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Rich in Recreation (access required)

Idaho is rich in undeveloped land. About 75 percent of the state is owned by either the federal or state government. That’s one reason the state is famous for hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, rafting, snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing and more. “If ...

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Western governors show habitat maps

Governors in 16 states unveiled a high-tech wildlife habitat mapping project Dec. 12 that they hope will encourage economic development across the West while protecting the region’s environmental treasures – an ambitious effort that’s winning praise from conservationists and the ...

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Justices air out issues in EPA pollution case (access required)

During an expanded, 90-minute argument session on Dec. 10, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court wrangled over whether the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to impose power plant emission rules upon states that contribute to the air pollution ...

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China seeking to export apples to US

China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And that’s OK with growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America’s apple crop. Having the world’s No. 1 apple producer as a competitor may seem ...

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Economist challenges idea of aging farmer crisis

Agriculture economists have long warned that farmers are getting old and staying on their land longer, delaying the turnover to a younger generation. But an Ohio State University professor argues that those fears are overstated and the United States likely ...

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Idaho company pushes plan to divert Big Wood water

A company’s proposal to divert water from a central Idaho river to recharge a local aquifer so its clients can use their wells during dry periods has drawn opposition from conservation groups, government agencies and utilities on concerns the project ...

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Hat Ranch Winery buying Vale Wine Co. (access required)

Hat Ranch Winery is buying Vale Wine Co. The two wineries, both located near Caldwell, have partnered and shared winemaking equipment in the past. Both wine labels will still be available for sale after the deal is completed at the ...

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Ski areas supplement volunteer training for patrols (access required)

Idaho law sets a minimum standard for ski patrol training. But some ski areas are hiring patrollers with additional training to provide more extensive medical care to injured skiers and snowboarders. Idaho ski areas are required by state law “to ...

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Washington-based Avista Corp to buy Alaska utility

Spokane, Wash.-based energy company Avista Corp. announced plans Oct. 4 to buy Alaska Energy and Resources Co., the privately held parent of Juneau’s electric utility. The companies expect the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, to close by July. ...

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Invasive weed creeps northwest from cotton country

A weed that can cause deep losses in corn and soybean yields is making its way from the South into the Midwest. Palmer amaranth can shoot up as high as 7 feet, and just one plant can produce up to ...

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