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US interior chief says he won’t eliminate protected lands

Craters of the Moon National Monument in eastern Idaho.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced August 24 he won’t seek to eliminate any national monuments carved from the wilderness and oceans by past presidents. But he said he will press to change some boundaries and left open the possibility of ...

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College of Idaho president resigns after 2-year stint

College of Idaho President Charlotte Borst has resigned after two years at the helm of the Caldwell liberal arts college. Borst joined the college as C of I’s 13th president in June 2015, after spending six years at Whittier College ...

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Judge: Bears near Idaho-Canada border merit endangered status

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Animals and plants can be considered endangered even if they are not on the brink of extinction, a judge ruled in overturning the U.S. government’s re-classification of a small population of grizzly bears living in the forests of Montana and ...

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Report highlights lawyer well-being (access required)

Ada County Courthouse. File photo by Jennifer Gonzalez.

In an effort to improve well-being in the legal profession, the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs has released a report detailing ways to improve lifestyles for lawyers. The report, titled “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations ...

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FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees’ W-2 forms — scams that can put staffers’ Social Security numbers and other critical information in the hands of thieves. The government said 200 businesses, ...

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Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal

A health provider tends to a patient at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell. File photo.

Don’t make things worse. That’s the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that “Obamacare” seems here for the foreseeable future. The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health ...

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Federal changes bring horse meat a step closer for Oklahoma processors (access required)

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The U.S. House Appropriations Committee decision to allow horse slaughterhouse inspections has brought the issue closer to a position the Oklahoma Legislature established four years ago. In 2013, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law to allow local facilities to process ...

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Police probe ‘suspicious death’ at Idaho treatment center

Employees at a state-run treatment center in Idaho discovered a male resident dead in his bed. The Idaho Statesman reported Nampa Police Department Lt. Eric Skoglund said police at first thought the death, which occurred August 20 at the Southwest ...

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Endowment funds to return record payouts for schools and other state entities

The eight endowment funds for the public school system and other beneficiaries will see a record payout of $78.2 million after July 2018, a state endowment official said. The endowment funds are overseen by  the state Endowment Fund Investment Board, ...

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A word with Brian Garrett of St. Lawrence Gridiron and OA+D (access required)

Brian Garrett looks over a set of drawings from his desk at OA+D in downtown Boise August 1. Photo by Glenn Landberg.

Brian Garrett is the owner of the downtown restaurant St. Lawrence Gridiron and a partner in a new downtown architecture firm called OA+D, for Office of Architecture and Design. Garrett, a native of Maryland, studied architecture at Boise State University ...

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