Idaho News

Price Optimization Allegations Challenged, NAIC Investigating Practice

Reaction to industry-wide price optimization allegations from a consumer group known to call out insurers has been somewhat critical yet guarded – however it appears regulators may already be starting to look into the practice. Consumer Federation of America this week …

Idaho Company Sues Over Damaged Fries

Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. has filed a lawsuit against a railway company after a large freight carrying french fries traveling to Georgia spoiled because it wasn’t properly sealed. According to the lawsuit, the company paid BNSF Railway Co. more than …

Idahoans to See Slight Reduction in Workers’ Comp Rates in 2015

The Idaho Department of Insurance this week announced Idaho’s overall workers’ compensation premium rates will be reduced by an average of 0.2 percent for 2015. “This slight rate decrease is an indicator of the stability of workers’ compensation coverage in …

Idaho Fitness Company Sued by State

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has filed a lawsuit against a southwest Idaho fitness company. Wasden contends in the lawsuit filed in Ada County District Court that Body Renew Fitness & Tanning and owner Dakota Routh charged customers for memberships …

With $100M In Crop Losses USDA Grants Eight Idaho Counties Disaster Status

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster area status to eight counties in central and eastern Idaho, clearing the way for farms to receive low-interest loans for operating costs. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the declaration for Bonneville, Jefferson, …

Idaho Dairy Explosion Kills Worker

A south-central Idaho man has died in an explosion at a dairy. Authorities tell The Times-News the explosion occurred at about 6 a.m. Monday as 30-year-old Dayne A. Hansen of Rupert did welding work on a trailer. Minidoka County Sheriff …

Barley Crops In Montana, Idaho Rain Damaged

That rain on the plain that saturated Montana’s malt barley crop in late August could be tears in the beer of American brewers in 2015. Heavy late-August rains have damaged crops in the nation’s largest malt-barley producing states, Montana and …

High Earthquake Probability for Yellowstone Region

A new U.S. Geological Survey report indicates a slightly greater earthquake hazard in the Greater Yellowstone region of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho than previously thought, a geophysicist says. “The new maps show how Yellowstone has had a relative increase in …

Idaho Farmers Feeling Effect of Russian Ban on Ag Imports

Idaho farmers may feel a small sting from the new Russian ban on food and agricultural imports from the West. Russia was the 14th largest export market for Idaho agriculture as of last year, according to the Idaho Department of …

Climate Change Considered by Idaho Leaders

Despite the uncertainty over the scale and the speed of climate change, Idaho leaders are working on how to adapt and how to reduce its impacts. Boise law firm Holland & Hart held a workshop for its Idaho clients and …