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Silver Valley cleanup plan to cost $635 million

The massive cleanup of a century’s worth of mining pollution in Idaho’s Silver Valley would cost $635 million and take up to 30 years under a final plan approved by the federal government on Aug. 28. The U.S. Environmental Protection ...

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Idaho’s Exergy sued for missing turbine payments

An Idaho wind developer that recently suspended projects and hasn’t paid its professional cycling sponsorship bills faces a new challenge: A federal lawsuit filed by a Virginia-based energy giant for missing millions in payments for turbines it agreed to buy ...

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Former deputy sheriff sues Canyon County

A former deputy sheriff for Canyon County claims officials wrongly docked his vacation benefits while he was off the clock fulfilling his service obligations with the Idaho Army National Guard, in a recently filed federal lawsuit. James E. Richards worked ...

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Idaho to pay Pam Lowe $750K to settle lawsuit

The state of Idaho will pay the former head of the Idaho Transportation Department $750,000 to settle her wrongful termination lawsuit against the agency. Pamela Lowe was the state’s first and only female transportation chief when she was fired by ...

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Land Board delays vote on Salmon River dredger

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other Idaho Land Board members delayed voting on a proposed mineral lease Aug. 21, opting to first pay a personal visit to the Salmon River where anglers and a miner are battling over underwater booty: ...

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Hotshot team cites safety issues in deadly fire

An elite federal firefighting team declined to join efforts to douse a deadly northern Idaho wildfire the week of Aug. 13, citing safety concerns on the day before a 20-year-old firefighter was killed. Anne Veseth, of Moscow, was killed Aug. ...

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Board approves UI law program request with caveat

The University of Idaho’s plan to seek state funding to expand its Boise law program won approval Aug. 16 from the Board of Education, but not without concerns from one trustee that the cart was getting ahead of the horse. ...

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Idaho lawmaker’s bankruptcy plan draws criticism

Federal prosecutors are asking a bankruptcy judge to reject an Idaho lawmaker’s bankruptcy proposal to pay just a small fraction of the half-million he owes in back taxes because they say it’s not feasible. Rep. Phil Hart, a Republican from ...

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Federal OSHA officials investigate Idaho wildfire death

For wildland firefighter Anne Veseth, the danger came not from out-of-control flames, but from above: She was struck by a falling tree on Sunday, ending her life at just 20 years. Exactly what happened is now the subject of a ...

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