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Former Construction Exec Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

The former president and majority stockholder of an Idaho-based construction company is sentenced to five years in prison following her plea of guilty to filing a false tax return and her conviction by a jury of conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud, mail fraud, false statements, interstate transportation of property taken by fraud, conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.

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Declining Snowpack in the West Exacerbates Drought

Warm temperatures in February contributed to further snowpack decline in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, according to data from the third 2015 forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Snowpack in Nevada, Utah and Idaho also fell further behind normal.

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Housing Policy to be Explored at Upcoming Forum

The forum will explore housing finance reform and the future of the Federal Housing Administration, community lending, and the role of small banks and innovations in rural housing.

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Renewed Grant Enables U. of Idaho Transportation Institute to Tackle New Challenge

The renewed funding will allow the institute to move into new territory by combining cleaner, more fuel-efficient engines with traffic engineering.

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Idaho Supreme Court Backs State's Eminent Domain Claim

The Idaho Supreme Court rejects a Boise business's attempt to win $7.5 million in damages and lost access rights after the Idaho Transportation Board (ITB) took aportion of its land via eminent domain to improve a highway interchange. The ITB took land owned by HI Boise, which owned and operated ...

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Idaho CDBG Funds to Go for Job Creation

Idaho state development officials will focus on job creation when funding future state Community Development Block Grant projects. With less CDBG money coming from HUD and even less expected in years to come, Idaho is faced with making tougher choices about which projects it can fund after having a...

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Supreme Court Allows Landowners to Fight EPA Water Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously gives property owners the right to challenge Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act enforcement orders on waterways or wetlands. The court's March 21 ruling in Sackett vs. EPA offers some relief to property owners faced with complying with EPA rules preve...

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State & Local CDBG Briefs

Idaho: City officials in Twin Falls are applying for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to expand the city's water system. The city wants to be able to handle the water from the new Chobani Greek yogurt plant. Iowa: Officials in Emmetsburg seek state Community Development Block Grant fun...

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(LOCAL) ID Foundation Seeking Land Condemnation to Complete Greenway Trail

An Idaho-based foundation's request to have the City of Pocatello condemn private land to allow the foundation to complete a 23-mile walking trail is meeting with increasing resistance. The Portneuf Greenway Foundation asked Pocatello lawmakers in June to consider condemning 22 properties that woul...

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(NOFA) ID Issues Byrne Grant, Justice Dept. Priorities Favored

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Idaho: Federal officials are urging applicants for the state's shares of $830,436 in federal Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding to use the money in areas prioritized by the Justice Department.Officials at the Idaho State Police issue...

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