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Payette County gets first public look at proposed nuclear plant (access required)

The Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission on Nov. 19 took testimony from about 260 people on whether the county’s comprehensive plan should be changed to allow the rezone of about 5,100 acres for a proposed nuclear power plant. Proposed ...

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State: Energy holds significant job potential (access required)

With policy makers focused on creating new jobs to lift Idaho out of the recession, renewable energy appears to be a sector where the state could make gains. In 2008, the U.S. Energy Information Agency ranked Idaho seventh nationally in ...

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Vets4Success Thrift Store sets up shop in Boise (access required)

Robert Gillespie aims to open Vets4Success Thrift Store in mid-December at 5823 W. Franklin Road, Boise. Proceeds will benefit veterans and their families. Veterans are supplying about half of the inventory – to include gently used clothing as well as ...

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Stimulus health care coverage deadline looms for laid-off workers (access required)

Workers who have lost their jobs and their health care benefits since Sept. 1, 2008 still have until the end of this year to qualify for a 65 percent subsidy on the premiums they paid to continue health coverage after ...

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Elmore County vote paves way for nuclear plant rezone (access required)

A proposed nuclear power plant in Elmore County may be moving forward again after planning officials voted Nov. 18 to recommend changing the county’s comprehensive plan to make way for additional industrial zones. Alternate Energy Holdings Inc. applied in April ...

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Idaho secures green-jobs data grant (access required)

The State of Idaho received a $1.25 million federal grant targeted for enhancing labor market information concerning environment-enhancing “green” jobs. It is part of a nearly $55 million package of green-job grants that U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced Nov. ...

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Idaho Transportation Department gets new director (access required)

The Idaho Transportation Board has selected Brian Ness, a 30-year veteran of the Michigan Transportation Department, to serve as director of the Idaho Transportation Department. Officials announced the appointment on Nov. 19, stating acting director Scott Stokes will resume his ...

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NNU receives foundation grant for hands-on nurse training (access required)

The School of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University has received an $87,000 grant from the John H. & Orah I. Brandt Foundation. Funds will be used to purchase equipment in a new nursing lab named in their honor. Officials with ...

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Idaho unemployment hits 9 percent (access required)

October’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit 9 percent in Idaho for the first time since the aftermath of the double-dip recessions in the early 1980s. The U.S. Department of Labor on Nov. 18 revised Idaho’s October rate upward by a ...

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Wine grapes look good as frost-challenged harvest ends (access required)

Idaho’s wine industry recorded a strong grape harvest this year despite a frost scare in October, the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission reported. The Caldwell-based group represents 40 wineries as well as growers of some 1,600 vineyard acres. ...

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