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Idaho, Forest Service partner to plant trees on private land

OROFINO, Idaho (AP) — Money generated from an Idaho partnership with the U.S. Forest Service involving timber sales on federal land is being used for the first time on private land for wildfire restoration work. The Idaho Department of Lands ...

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Idaho Ed Board approves tuition hikes at 4-year institutions

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Students attending any of Idaho’s four-year colleges or universities will pay several hundred dollars more next year under a newly approved tuition hike. The Lewiston Tribune reports the Idaho State Board of Education approved the tuition ...

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How did business fare in the 2019 Idaho Legislature? (access required)

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With both a bang – of a gavel – and with a whimper, both houses of the Idaho Legislature adjourned sine die at 4:20 p.m. on April 11, completing some business priorities but leaving others undone. “This was a difficult ...

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Idaho Power, Boise City plan ‘renewable’ future, but what does that mean? (access required)

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In coordinated announcements, the city of Boise and Idaho Power each announced intentions to move away from carbon-based energy sources such as oil and gas, though for each of them it will be decades away. Idaho Power announced on March ...

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Idaho hemp legislation heads to full Senate for amending

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Legislation involving transporting hemp through Idaho — where it’s illegal — is heading to the full Senate. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday approved sending the legislation to the Senate for amending. The legislation passed the House last week, ...

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Bill allowing Idaho needle exchange programs signed into law

Legislation intended to lower the risk of people being inadvertently jabbed with discarded used medical needles has been signed into law by Idaho Gov. Brad Little. Little late last week signed the legislation allowing groups to start a syringe and ...

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Landowner liability bill signed into law by Idaho governor

Legislation to protect private landowners who allow the public on their land from liability under Idaho’s recreational immunity statute has been signed into law. Idaho Gov. Brad Little late last week signed the legislation that clarifies that the state’s recreational ...

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Critics seek to block easing of oil and gas rules in West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conservation groups are asking a federal judge to block the Trump administration from easing restrictions on energy companies that were meant to protect a struggling Western bird species. Attorneys for Western Watersheds Project, Prairie Hills Audubon ...

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