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Author Archives: Sharon Fisher

St. Luke’s, Mexican consulate partner on Hispanic mental health booklet  (access required)

St. Luke’s Health System has partnered with the Mexican consulate in Boise to develop a Treasure Valley-based booklet about mental health services for the Hispanic community. The resource, called Help is Here!, is based on a similar publication St. Luke’s developed for the Wood ...

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Idaho ski resorts invest in capital improvements  (access required)

While Thanksgiving means the beginning of the holiday shopping season for retailers, for Idaho ski resorts, it means something else: opening day. And many report that they’ve spent the off-season investing in infrastructure to improve skiers’ experiences. Unlike many other industries, ...

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College of Eastern Idaho plans tech building  (access required)

Idaho’s newest community college is raising money in hopes of breaking ground next year on a building to support as many as 1,000 career technical education (CTE) students.   The College of Eastern Idaho (CEI), based in Idaho Falls, has raised more than $16 million toward the ...

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Walgreens taking over pharmacies, a shot in the arm for Bi-Mart  (access required)

Jettisoning Bi-Mart’s pharmacy business, which is being acquired by Walgreens, was a matter of survival for the employee-owned membership discount store chain. Vice President of Advertising and Marketing Don Leber, based in Eugene, Oregon, ticked off several reasons the chain’s pharmacy business was dragging down the company. Bi-Mart operates five ...

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INL researching machine learning for infrastructure utilization  (access required)

Researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are using machine learning to teach computers how to recognize utility infrastructure from photographs, including satellite imagery. The project came about to answer a need, said Shiloh Elliott, a modeling and simulation scientist at INL. ...

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Dutch Bros IPO gets an extra shot  (access required)

The Dutch Bros initial public offering (IPO) was more hyper than a six-shot Annihilator. The Bend, Oregon-based company announced on Sept.14 that it intended to offer 21,052,632 shares of stock at $23 per share — which was itself an increase from its planned price range of $18 to $20. That would have ...

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Walgreens announces branded credit card that rewards health benefits  (access required)

Continuing with its expansion into financial services, Walgreens announced on Aug. 16 a credit card that gives users benefits, which can be used in Walgreens stores, based on customers’ health and wellness purchases. There are two versions. The myWalgreens Credit Card is an in-store card; the myWalgreens Mastercard is a ...

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City of Moscow creates open-container entertainment district  (access required)

Want to carry your wine throughout ArtWalk and other events in downtown Moscow? Now, you can. The city passed an ordinance in August creating an entertainment district downtown. As part of the permitting process, organizers can request to have some or all of the ...

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How drones, scanners could help build next-generation nuclear reactors (access required)

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is using drones, 3-D scanning and artificial intelligence to gauge construction process on a new building — components of digital engineering technology that could eventually help build nuclear reactors.  “65% of mega projects” — anything over $1 billion — fail,” said Christopher Ritter, director of the ...

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