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US launches ambitious plan to battle rangeland wildfires

Federal officials have launched a two-pronged plan to stop a vicious cycle of rangeland wildfires in a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West that supports cattle ranching, recreation and is home to an imperiled bird. The U.S. Bureau ...

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Idaho billionaire VanderSloot staying out of governor’s race

Idaho billionaire Frank VanderSloot said he won’t endorse anyone in the 2018 Republican gubernatorial race. VanderSloot, founder and chief executive of the health care products company Melaleuca, said Dec. 21 that he’s staying out of the primary despite being asked ...

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Report: Teacher shortage worse in Idaho than other states

About a third of all teachers who are certified in Idaho each year don’t go on to get teaching jobs in the state, and many of those who do don’t stay around for long, a recent report found. The state ...

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Court: Simplot Foundation must pay taxes on Boise facility

The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that the J.R. Simplot Foundation was not eligible for a tax exemption while constructing its “urban meeting place” in downtown Boise in the 2015 tax year. In its decision Dec. 21, the state’s highest ...

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HUD awards $4.9 million for housing for people with HIV/AIDS

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $4.9 million in grants to help low-income people living with HIV/AIDS in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state. The funds will provide housing assistance and support services. Washington state, Idaho ...

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Idaho company to offer bonuses following tax plan

Idaho health care and home products company Melaleuca Inc. announced Dec. 21 that it will be the latest major business to give its workers bonuses in response to President Donald Trump’s tax cuts. Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot said his 2,000 ...

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Report: 28 Idaho educators disciplined for misconduct

Twenty-eight teachers in Idaho were disciplined the past school year for ethical misconduct ranging from inappropriate conduct with a student to substance abuse, according to a state regulator report released Dec. 20. The Idaho Professional Standards Commission noted it received ...

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Idaho Power scaling back plans at Shoshone Falls facility

Idaho Power is scaling back its plan to boost hydroelectric capacity at its power-generating facility at Shoshone Falls in south-central Idaho. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a notice on Dec. 19 said Idaho Power is seeking to amend its ...

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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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