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Ada County treasurer charged with misuse of public funds

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has charged a former candidate for state treasurer with seven felony counts of misuse of public money by a public officer. According to court records, Wasden’s office filed the complaint July 25 against Vicky McIntyre, ...

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Idaho prison officials: Inmates hacked system to get credits

Idaho prison officials say 364 inmates exploited vulnerable software in the JPay tablets they use for email, music and games to collectively transfer nearly a quarter million dollars into their own accounts. The department’s special investigations unit discovered the problem ...

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Report: Regulation, marketing keep community bank CEOs awake at night (access required)

Regulation, marketing and talent recruitment are some of the issues that keep community bank CEO awake at night. That’s a key takeaway from “Community Bank CEO Priorities for 2018,” an American Bankers Association Benchmarking & Survey Research group study. “Recruiting ...

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

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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