Bonner County, Idaho voters this week rejected a proposed wilderness area in north Idaho.
The vote was 5672 to 4831 against the proposed 13 thousand acre Scotchman Peak wilderness area.
Although the vote was only advisory, Republican US senator Jim Risch now says he will not reintroduce legislation that would create the wilderness area. He had previously introduced such legislation in 2016. At that time, he held public hearings in the region and said it appeared most people supported the idea of wilderness designation.