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Idaho liquor laws drive Bardenay expansion to Colorado

Kevin Settles says he plans to open his fourth Bardenay restaurant and distillery in Colorado to sidestep Idaho’s expensive and cumbersome liquor license laws. Settles is part of a chorus of stakeholders who want to change Idaho’s system, but nobody seems to agree on what to change.

Crime

Eagle doctor denies prescribing drugs without medical purpose

Dr. Michael Minas says he properly examined three Idaho patients who complained of shoulder or back pain and who were later prescribed increasing amounts of a powerful painkiller. The men turned out to be undercover police officers investigating whether Minas was prescribing large amounts of oxycodone that were later sold on the street to drug addicts.

Local

Idaho’s poor still ache for food

Even with recession over, food pantries serve more meals every year

Is an economic failure to blame, or is a better supply system filling a long-standing need?

One good note: People are getting healthier food from pantries

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