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Rural Idaho banks struggle to stay open (access required)

Not all rural Idaho cities have their own banks or credit unions, but tiny Pierce, population 600, was lucky. Earlier this year, the former White Pine Credit Union merged with Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU), based in Pocatello. “That community ...

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Panel: Affordable housing is critical to economic development

Much-needed workers are turning down jobs in Burley because they can’t find affordable housing nearby, says Jan Rogers, chief executive officer for Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho. Rogers spoke at the Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Conference on Housing and ...

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‘Ban the Box’ dead for the session (access required)

Legislation that would have made it easier for Idahoans with criminal records to be considered for a job is dead for the session. Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, who sponsored S1307, said she was pulling the legislation to rework for consideration ...

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New tax law offers business benefits (access required)

For businesses, the new tax code giveth and the new tax code taketh away, according to Richard Sisson, a partner with Chigbrow, Ryan & Sisson, a Boise-based certified public accounting firm. Several common business deductions are no longer available, Sisson ...

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Gold in Lemhi? (access required)

photo of midas gold mine

Test drills for the final eight holes of a 12-hole project in Lemhi County show “significant gold mineralization,” according to Revival Gold, which is handling the project. The Beartrack Gold Project drilled 11,000-meter cores. Based on the results, the company ...

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Simplot buys Oregon nursery store (access required)

J.R. Simplot Company has bought Nursery Connection LLC in Oregon. The store, located in Hubbard, Oregon, southwest of Portland, will become one of the more than a dozen Simplot Partner retail stores, with three in Hawaii and the rest primarily ...

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