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Silverwood Theme Park says season pass sales are up 23 percent (access required)

Guests at the Silverwood Theme Park's water park. Photo courtesy of Silverwood.

Silverwood Theme Park in northern Idaho saw its Canadian traffic drop by about 20 percent last year as the Canadian dollar weakened. The Athol park sees more than half a million visitors a year to its amusement park and its Halloween-themed ...

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Idaho’s higher education task force identifying changes

Boise State University's College of Business and Economics building. Photo by Pete Grady.

Idaho lawmakers, business leaders and education experts met June 9 to begin identifying key changes to the state’s colleges and universities to improve postsecondary access and graduation rates. The 36-member task force — which includes all eight presidents of Idaho’s ...

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After damaging winter, Oregon businesses rebuild in Idaho (access required)

Third-generation farmer Shay Myers thought his onion-packing sheds would be OK through last winter, even as other Malheur County buildings were collapsing under the weight of epic, heavy snow. The Owyhee Produce buildings were relatively new construction. Myers believed they’d ...

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Feds seek extension for storing Three Mile Island debris

Federal officials requested a 20-year extension involving the storage in Idaho of reactor core debris from the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. The U.S. Department of Energy in a document made public June 9 asked ...

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Albertsons signs on to UN initiative to protect oceans

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Albertsons Companies has pledged its support for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 14, which sets international sustainability targets for oceans, seas, and marine resources. The Boise-based grocer also announced June 6 that it has joined the Seafood Task Force, ...

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Idaho loan fund set up for ‘nearly bankable’ businesses

Telaya Wine Co. owners Earl and Carrie Sullivan opened their new Garden City winery with a loan from Montana & Idaho Community Development Corp. Here they are hosting a reception for the Missoula-based lender to "nearly bankable businesses." Photo courtesy of Montana & Idaho CDC.

Missoula-based Montana & Idaho Community Development Corp. and Boise-based Capital Matrix have set up a fund dedicated to loans for Idaho businesses. Both nonprofits specialize in financing “nearly bankable” business that can’t get bank loans. Capital Matrix supplied a $150,000 ...

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Idaho unemployment rate continues to drop (access required)

The tightening labor market nationally and in Idaho has forced companies to delay projects, increase wages and move to markets with more workers available. In 2009, there were 6.6 unemployed Americans for every job opening, but there are now only ...

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Taskforce has draft recommendations on workforce development (access required)

Welding is one of the jobs in producing steel parts at Gayle Manufacturing. Photo by Teya Vitu

If it doesn’t invest in better workforce development, Idaho might not see its economic growth continue, the governor warned at a Chamber event June 7. Idaho’s labor force has increased from 760,000 workers in 2009 to 825,000 workers now. Unemployment ...

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Report: No revenue spike for Idaho so far from Amazon deal

Idaho Tax Commission. File photo.

Idaho tax revenues didn’t spike during the first month of collecting online sales tax on internet purchases from Amazon, according to the most recent revenue forecast report. Earlier this year, the giant e-commerce company announced it had struck a deal ...

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Interior chief to review sage-grouse conservation plan


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said June 7 he is ordering a review of federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse to ensure that officials in 11 Western states where the bird lives are fully consulted. While the federal government ...

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