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Forest audit finds Idaho loggers following state rules

Idaho’s logging rules intended to protect water quality in streams inhabited by fish are effective and loggers are following those rules, state officials say. The Idaho 2016 Interagency Forest Practices Water Quality Audit found an overall compliance rate of 96 ...

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Montana/Idaho CDC loan volume soars in Idaho (access required)

In its first year with a one-man Boise office, the Montana & Idaho Community Development Corp. issued a larger volume of small business loans in Idaho than in its home state of Montana. The Missoula-based small business lender gave out ...

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House rejects bill to ban electronic TouchTabs game (access required)

The Idaho House of Representatives voted 52 to 18 to kill a bill that bans the Idaho Lottery’s electronic TouchTabs game Feb. 7. TouchTabs machines are electronic versions of pull tab lottery games placed in about 150 bars across the state. The ...

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Simplot acquires two Hawaiian businesses (access required)

The J.R. Simplot Co. has acquired three stores in Hawaii as part of its turf and horticulture business. Simplot announced the acquisition of Hawaii Grower Products and Pacific Agricultural Sales and Services Feb. 2 . Both stores previously sold Simplot ...

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Bill to remove licensing fee from gas hybrids heads to House (access required)

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The 2015 Legislature passed several bills to raise money for road and bridge maintenance, but a House committee now says lawmakers went too far on one of the laws. The House Transportation and Defense Committee voted unanimously in favor of ...

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Farm loan volume dropped nationally last year, but not in Idaho (access required)

Farm lending slowed precipitously last year across the nation, according to the Federal Reserve. But Idaho has largely been shielded from the decline due to the diversity of its agricultural products. Nationally, the volume of non-real estate loans to the farm ...

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Arizona lawmakers again push for split of 9th Circuit Court

Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation are again trying to split up the federal appeals court whose nine-state territory includes Arizona. A bill introduced Feb. 2 by Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake would put Arizona in a new 12th ...

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Immigration clampdown could have big impact on Idaho agriculture (access required)

Idaho’s GDP grew more than 4 percent last year largely due to increased production of agricultural products, but many Idaho leaders worry that the policies of President Donald Trump will slow growth in the industry. Idaho agricultural leaders are keeping an ...

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How stricter rules for brokers will affect retirement savers

President Donald Trump is delaying a series of rules that require financial professionals to put their clients’ best interests first when giving advice on retirement investments. The rules, which were set to take effect in April, will be delayed for ...

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USDA removes animal welfare reports from its website

The Agriculture Department has removed animal welfare inspection reports, enforcement records and other information about the treatment of animals from its website, citing privacy and other laws. Tanya Espinosa, a spokeswoman for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said ...

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