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Sprinkler system failed during Ketchum ski lodge fire

KETCHUM (AP) — Investigators say a failure in the sprinkler system for a Ketchum ski lodge where a massive fire broke out exacerbated fire, smoke and water damage to the building.

According to a report written by the Ketchum Fire Department, the April 18 fire at the Warm Springs Lodge started at four plastic garbage cans placed against a log wall.

The Idaho Mountain Express reported Wednesday that investigators could not determine what ignited the fire.

Investigators say several sprinkler heads failed to activate when the fire began to spread.

The Sun Valley Resort did not immediately return the paper’s request for comment on the sprinkler system’s failure.

The majority of the damage is concentrated on the lodge’s roof.

The resort announced in May that it could be repaired.

Historical horse racing’ qualifies for Idaho ballot

BOISE (AP) — Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says a proposal to legalize historical horse racing betting terminals will be on the Idaho ballot in November.

Denney announced Tuesday that the ballot initiative collected enough valid signatures from the required amount of legislative districts.

This is the first initiative to qualify for the Idaho ballot since lawmakers tightened requirements in 2013.

Historical horse racing involves bettors using terminals to place bets on randomly selected past horse races.

The lucrative betting machines, also known as “instant racing terminals,” were legal between 2013 and 2015, but lawmakers banned them after deciding they resembled illegal slot machines.

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Denney’s office is also reviewing a separate ballot initiative that would expand Medicaid eligibility in Idaho. The office estimates it will make a decision on that initiative by next week.

Eastern Idaho high school finds lead in water



IDAHO FALLS (AP) — An eastern Idaho high school is supplying bottled water to summer school students after tests found lead in the water at a number of sources.

Officials tell the Post Register that tests last week found a lead level of 35 parts per billion at some sources at Bonneville High School.

The level that’s considered safe is 15 parts per billion.

Merrill Hemming is environmental health specialist with Eastern Idaho Public Health. He says tests are being done to determine the reason for the high lead levels.

John Pymm is director of maintenance and operations for Bonneville Joint School District 93. He says the toilets and sinks at the school still work.

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