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Land board approves dredge permit on Salmon River

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and the rest of the state land board approved an exclusive mineral lease for a Grangeville man who wants to suction dredge a half-mile section of the Salmon River for gold and garnets. The board unanimously ...

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Idaho’s first big solar plant to be built soon

Idaho’s first big solar electricity plant will likely soon begin construction, a rare bright spot for renewables in a state littered with canceled wind farms, regulatory uncertainty and low natural gas prices that have soured alternative power’s financial appeal. Solar ...

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Environmentalists sue over Idaho logging project

Two environmental groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over a planned logging project in north-central Idaho because they contend the logging will violate the Endangered Species Act. Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Clearwater filed the ...

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Wood construction materials are traditional and green (access required)

Science fiction often imagines futuristic dwellings of plastic and steel, but many of today’s advanced, environmentally friendly homes are being built with something more familiar: wood. The idea of wood as a renewable resource is not new to many in ...

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Environmental consultants can uncover property problems before purchase (access required)

When purchasing land for investment or development, buyers and lenders evaluate its potential for profit. But there’s another important potential to evaluate: the potential for liability. Landowners may run into several obstacles that put them at risk. Old fuel storage ...

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Judge faults agency approval of mine drilling plan

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to revisit some of the decisions made when officials signed off on a mining company’s plans to broaden its exploratory drilling in a historic mining district in the mountains near Idaho ...

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Idaho energy tussle makes international ripples

An Idaho alternative energy fight is sending out international shockwaves, with a Greek company saying utilities’ demands to skirt their obligations to buy power from wind farms are a threat to its business. Athens-based GEK Terna said Aug. 29 that ...

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Silver Valley cleanup plan to cost $635 million

The massive cleanup of a century’s worth of mining pollution in Idaho’s Silver Valley would cost $635 million and take up to 30 years under a final plan approved by the federal government on Aug. 28. The U.S. Environmental Protection ...

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Land Board delays vote on Salmon River dredger

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other Idaho Land Board members delayed voting on a proposed mineral lease Aug. 21, opting to first pay a personal visit to the Salmon River where anglers and a miner are battling over underwater booty: ...

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Hecla buys stake in Canadian silver mining company (access required)

Hecla Mining Co. has agreed to acquire almost 20 percent of Dolly Varden Silver Corp., a British Columbia-based mineral exploration company, for $3.2 million. Hecla, based in Coeur d’Alene, bought 20 million shares of Dolly Varden stock at a share ...

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