area and after about two weeks of searching, they lost…

Volunteers build free bunk beds for children experiencing hard times

Volunteers build free bunk beds for children experiencing hard times

A group of volunteers met on Friday night in Kent County to build bunk beds for kids in need. The organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace builds bunk beds for kids who are otherwise homeless or sleeping on the floor or a couch. It’s a national group, but they have a chapter in Cedar Springs that’s…

Authorities search home of Kelsey Berreth’s fiance for 2nd straight day

Authorities search home of Kelsey Berreth’s fiance for 2nd straight day

Investigators are working around the clock as they continue to search the home of Kelsey Berreth’s fiancĂ© in Florissant for a second straight day, the Woodland Park Police Department Chief said in a press release Saturday. The multi-jurisdictional task force is searching the 35-acre property of Patrick Frazee, who has not been ruled out as…

Students create mock buildings to withstand quakes

Students create mock buildings to withstand quakes

Students at Memorial High School are taking on Mother Nature, seeing if their projects can withstand an simulated earthquake. Last year there were hundreds of earthquakes in Oklahoma with a 3.0 magnitude or higher. Krystal Medina, an AP science teacher at Memorial, wanted her students to think outside the box and create buildings they feel…

Student arrested after ‘alarming message’ posted on social media

Student arrested after ‘alarming message’ posted on social media

A teen was arrested after an ‘alarming message’ was posted on social media overnight. According to police, they were made aware of an incident involving a message posted on Snapchat. The creator of the message expressed his annoyance with Lyman Hall High School. Police said the contents of the message were alarming in nature, which…

Zoo releases video of animal “bloopers”

Zoo releases video of animal “bloopers”

The Milwaukee County Zoo has released a video of “bloopers” from filming they have done. They call them bloopers, but we call them another excuse to see cute animals. And can anything really be called a blooper if it includes animals just doing their thing. The video compilation includes everything from penguins to gorillas to…

Neighbors flock to see retiree’s enormous Christmas village

Neighbors flock to see retiree’s enormous Christmas village

If you’re out looking at Christmas lights in Mesa this weekend, you might want to swing by 10850 E. Sonrisa Avenue. It’s not so much about the lights outside as it is about the spectacle inside. A sign in the front yard says “To see our Christmas display, COME IN.” And yes, Bill and Val…

California commission finds PG&E falsified records for years

California commission finds PG&E falsified records for years

The California Public Utilities Commission may penalize one of the country’s largest utility providers after an investigation found it had been falsifying records for five years. The commission, tasked with regulating privately owned public utilities in the state, claims Pacific Gas & Electric Co. violated California law by failing to locate and mark their natural…

No, you can’t smoke hemp (and other things to know now that it will be legal)

No, you can’t smoke hemp (and other things to know now that it will be legal)

Congress voted this week to legalize the cultivation of hemp in the US after months of debate and negotiation between lawmakers. Hemp legalization was tucked into the 2018 farm bill, a massive piece of legislation that also addresses issues such as nutrition, conservation, trade, energy and forestry. The bill received strong bipartisan support, and is…

Ex-substitute teacher convicted of sex abuse involving student at elementary school

Ex-substitute teacher convicted of sex abuse involving student at elementary school

A former substitute teacher at an elementary school near Portland was convicted of sex abuse in the first degree on Friday. Dale Arnold Buckendahl, 54, sexually abused a student at Alder Elementary School while working as a substitute teacher for a third-grade class in 2008, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office says. The student years…

Chipotle manager seen on video being assaulted: “I knew I was going to get hit”

Chipotle manager seen on video being assaulted: “I knew I was going to get hit”

A woman is demanding compensation after being assaulted on camera and then fired from a local Chipotle restaurant. Rebecca Foth posted a video to Facebook showing her being confronted and then punched by another employee at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Kirkwood, Mo. on December 5. Foth was the general manager at the restaurant…