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Business Briefs: Crane Creek Country Club plans renovations

Crane Creek Country Club plans renovations

Renovations are planned at Boise’s Crane Creek Country Club.

File photo by Patrick Sweeney

File photo by Patrick Sweeney

The $3.5 million project will include renovation of the golf course to meet USGA specifications for the front nine holes. The club’s board plans to renovate tee boxes, construct new concrete cart paths, rebuild bunkers, and install new irrigation around the greens and tees and a larger pond for increased water storage.

Two indoor courts and two outdoor courts will be constructed at the existing tennis complex. A total of 10 courts will be available for play once the project is complete. Terraced stadium seating will also be constructed around the outdoor courts. Post-tension concrete construction will be used.

Additionally, other site work at the private club will include re-channeling and opening the creek to alleviate seasonal flooding, adding more parking and cart storage and installation of a new putting green.

The front nine holes of the course will be closed from Sept. 2014 to May 2015 and the outdoor tennis courts will be closed from Oct. 2014 to April 2015. The remainder of the course and indoor tennis courts will remain open throughout construction.

Crane Creek was built in 1963 and is located at 500 W. Curling Drive. It is a member-only facility that also has a pool, fitness center, dining facility and outdoor bar and banquet facilities.

IBR Staff

In Treasure Valley, May Day means free legal advice

May Day is National Law Day, and Treasure Valley lawyers celebrate the day by offering their services for free.

The Idaho Bar Association is putting on a free volunteer attorney clinic on May 1 where attorneys will answer hundreds of phone calls from the public about legal issues.

Callers and attorneys use only their first names to keep the calls anonymous, and the calls are limited to 15 minutes.

The event is going on in Idaho’s Fourth Judicial District, which includes much of the Treasure Valley. It’s part of a larger day of events run by the Bar Association to celebrate National Law Day. Dan Black, communications director for the Idaho State Bar, said the purpose of the day’s events is to teach the public about the importance of the law.

The public can use the following numbers:

(208) 703-7109

(208) 703-0868

(208) 703-8613

Calls will be taken from 7 am to 3 pm. If an attorney can’t answer the question immediately, he or she will call back with an answer within a few days.

IBR Staff

Nampa man sentenced for stealing BLM sandstone

A 46-year-old Nampa man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for stealing nearly 10,000 pounds of sandstone from Bureau of Land Management lands.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson says Brian Kirkpatrick was sentenced April 21 in U.S. District Court in Boise.

He must also serve three years of supervised probation after prison.

Prosecutors say Kirkpatrick started stealing the sandstone in November 2012 and selling it commercially for landscape projects.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge also ordered Kirkpatrick to pay $1,472 in restitution, as well as $146 in restitution for a probation violation.

Lodge also ordered him to pay another $950 in fines and a special assessment.

The Associated Press

Higher costs pressured businesses in 1st quarter

Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association for Business Economics.

During the first quarter of the year, 31 percent of businesses surveyed reported higher material costs, more than double the 15 percent that saw costs rise in the previous survey. Additionally, 35 percent reported rising wages and salaries at their businesses in the past three months, up from 23 percent in January.

Yet those who said they raised the prices they charge in the past three months remained unchanged at 20 percent, according to the latest NABE survey of 72 members, which was conducted between March 18 and April 1.

The Associated Press

E-book settlement with Apple coming this summer

Idahoans who bought electronic books for their iPad or iPhone could get a second round of refunds later this year as part of a price fixing lawsuit with Apple Inc.

Lawrence Wasden

Lawrence Wasden

Five of the six largest e-book publishers reached a settlement that resulted in a $166 million payout nationally; Idahoans received $800,000 of that payment in late March.

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden was one of 31 state attorneys general who filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five e-book publishers. A federal judge in New York found that Apple played a central role in eliminating retail price competition in hopes of raising e-book prices.

The publishers reached a settlement in 2013, with checks mailed out to affected consumers on March 27.

Apple declined to be part of the settlement, and was convicted after a three-week trial in June 2013. Another trial to determine the dollar amount of damages Apple should pay is scheduled for this summer, according to Wasden’s office.

IBR Staff

Salaries are rising for fundraisers at top charities

Raising money for charity has become a lucrative line of work.

A new study of 280 nonprofits released April 21 by the Washington-based Chronicle of Philanthropy shows nearly 30 top fundraisers have been earning more than $500,000, and at least two surpassed the $1 million mark. The data is from 2011, the most recent year available.

The increased pay for fundraisers came as nonprofits were seeking to replace money that was lost or declined during the recession. It raises questions for some about how much donated money is going to support a charity’s mission.

The study looked at nonprofits that raised more than $35 million each. It found fundraisers at top hospitals and colleges were earning more than fundraisers in the arts, environmental and other nonprofits.

The Associated Press



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