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Hearings on gas rate hike set in Pocatello Sept. 12, Boise Sept. 13 (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will solicit comments through Sept. 20 on Intermountain Gas Co.’s application to impose an average rate hike of 27.6 percent, effective Oct. 1, to pay for costlier supplies. Intermountain has applied for ...

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U.S. Ex-Im Bank seeks more export clients in Idaho (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Idaho companies seeking to export goods to buyers abroad may be helped by the state Department of Commerce and Labor’s new status as a partner with the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The partnership, which took ...

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$1.5M in affordable housing set for Mtn. Home, Ponderay (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT The Idaho Community Reinvestment Corp. recently invested $1.5 million to fund two new affordable-housing projects in widely separated areas of Idaho. ICRC funded the Mt. Baldy Senior Housing complex in Ponderay, in the Idaho panhandle, and the ...

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Court plans classes for public (access required)

IBR Staff Report The 4th Judicial District plans to offer a Citizens’ Law Academy for individuals who are interested in learning about the legal system. The free 10-week class is slated for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 20 ...

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Intermountain Gas seeks 27% rate hike to cover costs (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Intermountain Gas Co. aims to raise rates by an average of 27 percent starting Oct. 1, reflecting the higher prices that the Boise company has paid for natural gas supplies. In its annual purchased-gas cost adjustment filing ...

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HP, Simplot log lower workforce numbers than '04 (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORTS Among major employers in the Treasure Valley, Hewlett-Packard Co. and J.R. Simplot Co. report decreases in employment from year-earlier levels. Hewlett-Packard currently employs 3,500 in Boise – down from 3,700 the year prior – and 150,000 worldwide. ...

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Sotheby's buys Sun Valley real estate firm (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Sotheby’s International Realty Inc., which markets upscale residential properties, has acquired the assets of Associated Brokers of Sun Valley LLC. Darlene Young, previously an owner and broker with Associated, serves as vice president and managing broker with ...

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Idacorp earnings fall on decreased demand for irrigation water (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Idaho Power Co, parent Idacorp Inc. (NYSE:IDA) saw earnings drop by nearly 31 percent in the second quarter, on reduced irrigation loads and an increase in the number of shares since late 2004. Irrigation load refers to ...

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IPUC lowers water rate increase sought by utility (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT The Idaho Public Utilities Commission last week approved a 7.68 percent rate increase for United Water Idaho, Inc., effective immediately. United Water, which serves about 75,400 customers in Ada and Canyon counties, initially sought an increase of ...

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Statesman sold to Knight Ridder chain (access required)

IBR Staff Report The owner of The Idaho Statesman, Gannett Co., announced plans last week to sell the Statesman and other newspapers it holds to Knight Ridder Inc., another newspaper chain. Mike Petrak, Knight Ridder’s vice president of marketing, will ...

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