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Author Archives: Robb Hicken

NRC gives approval on Areva Inc. environmental review (access required)

The proposed construction of a uranium enrichment facility outside of Idaho Falls at the Department of Energy site moved a step closer to being completed. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Areva Inc.’s environmental review process, concluding the facility operation, as ...

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880 pounds a dump does not make

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving forward with plans to close the licensing review of Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a nuclear waste repository. Reports are that the closedown of the licensing of the site will take one to two ...

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Boise Airport opens Customs and Border Protection building (access required)

In 2010, Customs and Border Protection at the Boise Airport conducted more than 400 private, cargo and corporate general aviation flight inspections and reviews. From the confines of a singlewide, 600-square-foot trailer, CBP agents inspected shipments on the tarmac near ...

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IF Arts Council plans ARTitorium construction (access required)

A new interactive visual arts learning center in the old Rio Theater on Broadway Street in downtown Idaho Falls will begin to take shape this spring. The $1.5 million project is paid for through donations and grants including a $285,000 ...

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Hoku Corp.’s 3Q costs up; delays expected in production (access required)

While citing net losses of $3 million for its fiscal third quarter, Hoku Corporation said production at its Pocatello plant could be delayed by as much as six months. Scott Paul, president and CEO, said Feb. 10 from Honolulu, said ...

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Idaho’s small businesses should benefit from lower unemployment rates (access required)

Idaho’s leveled off unemployment rate of 9.5 percent, boosted by an estimated 4,000 jobs during the past 12 months, is a good indicator that small business should be on the recovery. Jeff Thredgold, economic consultant to Zions Bank, said, “A ...

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Consider the Internet sales tax bill

No problem. Put together a law that requires residents to pay taxes on purchases made in Idaho from another state through e-commerce. There’s billions to be made. It’ll save the budget, and everyone will feel fine. Lawmakers see the value, ...

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Education reform left to the states

There are those who think the education system is broken. Not just cracked, not broken in half, but smashed to a million pieces. These ideas are found in newspapers, blogs and websites across the nation – and in the demands ...

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Out of sight, not out of mind

For a year now, John Boyd has worked to provide relief to injured and ill. He’s neither a priest, nor a doctor. And, he’s not a government worker. On Jan. 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. Hundreds of thousands ...

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