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Analysis: COVID-19 behind the strange drop in bankruptcies (access required)

In general, bankruptcies increase as a result of economic downturns. It may come as a surprise, then, that bankruptcies have done the exact opposite since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the American Bankruptcy Institute, the numbers from ...

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Idaho hires call center to handle new unemployment claims (access required)

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Confronted by an unending surge of phone calls over unemployment claims, the Idaho Department of Labor hired a call center to provide extra agents to handle the flood of applicants phoning in. The call center came online on June 1. ...

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Ada County planning overhaul of its zoning ordinances (access required)

Homes in the Hawthorne Street Cottages pocket neighborhood.

Ada County plans to gut and renovate its zoning ordinances. This little news gem was buried deep inside a May 29 news release from the county’s planning and development department on a different but related matter. An Ada County news ...

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Fertilizer prices, not COVID-19, cut Itafos Conda earnings (access required)

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Itafos, owner and operator of several Idaho phosphate properties, posted a 135% increase in sales volume from its Itafos Conda subsidiary during the first quarter 2020 compared to 1Q 2019. Itafos Conda is a major employer in Caribou, Franklin and Bear ...

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Analysis: The muddle of relief for Idaho’s rural hospitals (access required)

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How much did Idaho’s rural hospitals receive from the $10 billion rural health care relief funds? Short of asking each individual hospital, it is impossible right now to tell who got what. That’s because the amounts that the U.S. Department ...

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Analysis: The economics of COVID-19 nursing home testing (access required)

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To reboot the nation’s economy, one of the many steps recommended by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention is testing all nursing homes for COVID-19. The estimated one-time cost to do so is $440 million, according to an estimate by ...

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Governor announces movie theaters can reopen on May 30 (access required)

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Movie buffs got some good news on Thursday — theaters will be reopening sooner than expected. On May 28, Gov. Brad Little announced that Idaho would advance to Stage Three of the state’s economic reopening plan. Little also advanced the reopening of ...

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Coeur d’Alene Chamber announces ‘champion of tourism’ (access required)

Left to right: Steve Wilson, Tami Crawford, Coeur d'Alene Visitor Bureau Chair, and Mark Robitaille, Coeur d'Alene Visitor Bureau Executive Director.

Steve Wilson, president and CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce from 2011 to 2019, has received the chamber’s 2020 Kyle M. Walker Champion of Tourism Award. Wilson took his first Coeur d’Alene tourism position in 1984 and has been a mainstay for the ...

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Tamarack resort, Valley County reopen for tourists — safely (access required)

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Tourists are welcome to come and keep their distance in Valley County. After the unfolding of Idaho’s ground zero for COVID-19 centered on Sun Valley, the tourist towns of Valley County issued a press release begging people to stay away. ...

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What stores made the retail apocalypse scorecard for May? (access required)

May marked the announcement of first-quarter earnings for many of the nation’s retailers, which has uncovered a lot of the damage done by shutting down non-essential commerce. Post-pandemic bankruptcy filings to date include a number of well-known brands: Hertz, J. ...

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