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China plans to land probes on far side of moon, Mars by 2020

Dec 27th, 2016 | By

By LOUISE WATT ,  Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China vowed Tuesday to speed up the development of its space industry as it set out its plans to become the first country to soft land a probe on the far side of the moon, by around 2018, and launch its first Mars probe by 2020.
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Congress reconsiders rest rules for truckers

Dec 13th, 2016 | By

By Sarah Glenn IDAHO FALLS — Trucking companies are breathing a sigh of relief today while road safety watchdogs wring their hands. Congress tucked language into it’s short-term spending bill that begins to roll back restrictive rules for how long (and when) long-haul truck drivers are required to rest. The whole bill passed the Senate
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The Tasting Room

Nov 8th, 2016 | By
Jim Hickey, left, and his wife, Kim, have opened The Tasting Room at 328 W. Clark St. in Old Town Pocatello.

By Josh Friesen POCATELLO — When Jim and Kim Hickey had the opportunity to buy three high quality wine-dispensing machines from the closed-down Marigolds Wine & Delicacies, they knew they had the makings of something exciting. Six months later, they figured out exactly what to do with them. Now, those dispensing machines sit in The
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Idaho unemployment rate remains at 3.8% in September

Oct 21st, 2016 | By
Idaho Department of Labor Sign

Press Release Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 3.8 percent in September. Nationally the unemployment rate increased from 4.9 to 5 percent. As the current business cycle’s economic expansion matures, Idaho continued to produce large over-the-year job growth in September, ranking third nationally. Total nonfarm jobs had a net gain of 21,500, or 3.2
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Sandpoint Solar Roadways rescheduled

Oct 3rd, 2016 | By
In this May 2014, photo provided by Solar Roadways, Scott Brusaw drives a tractor on a prototype solar-panel parking area at his company's business in Sandpoint, Idaho. Brusaw's idea for solar-powered roads has gone viral and raised more than $1.4 million in crowdsourced funding. Brusaw is proposing to pave driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways with hexagon-shaped solar panels that will produce electricity and could even propel electric cars. (AP Photo/Solar Roadways)

By MARY MALONE /Hagadone News Network,  writer SANDPOINT — The Solar Roadways crew worked day and night to get the project at Jeff Jones Town Square in place for Friday’s unveiling, but to the dismay of Solar Roadways, Inc. owners Scott and Julie Brusaw, the clock ran out. While the curing process of the solar
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Idaho 6th happiest state in nation

Sep 15th, 2016 | By
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Journal Staff Economists are pretty good at measuring the most of the metrics that affect a humming economy – unemployment, incomes, etc. But what about measuring happiness? The elusive metric isn’t easy to fit into a tidy data set – but the folks at WalletHub tried. When all was said and done, their research ranked Idaho as
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Idaho gas price falls in the past week

Aug 5th, 2015 | By

   BOISE — The average retail gas price in Idaho has fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.99 a gallon Aug. 2, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 802 gas outlets in Idaho. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to
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Fire damages Lava Hot Springs motel complex

Aug 1st, 2015 | By
DOUG LINDLEY/IDAHO STATE JOURNAL

   A fire broke out in a cabin behind the Ranch Motel and Campground west of Lava Hot Springs on Monday night.

BY DEBBIE BRYCE  For the Journal    LAVA HOT SPRINGS — A kitchen fire spread quickly and caused significant damage at a popular motel and campground just outside Lava Hot Springs on Monday night.    Jerry Johnson, co-owner of the Ranch Motel and Campground, located on Highway 30 about a mile west of the tiny
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Chicken boom in Idaho: More and more residents raise broilers, layers in coops

Jul 23rd, 2015 | By

PHOTO COURTESY OF PRESTON CITIZEN Kirynie Bacon, 6, holds freshly collected eggs from the family’s chicken coop. It’s been a big year so far for people raising backyard chickens. By Rodney D. Boam Preston Citizen Chicken coops seem to be popping up in Franklin County and across the country. Hatcheries are seeing a boom in
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National Doughnut Day

Jun 5th, 2015 | By

By Sarah Glenn For the Journal  Across America today (Friday), people are celebrating the spongey, sugary goodness of doughnuts. While you would assume that National Doughnut Day was dreamed up by a marketer with a sweet tooth for profits, its origins are actually as sweet and innocent as the goodie itself. In early June 1938,
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