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6 lose jobs at Idaho treatment center after abuse claims

Aug 15th, 2017 | By
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By Kimbersee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Six employees at a treatment center for people with severe disabilities have lost their jobs after an investigation concluded that some staffers physically and psychologically abused residents, Idaho’s welfare agency said Tuesday. Two of the employees abused the residents at a unit of the Southwest Idaho Treatment
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Idaho officials eye selling 10 commercial properties

Aug 15th, 2017 | By
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By Keith Ridler / Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials on Tuesday moved forward with a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy timberland and agricultural land that the state uses to generate revenue to fund schools. The Idaho Land Board voted 4-0 to advance
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Fire Protection Association organizes in eastern Idaho

Aug 15th, 2017 | By
Farmers and ranchers have managed wildfires in the eastern Idaho highlands for generations using farm equipment. Now the Henry’s Creek Rural Fire Protection Association aims to integrate them into the official fire response.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new Rural Fire Protection Association has formed in the wake of one of the most devastating wildfires to hit eastern Idaho. Aug. 21 marks the one-year anniversary of the ignition of the 83-square-mile (215-square-kilometer) fire. It also marks the date of the solar eclipse, which will bring a swarm
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Wells Fargo increases contribution to Bannock Development

Aug 9th, 2017 | By
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Press Release Wells Fargo’s presented a $5,000 check to the Bannock Development Corporation Tuesday to support its economic development programs. “We are happy to support Bannock Development in their mission, which helps grow our community’s employment and economy,” said Kory Call, Wells Fargo District Manager of Southeast Idaho. The contribution increases the banks investment level in
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Prosecutors seek prison time, fines for Idaho boat builder

Aug 7th, 2017 | By

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than five years in prison, $3.2 million in restitution and a $3.7 million forfeiture judgment for a former Boise businessman. Sentencing for Christopher Bohnenkamp, who pleaded guilty in April to wire fraud and bank fraud related to his companies, which built boats and trailers,
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Idaho nuclear facility bans hunting on day of solar eclipse

Aug 7th, 2017 | By
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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An 890-square-mile (2,305-sq. kilometer) federal nuclear facility in eastern Idaho has banned hunters from the area on the day of the solar eclipse. The Idaho National Laboratory is directly on the “path of totality” of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, and high numbers of eclipse watchers are expected along roads
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S. Idaho museums try to preserve past with little cash

Aug 7th, 2017 | By
Dr. Gene Petty announces his family's estate will fund the planned expansion of the Museum of Idaho at a press conference.

By Mychel Matthews/Associated Press TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Owner Herman Stricker in the 1870s sold opium to Chinese miners who worked and lived in the Snake River Canyon. The foundation of his China House opium den still stands near the rock outline of “Stagecoach King” Ben Holladay’s stage stop. West of the site lie
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6 workers injured when building under construction collapses

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By

PARMA, Idaho (AP) — Six construction workers were injured when a building that was under construction collapsed in the southwestern Idaho town of Parma. KBOI-TV reports (https://goo.gl/pUxzRg ) police believe 14 workers were standing on the building when it collapsed Wednesday afternoon. Police say some of the workers were trapped under debris but were able to
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Cellphone service could be spotty for rural eclipse-watchers

Jul 31st, 2017 | By
About 10 percent of Americans own a smartphone, but do not have broadband at home. And 15 percent own a smartphone, but say that they have a limited number of options for going online other than their cellphone. Verizon recently launched smartphone data speeds that compare to in-home broadband.

By Jim Salter /Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — If you plan to livestream next month’s solar eclipse from one of the prime viewing spots, here’s a thought: Keep your phone in your pocket, put on your paper shades and just enjoy the celestial wonder. The Aug. 21 solar eclipse, when passage of the moon
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Boise bans excessively loud vehicles, authorizes $100 fines

Jul 31st, 2017 | By
Traffic going into and out of Chubbuck over Interstate 86 has become congested during rush hour. The traffic jams at the interchange are creating long lines.
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The city of Boise has passed an ordinance allowing authorities to issue fines of up to $100 to people whose vehicles are excessively loud. The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/2vbuSFK ) the “excessive exhaust and muffler noise” ordinance was passed on Tuesday and goes into effect July 31. It prohibits the removal of
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