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US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

As wildfires continue to choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged August 16 to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and ...

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State board of Education fires University of Idaho athletic director

The Idaho State Board of Education has fired University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear after an investigation into how his department handled sexual assault and harassment complaints. The Idaho Statesman reported the board made the unanimous decision August 16 ...

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City sewer fee case goes to Idaho’s highest court

Cities across Idaho are closely watching a case where a lawsuit is seeking refunds of millions of dollars in sewer connection fees paid to the city of Hayden by everyone who built a new home there. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports ...

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Idaho county employees in hot water after surplus auction

Northern Idaho authorities have asked the state to investigate for possible wrongdoing after county employees and their families bought items at a county surplus auction. The Lewiston Tribune reports the request stems from a June 23 surplus auction that county ...

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Yellowstone welcomed 940,000 visitors in July

The National Park Service says more than 940,000 people visited Yellowstone National Park in July, which is typically the park’s busiest month for recreation visits. The number is down about 2 percent from the 962,000 visits recorded in July 2017 ...

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Judge scraps Idaho order forcing landowners into oil leases

Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing several landowners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company without giving them a meaningful way to fight the state’s decision, a judge said. The ruling August 13 in ...

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Home Depot roars back in the second quarter

Home Depot handily beat expectations during the second quarter, bouncing back from a slow start to the year when terrible weather cooled construction projects. The world’s biggest home improvement retailer boosted its full-year profit and revenue forecasts August 14. Higher ...

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Final plan for central Idaho wilderness area approved

A final management plan is in place for one of three new central Idaho wilderness areas. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service on August 9 signed the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Plan. The plan covers ...

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Beware the fax machine: some hackers target old gadgets

What could be less threatening than the old office fax machine? Nothing. That’s precisely why it’s used as a backdoor for hackers to get into an organization’s network. Check Point, a cyber security firm in Israel, said August 12 that ...

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Organic dairy farmers vow to compete in changing industry

Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic market. Many traditional small-scale ...

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