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Committee kills wind tower moratorium plan (access required)

A House committee voted March 22 to kill a bill that would have halted development of wind projects for two years. The House State Affairs Committee voted 11-8 against the bill, which would have prevented new wind projects from starting ...

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Idaho National Lab offers to assist Japan (access required)

The Idaho National Engineering Laboratory offered to help Japan in the wake of the March 11 earthquake that seriously damaged nuclear reactors. “To our customer, DOE (the U.S. Department of Energy), we have made it known we are ready to ...

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Eastern Idaho lawmaker calls for moratorium on wind towers (access required)

House lawmakers plan a hearing the week of March 14 on a bill that would halt development of wind projects for two years. Sponsor Rep. Erik Simpson, R-Idaho Falls, says recent wind developments around Idaho have given the state more ...

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Idaho County officials reject N. Idaho land swap

Commissioners in Idaho County have written a letter to the U.S. Forest Service rejecting the agency’s proposed land exchange with a timber company, contending it would be disastrous for the county. Commissioners contend that putting about 40,000 acres of private ...

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PUC sees flurry of post-moratorium wind pacts (access required)

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is considering numerous proposed sales agreements submitted after the effective date of a temporary moratorium on large-scale wind power development. Idaho Power, Avista and Rocky Mountain Power contend large companies have been dividing wind projects ...

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Imperial Oil delays U.S 12 megaload test (access required)

(Updates to add additional sources) Imperial Oil postponed shipment of its test module on U.S. 12 to the Montana line, originally scheduled to leave the Port of Lewiston March 7. The test module is built to represent the maximum weight ...

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Hecla could pay $263.4 million to settle pollution claim (access required)

The company that has owned and operated the Lucky Friday silver mine in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District has offered to pay $263.4 million in cash and stock to settle a long-running pollution lawsuit with the state and federal governments ...

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Ground Force Manufacturing to add factory space, hire 40 workers (access required)

A Kootenai County company that makes mining industry equipment plans to build a new factory and hire 40 people to staff it within three months. Ground Force Manufacturing, which has 100 employees at a factory in Post Falls, will close ...

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Seeds big business in southwest Idaho (access required)

Greenleaf Farms operator Dave Dixon is asking neighbors what they will plant this year, and the answers will determine if he plants foundation plots of sweet corn seed. “If I can’t find adequate isolation, then I won’t raise the seed,” ...

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Rocky Mountain Power files to adjust for power cost (access required)

Residential electricity rates would increase about 6 percent starting April 1 under Rocky Mountain Power’s planned energy-cost adjustment reflecting annual changes in power supply costs that are not included in base rates. The company operates in eastern Idaho. This is ...

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