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Idahoans are raising yaks for meat, fiber (access required)

Mark and Tina Bolduc’s pastured yaks in the Hagerman Valley make the country road look a little like Yellowstone National Park. But the wildlife isn’t buffalo; they’re fenced-in yaks, cattle-like animals with handlebar horns, long shaggy coats and shoulder humps. The ...

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Feedlot permit denied in Canyon County (access required)

Canyon County Planning and Zoning commissioners denied a request for a 600-cow feedlot near Middleton March 1, ruling the largely rural area was better served as a residential neighborhood. County planning division documents show the property, which is owned by ...

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Feds: Mine missed safety check before rock burst

A federal inspection report shows that officials at the Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho failed to conduct the second of two daily monitoring checks on the day a violent rock burst broke the pelvis of one miner and also ...

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Field burning conflict reignites in Idaho

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality wants to ease field burning restrictions so farmers can set fields afire on weekends and holidays, but a clean air group says it will go to court to block such a move. Mary Anderson, ...

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E. Ore. geothermal power plant nearing startup

Work starts in June on a geothermal plant that the state Department of Energy says will be the first in Oregon to produce energy on an industrial scale. The developer, U.S. Geothermal Inc. of Boise, Idaho, plans to use heat ...

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Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. blamed in Alaska accident

A federal agency blames inadequate management policies, procedures and controls for a fatal accident at a Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. operation in Alaska last year. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration on Feb. 29 released its report on the September accident ...

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CDA Mines production hits record in 2011 (access required)

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. on Feb. 23 reported fourth quarter net income of $11.4 million compared to a $5.1 million loss in the year-earlier period. Metal sales totaled $246.9 million, up from $207.6 million. Production costs were $109.1 million, up ...

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Battelle Energy may face federal funding cut

The U.S. Department of Energy is warning Battelle Energy Alliance it faces a $500,000 reduction in the fee it receives to manage the Idaho National Laboratory after 16 employees were exposed to radiation. The Nov. 8 exposure and several other ...

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Idaho solar plant reaches deal with Idaho Power

A struggling southeastern Idaho solar-industry manufacturer has reached an agreement with Idaho Power Co., substantially reducing its energy bill after the manufacturer complained it was being overcharged. Hoku Materials in the agreement announced Feb. 17 will see its monthly minimum ...

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