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Agency pulls some Idaho, Wyoming snowmobile maps after suit

The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn snowmobile use maps for two national forests in Idaho and part of another in Wyoming after environmental groups in a lawsuit said the maps violate the federal agency’s regulations and environmental laws. The Forest ...

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Census: Idaho is fastest-growing state

Federal officials say Idaho had the largest percentage increase in population of any state in the nation in a recent census. The U.S. Census Bureau on Dec. 20 announced that Idaho’s population from July 2016 to July 2017 increased 2.2 ...

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US home sales climb 5.6 percent in November to 11-year high

Americans purchased homes at the fastest pace in nearly 11 years, as sales climbed 5.6 percent in November. The National Association of Realtors said Dec. 20 that sales of existing homes rose in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate ...

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Boise approves electric bikes on sidewalks and Greenbelt

Electric-powered bikes with a top speed of 20 mph will be allowed on Boise streets, sidewalks, bike lanes and the 25 miles of Greenbelt paths in the city. The Boise City Council on Dec. 19 approved the change to a ...

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Labrador votes yes on tax plan, misses others for fundraiser

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador on Dec. 19 cast a yes vote for Congress’ $1.5 trillion tax plan overhaul in Washington D.C. after missing several votes the day before to attend a gubernatorial campaign event in Idaho. The Republican congressman attended ...

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US homebuilder sentiment hits highest mark since 1999 (access required)

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic than they have in nearly two decades. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Dec. 18 rose five points to 74 this month. That’s the highest reading since July of ...

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Idaho victims’ rights proposal would cost state $553,000

Advocates of a proposal to amend Idaho’s constitution to strengthen its crime victims’ bill of rights said Dec. 18 that the statewide cost would be less than 1 percent of what the state already spends on public safety each year. ...

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US, Canada to begin talks in 2018 on Columbia River deal (access required)

Members of Congress from Washington state are praising the decision to start negotiations early next year over the future of a half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada that governs hydropower and flood control operations along the Columbia River. ...

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Business owner, Idaho town clash over pot extract’s legality

A small-business owner with high hopes of selling oil extracted from cannabis plants in staunchly anti-marijuana Idaho has found himself lost in the weeds with local officials who say such products might be illegal in the state. Michael Larsen applied ...

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