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This Week’s Essential StateImpact Idaho

Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Take another look at the five stories that got the most clicks this week (it sure got Mugsy-the-dog’s attention)…

      1. In the Wake of Foreclosure, a Debt That Won’t Die:  Ben and Lori Jensen thought after they lost their home to foreclosure the ordeal would be over, instead they were sued for the remainder of their home loan.  Molly Messick explains why more deficiency judgements are being filed.
      2. Idaho Forest Group Buys Lewiston Sawmill:  A Coeur d’Alene company is buying the Clearwater Paper sawmill in Lewiston for $30 million.  250 people will lose their jobs, it’s not clear how many of them will be hired back, or when.
      3. Many Realtors, Builders Lost Homes in Idaho’s Housing Market Meltdown:  “Unfortunately, I had realtor friends, long-time acquaintances, builders who were going through the same thing,” she says.  “None of us were doing this alone.”
      4. Mapping Idaho’s Unemployment Rate County-by-County: Idaho’s September unemployment rate ticked down below the national average.  But some Idaho counties have rates nearing 20%.  A visual look at the state’s unemployment rate.
      5. Idaho Dairy Farmers Struggle to Find Optimism:  Dairy is big business in Idaho.  But farmers here say they’re struggling to make ends meet.  “I don’t think anyone would want to get into a losing business,” says Sharon Bettencourt. She and her husband Luis own one of the largest dairy operations in Idaho.  Emilie Ritter Saunders has a closer look at the multi-million dollar industry.


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