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Company ordered to pay Idaho tribes for toxic waste storage

An agribusiness company that turned phosphate into fertilizer must pay $1.5 million in permit fees annually to eastern Idaho tribes to store millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal lands, a federal court has ruled. Chief U.S. District Court ...

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Idaho governor appoints new labor director


Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed a new head to the Department of Labor after his former director resigned suddenly earlier this year. Otter announced Sept. 29 that he appointed Melinda Smyser, a former Republican state senator and southwest ...

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Southwest Idaho sheriff eyes housing inmates out of state

A southwestern Idaho sheriff is looking into the expensive option of housing inmates out of state because inmates keep escaping from a tent facility. Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue also said that about 250 people who should be considered violent ...

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Consultant says self-insurance plan could save Idaho $13M


A new analysis on how much Idaho would save by switching public employees to a self-insurance model puts the amount at $13 million for the first year of operation. The analysis was made public the week of Sept. 18 by ...

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Economists: Job growth on track (access required)

Landscape workers in Meridian.

Judging by President’s Trump Twitter account, it would be easy to believe the jobs situation and the U.S. economy have never been better. “Excellent job numbers just released – and I have only just begun,” he tweeted about the July ...

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Imperiled Idaho sockeye salmon run falters with poor return

Salmon. File photo.

The number of imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon that made it back to central Idaho this year is the second worst in the last decade, officials said, but enough hatchery-raised fish exist to keep a state and federal recovery program ...

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Opponents worry about labor protections with current administration (access required)

Workers on scaffolding at a Treasure Valley job site.

Promising huge corporate tax cuts, President Donald Trump in August visited a Springfield, Missouri, manufacturing company run by a family of Trump campaign donors. The speech about taxes was no surprise to most, but what did catch the eye of ...

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Slower growth in craft brewing leads to hops surplus

A worker harvests hops at Gooding Farms, between Parma and Wilder. File photo courtesy of Gooding Farms.

Slowing growth in the craft brewing industry has contributed to a greater stockpile of hops in the Yakima Valley, which grows the vast majority of that key ingredient in beer. As of Sept. 1, growers, suppliers and brewers had an ...

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Chambers of commerce play a workforce role (access required)

A utility worker in McCall.

To ensure a ready workforce, especially in times of expansion or relocation, one of the greatest assets to the business community is the local chamber of commerce. The chamber helps facilitate connections between businesses and local educational institutions to make ...

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Health care jobs dominate 2017 US News’ Best Jobs list (access required)

Doctors and other medical staff in an operating room.

People are living longer, and they’re depending more on the health care system as they get older. That’s one reason that health care jobs dominated U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Jobs list for 2017. In fact, 22 of ...

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