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Federal trucking ELD regulations tough for livestock haulers (access required)

A federal regulation intended to help improve trucking safety has an unintended consequence for Idaho’s livestock industry. In 2012, the United States Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, commonly called MAP-21. Among other things, ...

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Officials: Exploding targets ignite eastern Idaho wildfires

Federal officials say target shooters illegally using exploding targets on public land have started five wildfires in eastern Idaho and officials will pursue recovering the costs of fighting the fires from those responsible. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said ...

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Aging lookout towers still key during fire season in US West

Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers. Indeed, some of the structures are more than 100 years old. But with their ...

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A photographer’s survey of Idaho’s historic courthouses

Retired attorney Ron Sipherd took these photos of Idaho courthouses on two trips with his wife in 2007 and 2011. Sipherd, an active amateur photographer, has photographed 24 out of the 44 county courthouses in Idaho. Sipherd started out casually, ...

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Another endangered species: Historic Idaho courthouses

When people talk about “America’s crumbling infrastructure,” they usually mean roads and bridges. But another piece of America’s infrastructure is crumbling: county courthouses. With some county courthouses dating to the years before Idaho became a state, repairs are due. Apart ...

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Health care industry branches into fresh meals, rides to gym

That hot lunch delivered to your door? Your health insurer might pick up the tab. The cleaning crew that fixed up your apartment while you recovered from a stroke? The hospital staff helped set that up. Health care is shifting ...

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Idaho is among the lowest in the US for number of women judges

Idaho ranks nearly last in the nation when it comes to the percentage of women judges on the state’s courts. But nearly last is a slight improvement: In 2012, Idaho had the lowest percentage in the nation at just 12 ...

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