July 20, 2018: What to Know 

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  • The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday proposed some of the most sweeping changes in decades to the Endangered Species Act, the 1973 law that helped bring the bald eagle and the Yellowstone grizzly bear back from the edge of extinction. The New York Times reports that The Trump White House says the ESA is "cumbersome" and "restricts economic development."
  • Blue-green algae blooms have closed a second Treasure Valley pond in as many days. Officials at the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department said Pond No. 1 at Esther Simplot Park is closed, including the children's beach area. City staff said they're working with the Department of Environmental Quality to test and treat the water, but in the meantime people need to steer clear. Officials also remind the public that dogs are no longer allowed in Quinn's Pond at Esther Simplot Park, including ponds No. 1 and No. 2.

  • Canyon County officials announced this morning that mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile Virus have been trapped along the Boise River, south of Parma. Health officials began nighttime "fogging," using an aerial larvicide application, to help combat the bugs. Weather permitting, they expect to fog again tonight in the affected area.

  • The Ada County Coroner has identified the woman found dead in a parked car on July 18. Investigators said 24-year-old Savanna Jo Hoover was unresponsive inside a vehicle parked near the intersection of Annett Street and Cherry Court. There's no word yet on the cause of death, but 32-year-old Tyler Bergin has been charged with evidence tampering in connection with the incident.

  • Meanwhile, Boise Police report a July 19 incident where a man fired a gun into the air in a Fort Boise parking lot was an accident. Police said a 20-year-old man was experiencing "a medical condition which would not indicate criminal intent or understanding in regards to the event." No charges were filed.

  • NPR reports that a growing number of U.S. physicians are concerned about shortages of pain medications. In an informal survey of nearly 2,500 anesthesiologists conducted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, 98 percent of respondents said they "regularly experience drug shortages at their institutions." More than 95 percent claimed those shortages impact the way they treat their patients.

  • Here's something to help ease your way into the weekend. Time magazine has a story on why dogs and humans love each other more than anyone else. "What began as a mutual-services contract between two very different species became something much more like love," writes Time Editor Jeffrey Kluger. "None of that makes a lick of sense, but it doesn’t have to."
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