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Boise foreclosure rate hits seven-year low (access required)

Foreclosure rates in Treasure Valley dipped to .63 percent in January, the lowest rates since October 2007, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic. Foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans in the Boise region started the year at about half the ...

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Idaho teacher salaries took an unexplained dip in 2013-14 (access required)

The average teacher pay in Idaho dropped by more than $200 from 2012-13 to 2013-14 — a decrease that the state’s teachers’ union can’t explain, Idaho Education News reported. On average, only two states pay their teachers less than Idaho. ...

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Feds: Monsanto released dangerous chemicals at Idaho plant

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice on March 26 announced ...

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Boise company puts finishing touches on 48-unit apartment complex in Fruitland (access required)

Thomas Development is building a 47,148-square-foot affordable housing complex for seniors on 3 acres in Fruitland. The company has built about 70 apartment complexes and 15 commercial buildings over the last 25 years, said Tom Mannschreck, co-owner of the development ...

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A revamp for Hotel 43 (access required)

The tiger-stripe hallway carpets are gone at Hotel 43, but the independent hotel hasn’t lost any of its whimsy in its recent $2 million renovation. Hallways now have carpet squares with alternating zebra, jaguar and cow prints. Hallways are decorated ...

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Utah Jazz buy minor league Stampede basketball team (access required)

The Utah Jazz have bought the Idaho Stampede from a group of local investors, ending the 18-year run of local ownership of the minor league basketball team. The Jazz become the eighth NBA team to buy a minor league franchise, ...

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County Line Brewing opening in former Kilted Dragon space (access required)

County Line Brewing will open March 28 in a 3,500-square-foot space formerly occupied by Kilted Dragon Brewing, which closed last year. The two breweries first considered sharing the space and equipment, but now County Line will fully occupy the space ...

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Idaho Senate approves decriminalizing marijuana extract oil

The Idaho Senate has approved legalizing oil extracted from cannabis plants to treat children with severe forms epilepsy after lengthy and sometimes tearful debate from lawmakers urging the bill’s passage. Senators voted 22-12 on March 24 to decriminalize the oil, ...

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Report says beetles don’t make forests more likely to burn

Mountain pine beetles have left vast tracts of dead, dry trees in the West, raising fears that they’re more vulnerable to wildfire outbreaks, but a new study found no evidence that bug-infested forests are more likely to burn than healthy ...

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