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Idaho increasingly saying ‘no’ to local government control (access required)

Idaho lawmakers are reminding cities and counties that they don’t always have local control over imposing restrictions on businesses and citizens. Two proposals have already been introduced during this year’s legislative session that would prevent local governments from implementing their ...

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A word with Jeff Fox, president of the College of Southern Idaho (access required)

Jeff Fox is the president of College of Southern Idaho, a 50-year-old community college in Twin Falls with a spring headcount of 6,300 students. Fox, who grew up in the Sacramento, Calif., area, remembers visiting his grandparents in Twin Falls ...

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Idaho snowpack is above average in much of state this winter

Idaho’s winter snowpack is looking good, but continued cold weather is needed to keep it in place and a few more snowstorms wouldn’t hurt, experts say. “We don’t need spring to come too early like it did last year,” said ...

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Women’s wage equality puts Idaho in nation’s Top 12 (access required)

Women in Idaho earn a weekly wage closer to men’s than do women in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Washington and Oregon, according to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS released a report Feb. 10 that found fully employed ...

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Idaho panel backs proposal to move school board elections

An Idaho panel has introduced a legislative proposal that would move school board elections from May in odd years to November in even years. Republican Sen. Jim Rice said the move would garner better voter turnout because the school board ...

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Public symposium on groundwater pumping planned for Idaho Falls (access required)

An Aberdeen group called the Recharge Development Corp. is holding a public symposium to discuss groundwater pumping across the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Feb. 22. The RDC is a group of farmers, academics, engineers and water management professionals that was ...

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Tiny Post Falls bank benefits from consolidations around it (access required)

Post Falls- based Community 1st Bank benefited from the consolidation of nearby competitors this year, increasing its pre-tax income by nearly 70 percent. The small bank’s income dropped despite the pre-tax income increase, largely because tax credits Community 1st Bank ...

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First annual TRI report shows promising returns (access required)

The Idaho Department of Commerce will see a 422 percent return on the tax reimbursement incentive investments it made in 2015, according to a report presented to an Idaho Senate subcommittee Feb. 2. The Legislature gave the Idaho Department of ...

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