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$180 million CWI bond may or may not return

A hallway at the College of Western Idaho. File photo.

The College of Western Idaho is “re-evaluating everything” before moving forward with financing the $180 million creation of a new Boise campus and expanding its main Nampa campus. CWI’s $180 million bond measure was defeated in the November election. The ...

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Senate passes bill to cut gas hybrid fees (access required)

The Idaho Transportation Department is replacing this bridge on Route 55 just north of Cascade. Photo by Sophie Allen.

The Idaho Senate passed a bill Feb. 17 to remove an annual $75 fee from gas hybrids, but could not identify a plan to replace the resulting $1 million shortfall in transportation funding. The 2015 Legislature passed several bills to raise ...

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US home building falls as developers start fewer apartments

Apartments under construction in Meridian. File photo.

U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes last month, led by a drop in apartment construction. The number of new housing starts declined 2.6 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.25 million, the Commerce Department said ...

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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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Boise city council member sues Ketchum over affordable housing development fees

Ketchum City Hall. File photo.

Boise City Council member Scot Ludwig has sued the city of Ketchum over the affordable housing fees the city charges for development projects that exceed a certain size. Ludwig got a charge of $840,000 from Ketchum in community housing in ...

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U.S. metro-area construction employment is ailing, but not in Boise (access required)

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Despite rises in building activity, more than one in three American metropolitan areas saw job losses in construction in 2016. But Boise saw the largest increase in construction employment in the country. Industry leaders are calling on President Donald Trump ...

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56-room hotel is on the way in Bellevue

The Silver Creek Hotel is a modular structure getting assembled in Bellevue. Image courtesy of Greg Anderson.

Bellevue is the city where Wood River Valley’s working class sleeps. It doesn’t usually host the many visitors to the Bellevue-Hailey-Ketchum-Sun Valley corridor, unless they stay at the only motel in town, the 21-room High Country Motel. Greg Anderson is ...

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Idaho House panel introduces transportation funding bills

Idaho lawmakers wrestled with multiple transportation funding proposals Feb. 10, ultimately refusing to budge on raising taxes to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure. The decision came down the same day severe flooding and winter storms wreaked havoc across much of ...

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