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Idaho gets $350K for energy efficiency projects at industrial facilities (access required)

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the Idaho Office of Energy Resources a $350,000 grant to help make energy efficiency improvements at several industrial facilities in the state. The two recipients, the J.R. Simplot Co. and the Amalgamated Sugar ...

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State warns businesses not to buy labor posters (access required)

Businesses around Idaho are apparently again being contacted by private firms offering to sell them posters on state and federal labor laws that the Idaho Department of Labor provides free of charge. “The people of Idaho have already paid for ...

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Avista gas rates drop by 22 percent (access required)

Residential and small-business customers of Avista Utilities started paying about 22 percent less in natural gas rates Nov. 1. Avista serves about 70,000 natural gas customers in northern Idaho. “A reduction in demand for natural gas coupled with an abundance ...

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$46 million Canyon County jail bond fails (access required)

Canyon County is unofficially reporting that a bond that would have meant construction of a $46 million jail has fallen short of the super majority needed by 8 percentage points. Just 57.7 percent of voters supported the new jail, falling ...

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Low-turnout election provides few clues on Boise streetcar (access required)

Less than 18 percent of registered voters in Boise turned out to vote in City Council elections Nov. 3, offering little insight into where city residents stand in the ongoing debate over a downtown streetcar project. Incumbents Maryanne Jordan and ...

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EPA takes action against Wilbur-Ellis for violations of pesticide law (access required)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Wilbur-Ellis Co., a California-based national distributor of agricultural products, $99,600 for 21 alleged violations of federal pesticide law. The case was the result of investigations conducted by regulators in Arizona, Idaho, Navajo Nation, ...

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U.S. Geothermal gets green light on E. Oregon power plant (access required)

A geothermal power plant being developed by U.S. Geothermal in eastern Oregon has received approval from county planners, the Boise-based company reported on Nov. 3. The conditional use permit, which would allow construction of the 22 megawatt capacity Neal Hot ...

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FEMA campaign touts flood insurance benefits (access required)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently launched a campaign to inform homeowners and business owners about flooding dangers, and opportunities to reduce risk by buying federally backed flood insurance coverage. Businesses can realize significant savings if they purchase flood insurance ...

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Conference set to connect small biz with government, corporate buyers (access required)

Small business owners interested in working with government and corporate buyers are invited to attend the 21st annual Idaho Business Opportunity Conference, scheduled for Nov. 4 at the Nampa Civic Center from 7:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. Sponsored in large ...

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