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N. Idaho communities may lose Forest Service jobs when headquarters move

A plan by the U.S. Forest Service to relocate the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest supervisor’s offices away from Grangeville and Orofino will hurt those communities, Idaho and Clearwater county officials say. The Forest Service announced the week of Jan. 30 ...

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Commerce Department steps into solar trade war with China (access required)

The trade war between U.S. solar manufacturers and China continues to blaze, and Jan. 30 the U.S. Department of Commerce stirred up more controversy with its announcement that any duties levied by the U.S. will be charged retroactively. The SolarWorld-led ...

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Avista, trash-to-energy power plant reach short-term deal (access required)

A northern Idaho landfill power plant that should be up and running by the end of February now has a short-term power purchasing agreement with Avista Energy, the electricity utility that serves that region of the state as well as ...

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Hells Canyon outfitter expands (access required)

In a market where some estimate more than a 20 percent loss in customers, one river outfitter is in the midst of a dramatic expansion. Killgore Adventures, which does Hells Canyon jet boat tours, fishing trips and may expand to ...

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Gas drillers, Idaho counties reach agreement

A group representing Idaho counties and a group representing companies interested in tapping natural gas in the state announced an agreement Jan. 29 on legislation they plan to introduce into the Idaho Legislature next month. The Idaho Association of Counties ...

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Idaho solar plant faces deadline to pay Idaho Power electric bill for December

A struggling southeastern Idaho solar-industry manufacturer has paid its November bill of $1.9 million to Idaho Power Co. and has until Jan. 26 to pay interest on the bill along with its December’s bill, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission says. The ...

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Amid dispute with Idaho Power, Hoku gets $10 million (access required)

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is set to rule on whether Idaho Power can shut off the lights on Hoku Materials’ Pocatello plant, but the solar cell parts company announced Jan. 11 an infusion of $10 million from its Chinese ...

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Feds close Lucky Friday mine for a year

Federal regulators have closed Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho for the rest of the year.   Well over 200 employees and contractors will be displaced, Hecla Mining Co. officials said Jan. 11. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has ...

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Judge rules against Atlanta Gold in pollution case

A federal judge has determined that Atlanta Gold Inc. is legally responsible for high levels of arsenic and iron flowing from an abandoned mine shaft and polluting a tributary of the Boise River system. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mikel H. Williams ...

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Low snowpack could increase pressure on reservoirs (access required)

Idaho will have to rely on water stored in reservoirs to meet demand this year if paltry snow totals persist. Even though Boise saw some scattered snow flurries on Jan. 10, snow has been scarce this winter and the state’s snowpacks  are ...

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