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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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Mediation ordered in Idaho execution policy suit

A federal judge has ordered mediation talks between Idaho prison officials and more than a dozen news organizations that are challenging a policy that limits public access to lethal injection executions. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge handed down the ...

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Closed Idaho silver mine to start rehiring in July

A northern Idaho silver mine that was shut down after a series of accidents last year, including two worker deaths, will start rehiring in July and should have a full workforce by the end of the year, Hecla Mining Co. ...

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