Yearly Archives: 2015

Simpson Boosts INL Funding in Energy Bill

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today announced that the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill reverses proposed cuts to Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, and cleanup activities in Idaho. Simpson is Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, which passed the bill through the full House Appropriations Committee today, and had the lead role in deciding funding for all Department of Energy programs

Commission taking comment on energy sales agreements between Idaho Power and Water Resources department

Idaho Power Company is asking state regulators to approve a five-year extension of energy sales agreements with two hydroelectric projects owned by the Idaho Department of Water Resources. Under the agreements, IDWR would sell Idaho Power energy generated by the Pristine Springs 1 and Pristine Springs 3 hydro projects near Jerome.

Free Finally Home! Homebuyer Education classes set for May

Free Finally Home!â in-person Homebuyer Education classes will be held across Idaho during the month of May. Specifically designed for first-time homebuyers, these classes take students through the home buying process step-by-step from helping them select the right REALTORâ for their needs to understanding the loan application process.

Commission taking comments on two cases related to annual Fixed Cost Adjustment

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is taking public comment on an Idaho Power Company proposal to increase rates for residential and small commercial customers by 0.35% as part of the company’s annual Fixed Cost Adjustment (FCA)

You may be able to lower your property taxes; apply by April 15

April 15 is the last day to submit applications to your county assessor for a reduction in your property taxes. Those who qualify for Idaho’s Property Tax Reduction (Circuit Breaker) Program can get property taxes on their primary Idaho residence and up to one acre of land reduced by as much as $1,320.

Fair Housing Month awareness events set

A number of special events throughout the State of Idaho have been scheduled during the month of April, which commemorates the Fair Housing Act, a landmark 1968 law that guarantees equal access to housing.  Included will be a keynote address from Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Gustavo Velasquez

Idaho housing nonprofits ring in the New Year with $273,000 in donations

Thousands of Idahoans will have access to safe, stable housing this year thanks to the Home Partnership Foundation and its nonprofit partners throughout the state. The Foundation’s Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge fundraiser will provide a $273,398 boost to 29 organizations that provide essential housing services throughout Idaho

Boundary County conservation easement protects working forest and wildlife habitat

Seven hundred forty-eight acres of forestland in Boundary County will be conserved as working forest and wildlife habitat in perpetuity after the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service, purchased a conservation easement from the Hubbard family in February


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