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Judge rejects plan for public land grazing allotments

An administrative law judge has rejected a plan for public land grazing allotments that would have destroyed re-emerging sagebrush in south-central Idaho in favor of non-native plants to increase forage for cattle and sheep. The ruling directs the U.S. Bureau ...

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Boise city council president announces she’ll run for mayor

Boise City Council President Lauren McLean has announced she’ll challenge longtime Boise Mayor Dave Bieter in the November election. McLean in the announcement Monday says she’s frustrated with how the city is handling growth and what she says is a ...

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Export-Import Bank regains functioning board (access required)

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A confirmation logjam that had stymied international business lending since 2015 was finally broken recently when the Senate voted to confirm three new members of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank, giving the organization a quorum. “The Senate ...

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‘Internet of Things’ introduces possibilities, perils, attorney warns (access required)

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The Internet of Things (IoT) — the trend toward embedding computer-enabled sensors into other products — offers a massive potential for data and analysis, but it introduces massive vulnerabilities as well that businesses must prepare for. “Putting a computer into everything turns ...

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Allred, Otter join to promote civil discourse program

Former political rivals Keith Allred and C.L. “Butch” Otter will join forces on Friday to discuss a new program aimed at finding positive common ground across partisan lines. Allred is the executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse ...

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Idaho’s tax revenues come in higher than expected in April

Idaho’s tax revenue collections came in higher than expected in April, but the state is still falling short of the forecast for the fiscal year. The Legislative Services Budget and Policy office says general fund revenue collections came in about ...

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Some employers left short-staffed after visa program changes

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Some eastern Idaho businesses are struggling to find seasonal workers under new, stricter visa rules for non-agricultural workers. “It’s been very difficult to deal with,” Mandi Wilkinson, a controller for MD Nursery and Landscaping, told ...

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Local governments learn about cybersecurity protection (access required)

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More than 350 people, ranging from the governor to students, recently attended a free cybersecurity training that emphasized the shared efforts of the public and private sectors. The Fifth Annual Idaho Cybersecurity Interdependencies Summit, held on April 29, was sponsored ...

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Emmett adds to fiber optic network

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Emmett is continuing to add fiber optic cabling to its city-owned network, and is starting to foresee the time when all city offices and resources are hooked up. At that point, the city can start thinking about how to provide ...

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