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Bird feeders, guided trips boost viewing opportunities — Focus (access required)

Birding can be as simple as hanging a few bird feeders in your backyard and waiting, binoculars and field guide in hand, for the birds to come. For backyard birding, Dick and Cheryl Lawson put out several kinds of feed, ...

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Wondrous watching: Birders make no flap about getting out to see their favorites — Focus (access required)

Dick and Cheryl Lawson’s Boise backyard bush resembles a Christmas tree, with little brown birds (“LBB”) serving as living ornaments. They’ve also served as lunch. A sharp-shinned hawk visited the Lawson’s arborvitae in early March, and the raptor treated the ...

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EKC hangs tough during ‘brutal’ downturn (access required)

From first-year business volume of $150,000 to roughly $12 million today, Ellsworth Kincaid Construction of Boise has grown – and held on – through good economic times and bad. Founded by Brian Ellsworth and Larry Kincaid in 1993, EKC “did ...

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New technologies boost electrical savings — Construction Review (access required)

New ideas in lighting may cost more up-front, but impressive cuts in power usage combined with long life make them practical, as well as highly desirable. “There have been many improvements in electrical power management systems and better drives for ...

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Sealing ducts key to HVAC energy efficiency — Construction Review (access required)

No matter how efficient your existing heating and cooling systems are, you’re losing money if your air ducts leak. Sealing those leaks is the first priority in bringing a home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems into optimal efficiency, ...

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Sales growing at Morning Owl Farm — Focus (access required)

Mary Rohlfing may have traded in mortarboards for duck eggs, but she’ll never let go of the need to teach and to learn. Rohlfing, who served Boise State University as an associate professor of communication for 12 years, switched to ...

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Insured Security creates detailed inventories (access required)

If your home or business were to burn to the ground, would you remember all the content and be reimbursed for it by your insurance company? Having a complete, detailed inventory of your possessions and documents will provide the proof ...

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Building blocks of masonry & foam: CastleRock finds market for ‘InsulStone’ siding — Construction Review (access required)

A new concept in stone siding offers modular installation and increased insulation without the need for masonry work. Known as InsulStone, the product combines the look of stone, using cement and pumice, with dense foam backing that is stapled to ...

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ISU Meridian Health Science Center — Construction Review (access required)

Construction on the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center near Locust Grove and I-84 is scheduled for completion in time for occupation Aug. 1. The center will house more than 20 health professions programs, according to Patty Tryon, ISU-Boise ...

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