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

Avista requests drop in power, gas rates

Northern Idaho power and gas customers could see smaller bills, as Avista Corp. is seeking a small reduction as part of its yearly cost adjustments. The drop is due to lower costs for Avista to generate or buy electricity and ...

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Summer liquor sales near Washington border are strong (access required)

Idaho’s state-run liquor stores on the Washington border have seen higher sales since the Evergreen State privatized its liquor market June 1 and added new fees, which led to higher prices. Sales increased by a third in June at eight ...

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Metro areas doing better in employment (access required)

All of Idaho’s larger metro areas saw greater gains in employment than the state as a whole in June. But some more rural parts of the state continued to have high unemployment rates. While the statewide unemployment rate dipped a ...

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New brewery running into trouble with regulators (access required)

10 Barrel Brewing Co. plans to open up a new brewpub in Boise in November. The company also plans to keep selling beer brewed in its Bend, Ore., brewery. Under Idaho state law, it appears it can’t do both. “We ...

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Nampa firm trained bomb squad in Colorado shooting (access required)

WMDTech’s Rick Bowman joked that he may spend more time in Colorado than he does in Idaho, given the number of trainings his company has provided to local and regional bomb squads. That includes some courses for the law enforcement ...

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Solar plant has January deadline (access required)

A 20-megawatt solar plant west of Mountain Home must produce power by next January to avoid losing $810,000 and an agreement from Idaho Power to buy electricity for 20 years. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission on July 12 approved a ...

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Tamarack Aerospace launches first certified part, hints at more (access required)

Tamarack Aerospace Group Inc.’s new custom throttle for small airplanes has had modest sales in its first month, with fewer than 10 units sold. But the long process of getting the throttle approved could help the small Sandpoint-based business in ...

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Potlatch shows continued profits

Potlatch Corp. reported a $5.1 million profit for the second quarter of 2012, on par with last quarter but down from $8.4 million in net income for the same quarter in 2011. The forest products and real estate company’s revenues, ...

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Meridian, Boise interchanges prioritized in transportation plan

Idaho transportation leaders announced expedited start times for $180 million in highway construction projects, including the Meridian Road interchange and two other Treasure Valley interchanges on Interstate 84. The decision announced July 19 includes $80 million in unused funding from ...

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Feds OK Idaho’s Medicaid processing system (access required)

The state of Idaho will now have a smaller monthly bill for its Medicaid claims system. The federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has certified the state’s Medicaid Management Information System, which is run by Molina Medicaid Solutions, a ...

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