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Judge blocks Saturday’s grizzly hunts in Wyoming, Idaho

A federal judge on August 30 temporarily blocked the opening of the first public grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming and Idaho in more than 40 years, as he considers whether the government was wrong to lift federal protections on the ...

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Micron announces $3B expansion in Virginia

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The Boise-based Micron, one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, is making a $3 billion investment in northern Virginia to expand its manufacturing facility and add 1,100 jobs. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said August 29 that Micron Technology’s decision to ...

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Group buys Idaho ranch to protect bighorn sheep habitat

A conservation group has purchased a 4.5-square-mile ranch in Idaho with the purpose of protecting bighorn sheep. Portland, Oregon-based Western Rivers Conservancy purchased the Ten Mile Creek Ranch near Lewiston the week of August 20, the Lewiston Tribune reported. The ...

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Idaho State athletic director fired as teams struggle to win

Idaho State University, which on August 27 said athletic director Jeff Tingey had been placed on leave, now says Tingey has been fired. School President Kevin Satterlee told the Idaho State Journal that Tingey’s removal does not involve any scandal ...

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Orchard is site of new University of Idaho organic center

An orchard in Sandpoint will be the site of the University of Idaho’s new Organic Agriculture Center. The Capital Press reports the orchard, donated Aug. 1 to the university by Dennis Pence and his family, will be known as the ...

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US agency gives initial OK to Montana mine tied up in court

U.S. officials on August 28 announced approval of the first phase of a silver and copper mine beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness area, yet it’s uncertain when work could begin because of a legal dispute over pollution at other sites. ...

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Idaho sheriffs say DMV software causing headaches, delays

Top Idaho officials on August 28 said they were fed up with the state’s latest driver’s license system, arguing the $10.5 million contract has failed to live up to its promises and instead has resulted in lengthy delays and chaotic ...

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US official reiterates push to move land agency out West

A high-ranking U.S. Interior Department official on August 23 reiterated the agency’s strong interest in moving its Bureau of Land Management headquarters to the American West. The move isn’t a done deal, Susan Combs, an assistant secretary at Interior, said ...

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Despite strong economy, many Americans struggling to get by

Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. That’s according to an Urban Institute survey of nearly ...

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