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US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

As wildfires continue to choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged August 16 to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and ...

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State board of Education fires University of Idaho athletic director

The Idaho State Board of Education has fired University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear after an investigation into how his department handled sexual assault and harassment complaints. The Idaho Statesman reported the board made the unanimous decision August 16 ...

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City sewer fee case goes to Idaho’s highest court

Cities across Idaho are closely watching a case where a lawsuit is seeking refunds of millions of dollars in sewer connection fees paid to the city of Hayden by everyone who built a new home there. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports ...

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Idaho county employees in hot water after surplus auction

Northern Idaho authorities have asked the state to investigate for possible wrongdoing after county employees and their families bought items at a county surplus auction. The Lewiston Tribune reports the request stems from a June 23 surplus auction that county ...

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Yellowstone welcomed 940,000 visitors in July

The National Park Service says more than 940,000 people visited Yellowstone National Park in July, which is typically the park’s busiest month for recreation visits. The number is down about 2 percent from the 962,000 visits recorded in July 2017 ...

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Department of Labor predicts 1.4 percent annual job growth through 2026

New projections from the Idaho Department of Labor forecast that the state will add more than 105,000 jobs by 2026, bringing total statewide employment to approximately 841,000. In 2016, statewide employment was 735,000. This new projection indicates expected growth of ...

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Judge scraps Idaho order forcing landowners into oil leases

Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing several landowners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company without giving them a meaningful way to fight the state’s decision, a judge said. The ruling August 13 in ...

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Dentists, veterinarians face high debt load (access required)

Dentists, optometrists and veterinarians tend to have student loan debt “that’s the most out of balance with their earnings soon after graduation,” according to a new study by San Francisco-based student loan site Credible.com. The group in a written statement ...

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