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U.S., Idaho predict construction growth, worker shortages

Excavation is completed for the Auberge Resort Sun Valley in Ketchum, where construction will start in March. Photo courtesy of Jack Bariteau.

Nearly three-fourths of construction firms across the country plan to add workers in 2017 – if they can find them, according to a survey of nearly 1,300 construction firms from 49 states conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. ...

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A word with Tim Andersen of the Boise State Computer Science Department (access required)

Tim Andersen, chairman of the Boise State University Computer Science Department. Photo by Patrick Sweeney.

Tim Andersen is chairman of the computer science department in Boise State University’s College of Engineering. Andersen bought his first computer, a Franklin Ace 1000, with money he made helping manage pickers at his father’s cherry orchard while he was ...

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Review shows governor hit $1 billion in tax cuts since 2007

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said he has lowered the tax burden for Idaho residents by roughly $1 billion during his 11-year tenure, and an Associated Press review shows the numbers add up. Otter announced his tax-cutting accomplishments during his annual ...

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New bill to require background checks for massage therapists

Massage therapists in Idaho would be required to undergo criminal background checks under recently introduced legislation. Mitch Toryanksi, with the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, said Idaho law does not require a fingerprint-based background check to receive a massage therapist ...

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Idaho panel aligns with Gov. Otter on 2018 revenue forecast

For the fifth year in a row, Idaho lawmakers on an economic outlook panel sided with Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’ revenue projections on how much money will flow into the state in the 2018 fiscal year. The Joint Economic Outlook ...

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NuScale submits design for new kind of nuclear power plant

Oregon-based NuScale Power has submitted its design to federal regulators for a new kind of nuclear power plant to be build in Idaho Falls. It’s designed to be smaller and more affordable than typical nuclear plants. The company on Jan. ...

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Puerto Ricans could ease South Dakota dairy labor shortage

Young brown and Simmental cows in the pasture

Unable to find enough workers to carry out the painstaking tasks of milk production, dairy producers in South Dakota hope to tap into a different labor force: unemployed residents of Puerto Rico. It could be a tonic both for dairy ...

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Signs now distinguish The Grove Hotel (access required)

The contrast between the old and new Grove Hotel signs is evident. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Twenty years after opening, The Grove Hotel is using large signs to announce its presence in downtown Boise. Downtown’s largest hotel on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 installed nearly 17-foot-tall The Grove Hotel Signs on either side of the River ...

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Roundup 1.13.17 (access required)

First Federal Savings Bank expanded into an additional 1,115 square feet at 701 Allen St.. Debbie Martin of DK Commercial handled the transaction. Reve Exteriors leased 1,820 square feet at 701 Allen Street. Nick Schuitemaker and Mike Green of Thornton ...

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Boise-built modular hotel to go online 210 days faster than traditional counterparts (access required)

A pre-fabricated room is put in place at the AC Bricktown Hotel in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo courtesy of the Journal Record.

NewcrestImage is building two hotels in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown neighborhood, but the one that was started at Guerdon Modular Buildings in Boise will be done sooner, said Bill Pearcy, vice president of construction. NewcrestImage’s 142-room AC Hotel was constructed in ...

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