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Clif Bar Opens New Idaho Plant

The city of Twin Falls and Clif Bar Tuesday celebrate the opening of a new plant that will bake all flavors of the company’s signature energy bars and a line of kid’s bars. The plant is nearly 300,000 square feet and employs more than 200 people with about 60 more to be added early next year. The lowest wage is $15 an hour. The Twin Falls area has seen huge growth in the food manufacturing industry in recent years. But Clif Bar plant general manager Dale Ducommun says the main reasons his...
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Numbers from the Economic Policy Institute show that the average Idaho family spends about $7,200 a year for infant child care and $6,900 a year for preschool-aged children. The Idaho Statesman reports that's more than a year's tuition at a public college.

Katy Lightfield told the Boise newspaper that she and her husband expected the $30,000 pay cut they took when they moved from Texas to Idaho. But they were surprised to find that child care costs are the same between the two states.

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University of Idaho students and volunteers have finished a three-week dig in front of Officer’s Row on the site of the historical Fort Boise.

U of I teamed up with the Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center to dig into the site’s history. Anthropology professor Mark Warner says they uncovered a variety of small items, including buttons off uniforms and bullets and shell casings.

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Boise State is reportedly among 17 schools that will make a formal pitch to officials from the Big 12 to join the athletic conference.

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports Big 12 administrators will host video conferences with representatives of the interested schools. Boise State is currently a member of the lower profile Mountain West Conference.

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Ada County commissioners have dashed one man's hopes of having his own airstrip in the city's foothills.

The Idaho Statesman reports the commissioners voted 2-1 on Wednesday to overturn a Planning and Zoning decision that would have allowed Dean Hilde to build the 1,200-foot landing strip on about 150 acres as well as a 3,600-square-foot hangar and shop.

Federal land managers on Thursday approved 10 more years of mining and a 500-acre expansion on public land in central Idaho for one of the largest molybdenum mines in the world.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service each issued decisions allowing the work at Thompson Creek Mine about 20 miles southwest of Challis.

At a mile wide and half a mile deep the open pit mine is the fourth-largest mine producing primarily molybdenum, though it falls a few notches when mines that also produce copper are included.

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For the second time in two weeks a climber has been rescued from Idaho's highest peak.

The Custer County Sheriff's Office says retired Marine Col. Kenneth Lissner of Tampa, Florida, used an emergency satellite communications device to call for help at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The 56-year-old combat veteran reported being halfway down the south side of 12,667-foot Borah Peak and hypothermic.

A helicopter from Kalispell, Montana, operated by Two Bear Air Rescue located Lissner at about 6:15 a.m. and plucked him from the mountain.

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When fire activity goes up, MAFFS (Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems) go into action. Right now, two DoD C-130 planes, equipped with this unique fire suppression system, are flying out of Boise.

The planes were called up by the National Interagency Fire Center. You may have seen the giant planes launching over Boise or video from an air drop over a wildfire. We found video of another side of MAFFS: Cleaning out the pipes before bringing on another load of retardant.

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Wednesday morning while most people back home were still sleeping, Boise’s Kristin Armstrong was on a bike in Brazil trying to win a gold medal in her third consecutive Olympics. She succeeded.

Armstrong became just the second American woman to win the same event at three Olympics in a row. And she now owns all but two of the road-cycling golds ever awarded to the U.S.

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A former principal of a southeastern Idaho school has admitted to stealing nearly $9,500 from the school.

Brenda Honena, of Blackfoot, pleaded guilty to theft in federal court Tuesday for taking the money from Fort Hall Elementary School in 2012.

Honena was indicted by a federal grand jury in February after Blackfoot School District officials discovered that some suppliers for fundraisers at the elementary school had not been paid.

Honena had initially denied taking the money but later told FBI agents she spent the money for personal use.

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