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INL, POWER Engineers working on grid cybersecurity (access required)

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Cyber attacks to Idaho’s electrical power grid haven’t been making headlines, but there is vulnerability, according to industry experts, so two Eastern Idaho organizations are teaming up to keep hackers at bay. Twenty years ago, the mechanisms that manage the ...

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TDS Telecom expands high-speed internet to Meridian (access required)

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Following 700 miles of fiber network in Coeur d’Alene, TDS Telecom is expanding to Meridian. TDS Telecom is investing between $80 million to $100 million into its fiber-to-the-home network, TDS telecom spokesperson Mike Wanta said in an email message, which ...

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Grant to help NNU professor develop fruit-harvesting robot (access required)

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Duke Bulanon, Northwest Nazarene University engineering professor, describes the concept of a fruit harvesting robot as having been around for decades, but now he and several undergraduate students have technology and funding to, hopefully, make it happen. Bulanon and his ...

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Vacasa hires new CFO, alludes to possible IPO

Despite nationwide reduced business or pleasure travel due to COVID-19, vacation rental company Vacasa has “had steady record reservation volume,” and announced it hired a new chief financial officer who may help take the company public. Vacasa has hired Jamie ...

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Drake Cooper touts employee ownership, especially now (access required)

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Boise-based advertising company Drake Cooper has announced it is now 100% employee-owned, meaning each of its approximately 50 employees has been gifted stock shares of the privately held business. CEO Jamie Cooper says this creation of an Employee Stock Ownership ...

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New ‘side hustle’ app gains usage in Idaho (access required)

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From the annual Spud Harvest to special product projects at Scentsy, a young app, Bacon, is seeking to connect potential Idaho workers with employers. And, in just three months, its presence is growing. Bacon proved helpful for user Erin Evans ...

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Economist: ‘It will be different’ as Idaho economy rebounds (access required)

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Despite continuing hardships from 2020, local finance and economy experts are optimistic about some aspects going into 2021. Moreover, at the state level, Idaho is making a promising comeback, though not without a warning about current and rising housing prices ...

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Can Boise businesses require masks? and other questions (access required)

With the potential for more aggressive demonstrations in downtown Boise at the Capitol, local business owner Mike Rogers is prepared for protesters to enter his business, but he’s not worried. For businesses looking to be prepared for more demonstrations, such ...

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Manufacturer MetalQuest expanding to Kootenai County (access required)

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Post Falls is about to see a brand new building and more manufacturing jobs. MetalQuest Unlimited, a machine manufacturing business, is expanding its Nebraska-based operations to Kootenai County, just outside of Post Falls. MetalQuest Unlimited hopes to complete the new ...

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In depth at Meridian’s Ten Mile and Franklin multifamily hub (access required)

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The current design of the Ten Mile and Franklin roads intersection was intentional, says Caleb Hood, planning division manager for the City of Meridian, and so was its growing reputation as a hub for multifamily living. Stakeholders began collaborating on ...

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