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US to review ended protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears

Grizzly bears at Yellowstone National Park. File photo.

U.S. officials said Dec. 6 they’ll review the recent lifting of protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears in light of a court ruling that retained protections for gray wolves in the Great Lakes. About 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National ...

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Idaho governor to remain focused on education in 2018

The Idaho Statehouse.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says once again he’s committed to growing and improving education in Idaho as he prepares for the 2018 legislative session. Otter briefly spoke about his agenda at the annual conference of Associated Taxpayers of Idaho — ...

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Gov. Otter appoints Idaho Falls lawmaker to tax commission


Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Republican Rep. Janet Trujillo of Idaho Falls to the Idaho State Tax Commission. Otter made the surprise announcement Dec. 5 at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho’s annual conference. Otter said he was informing the ...

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3 Idaho candidates for governor share similar wildlife views

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Three top candidates trying to be elected Idaho’s governor in 2018 have widely different backgrounds but share similar views on managing the state’s wildlife conservation and access to public lands. The Idaho Statesman reports Republican gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Brad ...

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U.S. Supreme Court hears key patent case (access required)

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A case that has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court could have far-reaching implications on a patent review process that was introduced in 2011. The case, Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, involves a ...

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Idaho officials delay possible increase in grazing fees

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The state’s top elected officials have put off a possible increase in grazing fees on state lands due to potential litigation. The Idaho Land Board on Dec. 5 voted 5-0 to delay a decision about grazing fees but didn’t set ...

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Senators want to prioritize preventive care cost savings

The U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Sen. Angus King and Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo are among a group of lawmakers who want the Congressional Budget Office to prioritize the role of prevention in health care. King, a Maine independent, is also joining Maryland Democratic ...

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Idaho launches online voter registration

Idahoans can now register to vote online for the first time. Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Dec. 5 that the move will offer convenience to voters and cut down administrative work for county election officials. “Today, Idahoans can not ...

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Eagle timesheet company TSheets is acquired by Intuit (access required)

Matt Rissell

Eagle timesheet software manufacturer TSheets Inc. has been acquired by Intuit Inc., the Mountain View, Calif., company that produces software such as TurboTax and Quickbooks, for $340 million. “We have been long-time partners with Intuit, going all the way back ...

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Idaho board mulls funding boost for medical residencies

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Idaho’s State Board of Education is considering a proposal designed to boost the number of medical residencies throughout the state. Board members will meet Dec. 5 to vote on a plan that calls for an additional $5.2 million in state ...

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