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After more than a century in one spot, giant sequoia will make a move

A giant sequoia that has stood for more than a century on Jefferson Street will be moving to a new location sometime in the next few years as Saint Luke’s Health System undertakes its campus expansion. The 95-foot tree is ...

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New area code coming to Idaho as 208 numbers dwindle

Idaho regulators say the state will get a second area code as soon as 2017, which will require 10-digit dialing for the first time throughout the state. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission announced August 11 that it has been requested ...

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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories gives $2M to endow University of Idaho chair

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. has donated $2 million to the University of Idaho College of Engineering to create an endowed chair position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The professor selected for the Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Chair in ...

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Chinese buyers seek food from Oregon, Idaho during trade mission

Representatives of six Chinese food companies recently searched for new suppliers while touring farms and food processors in Idaho and Oregon. The Capital Press reports that the companies visited the U.S. in early August as part of a trade mission ...

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Idaho to use Defense Fund to cover $900,000 in attorney fees

Idaho will pay roughly $900,000 in legal fees using the state’s Constitutional Defense Fund after recently losing three key lawsuits, including the state’s failed attempt to uphold its same-sex marriage ban. The fund will also cover fees for the winning ...

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A word with Julie Pipal of the Idaho Trucking Association (access required)

Julie Pipal is the president and CEO of the Idaho Trucking Association, a group that represents trucking companies and independent owner-operators in Idaho. Pipal  represents the trucking companies and independent owner-operators based in Idaho, as well as the trucking arms ...

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Idaho, 12 other states want judge to block new federal water rule

Thirteen states led by North Dakota are asking a federal judge in Bismarck to block a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over some state waters. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said a preliminary injunction would be filed ...

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Prominent downtown Boise furniture store to close (access required)

Latta for the Home, a 14-year-old furniture store on the corner of Ninth and Jefferson streets in downtown Boise, is closing at the end of August. Owner Michael Latta said the decision to go out of business was based on ...

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Feds say Boise’s homeless ordinance is unconstitutional

The Justice Department is opposing a law in Idaho’s biggest city that makes it a crime for homeless people to sleep in public places. The department says the Boise ordinance unconstitutionally punishes people for being homeless. At issue is a ...

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Food manufacturing in Idaho pays better-than-average wages (access required)

In Idaho, the food manufacturing industry is the place to be. Although food manufacturing makes up less than 3 percent of Idaho’s economy, jobs in the sector pay 15 percent more than average wages. Economic Modeling Specialists International, a research ...

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