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CH2M Hill lands Army Corps contract (access required)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded an architectural and engineering services contract to CH2M Hill Inc., Boise. The $10 million, five-year contract calls for the Corps to issue task orders in various locations, mainly in its Walla Walla, ...

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Alaska Airlines adds Boise-Seattle flights (access required)

Alaska Airlines is adding two daily flights between Boise and Seattle starting Jan. 8, via its Horizon unit. A company spokeswoman said the move is in response to Southwest Airlines’ recent announcement that will discontinue two Boise-Seattle flights. “We are ...

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Loan ‘participations’ are rising (access required)

The southwest Idaho lending market is seeing more “participations” in which pieces of a loan are shared among many banks,  said Kelly Robertson, Zions Bank senior vice president and director of regional credit in Boise.   Also called syndications, these agreements ...

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Lending to sizable businesses, projects, picks up steam (access required)

Lending to midsized and large businesses, and on some large projects, appears to be growing stronger. Gardner Co., which owns three sizable commercial development projects in the Boise area, was able to get new financing recently. “The recovery has been ...

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North Wind lands new federal work in Alaska (access required)

North Wind Services LLC, Idaho Falls, was awarded a $12 million contract to perform waste services work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Alaska for up to five years. The Corps will assign tasks at various locations in ...

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MWI Veterinary earnings jump (access required)

MWI Veterinary Supply on July 28 announced a 24.7 percent increase in earnings and an 18.1 percent gain in operating income for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30. The Boise-based company posted $11.4 million in earnings on revenue of ...

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Clearwater Paper expansion drags earnings in quarter (access required)

Buying a business and ramping up a new plant cut Clearwater Paper’s earnings by nearly one-third in the second quarter, from a year earlier. High input costs also hurt, the company said. Spokane, Wash.-based Clearwater Paper Corp., which operates manufacturing ...

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Teff an alternative crop taking hold slowly in southeast Idaho (access required)

Low demand for teff and high shipping costs to Europe have led teff pioneer Derek Vermeer to sit out this year’s market, at least as a grower.  “It’s been and up-and-down deal depending on sales, year to year,” Vermeer said.  ...

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Amalgamated aims to use more non-U.S. sugar (access required)

Boise-based Amalgamated Sugar Co. LLC recently began selling its refined sugar through National Sugar Marketing LLC, formed in early June. National Sugar Marketing has exclusive rights to market all refined sugar produced by Amalgamated and by Sucden Americas, a Miami ...

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Megaload opponents’ petition rejected (access required)

An Idaho Transportation Department hearing officer rejected a petition that sought to stop the progress of 200 very large loads on U.S. 12 next to the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers. The July 11 petition had asked Hearing Officer Duff McKee to ...

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