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Start of July means new laws and new budget year

As Idahoans turned their calendars to July, many of the laws approved by the 2011 Idaho Legislature went into full effect and the state budget hit its reset button. While some of the new laws are relatively small tweaks – … Continue reading

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Governor’s office chafes at treatment over bull trout, considers suing feds

Gov. Butch Otter’s office is contemplating suing the federal government over its new designation of critical habitat for bull trout. “It’s just this overarching, overbearing, overwhelming designation,” said Nate Fisher, administrator of the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation. The critical … Continue reading

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State water quality decision finds interested parties not satisfied

Neither conservationists nor industry advocates are satisfied with a new Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) rule establishing how the state will judge the health of lakes and rivers and determine if they can take on more pollutants. The conflicts hinge … Continue reading

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DEQ wants to restart water monitoring, avoid lawsuits

The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is looking to restart a water pollution watchdog program shelved for the last two years because of budget cuts. The department’s proposed budget that begins in July 2011 and runs through June 2012 … Continue reading

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