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Idaho geothermal company clears loan milestone

An Idaho-based geothermal energy company said it’s cleared a key hurdle required for it to get a nearly $97 million federal loan guarantee for the 23-megawatt project it’s building in the Oregon desert. U.S. Geothermal said April 11 it’s gotten ...

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Idaho ski areas do well in long, snowy season

Idaho skiers and the state’s collection of resorts have reaped the benefits of a snow-filled season and an improved economy, factors that enabled operators to start up lifts earlier than previous years and put several mountains on pace to set ...

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Idaho Senate kills much-debated energy rebate

Lobbyists for wind energy companies stood in shocked disbelief April 7 after the Idaho Senate narrowly killed a measure to extend a sales tax rebate for alternative energy. The expected deal had been hashed out between lawmakers, utilities and wind ...

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Aquifer recharge starts in middle, upper Snake (access required)

Aquifer recharge is under way in the upper and middle Snake River. Fremont-Madison Irrigation District, in the Henry’s Fork area near Rexburg on the upper Snake, and Southwest Irrigation District near Burley in the middle section of the river, started ...

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Vegetable price spike challenges restaurants (access required)

The $18 case of tomatoes is one thing Chef Lou Aaron misses about last year. “I’m experiencing higher costs across the board for everything,” said Aaron, who is based in Boise and owns West Side Drive-In, Chef Lou’s Gourmet Frozen ...

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Water supplies should be sufficient for power and irrigation (access required)

Heavy precipitation from mid-March onward increased Idaho snowpack to near-normal or better levels. That bodes well for power production, irrigation and recreation. “The past two weeks were very wet and allowed us to catch up,” said Ron Abramovich, water supply ...

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Study estimates economic impact of mining (access required)

The Idaho Mining Association says its members directly employ more than 2,800 people and generated nearly $96 million last year in tax, license and royalty revenues for state and local governments. The association represents Agrium Conda Phosphate, Coeur d’Alene Mines ...

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Energy rebate extension bill rejected by House tax committee (access required)

An attempt to extend Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax rebate for alternative energy projects was rejected March 23. But although House Bill 250 was defeated on a majority voice vote of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, the sales tax ...

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