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.
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.
A change in income guidelines means more Idahoans could qualify for food assistance through the WIC program.
The supplemental nutrition program Women, Infants and Children, or WIC provides certain foods to pregnant or breastfeeding moms and families with children under age five. Starting July 1, a cost-of-living adjustment goes into effect.
The Canadian dollar is dropping in value. At the close of currency trading Monday, the Canadian dollar hit its lowest point in nearly two years in comparison to the U.S. dollar. If the trend continues, it'll be cause for concern in border states.
Two years, several temporary jobs, 15 interviews, and countless applications later Justy Thomas has landed a permanent job. “I feel blessed I have a stable job,” she says. Thomas is now working in the human resources department of a local utility company.
Editor's Note: Many of you noted that the price for a 10-pound bag of potatoes cited in the lawsuit seems ridiculously high. So we look into the matter further — you can read what we found in this follow-up post.
High-tech spying with satellites. Intimidation. Price fixing.
Idaho has named the highway department headquarters in Boise after former Governor Phil Batt.
At a ceremony Thursday, Batt told the crowd the building is over 50 years old. “They been hunting for the oldest person to name it after. I’m 86. They found me," Batt joked. "Of course I’m highly honored, there are many more deserving people than I, I have only one thing to say to them, tough luck it’s mine.”
The U.S. Senate passed a $955 billion Farm Bill Monday. It covers everything from crop insurance to conservation, to commodity programs.
But by far the largest part of the bill is for food stamps known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. States receive $760 billion for those in need. Right now, Idaho gets $29 million a month from the federal government for SNAP benefits.
Jointed goatgrass grows alongside wheat in fields. After GM wheat was found in an Oregon field, scientists have tried to figure out what that means for wheat. Beyond farmers’ fields, a few pesky plants could also benefit as more GM crops come into play.
After unauthorized, genetically modified wheat was found in an Oregon field, scientists have been trying to figure out what that means for wheat crops. Beyond farmers’ fields, a few pesky plants could also benefit as more genetically modified crops come into play.
An invasive weed called jointed goatgrass mingles with wheat in fields across the Northwest – and throughout the United States.
Carol Mallory-Smith has studied wheat and jointed goatgrass at Oregon State University for years.