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Large restoration project set for Silver Creek in central Idaho

The Nature Conservancy has entered into an agreement with a central Idaho rancher to restore a large pond that feeds into Silver Creek, a nationally renowned fly-fishing destination. Spokesman Matt Miller said the restoration will remove sediment from Kilpatrick Pond ...

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N. Idaho communities may lose Forest Service jobs when headquarters move

A plan by the U.S. Forest Service to relocate the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest supervisor’s offices away from Grangeville and Orofino will hurt those communities, Idaho and Clearwater county officials say. The Forest Service announced the week of Jan. 30 ...

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Areva could begin work on Eagle Rock plant in 2013

Officials for the French nuclear power company Areva now looking to 2013 to begin construction on a $3 billion uranium enrichment plant near Idaho Falls. Areva had hoped to begin construction on the Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility this year, but ...

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Company seeks asbestos liability limit in Idaho

A national bottle-top maker that’s grown weary of some $700 million in asbestos claims it has paid out to victims of lung disease has arrived in the Idaho Legislature as part of its years-long, state-by-state trudge to shield itself from ...

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Gas drillers, Idaho counties reach agreement

A group representing Idaho counties and a group representing companies interested in tapping natural gas in the state announced an agreement Jan. 29 on legislation they plan to introduce into the Idaho Legislature next month. The Idaho Association of Counties ...

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Reagan Republicans push Idaho liquor privatization

A grocery-industry lobbying group won’t push a liquor privatization ballot measure in 2012, but a second group emerged Jan. 23 and announced it will try to get an initiative before Idaho voters in November. The Idaho Federation of Reagan Republicans ...

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Idaho teacher unions see decline in membership

 Idaho’s new school reform laws have gutted the collective bargaining powers of teachers’ unions, and membership in some of the organizations is waning. That’s leaving some of the union locals without the simple-majority status that they must prove in order ...

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Intermountain inks deals for $47.3M capital raise

SANDPOINT – Bank holding company Intermountain Community Bancorp said Jan. 22 that it expects to raise $47.3 million in capital through a stock sale and use the funds to bolster the balance sheet of subsidiary Panhandle State Bank. Castle Creek ...

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Idaho solar plant faces deadline to pay Idaho Power electric bill for December

A struggling southeastern Idaho solar-industry manufacturer has paid its November bill of $1.9 million to Idaho Power Co. and has until Jan. 26 to pay interest on the bill along with its December’s bill, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission says. The ...

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