Regional News

Check in to get away: Zion park aims to require reservations

Jul 21st, 2017 | By
Jud Burkett /The Spectrum & Daily News via AP, File
Hikers climb down the Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park in Utah in this 2011 file photo. Crowds flocked in record numbers to Zion National Park in 2015, with visitation up 28 percent in the first quarter of 2015. The National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016 and has urged Americans to rediscover the country's scenic wonders or find new parks to visit through marketing campaigns that include giving free passes to every fourth-grader and their families.

By Lindsay Whitehurst/Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It would be a first for a U.S. national park: requiring reservations to get in. But it’s an option that Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors to its sweeping red-rock vistas and canyons in Utah. Zion, which welcomed 4.3 million
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Idaho June Unemployment Rate Declines to 3.1 Percent

Jul 21st, 2017 | By
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Press Release Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the fourth consecutive month in June to 3.1 percent, further squeezing an already tight labor market. June’s unemployment drop is the result of more than 2,000 Idahoans exiting the workforce or ending their work search. Total employment dropped by nearly 700 while the total number of
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Report: No revenue spike for Idaho so far from Amazon deal

Jun 13th, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi /Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho tax revenues didn’t spike during the first month of collecting online sales tax on internet purchases from Amazon, according to the most recent revenue forecast report. Earlier this year, the giant e-commerce company announced it had struck a deal with the Idaho State Tax Commission
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Police to pay bar owners $17K in liquor license settlement

Jun 13th, 2017 | By
A section of champagne and sparkling wine at the State Liquor Store in Logan on Thursday. (Jennifer Meyers/Herald Journal)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho State Police will pay $17,000 to two bar owners in southwest Idaho who had their liquor license suspended for hosting a burlesque show. The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/2t3VjIz ) reports that Shannon Fairchild and Levi Burden, a couple who own The Intersection in New Meadows, sued the Idaho State Police hoping
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Idaho woman seeks compensation for leveled home

Jun 13th, 2017 | By

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman rented her home to a man she thought had plans to buy it. He instead demolished it. Shammie Fisher is fighting in court to get compensation for her ruined Boise home. Idaho Supreme Court sided with Fisher in May in her appeal of a lower-court ruling that her
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Idaho county commissioners to hear sorghum, biogas project

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

PARMA, Idaho (AP) — Idaho county commissioners are scheduled to hear an appeal for a proposed sorghum and biogas plant in southwestern Idaho. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2qQGegw ) the Treasure Valley Renewables firm is seeking a planned unit development agreement that would allow it to manufacture or produce hazardous chemicals or gasses near Parma.
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Hemingway house changes hands, still off limits to public

May 31st, 2017 | By
Ernest Hemingway working on his book For Whom the Bell Tolls at the Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho in December 1939. (WikiCommons Photo.)

By Keith Ridler/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ownership of the Idaho house where Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his last works before killing himself in the main entryway in 1961 has changed hands but will stay off limits to the public. The Nature Conservancy transferred the two-story, 2,500-square-foot house in the Idaho resort town
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Meridian Ranked 13th Nationally for Population Growth in 2016

May 31st, 2017 | By
Idaho Population Growth Rates by County

Idaho Department of Labor Press Release Meridian’s population grew 4.5 percent in 2016, ranking it 13th nationally, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Meridian was the state’s fastest-growing city with a population increase of 4,122 or 4.5 percent. Boise remains the largest city with a population of 223,154. Three-fourths of Idaho’s cities – 148 –
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Idaho Population Projected to Increase 15.3% by 2025

May 31st, 2017 | By
Idaho Population Growth Rates by County

Idaho Department of Labor Press Release  A new forecasting model produced by the Idaho Department of Labor projects that the statewide population will increase by 15.3 percent from 2015 to 2025. This projection estimates that the state population will reach approximately 1,907,000 in 2025. While national population growth remains low – at approximately 0.5 percent
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Idaho business defends plan to sell marijuana extract oil

May 8th, 2017 | By
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A small business owner in southwestern Idaho says he plans on selling oil extracted from marijuana despite operating in a state with strict drug laws. Mike Larsen, who co-owns Welcomed Science, tells KTVB-TV (http://bit.ly/2qw1reJ ) that he believes Idaho law allows businesses to sell the mature stalk of a marijuana plant.
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