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Idaho tourism industry shows signs of hope

Idaho’s $3 billion tourism industry is showing fledgling signs of recovery, with outfitters among those who expect their businesses to expand this year after the poor economy caused guests to …


Hecla Mining opens Silver Valley office

Hecla Mining Co. is opening an office in Idaho’s Silver Valley to keep local residents abreast of future expansions at the Lucky Friday Mine and the company’s role in environmental …


Minnick spending-cut bill gains new stature

Legislation proposed by freshman Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick to make it easier for the president to push Congress to slice specific items out of big spending bills has been latched …


In brief: Inspection finds damage in mine

The Lucky Friday Mine in North Idaho was evacuated Thursday morning when a routine inspection uncovered damage to the No. 2 shaft, which serves as a secondary escape route for …


Raul Labrador eyes more nuclear power

Idaho Republican congressional candidate Raul Labrador on Tuesday unveiled a plan for economic prosperity that leans heavily on the state developing a more robust nuclear power industry and exporting this …


Two Nine Mile teens drowned in North Idaho

Two Nine Mile Falls teenagers drowned early Saturday morning in North Idaho’s Lion Head Creek at the north end of Priest Lake.


Bayview stays afloat amid changing times

Editor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series of articles exploring the history of Bayview, Idaho, and its environs as the community celebrates its centennial. Today, Bayview, Idaho, …


Forest fire in 1910 ruined Grand Forks

The town of Grand Forks was populated by railroad workers and scalawags of every type who enjoyed and profited from all the vices. It was said that Taft, Mont., was …


Hazardous waste volume declines

BOISE – Idaho generated far less hazardous waste in 2009 – 28.6 percent less – than the year before, and imported a third less. An annual report to the governor …


Otter should just let the chips fall at retirement center

A few months ago Butch Otter, the governor of Idaho, was soliciting ideas to help his state in these times of economic duress. Now it’s been years since I called …


Otter seeks midyear cuts

BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday declared his support for additional midyear budget cuts that would hit schools along with all other state operations. Otter said he’ll include …


Injury collision at Sagle under investigation

Idaho State Police are investigating the cause of a three-vehicle accident this morning that resulted in injuries along U.S. HIghway 95 at Sagle.


Hayden grocery store robbed at gunpoint

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who robbed a Hayden grocery store at gunpoint early Saturday morning.


Idaho road signs tell colorful history

If you’re like most folks, road signs that denote historic sites or doings often blur as you whiz by. That’s too bad: if you take the time to stop, their …


Idaho’s new hunt

More than 15,000 hunters have purchased tags for the first authorized wolf hunts in some 80 years in Idaho and Montana. Experts say few of these hunters are likely to …


Federal court nails four for passing phony bills

BOISE – Four counterfeiters have been nailed in federal court in Boise, all for making or passing fake $100 bills in Idaho. One of them, Brian Mercier, 34, of Salt …


He refuses to apologize, but Rammell’s one sorry guy

There was a time back in my naive younger days of journalism when the imbecilic behavior of politicians would confound me. “How can these so-called leaders be such embarrassing clods?” …


Wolf hunting just one facet of management, experts say

Some tough love – including regulated hunting – is needed to carve a permanent niche for wolves reintroduced to the Northern Rocky Mountains, say leading wolf authorities in this region …


Six dead wolf pups found in Idaho

FAIRFIELD, Idaho – Six dead wolf pups have been discovered on national forest land in south-central Idaho, state officials announced today.


Thousands buy Idaho wolf hunting tags

The first hunter to buy a wolf tag at Idaho’s Fish & Game headquarters in Boise this morning, J.D. Dennis of Kuna, arrived 55 minutes before the sale started. “Fortunately, …


Court ruling shields roadless U.S. forests

A federal appeals court Wednesday blocked road construction on more than 40 million acres of pristine national forests. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of …


Free vaccines extended

The state of Idaho will buy all required vaccines for children through January 2010, Gov. Butch Otter said Tuesday. The announcement comes weeks after a legislative task force voted to …


Idaho prison weathers swine flu outbreak

BOISE – A swine flu outbreak at Idaho’s privately operated prison south of Boise has sickened at least 13 inmates, and all visitors or volunteers have been shut out for …


Idaho jobless rate hits 26-year high

Seasonally adjusted unemployment in Idaho rose half a percentage point in June, to 8.3 percent. It’s the highest jobless rate since October 1983, the state Department of Labor said Thursday. …


Recession has rural Idahoans staying put

BOISE - Rural Idaho residents have been staying put in the current recession, unlike the previous recession when they moved in large numbers to the state’s urban areas. People can’t …


Idaho lists boat inspection sites

The Idaho Department of Agriculture has posted the location of four boat inspection sites in North Idaho for vessels coming into the state.


Woman hit by train identified

A California woman is dead, and a Rathdrum man is in critical condition at Kootenai County Medical Center after being hit Monday by trains in Idaho.


More Idaho mothers to be eligible for assistance

BOISE — More mothers will be eligible for food assistance through a program for Women, Infants and Children under new income guidelines, according to the Idaho Department of Health and …


Abuse victims slow to block addresses

CALDWELL, Idaho— So far a dozen Idaho residents have taken advantage of a new law allowing victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault to keep their addresses out of …


Idaho unemployment hits 22-year high

Idaho’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.8 percent in May, a 22-year high. Nearly 5,600 workers lost their jobs last month, pushing the statewide total to 58,300, the Idaho Department of …