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Highway 12 battle continues to brew (access required)

KAMIAH – Lewis and Clark traversed part of the route that would one day become U.S. Highway 12 during their 1804-06 Corps of Discovery mission to the Pacific Ocean. So did the Nez Perce Indians during the tribe’s epic 1877 ...

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FAA says hangar homes won’t fly in Sandpoint

Life doesn’t get much more convenient for a private plane owner than taxiing from the driveway of his or her home through a special fence opening directly onto an airport taxiway or runway. The popularity of such “hangar homes” on ...

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US homes lost to foreclosure up 25% on year

Lenders took back more homes in August than in any month since the start of the U.S. mortgage crisis. The increase in home repossessions came even as the number of properties entering the foreclosure process slowed for the seventh month ...

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Idaho beats revenue forecast for second month

BOISE – Idaho state government’s tax receipts beat forecasts for a second straight month. The state booked $5.7 million more than anticipated in August, after taking in $4.5 million more in July than had been predicted. That puts total Idaho ...

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Monsanto to spend $10M over Idaho mine concerns

Monsanto plans to invest an additional $10 million into a proposed phosphate mine in eastern Idaho to address environmental concerns raised during a public comment period. Monsanto Co.’s proposed mine is slated to produce ingredients for Roundup weedkiller and has ...

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Panel opts not to cut Idaho lawmaker pay

A panel appointed to set pay for Idaho lawmakers has recommended that legislators keep their current salaries at $16,116 a year, in a decision Sept. 15. The Idaho Legislative Compensation Committee opted against pay cuts and instead reduced how much ...

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Idaho economist retires after 3 decades

Idaho’s chief economist Mike Ferguson is retiring at month’s end. Ferguson has been the state’s top economic forecaster since 1984, surviving five governors, starting with John Evans, even as the office changed hands from Democrat to Republican in 1994. It ...

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Idaho nets $51 million to preserve teacher jobs

The state Department of Education says Idaho will receive more than $51 million in federal education funding to preserve teacher jobs. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and public schools chief Tom Luna determined last month that Idaho was eligible for the ...

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