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2020 continues to be a strange year for bankruptcy filings (access required)

So far for the year, the volume of 2020 bankruptcy filings in Idaho is running at 80% of those for 2019. Like the rest of the nation, Idaho’s personal bankruptcy filings are measurably down from previous years. Chapter 11 reorganization ...

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Housing permit trends show construction season of catch-up (access required)

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Based on building permit activity, Idaho statewide housing construction started the year slowly and gradually picked up over the summer, increasing every month. The U.S. Census tracks new housing starts by compiling the number of new building permits issued by county ...

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Cross-country travel during COVID-19 — driving edition

Looking up the former inclined plane (the notch in trees, center) of the Pennsylvania Portage Railway. Photo by Catie Clark.

Having survived the airplane and train trip from Boise to Old Saybrook, Conn., I arrived late on Saturday, Oct. 17, at my sister’s house to rescue my truck. It broke down in March on the way back to Idaho from ...

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CFAC pulls back unused COVID funding, spends $4,728,933 (access required)

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The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee at its Oct. 28 meeting pulled back $15.6 million that the Departments of Labor and Commerce returned to it. The committee then allocated $4.7 million to Information Technology Services to help mitigate the explosion of ...

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Colliers meeting discusses commercial real estate recovery (access required)

The Keynote Auditorium display for the Colliers Treasure Valley CRE Conference. Screenshot by Catie Clark.

How is COVID-19 like 9/11? In the way that its recession is behaving, as opposed to one with a financial cause such as the Great Recession. That’s according to speakers at Colliers International Idaho, which held its 17th annual Treasure ...

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New Saltzer owner, South Dakota’s Sanford Health to merge (access required)

The Saltzer Urgent Care Clinic in downtown Caldwell.

Just a few weeks after Ball Ventures Ahlquist announced the sale of Saltzer Health to Intermountain Healthcare, the Salt Lake City-based health care system announced that it will merge with Sioux Falls-based Sanford Health. This will be the third expansion ...

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New Canyon County vineyard estates nothing to wine about (access required)

An artist's rendering of one of the homes at the Snake River Wine Country Estates. Image courtesy of SAI Construction.

Usually top-end residential properties in the Treasure Valley cluster along the foothills or the posh neighborhoods next to downtown Boise. A new development is breaking that pattern with vineyard estates along the Snake River in the Sunnyslope agricultural area in ...

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Cross-country travel during time of plague — er, COVID-19 (access required)

PPE vending machine at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport. Photo by Catie Clark.

Needing to go to Connecticut, I braced myself for the brave new world of traveling during the pandemic. The family pickup truck broke down in March while driving from Maine to Idaho and was left with my sister to be ...

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A word with developer Scott Schoenherr (access required)

Scott Schoenherr is the Boise face of Rafanelli and Nahas Management Corporation, one of the best-known developers in downtown Boise. The firm is finishing up the last touches on the office building it began erecting last year at the corner ...

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