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In construction, drone use is taking off (access required)

Implementation of new Federal Aviation Administration regulations in 2016 really opened the doors for contractors to start employing drones on construction projects. To be sure, before the Small UAS Rule took effect, many people were using unmanned aerial systems (UAS), ...

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Rexburg seeks to build a new airport

Rexburg is charting a course to build a new airport that would accommodate larger corporate and cargo aircraft and move air  operations away from Main Street and the freeway. The city of Rexburg in early July approved a location for ...

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Federal trucking ELD regulations tough for livestock haulers (access required)

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A federal regulation intended to help improve trucking safety has an unintended consequence for Idaho’s livestock industry. In 2012, the United States Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, commonly called MAP-21. Among other things, ...

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Officials: Exploding targets ignite eastern Idaho wildfires

Federal officials say target shooters illegally using exploding targets on public land have started five wildfires in eastern Idaho and officials will pursue recovering the costs of fighting the fires from those responsible. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said ...

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Aging lookout towers still key during fire season in US West

Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers. Indeed, some of the structures are more than 100 years old. But with their ...

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A photographer’s survey of Idaho’s historic courthouses

Retired attorney Ron Sipherd took these photos of Idaho courthouses on two trips with his wife in 2007 and 2011. Sipherd, an active amateur photographer, has photographed 24 out of the 44 county courthouses in Idaho. Sipherd started out casually, ...

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Another endangered species: Historic Idaho courthouses

When people talk about “America’s crumbling infrastructure,” they usually mean roads and bridges. But another piece of America’s infrastructure is crumbling: county courthouses. With some county courthouses dating to the years before Idaho became a state, repairs are due. Apart ...

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