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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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Idaho board approves an additional $86M to address I-84

Idaho transportation officials have agreed to spend an additional $86 million to repair and add lanes on Interstate 84 near Nampa and Caldwell. Jerry White, chairman of the Idaho Transportation Board, said the Dec. 14 decision shows the state’s commitment ...

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Company faces fine after FedEx workers exposed to radiation

U.S. officials want to fine an Idaho company that sent radioactive materials across the country that leaked from lead containers and exposed FedEx workers. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday announced a proposed $22,400 fine for Idaho Falls-based Qal-Tek Associates. ...

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Decade since recession: Thriving cities leave others behind

As the nation’s economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle’s was about to take off. In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district — and then expanded eight-fold over ...

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Lawsuit challenges cancellation of farmer fair practice rule

Farmers in Alabama and Nebraska joined with a Nebraska-based fair trade group Dec. 14 to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the agency’s cancellation of an Obama-era plan that would have made it easier for farmers to demand better ...

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Tentative deal approves $216 million for Idaho utility

Idaho officials have reached a tentative agreement approving a utility company’s $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 13 said it’s taking ...

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Andy Pennington named publisher at Idaho Falls newspaper

Andy Pennington has been named the new publisher of the Idaho Falls Post Register. The eastern Idaho newspaper reports that Adams Publishing Group announced the new hire on Dec. 12. Pennington has served as the publisher of the Idaho State ...

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US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks’ plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the ...

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Recovery plans for Snake River salmon, steelhead released

Authorities have released recovery plans for federally protected Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead intended to make sure each species is self-sustaining in the wild. The final plans released Dec. 12 by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries include spring ...

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