Did you miss me last week? Due to the way we laid out the paper, there was room for only one page of commentaries, and I figured you’d rather hear from Mike Baker and Melissa Wintrow than from me. But I am back.
We were wondering if we’d have anything left to write about this week with the Legislature taking its two-week pause in hopes of stopping the COVID-19 outbreak among its ranks. Ha. As always, there’s been plenty to write about.
Demonstrating that we are the Idaho Business Review and cover the whole state, both of our front-page articles this week are from outside the Treasure Valley. Our intrepid staff writer Catie Clark wrote about a new effort by Hagadone Marine to build a parking garage for boats on Lake Coeur d’Alene, complete with valet parking. (And don’t miss what will eventually be Catie’s six-part series on environmental issues in Lake Coeur d’Alene — you can check out the first three parts online.)
Catie also wrote about how several Idaho hospitals have taken the plunge to become nonprofits instead of county-funded, and what the advantages and disadvantages are of such a move.
Of course, Catie also covered the fact that all Idahoans 16 and over can now sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as approval by Boise of a new downtown office plaza by Ball Ventures Ahlquist and the opening of a coworking space in Boise’s North End.
And it wouldn’t be a week without a Catie mining article — this time about the plans and results from phosphate mining company Itafos.
Our versatile freelancer Alx Stevens wrote about how Commercial Tire is following the Employee Stock Ownership Plan trend and becoming entirely employee-owned. In addition, she wrote about a program partially funded by the Workforce Development Council and led by the International Rescue Committee to train and hire immigrants and refugees for industrial sewing jobs. She also wrote about how you, too, can own a winery, as two Idaho wineries go up for sale as investment opportunities.
Finally, even if the Legislature is out of town, the Governor and the Idaho Tax Commission have ensured that Idaho will conform with the May 17 tax deadline extended by the federal government. In addition to writing about that, Catie also summarized what COVID-19 aid is and isn’t taxable.
Sharon Fisher is interim managing editor of the Idaho Business Review.