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What 80 years of mining did to Lake Coeur d’Alene (access required)

The Morning Mine in Mullan, Idaho, in 1903, showing the effect of dumping tailings in the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River.

Second in a series. Because of ongoing disputes and concerns, Lake Coeur d’Alene is the subject of a study by the National Academy of Sciences. This is the second in a series of articles about the lake’s environmental health and ...

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First Super Chix franchise opens in Ammon (access required)

The first Idaho Super Chix in Ammon.

Idaho’s first Super Chix restaurant had its soft opening on March 17 in Ammon and will hold its grand opening on March 20. The franchise chain serves chicken sandwiches, fries, salads and frozen-custard-style ice cream. While Super Chix is a ...

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Building commodity costs continue to climb (access required)

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Commodity prices for almost everything related to construction are on the rise. Steel, copper, brass, tin, and aluminum prices are all going up, according to the Federal Reserve. Even sand, gravel and aggregate prices have increased. And, of course, the backbone ...

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When the middle of nowhere is the best hotel location (access required)

The Harkness Hotel in McCammon, Idaho, occupies a 1906 building on the National Registry of Historic Places.

For most residents of eastern Idaho, McCammon is best known as the place to get off the Interstate to go to Lava Hot Springs. It’s a small town with a population of around 800 and one main drag. Its most-visible ...

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St. Luke’s unveils Boise Medical Center facilities (access required)

View of the water cooling units lit up at night at the new central plant for St Luke's Medical Center in Boise.

St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center invited the Idaho Business Review on a tour of its three just-completed buildings: a shipping and receiving building, physical plant and parking garage, on the northwest edge of the  campus. The underground of St. Luke’s ...

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‘Look, mummy. There’s an aeroplane up in the sky.’ (access required)

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After years of pining for less-expensive and more convenient flights, Idaho’s airports have been discovered by airlines now offering direct flights to many well-connected travel hubs and desirable business destinations. On June 17, Alaska Airlines will begin daily year-round nonstop ...

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New legislation affecting health care, public health (access required)

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Compared with previous sessions of the legislature, not many bills have become law so far. Among the 17 bills that have been passed and signed by Gov. Brad Little, six are related to health care. House bill 42 delays some ...

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Legislature struggles with unpopular property tax bill (access required)

Home under construction. File photo.

The unpopularity of Senate Bill 1108, even in its amended form, is not exactly new at this point. Ever since the bill was introduced on Feb. 12, it has created a cacophony of protest, especially from municipalities, counties and taxing ...

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Current vs. SB 1108aa property tax formulas (access required)

Other than Sen.Jim Rice’s spreadsheet that circulated with his March 1 press release, no one has explained how the SB 1108aa levy rate formula works. Because it is germane to the various arguments for or against this bill, we break ...

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