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Idaho governor wants task force to study higher education

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is once again asking the state Board of Education to shepherd a statewide discussion on education, but this time he wants the focus on colleges and universities. Otter said Jan. 6 that a new 28-member ...

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Teacher evaluations are top priority for Idaho’s leaders

Idaho’s top legislative leaders criticized the Idaho Department of Education for sitting on a highly contentious audit of how the state grades its teachers for six months before it was released through a public records request. House Speaker Scott Bedke, ...

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Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy warns against eliminating grocery tax (access required)

Eliminating the tax cut on groceries would disrupt state government and favor the wealthy, according to the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. Groceries purchased in Idaho are subject to the state’s sales tax. Various lawmakers and interest groups including the ...

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Eagle-made paddleboards can stand up to Idaho waterways (access required)

Jason Zawadzki moved his family to the Treasure Valley in 2012 in order to escape Orange County and the frenzy of Southern California, but he soon realized that leaving the ocean was going to make one of his favorite pastimes, paddle ...

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American workers forfeiting more vacation days, study says (access required)

Although Americans are earning more vacation days at their workplace, that doesn’t mean they’re using them. A new study by Washington, D.C.-based Project Time Off says American workers left 222 million vacation days unused or forfeited last year under companies’ ...

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Western US sagebrush defense plan will endure, official says

A new wildfire-fighting plan to protect a wide swath of sagebrush country in the Western U.S. that supports cattle ranching and is home to an imperiled bird will likely continue after the Obama administration ends, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said ...

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Former workers sue Idaho dairy, claiming human trafficking

A group of veterinarians from Mexico is suing an Idaho dairy in federal court, contending that the dairy lured them under false pretenses and then forced them to work in poor conditions as low-wage general laborers as part of a ...

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New online sports game helps businesses attract customers

Many gambling games are illegal in Idaho, but two brothers believe they have created one that is not only legal, but can help local businesses draw customers. Bryce and Wes Getusky launched the website picksixgames.com on Dec. 30. The website allows ...

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