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Golfing is on the upswing

The Banbury Golf Course.

Although golf took a significant hit during the recession, there are signs that more players are venturing back onto the course. Golf Datatech LLC’s annual data from 2016 showed a slight increase, 0.6 percent, in the number of rounds played ...

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Below-normal wildfire risk expected for Idaho this year

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Wildfires this summer are expected to be most severe in southwestern U.S. states, Florida, Georgia and in some parts of California and Nevada, forecasters said May 1. The summer 2017 fire outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center in ...

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A word with Dave Self about health care cost and quality (access required)

Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at St. Luke's Health Partners, Dave Self, talks with Senior Director Courtney Brumbach in his office April 4. Photo by Glenn Landberg.

Dave Self is vice president of administration at St. Luke’s Health Partners, a Boise network of health care providers and insurers that was created in 2014 to bring down health care costs. At SLHP, Self is responsible for an 80-person ...

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Boise River floating season is in question

Nobody knows when hundreds of rafts and inner tubes will be able to convene on the Boise River. Photo courtesy of Daniel Gonzalez via Ada County Parks and Waterways.

It’s not yet known whether there will be any inner tubes or rafts at all this summer on the Boise River downtown. Typically, Ada County starts renting out watercraft at Barber Park by about June 22, and Idaho River Sports ...

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Robotic fruit pickers may help orchards with worker shortage

Workers harvesting grapes in Caldwell. File photo.

Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines ...

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Overhaul of Idaho oil and gas laws includes new commission

A revamped commission overseeing Idaho’s natural gas and oil industry and a beefed-up state agency to aid that effort emerged from this year’s legislative session along with more detailed reporting requirements for oil companies. The new laws and rules are ...

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Court upholds ruling dismissing Idaho from school fees suit

The Idaho Supreme Court says the state can’t be named as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fees many public schools charge for classes, supplies and activities. Former Nampa Schools Superintendent Russell Joki filed the lawsuit ...

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Idaho high court revives lawsuit over faulty public defense

An Idaho Supreme Court decision on foreclosure is expected to streamline some cases. Photo by Brad Carlson

The Idaho Supreme Court says a lawsuit over Idaho’s troubled public defense system can move forward against all the defendants except one: Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. The high court’s ruling, handed down April 28, reinstates the class-action lawsuit brought ...

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Micron Technology hires SanDisk co-founder to lead company


Micron Technology says it has hired the co-founder of SanDisk to be the company’s new chief executive officer and president. The Boise memory chip maker in a statement April 28 said Sanjay Mehrotra will also be a member of the ...

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