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Idaho governor weighs in on immigration detention contract

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter told Jerome County officials that they should not be swayed by possible legal challenges as they consider leasing space in the county’s new jail to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In an Aug. 28 letter, ...

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Student loans dictate career moves (access required)

Students in a class at the College of Western Idaho, the Treasure Valley’s  7-year-old community college. Most business owners and managers say that finding skilled workers is their most pressing need. File photo.

Under the weight of student loan debt, people are making career decisions that limit their mobility in the Idaho workforce. Idaho ranked 11th overall, and 3rd in the proportion of students with debt, in the WalletHub 2017 student on student ...

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Museum of Idaho receives $110,000 for expansion, programs (access required)

The Columbian Mammoth named Biadekepe languishes in storage now but will become a permanent display once the Museum of Idaho expansion is complete. File photo

The Museum of Idaho has received a $110,000 grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation Inc. that will enable the facility to complete an expansion that will nearly double its size. The gift completed the museum’s capital campaign goal for ...

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Big Sky basketball tournaments will play in Boise 2019-21 (access required)

Big Sky Conference Commissioner Andrea Williams announced that the CenturyLink Arena in Boise would host the conference basketball championships in 2019-21. Photo by Teya Vitu.

The Big Sky Conference will play its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in downtown Boise in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The tournaments will be staged simultaneously at the CenturyLink Area, starting the week of March 11-16, 2019. The tournament will ...

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Power company maps energy plan for Idaho and Oregon

An Idaho Power transmission line. Photo courtesy of Idaho Power

Idaho Power wants to retire two coal-fired power plants it says won’t be able to produce electricity at competitive prices as part of a 20-year plan to provide energy for Idaho and Oregon that has drawn concerns about cost, pollution ...

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Historic 1915 courthouse in Adams County to be demolished

A 1915 historic courthouse in Adams County is slated to be demolished after the abandoned building was condemned in the spring. KTVB-TV reported that the Adams County commissioners on Sept. 15 sought bids for contractors to gut the more than ...

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A word with Shelby Bills of Graeber & Company (access required)

Shelby Bills, co-owner of the Graeber & Company salon in downtown Boise, stocks the shelves with beauty supplies August 31. Photo by Glenn Landberg

Shelby Bills is a managing owner at Graeber & Company, the venerable downtown Boise salon. Bills, who grew up in Meridian, started working at Graeber when she was 15, moving to a front desk job at 19, and bought a ...

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Judge: Mining company in contempt for Idaho water pollution

A federal judge is holding the Atlanta Gold mining company in contempt of court for allowing arsenic and iron to enter a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Boise River. Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush released the decision ...

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Idaho exchange contract raises conflict of interest concerns

Idaho has hired St. Luke’s Health System to help people choose a health plan on the online insurance exchange, even though the health care giant stands to financially benefit when customers choose certain plans. Some Your Health Idaho board members ...

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