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Idaho puts forward plan to protect sage grouse habitat

The Idaho Department of Lands has put forward a draft plan to protect sage grouse habitat on state endowment land as part an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act. The state agency ...

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New bill requires parental OK for teens to use tanning beds (access required)

Idaho lawmakers are once again taking up legislation that would require parental permission for teens to use tanning beds, after failing to pass the measure in past years. The House Health and Welfare Committee voted Feb. 20 to introduce the ...

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CenturyLink says it won’t shut down IEN system immediately; schools scramble for coverage

From the crowded suburban West Ada School District to the Central Idaho’s remote South Lemhi district, schools are scrambling. Meridian High School students take a Mountain View High School upper-level Spanish class over the Idaho Education Network. They need to ...

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More fliers at Boise Airport (access required)

The Boise Airport served almost 1.4 million departing passengers in 2014, a 5 percent increase from 2013. Passenger traffic at the airport is the highest it’s been since 2011. But it’s still 20 percent below pre-recession levels. Airport marketing manager ...

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2015 Money Makers: IBR names 25

For a second time, the Idaho Business Review is recognizing outstanding financial professionals across the state whose fiscal work has set the pace for their companies and our region. Honorees were chosen for their leadership skills, awards and achievements, community ...

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Japanese firm buys Quest Aircraft (access required)

Airplane maker Quest Aircraft Co. in Sandpoint has been acquired by a subsidiary of large privately held Japanese company Tsuneishi Group. Quest’s leadership team plans to stay in place after the buyout, which closed on Feb. 17 for an undisclosed ...

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Nonprofit news website Idaho EdNews nearly triples in size (access required)

Idaho EdNews, a statewide, online education news service funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, is nearly tripling its staff this year and will expand its reach to cover more of the state. Idaho EdNews received about $800,000 this ...

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‘Small’ banks could gain mortgage flexibility (access required)

A new proposed rule on mortgage lenders would expand the definition of small creditors, providing more flexibility for lenders. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed new rules on Jan. 29 that would increase the size of a small creditor from ...

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Wolfe sells majority stake in Alpha Lending (access required)

Alpha Lending, a private lending company based in Garden City that was involved in loans on a failed attempt to build a tower at the long-standing hole in downtown Boise, has a new owner. Timbre Wolfe, President and CEO of ...

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