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Yellowstone visitation down in July and for the year

More than half way through the calendar year, Yellowstone National Park has seen about 5 percent fewer visitors so far this year. The National Park Service on August 9 said just over 962,400 people visited the park in July, down ...

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Idaho State University president to retire next year

Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas says he will retire next summer after more than a decade at the school. Vailas made the announcement August 9 during a monthly meeting of the Idaho State Board of Education. The announcement came ...

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Idaho ranks high for proportion of students with debt (access required)

Idaho has the third-highest in the nation for the proportion of students with educational debt, according to a new study. The study by personal-finance website WalletHub took into account various measures of student debt, such as percent of students with loans ...

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Redline Recreational Toys expands in McCall, east Boise (access required)

The Meridian-based Redline Recreational Toys is expanding, with new locations at Lucky Peak and in McCall. The company in March bought the assets of a business called Outdoor Adventures on Warm Springs Avenue and held the lease on the Spring ...

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Bonners Ferry land protected by state, Nature Conservancy (access required)

About 300 acres of forest and wildlife habitat at the foot of Hall Mountain near Bonners Ferry in northern Idaho has been conserved by The Nature Conservancy and the Idaho Department of Lands. The Hall Creek Forest property was purchased ...

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Idaho labor director Ken Edmunds resigns

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has announced Idaho Department of Labor Director Ken Edmunds has resigned effective immediately. Otter’s office on August 8 declined to say why Edmunds had submitted his resignation. The Labor Department and Edmunds have been sued by ...

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Feds to give states more flexibility in protecting wild bird

The Interior Department has unveiled a plan to protect the threatened sage grouse that gives Western states greater flexibility to allow mining, logging and other economic development where it now is prohibited. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the strategy for ...

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Prosecutors seek prison time, fines for Idaho boat builder

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than five years in prison, $3.2 million in restitution and a $3.7 million forfeiture judgment for a former Boise businessman. Sentencing for Christopher Bohnenkamp, who pleaded guilty in April to wire fraud and ...

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Idaho dairy group opposes immigration detention contract

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An Idaho dairy group has written to Jerome County commissioners in opposition to a pending contract that would lease out space in the county’s new jail to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Idaho Dairymen Association Executive Director Bob Naerebout told ...

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