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OfficeMax sues its former New York law firm in Idaho court (access required)

  OfficeMax, the national office supply company purchased by Boise Cascade in 2003, is playing out a bitter divorce with its former law firm in Idaho court, accusing the New York firm of dropping the company like a “hot potato” ...

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Outfitter licensing board keeps busy policing illegal guides (access required)

The black market for whitewater is alive and well in Idaho, where licensed outfitters are often forced to compete with fly-by-night operations that skate by without regulatory oversight. The illegal operations can be a small group where an experienced rafter ...

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Market conditions may force power bill increase on some Idaho utilities (access required)

Some Idaho power utilities may be vigilantly fighting changes to the Bonneville Power Administration that they worry could end up forcing a rate hike, but market realities suggest they will see the federal agency’s rates jump anyway. The BPA sets ...

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New DOE directives could cost utilities, customers (access required)

A series of potentially costly changes to the federal agency that provides cheap power to rural Idaho utilities is getting stiff resistance from officials across the country. The Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency that brokers power from 31 hydroelectric ...

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Former Rep. Walt Minnick accuses Hawley Troxell of negligence over land deal (access required)

Former Congressman Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, is suing one of the state’s largest law firms, alleging a paperwork mishap cost Minnick more than $300,000 in taxes. Minnick, along with his wife, is alleging a Hawley Troxell attorney Geoffrey Wardle made a ...

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Idaho Athletic Club sues former accountant over taxes

The Idaho Athletic Club is suing its former accountant, alleging bad advice led to a rat’s nest of trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. In a lawsuit filed June 6 in Ada County District Court, the fitness chain states that ...

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Direct sales business brings new household products to 10 states (access required)

The two Treasure Valley moms who advertise themselves and their direct sales business as cool can add another adjective to their repertoire: timely. Brandi Lee and Karen Vlcek, two friends who opened Solutions by Two Cool Moms in February, joined ...

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Power Engineers sues former employee (access required)

  Power Engineers is suing a former employee for going to work for a competitor and taking several Power employees with him, according to court documents. The Hailey-based engineering company, which now has offices all over the United States and ...

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Some in Boise’s taxi industry want the city to limit new cab companies (access required)

For Boise’s taxi industry, there is little concern about the new city ordinance that took effect in early June. Industry leaders are more worried about what isn’t being regulated. Proponents of a heavier city hand say the open market is ...

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