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Boise’s tech scene ranks above average nationally and in the West (access required)

Boise State computer science student Audrey McCormick helps high school kids during the "Coding is Cool" summer camp where many are introduced to computer science for the first time. Photo courtesy of Boise State University

Boise’s technology sector ranks above average when compared against the country at large and in similar western states, according to a new report. The finance advising website WalletHub ranked 100 U.S. cities on the quality of engineering colleges, the number ...

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Hadi Partovi: Idaho schools need to do more with computer science (access required)


Idaho and national tech and economic development experts gathered in Boise April 4 were told that if they want to continue to keep growing their tech industries, they need to get schools to graduate more computer scientists. Code.org founder Hadi ...

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Nelson’s RV dealerships sold to Camping World (access required)

Nelson's RV built a new Caldwell dealership in 2016. Image courtesy of Nelson's RV.

The family owned, Garden City-based Nelson’s RV has been sold to Camping World. The sale closed April 6 and the Nelson’s website immediately made the transition to Camping World, which claims to be the nation’s largest RV dealer. Nelson’s RV ...

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Boise River rising along with flood insurance policy sales

A sign on the Greenbelt in Boise warns pedestrians and bikers to stay out of tunnels. Some are flooded. Photo by Anne Wallace Allen.

The level of water in the Boise River — already past flood stage in heavily populated southwest Idaho — will be raised again, federal officials said April 6. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced ...

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T-O Engineers acquires Pharmer Engineering (access required)

T.O. Engineers will keep the Pharmer Engineering office open. Photo courtesy of T.O. Engineers.

Meridian-based T-O Engineers Inc. has acquired Boise-based Pharmer Engineering. Pharmer Engineering, established in 2003, has 10 employees and specializes in water and wastewater treatment systems for municipal, private and industrial clients throughout the Treasure Valley and across North America. T-O ...

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Legislature addressed some pressing business issues, left much unfinished (access required)


A legislative session that began with many calling for reforms to Idaho’s healthcare, tax system and transportation funding model finished with the possibility that only one of those areas will be  addressed. Still, Gov C.L. “Butch” Otter and legislative leadership ...

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Groups sue to stop US use of cyanide predator killing traps

Environmental and animal-welfare groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing the use of two predator-killing poisons employed by federal workers on rural Western lands to protect livestock. The lawsuit was ...

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Amazon tax deal to remain secret in Idaho

Photo by Brad Iverson-Long.

The Idaho State Tax Commission is refusing to disclose details about an online sales tax deal with Amazon, which went into effect over the weekend. The agreement allows the giant e-commerce company to start collecting sales tax for the state ...

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