Regional News

Yellowstone National Park top official to retire

Sep 15th, 2016 | By

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park’s deputy superintendent is set to retire after four decades with the National Park Service. Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2coPdQe ) that Steven Iobst, who was appointed to the position in August 2011, will retire at the end of the month. In his role as deputy superintendent, Iobst has
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BLM approves new geothermal project in Idaho

Sep 15th, 2016 | By
Reykjanes Power Station

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved the first geothermal project on Idaho’s public land since the 1980s. The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/2ccW8Lc ) that the Burley Bureau of Land Management has given the go-ahead for Walker Ranch Energy’s geothermal project, which will include a plant about 13 miles south of Malta. The power plant
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Idaho’s ‘right-to-work’ law faces court challenge on fees

Sep 8th, 2016 | By

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Non-union workers in Idaho could be required to pay fees to the unions that represent them if a lawsuit pending in federal court succeeds. Idaho is one of 26 states with right-to-work laws that forbid requiring union membership as a condition of employment. The lawsuit from the International Union of Operating
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Closed entrance cost Yellowstone visitors in August

Sep 8th, 2016 | By
Photo Courtesy Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The closure of Yellowstone National Park’s south entrance because of wildfire in neighboring Grand Teton National Park cost Yellowstone some visitors in August. The National Park Service counted 841,036 visitors to Yellowstone in August. That’s down 1.5 percent from August 2015. Yellowstone saw large over-the-year increases during the previous
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California governor pushes plan for Western power grid

Sep 8th, 2016 | By
California Gov. Jerry Brown

By Juliet Williams/Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he remains committed to expanding California’s power grid to include other Western states, despite a delay announced this summer when it appeared the state Legislature was unprepared to grant the broader approval needed to advance the project this year. “The efficiency
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Clif Bar, Twin Falls look forward to growth

Sep 1st, 2016 | By
Submitted Photo - Clif Bar & Company Owners, Co-CVOs, and husband and wife team, Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford.

By Heather Kennision / The Times News TWIN FALLS — Clif Bar planned to construct two production lines in its Twin Falls bakery, with room for a third. But it didn’t long to see the demand and need for a third line — and soon. CEO Kevin Cleary said the bakery is already hiring for 67
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Idaho Labor Warns of Unemployment Insurance Benefit Filing Scam

Aug 26th, 2016 | By
Idaho Department of Labor Sign

    Idaho Department of Labor Release The Idaho Department of Labor is investigating a scam in which jobless benefit claimants – and possibly others – are receiving emails from an out-of-state firm called Unemployment Assist that request personally identifiable information to initiate or complete claims for unemployment insurance benefits. The emails are coming from
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Idaho attorney general got $3M in consumer restitution last year

Aug 22nd, 2016 | By
Attorney General Wasden Lawrence

Wire Reports The Idaho Attorney General’s Office received nearly 791 complaints in the 2016 fiscal year. Complaints ranged from Idaho businesses taking money from consumers and then closing their doors, to continued telephone calls from fraudsters posing as Internal Revenue Service employees. The office took 22 enforcement actions. “This year, we had a number of successes,”
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AT&T to hire 175 for Boise call center

Aug 22nd, 2016 | By

Associated Press AT&T announced plans on Monday to hire 175 workers for its AT&T DirecTV call center in Boise at 5800 N. Meeker Drive. The new hires will go through a seven-week training program. AT&T, which bought DirecTV in 2015, has more than 1,100 employees in Idaho and has hired more than 200 in Boise
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DOL: Idaho Projected to See Strong Job Growth through 2024

Aug 11th, 2016 | By
Jobs Article Art

Press Release Idaho’s projected job growth rate is expected to be the sixth fastest in the nation through 2024. The Gem State’s job market is forecast to grow by 20 percent from 2014 through 2024, according to new long-term industry and occupational projections released today by the Idaho Department of Labor. Annually, the projected rate
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