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State parks exceed goal in securing business sponsors

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has received nearly $40,000 in corporate sponsorship since getting legislative approval to reach out to businesses to help offset the agency’s depleted budget. The amount is double the estimated $20,000 department officials hoped ...

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Teacher shortage in East Idaho called a ‘famine’

The pool of certified teachers in Idaho has dwindled since 2010 — and districts throughout the state are feeling the effects, Idaho EdNews reported. “I would not say it’s a teacher shortage we are experiencing — it’s a teacher famine,” ...

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Idaho’s child vaccination rates rise

Idaho’s immunization rates reached a five-year high in 2015-2016, Idaho EdNews reported. State officials haven’t identified a single cause for the increase. “We kind of attack it on all fronts,” said Dr. Christine Hahn, Idaho’s state epidemiologist and the state ...

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Idaho farmer sentenced to 3 years in prison for seed fraud

A farmer in south-central Idaho who passed off conventional seed as organic has been sentenced to three years in prison. U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson’s office announced June 7 that Bliss Seeds LLC owner Bernard Saul would also be sentenced to ...

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CarMax is opening its first Idaho location (access required)

CarMax is hiring 58 employees for its first Idaho location, which will open in Meridian in September. CarMax is a used car retailer headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company has about 160 stores across the country, but only five in ...

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EPA to withdraw approval of Idaho’s arsenic standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is retracting its approval of Idaho’s water quality standards for arsenic under a settlement agreement with a Portland, Ore.-based environmental group. Northwest Environmental Advocates filed the lawsuit last year challenging the EPA’s approval of Idaho’s ...

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California engine parts manufacturer moves to Boise

A  32-year-old engine parts manufacturer from southern California is moving to Boise this summer. The Blower Shop, founded in 1984, makes high-performance engine parts for automobiles and boats. The company mainly builds parts for racing, but it also repairs and ...

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Seasonal trapeze school sets up shop at mall (access required)

Chiropractor Paula Murphy chose a grassy area next to the Boise Towne Square mall for her seasonal side business: A trapeze set-up where students can learn to fly through the air. Murphy is the founder and president of Fly Boise, ...

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