Executives with a southern Idaho food processing plant are planning to invest $100 million to expand and add another production line in hopes of keeping pace with increased demand for processed potatoes.
McCain Foods is one of Burley's biggest employers, and the company's announcement Wednesday will create more jobs for the community and provide more opportunities for potato growers.
The company hired to move two large water purification units through Idaho and Montana en route to an oil sands project in Canada has announced plans to begin moving its first load on Monday night.
The Idaho Transportation Department on Friday issued a permit for Omega Morgan to begin moving the 225-foot-long loads from the Port of Wilma near Clarkston, Wash., and along scenic U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho.
ITD advised the company that the U.S. Forest Service has jurisdiction to review the permit.
The Idaho Transportation Department has issued a permit for truck hauling a massive load along scenic U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho.
The agency issued the permit Friday to Omega Morgan, a shipper hoping to haul a pair of giant water purification units from Lewiston to an oil project in Canada.
This latest batch of megaload shipments has reignited concerns among environmentalists about large loads moving along the roadway — sections of which pass through a federal wild and scenic river corridor.
Officials with the Idaho Department of Agriculture say a grasshopper infestation is damaging crops and fields in Valley County.
Mike Cooper with the department's Plant Industries division told KTVB that the hot, dry weather is providing perfect conditions for grasshoppers to multiply, and the population has exploded since the Fourth of July.
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North America’s blueberry crop is so substantial this year that farmers say prices are dropping. That’s after about a decade of rapid expansion of new plantings. The Northwest is one of the top producers of blueberries in the nation and July is the peak of harvest.
Blueberries are some of the most profitable crops in Washington, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That explains why farms have been planting thousands of acres in the last decade. And the result this year?
“We’re having just record volumes of blueberries," Alan Schreiber says.
A squadron of U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters in southern Idaho that had been grounded by federal budget cuts since April is finally resuming flying operations.
The 391st Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base reinvigorated operations Wednesday after the Air Force Council approved a plan to shift millions of dollars.
This means pilots and weapon systems officers stationed at the desert base south of Mountain Home will return to the skies, including nearby training and bombing ranges where jets practice their missions.
During a mandatory meeting at the old Wallace High School gymnasium Tuesday morning for the entire staff of the Galena Mine Complex, Steve Long, the senior vice president of U.S. Silver and Gold, announced that the company reduced the mine’s workforce by 126 staff members, effective immediately.
Idaho is one of five states that saw housing prices climb by more than 12 percent from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
In Idaho, home prices are up 15.1 percent over the first quarter of last year. But as the State Economic Monitor from the Tax Policy Institute points out, Idaho is among states that saw the sharpest decline in home prices during the recession.
More than 800 Idaho National Guard employees will start taking furlough days mandated by federal budget cuts.
Idaho National Guard spokesman Col. Tim Marsano says about 860 full-time employees will have one unpaid day off each week between now and the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30. Marsano says the federal budget cuts affect 860 military technicians and civilian workers.
The federal budget cuts took effect when Congress failed to reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan.
Idaho is one of four states that will participate in a program to offer Greek yogurt as a meat substitute in meals served at public schools.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday announced it was taking bids through July 22 to supply orders for schools in Idaho, Arizona, New York and Tennessee.
The USDA decided in January to classify Greek yogurt as an accepted meat alternative because of its high protein content. If the pilot program succeeds, Greek yogurt could become a permanent part of the school lunch program nationwide.
An Idaho pro-business lobbying group says a decision by Idaho lawmakers not to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income residents will cost $12.3 million to $18.5 million a year in penalties for large companies that don't insure their employees.
The Idaho Statesmanreports that the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry also says it will cost an unspecified amount for businesses whose insurance and taxes subsidize care for the uninsured.
A sign at Cliff's Guns, Safes and Reloading in Boise tells customers of sales limits on reloading components. Similar signs have become common in recent months as U.S. shooters endure the worst ammunition shortage in modern history.
Ammunition has been selling at historic levels in recent months. Fears of tighter government gun and ammunition control have meant retail giants like Wal Mart all the way down to mom-and-pop gun shops haven’t been able to keep bullets on their shelves. That lack of availability has led more and more shooters to take up the hobby of reloading.