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Idaho budgets $400,000 for Japanese beetle eradication

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is in the second year of a program aimed at eradicating Japanese beetles, which started multiplying in the Boise area in 2011. The treatments use granular formulations of common insecticides. The first treatment of ...

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Water woes force big brewers to tighten the tap

Some of the largest brewers in the U.S. are trying to reduce their water-to-beer ratio as drought and wildfire threaten the watersheds where they draw billions of gallons every year. No independent group tracks beer-makers’ water usage, but MillerCoors and ...

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Q & A: Doug Dammrose of Mountain Health CO-OP (access required)

Doug Dammrose is executive director of Mountain Health CO-OP, a nonprofit health insurance company in Eagle that is gearing up to start offering insurance on the Idaho health insurance exchange this fall. Health CO-OPs were created by the Affordable Care ...

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Life Flight Network opens new base in Coeur d’Alene (access required)

Life Flight Network, an Oregon company that provides air ambulance services, has opened an air medical base at Pappy Boyington Field in Coeur d’Alene. LFN provides air ambulance services throughout the Pacific Northwest. Company officials said they will hire 14 ...

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Hospital group sues government over two-midnights rule (access required)

Hospitals are suing the federal government over its decision to pay inpatient reimbursement rates only if patients spend “two midnights” in facilities. As of Oct. 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adopted what’s become known as the ...

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Little progress on finding missing broadband funds

Progress on securing $14 million in missing funds to pay for Idaho’s education broadband program has been minimal since lawmakers first heard of the lapse in federal payments earlier this year, an official said June 9. State education officials say ...

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Beaver Creek trail closures hit Wood River cyling (access required)

Chip Deffe is concerned about his tourism revenue prospects this summer. As owner and operator of ski and bicycle shop Sun Summit South in Hailey for 20 years, Deffe said his business will be hurt by hiking and biking trail ...

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Dolan wins bankruptcy court approval of its reorganization plan

The Dolan Company, the owner of The Idaho Business Review and a provider of legal-support services and business and legal affairs publications,  won bankruptcy court approval June 9 of a reorganization plan that gives ownership to its lenders. The reorganization ...

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Audit: Boise VA Center sees most patients within 30 days

A new audit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shows that most Idaho veterans receiving care at the Boise VA Medical Center wait less than a month for their first appointment. But the average wait time for those who ...

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Uncertainty dominates new hemp market

Marijuana’s square cousin, industrial hemp, has come out of the black market and is now legal for farmers to cultivate, opening up a new lucrative market. That was the idea, anyway. Would-be hemp farmers are having mixed success navigating red ...

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