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Federal gov’t sends $5M in housing help to Idaho

The federal government is sending an additional $5 million to Idaho to help neighborhoods hurt by the foreclosure crisis. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the additional funding Sept. 8 to help communities acquire foreclosed properties for ...

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Libertarian activist Ralph Smeed dies at 88

BOISE – Idaho libertarian activist Ralph Smeed has died in a Boise hospital. He was 88. Smeed, a resident of Caldwell, died Sept. 7 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Smeed was an Idaho livestock dealer-turned-limited government gadfly who was ...

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City of Ponderay proposes hotel tax

Residents in the northern Idaho town of Ponderay are set to vote on a proposed 5-percent bed tax for short-term motel and hotel visits. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that if it’s approved on Nov. 2, the tax would ...

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Otter: Idaho backs Arizona in immigration lawsuit

Idaho is backing Arizona’s law meant to curb illegal immigration. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Friday he’s filed a court brief backing Arizona’s appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Otter says states should be able to concurrently ...

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Jerome builder pleads guilty in illegal alien case

A Jerome employer has pleaded guilty to hiring illegal aliens and assigning them to home construction projects in southern Idaho. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Stacy Clark Miller pleaded guilty Aug. 31 to knowingly hiring undocumented workers between November 2008 and ...

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Idaho passes New York in milk production race

A production increase in July has helped Idaho surpass New York as the nation’s third leading milk producer. The Idaho Dairymen’s Association says milk production in the state was up 5.2 percent in July compared to July 2009 and up ...

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Federal grant that propped up alt power due to expire

The wind always seems to blow on the Snake River plain, keeping this high-desert landscape of sage, potatoes and sugar-beet plants forever in motion. Still, General Electric Co. executives said the consistent gusts weren’t enough for them to take a ...

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ConocoPhillips appeals Idaho judge’s wide-load ruling

Oil company ConocoPhillips is appealing an Idaho judge’s ruling this week that revoked special state permits allowing four oversized loads of oil refinery equipment through a federally protected river corridor. Opponents of the shipments on U.S. Highway 12 say the ...

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