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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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Wolverines could halt backcountry ski business

COEUR D’ALENE – An environmental analysis must be done before a new permit can be issued to a backcountry ski operator hoping to use tracked vehicles to take clients into the St. Joe Mountains in northern Idaho, the Bureau of ...

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Former U.S. House hopeful named Idaho hospital CEO

Former U.S. House hopeful Vaughn Ward has been appointed CEO of a northern Idaho hospital. Ward, a Republican who lost to tea party favorite Raul Labrador in the Idaho primary three months ago, will start his new job at Northwest ...

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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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