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A word with Randy Schubert of Life’s Kitchen (access required)

Randy Schubert is the executive director of Life’s Kitchen, a Boise nonprofit that provides job training for at-risk youth through its catering services and a café. Life’s Kitchen, which is now based in a former motel near the Boise State ...

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Judge orders Idaho to destroy elk and wolf wilderness data

Idaho must destroy all information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area, a federal judge ordered Jan. 19. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill in ...

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Department of Commerce plans to increase spending on tourism

Idaho is collecting more money than expected from its 2 percent travel and convention tax, and the Idaho Department of Commerce is asking the Legislature for authority to spend it. The Department of Commerce had budgeted for a 7 percent annual ...

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North Idaho drone company tripled revenue in 2016 (access required)

The North Idaho drone company Empire Unmanned tripled its revenue last year and is expecting another year of strong growth in 2017. Empire Unmanned launched in January 2015 after receiving an FAA exemption to operate drones for commercial purposes. The company ...

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Feds reject Idaho utility’s bid to negate Oregon fish law (access required)

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Federal authorities have rejected a request by an Idaho utility to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon. The ...

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At some workplaces, cafeteria lunch is a perk (access required)

If “company cafeteria” conjures up an image of mystery meat and steam tables, you’re out of date. Many company cafeterias today stress healthy choices, and they promote their lunchtime options as an employee benefit. Albertsons’ Boise Café includes a wok ...

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Idaho company sees record silver production at Alaska mine

A metal mine in southeast Alaska has reached its highest level of silver production since an Idaho-based company took full ownership of the property in 2008. Hecla Mining Co. released its 2016 results last week for the Greens Creek mine ...

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Legislative committee votes to raise state employee pay by 3 percent (access required)

A joint legislative committee voted nine to eight Jan. 17 in favor of raising state employee pay by 3 percent and will now send the matter before the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee for consideration. The Change in Employee Compensation ...

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USDA announces stricter animal welfare rules for eggs, meat

Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced Jan. 18 by the Agriculture Department. The rule is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Barack Obama ...

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