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Idaho October red meat production down 80 percent over last year (access required)

Idaho red meat production is in decline. According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, commercial red meat production at Idaho packing plants for October was down 80 percent from last year, with just 3.5 million pounds processed. The amount ...

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Lawmakers scale back energy incentives, advocate

An interim legislative committee is backing away from previous support for the creation of a consumer advocacy office for the state’s utility customers and a set of tax incentives for renewable energy. The Legislature’s Interim Energy, Environment and Technology Committee ...

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N. Idaho miner dies after accident in Lucky Friday

A mine worker died Nov. 19 of injuries suffered in an accident Nov. 17 at a northern Idaho silver mine, the operation’s second fatal incident this year. Lucky Friday Mine officials said Brandon Lloyd Gray of Kellogg died at an ...

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Accident stops work at the Lucky Friday Mine

Work has stopped at the Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho as Hecla Mining Company officials and federal investigators look into an accident that happened late on Nov. 17. According to Hecla, the accident occurred as part of the construction ...

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Labrador backs cutting energy subsidies to cut taxes (access required)

Freshman Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador is supporting legislation to scrap more than a dozen tax breaks and subsidies for energy production and use the up to $90 billion in savings in the next decade to reduce corporate taxes. One ...

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Idaho ranks No. 19 in the nation for wind projects (access required)

Idaho ranks No. 19 in the country for wind projects, putting it behind West Virginia. Oregon ranks No. 7, and Washington is at No. 6 after the third quarter of 2011, according to a report from the American Wind Energy ...

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Company to sell natural gas wells in W. Idaho

A company that produced what appear to be commercially viable natural gas wells in western Idaho has announced that it’s selling its Western Idaho Basin project. The Idaho Statesman reports that Bridge Resources Corp. and its partner, Paramax Resources Ltd., ...

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Risch wants to open public lands for renewable energy (access required)

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch supports legislation recently introduced in Congress to spur development of renewable energy projects on federally-owned land. The legislation, sponsored by Montana Sen. Jon Tester, would streamline the permitting process for leasing federal lands and create pilot ...

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Kimberly company flourishes on high demand for native seeds (access required)

In August, lightning sparked a fire that scorched 63,000 acres in Owyhee County. The fire consumed many plant species, including wheatgrass seedings, Wyoming big sagebrush, Sandberg bluegrass, Indian ricegrass and cheatgrass. It left behind a problem that the company Conservation ...

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Idaho Forest Group to buy Clearwater’s Lewiston sawmill

Clearwater Paper Corp. will sell its Lewiston sawmill to Idaho Forest Group of Coeur d’Alene for $30 million. Clearwater said it expects tough market conditions to persist in the lumber industry, and that the mill now will be operated by ...

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