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ACHD files eminent domain claim against Housing Authority (access required)

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority is facing an eminent domain proceeding after it rejected an offer from the Ada County Highway District on its property. The highway district had offered about $47,000 for the property, which it is taking ...

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The extras keep funeral homes going

A host of new products is taking the place of caskets, both as disposal options and revenue sources for companies in the funeral industry. People can now, if they choose, fuse human ashes into a diamond, add a fingerprint to ...

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Reduced casket sales are a bruiser in the funeral business

The trend toward cremation over burial isn’t the only threat to funeral home casket sales in Idaho. Casket sales have been traditionally important to funeral homes because they were generally the go-to item for markups. That allowed funeral homes to ...

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Cemeteries are losing supply, finding new ways to stay relevant (access required)

No part of the funeral industry is being hit harder by a shift toward cremation than cemeteries, which are finding new ways to stay relevant when plots of ground are becoming unnecessary. As more people choose to scatter ashes or ...

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New Melaleuca facility in Idaho Falls will have significant economic impact (access required)

A little confidence is going a long way for southeastern Idaho. A new patent protecting Melaleuca’s newest technology is the impetus behind the company’s decision to build a new multi-million dollar processing plant on its existing campus in Bonneville County. ...

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Partial lift of potato ban in South Korea a small opportunity for Idaho

A partial repeal of a South Korean ban on potatoes from Idaho and other northwest states could increase Idaho’s exports. But the state is essentially starting its relationship with the country from scratch after bans that have lasted for years. ...

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Treasure Valley hotel group sued over loan (access required)

A group of Treasure Valley hotel investors is facing a $3.4 million lawsuit after losing the former Holiday Inn Express in Meridian in a foreclosure. The group, made up of married couples Bhupendra and Neela Patel and Kanti and Bharti ...

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Stakeholders still sing praises for Magic Valley manure-to-energy project (access required)

Ten months of operating the largest anaerobic digester project in North America has a diverse mix of investors, dairymen and manufacturers ready to testify that the alternative energy project has lived up to its advertising. The project, which includes four ...

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