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Idaho Human Rights Commission hands nonprofit Micron Employees for Religious Freedom setback in discrimination complaint (access required)

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In the latest round of legal actions between Micron and a group claiming the Boise-based Fortune 500 firm discriminated against them for their religious beliefs, the Idaho Human Rights Commission denied the group’s request to be recognized as a party ...

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Biz ‘Bite:’ Department of Interior pays $32.6M in lieu of taxes (access required)

Every year, the federal government makes cash payment to local governments in to help offset losses in property taxes due to the existence of nontaxable federal lands within their boundaries. The Department of the Interior (DOI) announced on June 23 ...

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Forest Service grazing decision irks environmental group (access required)

The U.S. Forest Service has approved a new rule waiving fees for unauthorized grazing under some circumstances in a move blasted by an environmental group that says the agency is codifying lax enforcement. The Forest Service issued the decision this ...

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US-95 lawsuit and construction both move forward (access required)

Despite an active court challenge by environmentalists, on June 7, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) announced the start of construction on the contested realignment of Highway US-95 south of Moscow. Though the safety-oriented project was first proposed more than 25 ...

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Perpetua Resources awarded first permit (access required)

This artificial pond is a remnant of former mining operations in the Stibnite site.

Perpetua Resources announced on June 22 the receipt of its first permit for its proposed mining operation at the Stibnite Mine site in Valley County. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) issued a Clean Air Act Permit to Construct, ...

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Secretary of Interior announces fire funding in Boise (access required)

Debra Haaland, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, announced $103 million in funding for wildfire fighting support programs on June 17 at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise. Wildfire fighting funding Haaland explained the funding is from the ...

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Climate risk disclosure safeguards our investments  (access required)

Read More Financial Services News On March 21, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a draft of new rules that require all publicly traded companies to disclose risks attributed to climate disruption. Applauded by many in the global ...

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FTC attacks HCA hospital sale in Utah (access required)

Read More Business News The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed for a preliminary injunction against HCA Healthcare Inc. (which owns several Idaho hospitals) and Steward Health Care System LLC on June 3 to halt the ongoing acquisition of five ...

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Idaho lawmakers hire firm to appraise federal public lands (access required)

Idaho lawmakers have hired a Utah company to appraise federal land in three counties to determine how much tax revenue the land would generate if it was privately owned and subject to property taxes. Republican Sen. Steve Vick and Republican ...

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