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Sun Valley solar company merges with Altenergy (access required)

New home with solar panels

Sagebrush Solar merged with Altenergy after enjoying its busiest season since its founding in 2007. The Sun Valley solar company announced its merger Feb. 13, but the deal with Altenergy had been planned since August, said Billy Mann, president of Sagebrush ...

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World Relief to close its Boise office

World Relief is closing its Boise office and laying off more than 140 staffers nationwide after President Donald Trump’s executive order cut the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States. The Baltimore-based non-profit that helps resettle refugees ...

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Massachusetts solar company acquires Inovus Solar


The Massachusetts company SolarOne, a manufacturer and distributor of solar-powered city and building lights, has acquired Boise-based Inovus Solar. Inovus was founded in the former business incubator The Water Cooler in 2007 and has been selling solar-powered street lights since 2008. Inovus’ ...

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Optimism among US homebuilders weakens


U.S. homebuilders are feeling a bit less confident this month, reflecting a dimmer outlook for sales in the months ahead and fewer would-be buyers dropping by builders’ sales offices. The surprising decline comes ahead of the spring home-buying season, which ...

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Idaho bankers look to Congress for relief from regs

A bank office. The number of bank branches in Idaho has declined from 533 in 2012 to 501 this year to date, according to the state Department of Finance. File photo.

Idaho bankers don’t know exactly what to expect from Congress and President Donald Trump as they look for the repeal and revision of key regulations. Little is known about plans in Congress on several issues, said Trent Wright, president of ...

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CEO of Bodybuilding.com steps down

Bodybuilding.com boardroom

The CEO of  Bodybuilding.com has stepped down and will be replaced by an interim president while the company looks for its next leader. Keith Sivera, director of brand marketing at Bodybuilding.com, confirmed that Richard Jalichandra stepped down from his position Feb. ...

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Idaho House panel introduces adult scholarship bill

An Idaho House panel has introduced a $3 million proposal to create scholarships for adult students with some college credits to return and finish their undergraduate degrees. This is the second time the Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter-backed proposal has been ...

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Ag, business leaders to propose hemp bills (access required)


Two bills to legalize the cultivation and use of hemp are expected to be introduced to the Idaho Legislature this year. The bills aren’t expected to get much support, but they should, said Erik Nelson, a former member of the ...

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ABA sends bar exam passage question back for more study (access required)

Many law schools, law students and recent grads across the country are in trouble because grads aren’t passing the bar exam and/or finding J.D.-level employments. One proffered solution, to tighten bar-passage-rate standards for accredited schools, failed in the House of ...

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Congress gets serious about Blockchain

U.S. Capitol. File photo.

A pair of congressmen has launched a group called the Congressional Blockchain Caucus aimed at creating public policy around digital currencies. Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and David Schweikert, R-Ariz., announced the creation of the bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus on Feb. ...

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