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California-based Pieology expanding to Idaho

Pieology, a create-your-own pizza business, is set to open five locations in Idaho, the company announced on Aug. 10. Rob Wylie, Laurie Wylie and Michael Gordon of Crash-Coyote LLC will be the franchise’s project managers for the five new locations. Laurie Wylie worked at Pieology in Chino Hills, California, and when she moved to Idaho saw a growth opportunity for the chain business. The 130-restaurant franchise was founded in 2011 with the mission to create an interactive pizza-making experience that is affordable and safe for its customers.

Saltzer Surgery Center in Meridian is awarded accreditation

Saltzer Surgery Center has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) as of Aug. 19. Health care organizations hoping to receive AAAHC accreditation partake in an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by physicians, nurses and administrators who are experts and actively involved in ambulatory care. Saltzer Surgery Center opened its doors in 2021 as a joint venture between Intermountain Healthcare and community physicians. The center focuses on orthopedics, general surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, gynecology, podiatry and otolaryngology.

The decade of agriculture in Idaho 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed a proclamation declaring the decade of 2020-2030 as The Decade of Agriculture in Idaho. Photo courtesy of Dairy West

On Aug. 24, Gov. Little signed a declaration making 2020-2030 the decade of agriculture in Idaho. Little is the first governor to sign a declaration like this into effect, stated an Aug. 26 press release. According to Dairy West CEO Karianne Fallow, agriculture is the backbone of Idaho’s economy, meaning that the state plays a large role in an economical and ecologically sustainable future. More than 60 Idaho organizations, including the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, a half-dozen state ag commissions and more than 40 associations representing agriculture and related sectors have voiced support for the initiative signed by Little.


Second-generation DQ sisters open in Hayden

Sisters Jessica Blain and Amanda Buchanan grew up working at their father’s Dairy Queen in Rathdrum. With more than 12 years’ experience working for their dad, the sisters are opening their own Dairy Queen franchise at 513 West Hayden Ave., in Hayden, with an opening date set sometime in November. The Hayden location will use Dairy Queen’s new DQ Grill & Chill format, which features comfortable booths, large wooden tables, warm lighting and upbeat music. While the inside will be a bit different from the traditional DQ layout, all the same soft-serve ice cream favorites will still be on the menu, including DQ’s signature Blizzards.
Dairy Queen currently has locations in 16 Idaho communities: Ammon, Boise, Burley, Caldwell, Garden City, Idaho Falls, Jerome, Lewiston, Meridian, Nampa, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Rexburg, Rigby, Star and Twin Falls. The fast-food chain is based out of Minneapolis and is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

AG’s office settles with Boise direct mail company

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a consumer protection settlement agreement with Senior Supplemental Referral Service LLC, a lead-generation company operating nationwide from Boise. The attorney general found the graphics made the solicitation appear as if it originated from a government office rather than a commercial entity. Also, the solicitation failed to disclose it was an ad for insurance; excluded material terms and conditions a consumer needs in order to make an informed decision about whether to respond; and created a false sense of urgency for consumers by using words like “time sensitive” and “second notice,” according to the announcement. The settlement agreement requires Senior Supplemental Referral Service to change its envelope and solicitation designs so they comply with the Idaho Consumer Protection Act. Senior Supplemental Referral Service also may not use misleading graphics or false words of urgency. As part of the agreement, the company has paid Wasden’s office $3,000 for fees and costs.

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