Idaho aquifer plan on track

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A 10-year plan aimed at restoring the underground aquifer that supplies water across southern Idaho is on track to get more state funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

Idaho budget writers approved $2.4 million last week for the Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan.

CAMP is the plan to manage the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer and other water resources, with costs shared by the state and water users.

Moscow Democratic Rep. Shirley Ringo says the money would be better spent on other needs in a tight budget year.

But Ketchum Democratic Rep Wendy Jaquet says sending that money elsewhere would send a negative message to those involved in the program.

Wine samples OK at markets

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A limited number of Washington farmers' markets would be allowed to offer samples of wine and beer available for purchase, under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Lawmakers on Feb. 22 voted 41-4 to establish a pilot program for beer and wine tasting at 10 farmers' markets throughout the state. Samples would be limited to 2 ounces each, with no customer receiving more than 4 ounces total.

Wineries and microbreweries offering samples also would have to provide food or be adjacent to a food vendor.

Sen. Jean Kohl-Welles, the Seattle Democrat sponsoring the bill, says it would allow local businesses to promote their products and gain wider exposure.

The pilot program would be overseen by the state Liquor Control Board. It would run from July 1 until Sept. 30, 2012.

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