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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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Canada OKs Idaho company’s genetically engineered potatoes

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, Canadian officials said August 3. The approval by Health Canada and ...

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New to Idaho, Tropical Smoothie Café already has four Boise stores in the works

The first Tropical Smoothie Café in Idaho opened July 31, a second is on the way, and a third and fourth are in the works. All are the product of franchise holders Kory and Michelle Pukash, who have an agreement ...

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