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Old Painter Mine on Salmon River headed for public ownership

A nonprofit group has purchased the Painter Mine on the banks of the Salmon River deep within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The 38-acre old mine site sits just upstream of the famous Buckskin Bill Cabin on

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Economic study predicts modest growth from Boulder-White Clouds monument

Creating a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument would help central Idaho’s economy, but it won’t transform it, states an economic study released Monday. The study, by Boise economist Don Reading, said a monument could create 47 to 155 new jobs and

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Forest wars echo through Idaho public land transfer debate

Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik is one of the most passionate voices for a state takeover of public lands. He can provide chapter and verse for the obscure legal argument that a Utah lawmaker developed with states-rights legal scholars showing

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