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A note from the editor 

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Sharon Fisher

One of the things I like to point out is that this publication is the Idaho Business Review, and consequently covers business news from all over the state. While the Treasure Valley is certainly important, it’s not the be-all and end-all of Idaho, and I think it’s safe to say we’re the only publication that covers business news statewide. 

That’s why I was happy that this week’s Focus section was on northern Idaho, because not only did we have an excuse to write about northern Idaho news, but we have a special section for it so it’s easier to find. 

Our intrepid reporter Catie Clark wrote about highway construction and the repeal of no-wake zone laws in Kootenai County, while our versatile freelancer Alx Stevens wrote about sustainability efforts at the University of Idaho.  

Another issue of statewide importance is the upcoming fire season, which is already off to a bang. It shouldn’t be a surprise, given how different the climate and environment are across the state, but the fire risk in northern Idaho is different from that in southern Idaho. Catie wrote about that as well, using statistics to show that the fire season in Idaho is starting earlier, ending later and producing more fires than in previous years. 

And in development news, Catie covered the groundbreaking of the new Idaho Falls event center, plans to extend Highway 16 and a massive news lifestyle apartment complex in Garden City, right on the greenbelt. 

Alx also covered Boise State University President Dr. Marlene Tromp’s annual State of the University address, and focused on what the university is doing to make itself more responsive to business. 

Idaho Public Television General Manager Ron Pisaneschi announced his retirement last week, and he graciously participated in one of our in-depth Q&A interviews. Idaho Public Television is more than just a great source of programming that, among other things, provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Idaho Legislature. It’s also a $9 million business with more than 70 employees.  

Lastly, after two postponements, we were finally able to hold our Breakfast Series panel discussion on the legislative session. You can read an excerpt from that discussion in this issue, but if you want to watch the whole thing, it’s available on our website. Just click on Events & Pubs, then on Breakfast Series from the pick list. 

Sharon Fisher is interim managing editor of the Idaho Business Review. 


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