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Plan to block new gold mining near Yellowstone moves forward

U.S. government officials are moving forward with a plan to block new gold mining claims in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park with the release March 29 of a draft analysis of the proposal’s effects on the environment. The ...

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Idaho moves ahead with possible grizzly bear hunting season

Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly. The Fish and Game Commission in a 7-0 vote March 22 directed the Department of Fish ...

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US new-home sales dipped in February, but demand is solid

Sales of new U.S. homes slipped 0.6 percent in February, a third straight monthly decline. But year to date, sales are up 2.2 percent compared with 2017 in a sign that buyer demand remains solid. The Commerce Department said March ...

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Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing

A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years. The bill sets aside more than $20 ...

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Idaho bill to provide health insurance for poor stalls again

An Idaho health care proposal to provide insurance to the state’s neediest population met its death once again on March 21. Repeating the actions taken earlier this year, House lawmakers sidestepped debating the merits of the health care bill by ...

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Idaho extends financial adviser contract on land dealings

Idaho officials are extending the contract of a financial adviser assisting with reinvesting millions from the sale of commercial and residential real estate. The Idaho Land Board retained Callan LLC through June 2019 for $150,000 annually. “They’ve got a lot ...

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Montana says Idaho company violated “bad actor” law

An Idaho company could be forced to pay the state of Montana more than $30 million in cleanup costs at three polluted mine sites before it can pursue two new projects proposed beneath a wilderness area, environmental regulators said March ...

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Idaho House panel revives health care for the poor proposal

An Idaho health care proposal to provide insurance to the needy that was deemed dead for the year by legislative leaders has been given a second chance at life. In a surprise move, Republican Rep. Christy Perry on March 19 ...

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Idaho lawmakers OK adult scholarship bill

A proposal that would funnel a portion of Idaho’s scholarship fund to help adults finish their undergraduate degrees is headed to the governor’s desk for consideration. House members narrowly approved advancing the legislation on March 19 after lengthy debate. This ...

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