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Company contests citations following miner’s death

Hecla Mining Company is contesting four citations and $1 million in fines issued by a federal agency following a cave-in that killed a miner in April at the Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho. Phil Baker, president and chief executive ...

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Environmental programs fall victim to budget cuts

When lightning ignited a wildfire near Idaho’s Sun Valley in 2007, environmental regulators used monitoring gear to gauge the health effects for those breathing in the Sawtooth Mountains’ smoky, mile-high air. That equipment sits idle today after the Idaho Department ...

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Livestock farmers say ethanol eats too much corn

Livestock farmers are demanding a change in the nation’s ethanol policy, claiming current rules could lead to spikes in meat prices and even shortages at supermarkets if corn growers have a bad year. The amount of corn consumed by the ...

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Movie star Bruce Willis selling his $15 million Hailey home

“Die Hard” movie star Bruce Willis is asking $15 million for his Idaho home complete with a guesthouse, gym and pool with water slides. The Idaho Mountain Express reports Willis’ property in Hailey’s Flying Heart subdivision is up for sale ...

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Lawmakers scale back energy incentives, advocate

An interim legislative committee is backing away from previous support for the creation of a consumer advocacy office for the state’s utility customers and a set of tax incentives for renewable energy. The Legislature’s Interim Energy, Environment and Technology Committee ...

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N. Idaho miner dies after accident in Lucky Friday

A mine worker died Nov. 19 of injuries suffered in an accident Nov. 17 at a northern Idaho silver mine, the operation’s second fatal incident this year. Lucky Friday Mine officials said Brandon Lloyd Gray of Kellogg died at an ...

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Boise County ordered to make lawsuit payments, raising taxes if necessary

A federal judge has ordered Boise County to raise taxes above the 3 percent state budget cap, if necessary, to pay a multimillion-dollar judgment in a lawsuit. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s order requires the county to “seek a ...

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New Montana permits issued for megaload shipments

Montana has started issuing permits to an Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary to ship about 300 loads of oversized oil refinery equipment over interstates 90 and 15 to the northern border, a state transportation official said Nov. 9. The Montana Department ...

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