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Farm Bill looks good for Idaho, if it can pass (access required)

Agricultural groups in Idaho are cautiously optimistic about the national Farm Bill, but acknowledge that major changes to the bill are possible — and could harm the state. The Senate version of the Farm Bill, a 900-page behemoth that covers ...

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U.S. Ecology reports higher earnings in quarter, trims outlook (access required)

Boise-based U.S. Ecology Inc. on May 1 reported higher first quarter earnings compared to the year-earlier period, but said full-year earnings will be lower than first forecast. The company on April 30 was told by General Electric that it would ...

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N. Idaho officials aim to delist woodland caribou

Bonner County officials who want federal protections removed from woodland caribou have hired the law firm that successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court a northern Idaho couple’s wetlands dispute. Jim Burling of the Pacific Legal Foundation tells The Spokesman-Review ...

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Independence Resources acquires Coeur d’Alene Contracting (access required)

Mineral exploration and development company Independence Resources has acquired 70 percent of Coeur d’Alene Mine Contracting LLC, as well as full ownership of 42 silver and gold mining claims in Lemhi County. Independence is issuing 2 million shares of common ...

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Potlatch reports lower earnings (access required)

Potlatch Corp., a real estate investment trust with major holdings of forest lands in Idaho, had first quarter net income of $5.05 million or 13 cents per share, down 34 percent from $7.69 million or 19 cents per share in ...

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A one-stop-shop for renewable projects (access required)

A new Boise company is pitching itself as a one-stop-shop to shepherd its clients through all aspects of a major energy project. Site Based Energy, a year-old company formed with a brain trust of experts on contracting, engineering and government ...

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Yellowstone snowmobile rules still up in the air (access required)

A federal appeals court has “reconsidered” its February ruling in the long standing controversy between conservationists and snowmobile enthusiasts in Yellowstone National Park, although the court didn’t change its mind. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in an April 5 ...

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Hecla Mining appoints a safety director (access required)

Hecla Mining Co. has appointed a health and safety director in the wake of accidents last year that killed two miners. The Coeur d’Alene-based company announced three appointments this week. Ed Sutich is vice president and general manager of Lucky Friday ...

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Is this the end of the gold rush?

The price of gold, which has climbed for years like a blood pressure reading for anxious investors, plunged this week to its lowest level in three months. Gold fell April 4 almost $58 to $1,614 per ounce. It has declined ...

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Boise aims to “reopen” just-updated EPA sewer plant permits (access required)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued updated discharge permits for the City of Boise’s two wastewater treatment plants. The March 19 permits call for the city to reduce the amount of phosphorous and other pollutants that enter the Boise ...

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