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Author Archives: Simon Shifrin

State board gives Boise visitors bureau additional $279K (access required)

The Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau doesn’t have much cash to pay its employees, but the group lined up even more money this week to continue marketing the city and booking events and conventions. The Idaho Travel Council, which collects ...

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Tablets raise new questions for IT administrators (access required)

Each new device that aims to make life easier for the rest of us only brings new headaches for IT and network security professionals. “It’s coming so fast, it’s hard to keep up with it,” said Garry Beaty, chief information ...

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Boise startup gives workers time to play (access required)

What would the geeks at MetaGeek do if they had more time to do what they want? Ryan Woodings, “chief geek” and CEO of the Boise startup, has been trying to find out since late August. The company, which makes ...

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Boise faces talent crunch (access required)

Jon Carter hated to leave Boise, but he didn’t feel like he could risk staying around. Carter, who moved to the city in 2000 to take a job with the mobile software company Extended Systems and later worked as a ...

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Qwest Arena ownership balks at sale to auditorium district (access required)

Tearing down Qwest Arena to build new convention center space in downtown Boise is a no go. At least one of the arena’s owners, holding a 40 percent stake, is unwilling to sell their interest, and another majority owner would ...

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Micron vice president anticipates strong 2011 (access required)

Micron Technology Inc. should have a good 2011 as long as the global economy continues recovering, the company’s head of worldwide sales predicts. Nearly 80 percent of the company’s sales are now directed outside of the United States, so the ...

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Boise Chamber pushes for cut in corporate income tax rate

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce is urging Idaho lawmakers to cut the corporate income tax rate to boost the state’s business environment. Bill Connors, president and CEO, said the tax rate on businesses is making Idaho uncompetitive. “If the ...

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Micron remains profitable despite drop in memory prices

Micron Technology Inc. stayed profitable during the first quarter of its fiscal year despite a steep drop in memory prices, though the company’s earnings fell by half compared to a record-setting pace last quarter. The Boise-based semiconductor company earned $155 ...

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Hayden archery company sues Cabela’s, Smith & Wesson over patent claims (access required)

A Hayden company that makes equipment to help archers dampen vibrations is suing several national companies for selling products it claims were falsely advertised. Bowjax Inc. filed a lawsuit in Idaho federal court Dec. 16 against Smith & Wesson of ...

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