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Author Archives: Brad Carlson

Idaho timber company diversifies, grows in tough industry  (access required)

Timber industry veteran Dan Balbach spent five years – and more money than he anticipated – creating a diversified business that he says uses every bit of wood fiber harvested. Each log’s forest-to-home (even home fireplace) progression through Treasure Valley ...

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McMillen LLC lands major contracts with resource agencies (access required)

Engineering and construction firm McMillen LLC, Boise, recently received three U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contracts through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic-stimulus program. The projects are: Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (Wyo.), construction of three residences and a ...

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KW Commercial’s first year brought new agents (access required)

Major housing-market player Keller Williams Realty’s early 2009 North American launch of a commercial real estate firm included adding seven KW Commercial members in the Boise area. KW Commercial now has 19 members – eight directors and 11 associates – ...

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New York Times covers Idaho Power

The New York Times just ran a good story keying on Idaho Power Co. programs that provide monetary incentives for conservation. The Jan. 24 article also looks at Idaho Power’s current position on renewables such as wind power. Local news ...

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Twin Falls markets vacated Dell call center building (access required)

The Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency has agreed to accept termination of the lease agreement with Dell Inc., freeing the agency to market the 48,000-square-foot call center building to prospective new business occupants. Dell operated the technical support call center ...

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Jobs program panelist: Ag alive and well

Agriculture is “still alive in Idaho and the Treasure Valley” as an economic engine and employer, panelist Margie Watson said at a Jan. 14 forum on rural jobs and economic growth. Specialty crops are increasingly important in southwest Idaho, as ...

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Idaho employment holding up – in spots (access required)

Food processing, some types of manufacturing – even wood products – and the medical profession are among Idaho sectors that are adding some jobs or at least not contracting as much recently, state Department of Labor regional economists said. Panhandle ...

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Survey: Social media sites not a fit for all businesses  (access required)

Northwest Nazarene University senior sales-management students recently surveyed Treasure Valley business operators about whether and how they use social media sites and other online tools. Much of the information was gathered in old-fashioned interviews – some indication that online tools ...

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Some stocks of Idaho interest post solid 2009 (access required)

Stock in Boise-based Micron Technology finished 2009 strongly in relation to its one-year price range, thanks in part to a favorable quarterly financial report recently. Utilities and a few wood products stocks of interest to Idaho investors also are trading ...

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