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U.S. Silver’s income up 343 percent in 2011 (access required)

U.S. Silver Corp. on March 30 reported 2011 pre-tax net income of $21.3 million, up 343 percent from $4.8 million in 2010. Revenue totaled $93.4 million, up 50 percent. Silver production rose by 1.86 percent to more than 2.31 million ...

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Japan, US, EU discuss rare earth supply security

Officials from the United States, the European Union and Japan are pledging to work closer together on ways to ensure secure supplies of strategically vital rare earths and other critical materials. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a conference March 28 in ...

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EPA pollution-cutting plan could affect Idaho

Idaho could be affected by a proposal to limit pollution from new power plants. The Obama administration forged ahead March 27 with the plan, ignoring protests from industry and Republicans who have said the regulation will raise electricity prices and kill ...

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Southeast Idaho’s other crop sees market boom (access required)

Idaho sealed its agricultural identity with its decades long “Famous Potatoes” marketing operation that has left most with the impression that the state is, in fact, a giant potato farm. But many farmers, particularly those in southeast Idaho, will heap praise ...

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New Labrador bill could help livestock groups (access required)

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador’s new bill introduced in Congress would double the length of grazing leases on federal lands and take other steps that could help livestock producers. Labrador’s bill, introduced March 21, has 10 co-sponsors, including Idaho Rep. ...

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Twin Falls mosaic promotes glass recycling (access required)

The shattered glass mural taking shape on the exterior wall of Woody’s Bar in Twin Falls is an open-air artpiece, and it’s an advertising campaign for a local woman who would like to keep discarded glass out of the landfill. ...

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Commerce imposes new tariffs on Chinese solar (access required)

The U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed new fees on solar panels and cells imported from China. The countervailing duties are meant to counteract the subsidies the department believes the Chinese government is giving its solar manufacturers. The duties will ...

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Federal grant helps small dairy add yogurt to its line (access required)

A Buhl dairy is getting ready to launch a new line of yogurt with help from a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant, from a program called Value-Added Producer, will help Bill and Donna Stolzfus buy ...

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