Friday, October 28, 2011


Learn about unemployment insurance

The Idaho Department of Labor will host a free seminar on unemployment insurance next week. The session, targeted to employers, will focus on unemployment insurance tax rates, the claim process, rights and responsibilities, and other related issues.

The seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 3, at the CSI Blaine County Campus, Room 510.

RSVP to Jerry at 788-3526, ext. 3404, or

GOP to host presidential straw poll

BOISE— Idaho's Republican Party has scheduled its first-ever presidential straw poll in hopes of luring the top GOP contenders to the state.

Idaho Republican Party Executive Director Jonathan Parker says the event scheduled Jan. 6 in Boise is non-binding. But the goal he says is to get the candidates to come to Idaho and court voters before the GOP caucuses March 6.

The straw poll is one of several changes in store for Republican voters during the 2012 election cycle.

The GOP will have party registration in the wake of changes made by lawmakers to close the party's primary election.

The state Republican party also moved up its presidential primary from late May to early March in hopes of making Idaho's 32 delegates more valuable in the nominating process.

Potato Commission reaches 75 years

This year's potato harvest marks the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission, and commission officials say this is a landmark harvest year.

Roughly 319,000 acres of land are expected to yield 12 billion pounds of potatoes, almost 11 billion of which are expected to be shipped fresh or processed.

"Idaho has a formula for growing potatoes that cannot be beat," said Frank Muir, CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission. "Our unique growing environment naturally produces a potato that is high in solids and has a lower moisture content, but the magic really belongs to the growers."

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