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Elk City faces construction challenges for community hall (access required)

The community hall building in Elk City is beginning to crumble, sparking action from nostalgic residents who plan to renovate the building. But a civic project is never easy in rural Idaho, where residents have few options and many obstacles ...

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Idaho Falls to get its first major venue (access required)

With Idaho Falls on the verge of breaking ground on its first-ever major events center, local leaders are anticipating a venue that could end the resident tradition of traveling hundreds of miles for entertainment. Road trips to Salt Lake, Boise ...

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Charity connections to local business expose ethical issues (access required)

A Weiser man has taken an unorthodox approach to marketing his company, but it comes with legal and ethical questions on the proper use of a charity. Dee Van Tassell, owner of Instafoods International in Boise, is selling his food ...

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Motor Vu and Sky Vu are the Old Faithful of Idaho Falls (access required)

Inevitably, when sitting around in Idaho Falls on a summer night, someone will suggest going to the drive-in. Entertainment that counts as family friendly is the white stag of the Idaho Falls nightlife. For a city that boasts easy access ...

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How to be stunning (access required)

The ladies at Damsel in Defense contend that if, heaven forbid, a woman has to empty a half-ounce can of pepper spray at a would-be attacker, there’s no reason she shouldn’t look good doing it. Whether a woman needs the pepper ...

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Lobbyists fired for working with Otter counter-sue their former firm

Idaho consultants and lobbyists John Foster and Kate Haas are counter-suing their former firm, Strategies 360, alleging the Seattle-based company acted inappropriately when it fired both of them in February. Foster and Haas allege that Strategies 360 signed off on ...

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Rafting Guide School trains for skills, not for jobs (access required)

For $450, Boise State University is offering a nine-day crash course on how to be a river guide, including hands-on experience in Idaho’s whitewater-filled Payette River. Greg Hawkins, BSU Recreational Services assistant director, said the program can get a beginner ...

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Foreign faces mean business in Idaho Falls (access required)

The more buses the better for Idaho Falls. The buses carry the loads of international travelers fueling southeast Idaho’s short, but profitable, summer tourism season. Three or four a day have been known to stop at local hotels for a ...

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Southeast Idaho’s other crop sees market boom (access required)

Idaho sealed its agricultural identity with its decades long “Famous Potatoes” marketing operation that has left most with the impression that the state is, in fact, a giant potato farm. But many farmers, particularly those in southeast Idaho, will heap praise ...

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