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New gas plant could mean Idaho Power rate hikes (access required)

Idaho Power customers saw a small electricity rate change on June 1, though a larger increase could go into effect on July 1 as the utility opens the 300-megawatt Langley Gulch Power Plant south of New Plymouth. The seven June ...

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Analysis: Protecting caribou habitat to cost $1.5M

The cost over the next two decades to protect old-growth habitat for endangered woodland caribou in northern Idaho and northeast Washington state will be about $1.5 million, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. “We don’t want to dismiss that ...

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Hunting guide industry wary of new ‘auction tags’ (access required)

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission begins contemplating new rules for wildlife hunting tag auctions authorized by the Legislature this year. But outfitting businesses and sportsmen are still tentative about an arrangement that gives prime hunting tags to the highest ...

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International hay producer watches price boom from Eden (access required)

The sleepy town of Eden, population 405, is not the first place one might expect to find a multi-million-dollar international business. But the Jerome County city is home to the Standlee Hay Company, a family business that will ship out ...

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State could strengthen role in Idaho National lab

The head of Idaho National Laboratory is reaching out to top Idaho leaders in an effort to strengthen the relationship between Idaho and the sprawling research facility in the eastern Idaho desert. INL Director John Grossenbacher said he’s even approached ...

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Cleanup money flowing into Silver Valley

Money from a $460 million trust fund intended to clean up mining pollution is starting to flow into Idaho’s Silver Valley. About $8.5 million will be spent this year from the Asarco trust, which was created as part of the ...

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U.S. Silver reports higher sales, lower earnings (access required)

U.S. Silver Corp. on May 10 reported first quarter net income of $2.85 million or 5 cents per basic share, down 3 percent from more than $4.19 million or 8 cents a share in the first quarter of 2011. Revenue ...

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Climate change poses challenges for Idaho water managers

Scientists say climate change is making it tougher for Idaho reservoir managers to forecast weather, control floods and manage water for farming, recreation and fisheries. Future challenges were foreshadowed recently, when two days of record high temperatures, accompanied by record ...

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Hecla Mining dragged by costs, disruptions in quarter (access required)

Hecla Mining Company on May 8 reported $12.4 million in first quarter net income attributable to common shareholders, or 4 cents per share, down 71 percent from $43.2 million, or 15 cents per share, a year earlier. Exploration and pre-development ...

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Coeur d’Alene mines reports higher sales, adjusted earnings (access required)

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. on May 7 said first quarter earnings adjusted for special items rose 11 percent from a year earlier to $41.5 million. Adjusted earnings per share were 46 cents, up from 42 cents per share. Net metal ...

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