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Fire crews battle flames in west-central Idaho

Fire crews are aggressively working to prevent flames from expanding in west-central Idaho, where a wildfire has already burned 143 square miles of dry timber. Idaho currently has 17 large fires, the most in the nation, the National Interagency Fire ...

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Attorneys file arguments over scope of water rule injunction

Attorneys who have been debating state and federal powers regarding small waterways filed written arguments Sept. 1 over whether a judge’s decision to block a new Obama administration water rule applies nationwide. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson issued a temporary ...

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Albertsons sued for $1 billion over grocery deal

The small grocery chain Haggen is suing the Boise-based Albertsons for more than $1 billion, alleging the supermarket giant engaged in efforts to eliminate it as a viable competitor in five states. The lawsuit, filed Sept. 1 in federal court ...

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TitleOne acquires Sun Valley Title Company (access required)

The Boise-based TitleOne has acquired Sun Valley Title Company. “This is just another step in our strategy to become a regional, independent title agent,” TitleOne CEO Mark Tidd said of the Aug. 31 move. The 20-year-old Sun Valley Title Company ...

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West Ada opens computer science magnet school

Sophomore Chris Johnson smiled in what he said is “by far my favorite class” at Centennial High School.  He is a four-year track to earn a computer programing certification so he’ll be instantly employable when he graduates. “I love computers,” ...

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A word with Jaap Vos, head of the University of Idaho’s bioregional planning and community design program. (access required)

Jaap Vos started work this summer as head of the University of Idaho’s bioregional planning and community design program. Before moving to Idaho in 2012 to work at Boise State University, Vos, who is a native of the Netherlands, spent ...

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USDA to approve Simplot’s genetically engineered potato

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world. “For historical reasons and current agriculture ...

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