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Federal judge halts eastern Idaho logging project

A federal judge has halted a 7,000-acre eastern Idaho logging project in potential lynx habitat near Yellowstone National Park after finding the U.S. Forest Service failed to follow federal laws intended to safeguard the environment. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy ...

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Albertsons to lay off up to 2,500 employees in California, Nevada

Albertsons will lay off as many as 2,500 employees at 247 Southern California and southern Nevada supermarkets beginning June 17, the supermarket chain announced June 6. The move does not affect parent company SuperValu’s Intermountain West Division based in Boise. ...

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News groups denied injunction in execution case

A federal judge on June 5 denied a petition from The Associated Press and 16 other news groups that want a court to strike down Idaho’s policy restricting full access to executions. The news organizations filed a lawsuit last month ...

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Bank of America begins dismantling Tamarack lift

Just seven years after helping install the one-mile-long Wildwood Express at Tamarack Resort, Paul Johnston is now pulling the $4 million high-speed chairlift off the mountain, the latest victim in the Idaho vacation getaway’s financial collapse. Bank of America’s leasing ...

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Judge considers Idaho anonymous comments lawsuit

A lawyer for a newspaper website argued June 1 that people should be allowed to post anonymous comments on its blogs without fear of being identified and then sued. But a Republican political leader in northern Idaho, who is seeking ...

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N. Idaho lawmaker wants tougher action on mussels

North Idaho Rep. Eric Anderson’s nightmare involves invasive quagga and zebra mussels slipping into Idaho’s waterways and altering the very nature of the state. “It scares me, it really does scare me,” said Anderson, R-Priest Lake. He was a featured ...

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Analysis: Protecting caribou habitat to cost $1.5M

The cost over the next two decades to protect old-growth habitat for endangered woodland caribou in northern Idaho and northeast Washington state will be about $1.5 million, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. “We don’t want to dismiss that ...

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Hostess could lay off 78 workers in southern Idaho

The maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread has informed the state that 78 of its workers in southern Idaho may be laid off in the coming weeks. The Irving, Texas-based Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy protection in January and has ...

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Democrats hold majority on tax panel

It’s not often Democrats in Idaho cans say they have a majority when it comes to state government. But a vacancy on the state Tax Commission has given Democrats an advantage they lack in the Legislature and so many other ...

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Group proposes halting projects to protect grouse

A 16-member task force appointed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter trying to figure out a way to dissuade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing sage grouse as an endangered species is recommending halting new wind, transmission and oil ...

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