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NAFTA under negotiations

The Trump administration has not backed down from their controversial stances at the NAFTA negotiations, which have some working in Idaho agriculture worried about the possibility of increased costs to export agricultural goods and the possibility of job losses in farming and food manufacturing.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Comment due Jan. 5 on proposed settlement approving Hells Canyon relicensing expenses

Comment deadline is Jan. 5 on a tentative settlement involving the relicensing of Idaho Power’s largest hydropower complex. The proposed settlement agreement calls for approximately $216.5 million in expenditures related to the relicensing of the Hells Canyon Complex to be designated as prudently incurred and eligible to be a factor in determining customer rates at a later date.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
   

Expect snow Christmas Eve, into Christmas Day

Winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, to 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25. This is planned to impact the northern and southern Clearwater Mountains, Orofino/Grangeville region and lower Hells Canyon/Salmon River region.

December 24, 2017 3:24 p.m. read more..


New county ordinance outlines business property tax exemption

Aiming to boost economic development, the Idaho County Commission has adopted a new ordinance under which the county may provide property tax breaks to new businesses. A 2017 state law allows counties to establish criteria, and the ordinance – No. 62, published in full on the idahocounty.org website – states how the local board has drawn the lines. The law on which the ordinance is founded – state code 63-602NN – says the exemption is allowed for “plant or building facilities…for nonretail purposes that are either commercial or industrial.”

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

Investigation into human remains discovered in Lewis County

Investigation is under way into human remains discovered in Lewis County last week. All of the remains located appear to be weathered and aged, according to a release from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO). Remains will be analyzed by forensic anthropologists and dental specialists to determine age, sex, race, and physical characteristics to assist law enforcement in their identification.

December 9, 2017 2 p.m. read more..


Tax bill includes new roads levy, higher garbage service fees

With notices in the mail, some who own property in Idaho County have seen a big new tax on the bill. Others have seen a tax rate lower than it was last year, but some of those who have seen their rates dip are still owing local governments more overall this year due to a rise in county solid waste fees. Still others – namely, those whose property is served by the Idaho County Road & Bridge Department – have seen both a higher solid waste fee and a significantly higher overall tax rate due to the new levy, which the county commission began considering last summer and approved in September.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Administration scrapping NAFTA could impact Idaho agriculture

Idaho agriculture, which accounts for 20 percent of the total economic output in Idaho, could be in for changes as President Trump leans towards scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and as renegotiations continue between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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