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Hecla faces second stockholder lawsuit (access required)

A second stockholder in northern Idaho’s Hecla Mining Co. is suing the company over a recent drop in share price and several public announcements that included the closing of the Lucky Friday mine near Mullan. The complaint filed Feb. 14 ...

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Monsanto takes on utilities in disclosure fight

Monsanto Co. is picking a fight with Idaho’s utilities, arguing they should be forced to disclose more information about costs of future power plants or transmission lines so customers will be better armed to oppose unnecessary rate hikes. The St. ...

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EPA proposes big cuts in Silver Valley cleanup

The massive cleanup of a century’s worth of mining pollution in Idaho’s Silver Valley would be cut nearly in half under a proposal Feb. 15 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA released a plan that calls for cutting the cost ...

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Mustang advocates say panel is hostile to cause

Wild horse protection advocates are accusing the federal Bureau of Land Management of stacking a public advisory board with friends of cattle ranchers at the expense of mustangs, and warning that the panel is increasingly sympathetic to the idea of ...

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Idaho, Wash. forests receive restoration money

Two national forests in Idaho and Washington state could receive more than $90 million over the next 10 years as part of a forest restoration plan intended to boost timber production and create jobs while making forests healthier and less ...

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A new approach to running the river (access required)

 River rafting guides on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho have traditionally stuck to taking their clients down the roughly 100 mile stretch of river on, well, rafts.  Management at Echo River Trips in Hood River, Ore., ...

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Idaho bucks U.S. cattle herd drop with help from dairy herd (access required)

 The nation’s cattle and calf population has dropped 2 percent in the last year, but Idaho’s herd is stable.  The national drop  pushed the U.S. total to its lowest in 60 years and drove beef prices higher, the U.S. Department of ...

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Laxer raw milk regulation effort fails (access required)

The House Agricultural Affairs Committee has snuffed a plan from Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, that would expand the state’s raw milk market.    Other lawmakers were concerned that Barbieri’s efforts would upset the current system, which requires hard bargaining ...

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Nampa Sorrento Lactalis cheese plant plans $40 million expansion (access required)

The Sorrento Lactalis cheese processing plant in Nampa plans to more than quadruple its production of mozzarella cheese in the next year with a $40 million expansion. Construction will start in March on a new 61,300-square-foot facility, Lactalis officials said ...

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Large restoration project set for Silver Creek in central Idaho

The Nature Conservancy has entered into an agreement with a central Idaho rancher to restore a large pond that feeds into Silver Creek, a nationally renowned fly-fishing destination. Spokesman Matt Miller said the restoration will remove sediment from Kilpatrick Pond ...

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