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Company poised to begin drilling for natural gas

A Texas company is poised to begin production drilling for natural gas from a pair of wells in southwestern Idaho. Houston-based oil company Alta Mesa, a partner with Snake River Oil and Gas, could begin as early as this week, ...

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Lower Idaho potato acreage could boost prices (access required)

Idaho potato growers planted 28,000 fewer acres of potatoes in 2013 than in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2013 acreage report. That could lead to better prices for growers. “This is actually really good news,” said Paul ...

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Experts: Expect bigger, fierce wildfire in US West

There’s a dangerous but basic equation behind the wildfire that killed 19 Arizona firefighters and other blazes raging across the American West this summer: More heat, more drought, more fuel and more people in the way are adding up to ...

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State issues two new gas drilling permits in Payette County (access required)

For the first time in more than two years, Idaho regulators approved permits to drill for oil and gas. Alta Mesa Services received approval from the Idaho Department of Lands on June 11 and June 27 for two drilling locations. ...

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Idaho Power rates going up (access required)

Idaho utility regulators approved increasing Idaho Power’s electricity rates by 15 percent starting June 1. Idaho Power had requested a smaller increase in 2013, followed by a larger increase in 2014, but the Idaho Public Utilities Commission rejected spreading out ...

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Industrial metal mines finding hard times in Idaho (access required)

Parts of Idaho’s mining industry are wavering under the pressure of low market prices. A planned cobalt mine backed away in early May, and another heavy metals mine is ramping down operations throughout 2013. Formation Metals, a Canadian company that ...

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Idaho spud giant bets on biotech potatoes

A dozen years after a customer revolt forced Monsanto to ditch its genetically engineered potato, an Idaho company aims to resurrect high-tech spuds. This month, tuber processing giant J.R. Simplot Co. asked the U.S. government to approve five varieties of ...

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