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Small towns look to athletic events for overnight visitors (access required)

As kayakers filter into the Garden Valley area June 7, local businesses will be keeping close watch on their bottom lines. Garden Valley, located along the Banks-Lowman Highway and within easy travel distance of three forks of the Payette River, ...

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Idaho Youth Ranch stuck with property tax bills despite tax-exempt status (access required)

A standard real estate practice has cost the nonprofit Idaho Youth Ranch $70,000 a year for the past five years in property taxes. The Idaho Youth Ranch, which runs programs to help troubled children, unsuccessfully applied for property tax exemption ...

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Retirees battle Idaho use tax on firefighting plane business (access required)

Mike Walker and his wife sold their Wyoming business and barely had a chance to start enjoying retirement when they got a serious case of sticker shock. The Walkers, and their former company Spur Aviation Services, were hit with a ...

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Foreclosure tug-of-war leaves Riggins property in limbo (access required)

It was just two weeks before Christmas in 2010 when Sylvia Strupp could finally exhale. It had been a year and a half of constant stress as she jumped through the hoops posed by her mortgage lender, GMAC,  in her ...

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Hunting guide industry wary of new ‘auction tags’ (access required)

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission begins contemplating new rules for wildlife hunting tag auctions authorized by the Legislature this year. But outfitting businesses and sportsmen are still tentative about an arrangement that gives prime hunting tags to the highest ...

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International hay producer watches price boom from Eden (access required)

The sleepy town of Eden, population 405, is not the first place one might expect to find a multi-million-dollar international business. But the Jerome County city is home to the Standlee Hay Company, a family business that will ship out ...

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Startup Weekend feeds entrepreneurial ranks (access required)

About 50 people will be spending their weekend with an intensive beta test of blossoming ideas in Boise, part of the international program known as Startup Weekend. It’s an event that caters to the concerns of many in the business ...

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Niagara Falls pro bono work a major headache for BoDo developer

The Boise developer of BoDo has come under scrutiny in Niagara Falls, N.Y. for a “Holiday Market” that critics call a taxpayer boondoggle. But supporters in the area say Boise developer Mark Rivers, who grew up in western New York, ...

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Brewforia moves beer festivals to Meridian after rocky relations with Boise (access required)

Brewforia Beer Market is breaking up with Boise. While the two have worked together in the past for various beer festivals or other events on city property, Brewforia owner Rick Boyd says he won’t be working with Boise again anytime soon. ...

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