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Idaho Power, Simplot’s Pocatello plant renew contract

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is approving an application by Idaho Power Company to extend the utility’s energy sales agreement with J.R. Simplot Company’s Pocatello plant for three years.

Simpson’s Indian Trust Asset Reform Act Passes House

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson’s H.R. 812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, passed by voice vote in the House of Representatives. The bill would modernize the federal government’s role in managing Indian trust property by allowing tribes to manage their own assets through negotiated demonstration projects with the Department of Interior

More Idahoans can apply for this year’s Idaho Property Tax Reduction Program

Just under half of the more than 55,000 Idahoans eligible for a reduction in their property taxes actually apply for the Idaho Property Tax Reduction Program. The Idaho State Tax Commission wants to make more people aware of this property tax credit that’s available to low-income seniors and others who qualify, especially with expanded status qualifications that allow more potential claimants to apply this year.

Crapo, Risch Support Challenge to EPA Power Plant Rule

Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today joined 34 of their Senate colleagues in filing an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) in support of a challenge being brought by against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Clean Power Plant” Rule

Simpson Challenges Obama on EPA Cap and Trade Regulations

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson signed an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court” brief in support of 27 states that challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule on existing power plants. The Clean Power Plant rule was recently stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and is awaiting further consideration by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia.

Crapo to Honor Idahoan Helping Homeless Vets; Note Teen Dating Violence Awareness Efforts

A Treasure Valley businesswoman who has helped homeless veterans and immigrants with critical housing needs will be presented the Spirit of Idaho Award by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo this Friday.  Joy Schweitzer, the daughter of a World War II veteran, has used her company, Around the Town, to find more than three-dozen homeless vets a place to live.  Crapo created the award to recognize Idahoans who go beyond the norm to help others.

Simpson Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision on Clean Power Plant Rule

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block one of the EPA’s rules regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants

Simpson Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision on Clean Power Plant Rule

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block one of the EPA’s rules regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS ROUNDTABLE MEMBERS PARTNER TO CREATE TWO ‘HOUSING FIRST’ PROJECTS

Two major initiatives that could provide up to 40 new units of permanent supportive housing to those in the community experiencing chronic homelessness were announced today by members of the Roundtable on Housing and Homelessness

MERCY LOAN FUND PARTNERS WITH MERCY HOUSING TO PRESERVE RURAL HOUSING IN IDAHO

Mercy Loan Fund (MLF), a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), announced that it has partnered with its parent organization, Mercy Housing, Inc. (MHI), one of the nation’s largest developers of and managers of affordable housing, to preserve 55 affordable homes at Hawthorne Village Apartments. The affordable community is located in Moscow, Idaho and serves people in the area who make 50 to 80 percent of area median income (AMI)

Idaho Housing and Finance Association announces annual Point-In-Time (PIT) count of homeless

Idaho Housing and Finance Association is announcing the 2016 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count scheduled for today, Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Idaho Housing will collect and publish the data gathered by over 200 volunteers, with 50 organizations assisting in surveying communities across the state to document the sheltered and unsheltered homeless population and their needs.

GOVERNOR OTTER ADDS TO WATER SUSTAINABILITY BUDGET REQUEST

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter asked legislative budget writers today to augment his Executive Budget request for fiscal 2017 with additional funding to reverse the decline of Idaho aquifer levels – especially the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.

Idaho Housing’s Home Partnership Foundation to award $145,000 to nonprofits serving homeless Jan. 20

Idaho Housing’s Home Partnership Foundation is awarding grant prizes totaling $145,000 to nonprofits in the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge on Wednesday, January 20. Representatives from nonprofits attending the Boise event will be available for interviews to speak about their plans to help their communities in 2016, and Gerald M. Hunter, president of Idaho Housing, will award grant prize funding at 10:30 a.m

Simpson Supports Congressional Review of EPA Water Grab

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined 253 Members of Congress in passing S.J.Res. 22, a resolution intended to stop the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the Obama Administration’s controversial Clean Water Rule. The rule, which was implemented in June 2015 in spite of widespread opposition among the public and in Congress, broadly expands the agencies’ jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. S.J.Res. 22 would use the Congressional Review Act to prevent the rule from being enacted and bring the agencies’ actions back in line with congressional intent.

Idaho Housing hosts guest speaker on bedbug prevention and remediation at free Twin Falls...

Idaho Housing and Finance Association is bringing a guest speaker from Cook Pest Control, Inc. to speak about bedbug identification, prevention, and remediation at a free Twin Falls workshop designed for landlords.

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Boise natives say 12,000-square-foot home will be a haven for family

As a child, Darren Blaser rode four-wheelers, motorcycles and bicycles on the Foothills now covered by Quail Ridge subdivision.Kim Blaser, his wife, grew up...

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Senator Risch Highlights INL’s Cybersecurity Efforts During Energy and Natural Resources...

During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on cybersecurity, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) highlighted the Idaho National Lab's (INL) ongoing efforts to deter cyber threats against the United States. Risch also questioned Andrew Bochman, INL's Senior Cyber and Energy Security Strategist, about ways to better protect our grid and other critical control systems