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Idaho budget panel to begin taking public comment

The legislative committee that writes Idaho’s annual budget has agreed to hold public hearings for the first time – at least on some of its spending bills. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has scheduled public hearings in January as it prepares ...

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Idaho developer wins $4M judgment over teen center

The developer of a proposed treatment center for troubled teens in rural western Idaho has won a $4 million judgment against Boise County after officials scuttled the project. A federal jury sided with the Boise-based development firm Oaas-Laney in a ...

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Hayden archery company sues Cabela’s, Smith & Wesson over patent claims (access required)

A Hayden company that makes equipment to help archers dampen vibrations is suing several national companies for selling products it claims were falsely advertised. Bowjax Inc. filed a lawsuit in Idaho federal court Dec. 16 against Smith & Wesson of ...

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Tax commission chief under conflict cloud

Idaho Tax Commission employees say commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow intervened on behalf of his son’s accounting firm over objections from agency workers, according to e-mails and other documents obtained by the Associated Press. The heavily redacted documents were among those ...

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More traffic roundabouts planned in Ada County

Ada County Highway District approved its policy this past week for future design, layout, and development of roundabouts throughout the county to better direct developers, cities and consultants on how to design safe roundabouts. “Roundabouts have been around for a ...

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Charges filed against AEHI executives

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged an Idaho company with fraudulently raising money to build a $10 billion nuclear power plant. The SEC on Dec. 16 also asked a court to freeze the assets of Alternate Energy Holdings Inc., ...

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McLean appointment confirmed by City Council

Mayor David Bieter has named Lauren McLean, manager of the 2001 Foothills Open Space Initiative and a sitting Planning and Zoning Commissioner, to the council seat that will be opened in January when Councilman Vern Bisterfeldt is sworn in as ...

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Pension fund recovers post-crash losses (access required)

The state’s pension investment fund is up about 9 percent for the calendar year and 13.3 percent for the fiscal year that started July 1, Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho Chief Investment Officer Bob Maynard said. Results compare to ...

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Developer seeks to revive River 8 project near Boise Library

Developer Steve Hosac wants another chance to build condos on an underused lot near the Boise Library. Hosac’s firm, The Hosac Co. of Boise, has crafted new plans to construct a seven-story building between Eighth and Ninth streets, just north ...

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Woman says Basic American Foods fired her over disease (access required)

A worker at Basic American Foods‘ Blackfoot plant claims the company fired her because of a medical condition. Tammy Keczmer filed a lawsuit in Idaho federal court Dec. 7 that claims the Walnut Creek, Calif., company fired her on Feb. ...

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