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Visitors to Northwest parks spend $547M

Visitors to national parks in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho spent $547 million and supported more than 9,000 jobs in 2010, according to a report released Feb. 28 by the National Park Service. “The people and the business owners in ...

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Wyoming to petition US Supreme Court on roadless areas

The state of Wyoming will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review its challenge to a 2001 federal rule barring development on nearly 50 million acres roadless areas in national forests. “The roadless rule has seriously impacted Wyoming, our people, ...

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Bill may cause Capitol Mall meters to expire

The House has passed a bill to disable parking meters near the Capitol Mall introduced by a Meridian Republican whose son’s car was towed from near the Statehouse on the Legislature’s first day for six unpaid parking tickets. Rep. Joe ...

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Seven states challenge birth control coverage rule

Seven states asked a federal judge Feb. 23 to block an Obama administration mandate that requires birth control coverage for employees of religious-affiliated hospitals, schools and outreach programs. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court of Nebraska, alleges that the new rule ...

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Idaho vote to privatize liquor might be illegal

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said Feb. 21 a proposed voter initiative to privatize Idaho’s lucrative hard liquor business might be illegal because the state constitution says such decisions are the Legislature’s purview. In January, the Idaho Federation of Reagan Republicans submitted a ...

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Battelle Energy may face federal funding cut

The U.S. Department of Energy is warning Battelle Energy Alliance it faces a $500,000 reduction in the fee it receives to manage the Idaho National Laboratory after 16 employees were exposed to radiation. The Nov. 8 exposure and several other ...

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Idaho solar plant reaches deal with Idaho Power

A struggling southeastern Idaho solar-industry manufacturer has reached an agreement with Idaho Power Co., substantially reducing its energy bill after the manufacturer complained it was being overcharged. Hoku Materials in the agreement announced Feb. 17 will see its monthly minimum ...

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Labrador hopes to ease geothermal project rules

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is working to ease rules for geothermal energy exploration with an amendment that passed the U.S. House the week of Feb. 13. Labrador says his proposal would establish a streamlined police for geothermal development, providing increased ...

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Monsanto takes on utilities in disclosure fight

Monsanto Co. is picking a fight with Idaho’s utilities, arguing they should be forced to disclose more information about costs of future power plants or transmission lines so customers will be better armed to oppose unnecessary rate hikes. The St. ...

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