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Guns and politics are a good mix for Idaho manufacturers (access required)

Many industries are driven by a boom and bust cycle. In this one, the cycles are determined almost exclusively by politics. In the world of firearms production consumers are either constantly vigilant or constantly in fear, depending on who is ...

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Eminent domain cases arise from ITD project (access required)

The Idaho Transportation Department has filed at least two eminent domain lawsuits since late March, part of the process for seizing land for a nearly $20 million bridge project. The largest acquisition, from property owner Terry Owens, is 3.8 acres ...

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Lottery winner? Not so much (access required)

It’s tough luck for one Idaho lottery winner. Cynthia Alley-Taylor struck a $10,000 winner in the Idaho Lottery’s “Merry Moolah” scratch ticket game in January. Her total payout? Zero. That’s because Alley-Taylor co-signed for the money with her husband, David ...

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Tech company exploits huge electronic records market (access required)

A northern Idaho tech company is looking to take a piece of the largest pot of cash available in the United States: the health care industry. Insticomm, a Coeur d’Alene business, released their software, which works on iPhones and iPads ...

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HQ legacy helps Boise score 250 back office jobs (access required)

The national Central Garden and Pet Company announced it will be opening a 250-employee shop in Boise, taking care of accounting services for all of the business’ subsidiaries in the United States. Steve Zenker, investor relations and communications vice president ...

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Boise tops the right kind of lists

Boise has been ending up on the right side of national lists in the past month, finding itself in the top tier of cities recovering from the recession, having a low cost of doing business and being a good place ...

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Boise State commits to a larger computer science department (access required)

Boise State University is committing itself to a beefed-up computer science program, a move tech companies say is a giant leap forward for the local industry. Mark Rudin, BSU research and economic development vice president, said the school will be ...

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A one-stop-shop for renewable projects (access required)

A new Boise company is pitching itself as a one-stop-shop to shepherd its clients through all aspects of a major energy project. Site Based Energy, a year-old company formed with a brain trust of experts on contracting, engineering and government ...

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Valley County group proposes community college for McCall (access required)

McCall could be the next Idaho city to establish a two-year college, but locals who are organizing the efforts are preparing themselves for an uphill struggle. The McCall College Foundation, the private nonprofit created to get the college up and ...

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Yellowstone snowmobile rules still up in the air (access required)

A federal appeals court has “reconsidered” its February ruling in the long standing controversy between conservationists and snowmobile enthusiasts in Yellowstone National Park, although the court didn’t change its mind. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in an April 5 ...

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