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Bird flu, oil-gas ventures seen among new scams, BBB says (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Several fraudulent investment schemes have cropped up in the new year, the Better Business Bureau warns. Many schemers peddle products and investments tied to current headlines, said Nora Carpenter, executive director of the BBB of Southwestern Idaho ...

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Idaho's 2.4% gain in population ranks 3rd (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Idaho was the nation’s third-fastest growing state between 2004 and 2005, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released late last month. The Gem State added 33,956 residents in the 12 months ended last July 1, ...

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RiverWalk developers eye third building (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Owners of the RiverWalk office complex have signed several leases recently, and plan a third building. RiverWalk I, a 15,300-square-foot building near the southwest corner of Shoreline Drive and Americana Boulevard in Boise, is full following expansion ...

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Budget maestro predicts $200 million surplus (access required)

Budget maestro predicts $200 million surplus IBR STAFF REPORT The Idaho general-fund budget for fiscal 2006, ending next June 30, is about $2.2 billion, up 3.1%. Idaho Legislature Budget Director Jeff Youtz expects Idaho to have a $200 million surplus ...

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Reports indicate Albertsons walks away from offer (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Talks broke off late last week between Albertsons Inc. and the apparent leading bidder to buy the company, published reports said. The shutdown of negotiations, late Dec. 21, cast doubt over whether the whole company will be ...

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Micron earnings down year-to-year, up from past quarter (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Micron Technology Inc. reported net income of $63 million, or 9 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $1.36 billion, for its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 1. In the year-earlier quarter, net income totaled $154.9 ...

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Cabela's to open in former Costco store site (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Cabela’s Inc., a hunting, fishing and outdoor gear retailer, plans to open a 132,000-square-foot store in the former Costco site in Franklin Towne Plaza near Franklin Road and Milwaukee Street in summer 2006. The outlet will be ...

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Unemployment insurance taxes up again (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Unemployment insurance tax rates will increase for Idaho’s 46,000 employers. The Idaho Department of Commerce & Labor said 2006 will mark the second straight year of rate increases under a multi-phased increase approved by the state Legislature. ...

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CEO Medina honored by NAWBO (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Sylvia Medina, president and CEO of Idaho Falls-based North Wind Inc., received the Business Woman of the Year Award from the Idaho chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners on Dec. 13. North Wind, an ...

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Albertsons closing two California stores (access required)

IBR STAFF REPORT Albertsons Inc. plans to close two Northern California stores in early January. The company – which has put itself up for sale partly to shed under-performing stores and generate cash from its real estate – will close ...

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