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Idaho unemployment rate rises to 4.2 percent (access required)

Idaho’s unemployment rate grew to 4.2 percent in August, a slight increase from 4.1 percent the previous month. According to the state Department of Labor, the increase from July represents a net gain of 400 people without jobs. Officials said ...

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RV manufacturer promises hundreds of jobs in Nampa (access required)

Elkhart, Ind.-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles is moving into a former Micron factory in Nampa to build recreational vehicles for distribution in the West, the company announced with a press release. Heartland expects to start production in the first quarter with ...

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Shift in US firefighting prioritizes sage grouse in West

Federal agencies deciding how to deploy firefighters during one of the West’s worst wildfire seasons are considering a new factor in their deliberations: an imperiled bird that inhabits a vast stretch of sagebrush from California to the Dakotas. Officials have ...

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A word with Elizabeth Cooper of U of I’s Integrated Design Lab (access required)

Elizabeth Cooper is the interim director of the University of Idaho’s Integrated Design Lab, a workshop dedicated to the research and development of energy efficient, healthy buildings. The 11-year-old lab is funded primarily through sponsors, such as Idaho Power and ...

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US homebuilding slows in August after hot streak

Builders broke ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after accelerating for much of the year. Housing starts last month fell 3 percent to a seasonally adjusted ...

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Groups upset following release of range management plan

A new federal land management plan for southwest Idaho and northern Nevada created after the settlement of a lawsuit aimed at reducing cattle grazing has been released — and it allows an increase. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management last ...

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University of Idaho researchers work on safety device for loggers (access required)

University of Idaho researchers are using $825,000 from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to develop a GPS device that could make logging safer. The device will enable logging equipment operators to track other workers without leaving the cab ...

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Boise River had a banner floating season (access required)

photo of boise river floaters

A huge soccer tournament and a sizzling late June propelled the Boise River floating season to a 20 percent increase in revenue over 2013 for the operator and Ada County Parks and Waterways. This summer saw 25 percent more rentals ...

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Collabortank opens its doors (access required)

Entrepreneurs in the Treasure Valley now have access to another option in the increasingly crowded market of business incubators. Collabortank, which offers shared office space for up to 75 people and private offices, opened its doors in Boise Sept. 15. ...

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