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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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Otter pushing for federal aid, mum on key legislation

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said April 3 that the federal government has turned down his request for disaster aid, denying millions of dollars to help pay for the cost of this year’s winter floods and storms. Otter made his announcement ...

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City of Boise becomes first announced Goodwell-certified organization

Pete Gombert cropped

The Boise coalition seeking to change labor practices around the world has certified its first organization, the city of Boise. Pete Gombert, founder and former CEO of Balihoo, founded Goodwell after traveling in 2014 and 2015 to countries such as ...

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Idaho is growing increasingly vulnerable to human-caused wildfires (access required)

West Cinder Prescribed Burn, Twin Falls District BLM, Idaho, August 3, 2010, female firefighter, flames, fire engine

There have been several high-profile human-caused wildfires in popular recreation areas around Idaho recently, and a new University of Idaho report said the problem will get worse. University of Idaho professor John Abatzoglou and counterparts from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and University of ...

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After fire, El Cafetal Colombian reopens in Nampa (access required)

Adriana Scarpetta (left front) and Triny Silva (right front) hosting a private party in the  pre-opening days of their El Cafetal Colombian, which reopened in Nampa after getting burned out of the Boise International Market fire in September 2015. Photo courtesy of Mike Trueba, Montana & Idaho Community Development Corp.

El Cafetal Colombian, a restaurant burned in the Boise International Market fire in September 2015, reopened April 1 on Garrity Avenue in Nampa. Owners Adriana Scarpetta and Triny Silva had resorted to operating out of a food truck after the ...

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A word with Joe Kosakowski of Quest Groups

Joe Kosakowski, CEO of Quest Groups, makes his way around the company's downtown Boise offices in February. Photo by Glenn Landberg.

Joe Kosakowski is the CEO and founder of Quest Groups, a Boise company that helps connect companies with workers. Just under 50 workers, 36 of them recruiters, work in the company’s downtown office. Kosakowski got his start with Albertsons in ...

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