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Author Archives: Brad Iverson-Long

Brad Iverson-Long is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering banks, financial services, technology and new business.

Auction Frogs founder takes over event franchising company (access required)

Kristi Saucerman in the past eight years has gone from being a stay-at-home mom to expanding her company Auction Frogs from a hobby into a business. Now she’s becoming CEO of Plan Ahead Events, a franchising event planning company that ...

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Drones used to survey land, look at crops, sell homes in Idaho (access required)

Eight Idaho companies now have approval from the federal government to fly drones for commercial purposes, and are using the unmanned flying vehicles equipped with cameras for a variety of business uses. Reflecting the state’s farming roots, several companies are ...

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Albertsons’ IPO could signal growth plans (access required)

Albertsons Companies Inc., now the second-biggest supermarket company in the country after its acquisition of Safeway earlier this year, wants to have an initial public offering of stock, according to a filing July 8. The Boise-based company did not say ...

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Two hotels set to be built in Ketchum (access required)

Two hotels in Ketchum are set to start construction later this year, following the renovation of the most famous lodging in the Wood River Valley, the Sun Valley Lodge. The groundbreaking for the Limelight Hotel is scheduled for July 10, ...

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Ag co-ops announce merger (access required)

Valley Wide Cooperative and Valley Co-ops will merge on Sept. 1. This is the 12th merger, acquisition or partnership for Valley Wide since 1998. Valley Wide originally formed as Menan Coop in 1938. Valley Wide Marketing Manager Eric Holbrook said ...

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Transportation, agriculture show rise in worker deaths (access required)

Idaho had 30 workplace deaths in 2013, a sharp rise from 17 in 2012, according to an Idaho Department of Labor report. That report found that transportation accidents remained the most common cause of death, and that agriculture and transportation ...

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Port of Lewiston will add fiber optic network (access required)

The Port of Lewiston will construct and then lease a dark fiber optic network starting later this year, with the first phase of the network located in the city of Lewiston and future phases expanding further into surrounding Nez Perce ...

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Zions is consolidating, remodeling branches (access required)

Zions Bank opened a newly renovated bank branch in downtown Ketchum on June 15, one of several improvements that’s part of a branch consolidation plan. Expanded services at the new Ketchum location at 311 N. Main Street, formerly a Washington ...

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NIC to start training airplane mechanics (access required)

North Idaho College received approval June 30 from the Federal Aviation Administration to start an aviation maintenance technician program this year. Pat O’Halloran, director of the Aerospace Center, said the school has been working for 18 months to get FAA ...

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Three more unnamed companies get state tax incentives (access required)

Companies considering growing or expanding in the Treasure Valley, Ketchum and Hayden all received approval from an Idaho state council on June 25 to receive Tax Reimbursement Incentive credits for future income, payroll and sales taxes. The names of the ...

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