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Essential StateImpact: Top Five Posts of the Week

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Little Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.

Each week we look back at the five stories getting the most clicks, comments and shares.

  1. Jobless in Idaho: Leaving Home for the Oilfields: Allen Brown was laid-off from the Clearwater Paper sawmill back in October.  Now, he’s preparing to leave his family behind to work as an electronic tech in the booming oilfields.  Brown’s story is part of our continuing series Jobless in Idaho.
  2. Micron CEO Steve Appleton Dies in Small Plane Crash in Boise: Micron’s 51-year-old Steve Appleton died in a single-engine airplane crash Friday morning in Boise.  Micron is one of Idaho’s largest companies with more than 5,000 employees.  We also have industry and local reaction.
  3. Private vs. Public: Who Writes More Paychecks in Your County?: Is the top employer in your county a private company or maybe it’s the local school district?  We break down the leading employer in each of Idaho’s 44 counties. 
  4. A Young Refugee Searches for a Place in Idaho’s Reshaped Economy: Nowela Virginie and her two young daughters were among the nearly 4,000 refugees who made their way to Idaho in the last few years.  Boise’s pre-recession economy made the city and ideal place for refugees.  Now, the recession has shifted that picture.
  5. Idaho Tax Protester Introduces Gold and Silver Currency Bill: North Idaho Rep. Phil Hart wants gold and silver to be an alternative to federal reserve notes.  Hart, who is currently being sued by the federal government for unpaid taxes, wants gold and silver currency to be tax exempt.


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