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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

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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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Idaho officials approve utility’s plan to close coal plant

Idaho Power transmission line lattice towers within a transmission line corridor. Photo courtesy of Idaho Power.

State officials have approved an Idaho utility company’s plan to close a coal-fired power plant in Nevada about 10 years ahead of schedule and raise monthly bills for customers to cover depreciation costs. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission announced a ...

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Rexburg company will help HR departments screen candidates’ language skills (access required)

Jacob Burdis with Emmersion Learning presents to a group at Deal Forum Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Boise.

A Rexburg company has built a software program it says can help HR departments test applicants’ foreign language skills. Two Brigham Young University graduates set out to create a business that pairs companies and schools in Brazil and China that are seeking ...

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Idaho seeks cause of DMV computer breakdowns

The Idaho Transportation Department says it’s trying to figure out why motor vehicle offices across the state have been hobbled by computer problems for several weeks that have resulted in lengthy delays for customers. ITD spokesman Jake Melder said June ...

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Environmental analysis starts for proposed Idaho gold mine

This artificial pond is a remnant of former mining operations in the Stibnite site.  Photo courtesy of the Idaho Conservation League

The U.S. Forest Service has started an environmental analysis of a Canadian company’s proposal for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho. The Forest Service said June 5 it’s preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for a plan by Midas Gold ...

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North Carolina company acquires WhiteCloud Analytics (access required)

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The Boise healthcare analytics company WhiteCloud Analytics has been acquired by the North Carolina-based Relias Learning. WhiteCloud Analytics analyzes patient data to help clients such as St. Luke’s and Delta Dental identify best practices. The company was founded by CEO ...

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Where there’s a will, there’s a whey (access required)

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A food entrepreneur is selling a whey-based ice cream called Killer Whey at 11 retail locations around the Treasure Valley, and is expanding into Albertsons in July. Louis Armstrong founded Killer Whey in June 2016 using equipment leased from a ...

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Bringing logic, order to occupational licensing (access required)

Auctioneer Josiah Stoltzfus takes bids at the Main Auction, June 3, 2017, Photo Patrick Sweeney

Idaho’s move to review all of its occupational licensing requirements over the next year will affect thousands of workers. Lt. Gov. Brad Little last month ordered Idaho state departments and self-governing agencies to review their licensing requirements and recommend changes ...

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