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Feds sue for clean up costs in Idaho mine (access required)

The U.S. government is suing the owner of mining property in Blaine County to pay for cleanup costs to stop the erosion and release of harmful substances, allegedly including lead and arsenic. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge has ordered both ...

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Proposed rock closure pits BLM against climbers, ranchers (access required)

A federal agency’s plan to close a rock-climbing area known as Massacre Rocks has pitted the Bureau of Land Management against climbers and ranchers who want to keep the land open. Climbers say the basaltic rock east of American Falls ...

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Lawsuits in the pipeline over fracking (access required)

Litigation over oil and natural gas industry techniques that include hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is underway across the country and expected to spread. Over the past few years, the use of fracking to drive natural gas out of shale rock ...

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Obama to step up power line projects

The Obama administration wants to speed up permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines in 12 states, as it moves to create jobs and modernize the nation’s power grid. The projects are intended to serve as pilot demonstrations ...

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Hailey students look to sack plastic grocery bags (access required)

Maggie Willliams and Lex Shapiro, both 16-year-old juniors at Wood River High School in Hailey, consider themselves environmentalists. Clearing the community of trash made them activists.  The teen girls are members of the school’s environmental club W.A.T.E.R., for We Appreciate ...

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Corn acreage sees big growth in Idaho (access required)

Sid Freeman increased his corn acreage about 20 percent this year at Sunny View Farms north of Caldwell. “It was a rotation-driven decision,” he said. “But it so happens the markets are pretty decent right now.” Corn acreage increased in ...

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2011 a big water year for Idaho (access required)

Reservoirs around Idaho will have plenty of water to carry into next year thanks to above-average precipitation during the water year that officially ends Sept. 30. “We’re going to be in really good shape at the end of this year,” ...

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Cherries, other crops slowed by cold spring

It’s too early to know for sure how Idaho’s cherry crop fared financially this season, but it’s clear many southwestern cherries took a big hit from frost and a cold spring. Cherry growers saw their yields drop to about one-tenth ...

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Japan now largest Asian market for Idaho wood products (access required)

Japan became the largest Asian market for Idaho wood products this year. A few Idaho wood products companies turned to Japan a half-dozen years ago as the U.S. construction market showed signs of impending decline. Those companies have found success ...

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Study looks into Treasure Valley trees’ value (access required)

A first-ever survey conducted in the Treasure Valley this summer should give planners, developers and residents a sense of trees’ worth. To complete the Treasure Valley Tree Canopy Assessment, Idaho Department of Lands interns from the College of Western Idaho ...

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