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

Federal budget cuts leading to INL job cuts (access required)

The Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls is reducing its workforce by 185 employees by the end of March. The cuts are due to reductions in spending by federal agencies. “There’s been a decrease in the revenue and the budget ...

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Businesses leaders split on how to cut taxes, spur economy (access required)

For the first time in several years, Idaho lawmakers are seriously considering large tax reductions. On Feb. 8, leaders from several business organizations made the case for all sorts of tax changes, including getting rid of the personal property tax ...

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Nostalgic candy company trying something new (access required)

The Idaho Candy Company, which has a 102-year-old factory still running in downtown Boise, is launching its first new product in decades, the Huckleberry Gem. The new treat hews close to the company’s existing line, which is predominantly marshmallow-based candy ...

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Laxer raw milk regulation effort fails (access required)

The House Agricultural Affairs Committee has snuffed a plan from Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, that would expand the state’s raw milk market.    Other lawmakers were concerned that Barbieri’s efforts would upset the current system, which requires hard bargaining ...

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After mine closure, Hecla faces lawsuit from investors (access required)

When the Lucky Friday mine in Mullan shut down earlier this year due to safety concerns and recent deaths, mine owner Hecla Mining Company’s stock tumbled. Now shareholders have filed a class action securities lawsuit. The shareholder and other law ...

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Avista, trash-to-energy power plant reach short-term deal (access required)

A northern Idaho landfill power plant that should be up and running by the end of February now has a short-term power purchasing agreement with Avista Energy, the electricity utility that serves that region of the state as well as ...

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Catching customers with vinegar and olive oil (access required)

Garden City soon will soon be home to Drizzle, a specialty balsamic vinegar and olive oil store that could follow the model of wine shops in luring shoppers away from grocery stores for a food staple. But although olive oil stores have ...

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Third try for aircraft repair tax break at Idaho Capitol (access required)

For the third year in a row, an Idaho House committee has signed off on a plan to get rid of the sales tax on parts used in aircraft repairs. Supporters of the plan, including a Boise plane repair company ...

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Northern Idaho airplane industry group lifts off (access required)

Aerospace companies in northern Idaho have gotten together to launch a new alliance that will advocate for their interests. The Idaho Aerospace Alliance will focus on worker training programs, and will share information and resources among regional manufacturers and suppliers ...

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