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Judge sides with backcountry skiers in use lawsuit

A federal judge in Idaho says the U.S. Forest Service broke the law when it didn’t craft rules to govern snowmobile travel, handing powder-loving backcountry skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts a victory that could extend to national forests nationwide. U.S. District ...

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Shoshone Bannock, Yakamas urge feds to consider horse slaughter

A Northwest Indian tribe urged federal officials to explain their position against slaughtering horses in the United States, calling it “absurd” to prohibit the practice. The question of equine slaughter has been a hot-button issue in the West, where horses ...

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US construction spending up 1.2 percent in February

Spending on U.S. construction projects rebounded in February, helped by a surge in home construction, which rose to the highest level in more than four years. Construction spending rose 1.2 percent overall in February compared to January, when construction had ...

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Oil company with megaloads to start production

The Canadian company that set off about three years of legal wrangling with its plan to move gigantic oil equipment loads across Idaho and Montana is close to producing oil. Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil officials said the processing equipment has been assembled ...

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Yellowstone bison hunt takes most since ’89

Hunters killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this season than they have in decades, with the numbers driven by strong participation from American Indians who harvest the animals under longstanding treaty rights. Roughly 250 bison have been ...

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Idaho to join Sun Belt for football

Idaho is joining the Sun Belt Conference as a football-only member. The Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously March 27 to allow Idaho to accept an invitation to join that league for the 2014 season. Idaho had been a ...

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Burnett named interim president of U of I

The Idaho State Board of Education has named Donald Burnett as interim president of the University of Idaho. Burnett is the dean of the College of Law at the Moscow-based university. The board voted unanimously on March 27 to place ...

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Idaho lawmakers dump private school tax credits

A Senate panel ended hopes of private and religious schools that were pushing for Idaho to extend a tax break to people who donate to scholarships meant to defray the cost of tuition. The Local Government and Taxation Committee voted ...

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Idaho asserts power over Boise in garage fight

In a battle of state versus local control, Idaho is taking steps to override the city of Boise if its leaders fail to approve a new parking garage near the Capitol by next month. On March 27, the Senate State ...

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