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Hecla: 2009 silver production reached 10.9M ounces

Hecla Mining Co. produced 10.9 million ounces of silver in 2009, a record amount for the company and an increase of 26 percent from the prior year. The Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla reported output of 44,000 tons of lead and 80,000 ...

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Payette nuke proposal wins with county planners (access required)

A years-long effort by Alternate Energy Holdings Inc. to build a commercial nuclear power plant in Idaho took a small but significant step forward on Jan. 14, when planning and zoning commissioners voted to amend Payette County’s comprehensive plan to ...

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Idaho delegation asks for help for potato growers

Idaho’s congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help potato growers struggling because of the low prices and oversupply of domestic potatoes. In a letter to the administrator of the agency’s Agricultural Marketing Service, Sens. Mike Crapo ...

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Minnick, Simpson announce $14M to attack bark beetles (access required)

U.S. Reps. Walt Minnick and Mike Simpson announced Jan. 14 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $14 million to safeguard Idaho forests damaged by bark beetle infestation. The money will accelerate efforts to improve watershed resiliency, restore forest ...

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Sandpoint heats up for the winter (access required)

If you ever wanted to visit Bedford Falls, memorable from Frank Capra’s classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life, take a trip to Sandpoint during the winter months. With average snowfall in this small north Idaho town topping 70 inches ...

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Renovated restaurant features new menu, atmosphere (access required)

Beef will be big at the new Schott’s Steaks & Chops, slated to open late this month. So will martinis. That’s some of what longtime Boise restaurateur Peter Schott plans at his lavishly redone and much-expanded restaurant complex in the ...

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