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Otter signs two water bills he promoted to study dams and take over permitting

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed two water bills Friday that were key parts of his legislative agenda this year. The first l provides $15 million for dam construction studies and water supply improvement projects. The other includes funds and authorization

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Bedke holds Pioneer-Caldwell irrigation bills, awaiting deal

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke is holding two bills prompted by a long, bitter water fight between the city of Caldwell and the Pioneer Irrigation District. Bedke said Tuesday he’s holding the bills until he gets in writing proof the

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Idaho Power reaches settlement to quit paying to cut peak power use for a year

Idaho Power Co. reached a settlement with irrigators and environmental groups that will allow it to operate its power plants instead of paying customers for using less power during peak periods. The settlement, which still must be approved by the

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