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Author Archives: Sharon Fisher

NNU agrees to provide education to Mexican nationals (access required)

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Mexican Consulate to create a partnership to increase access to educational opportunities, resources and services to Mexican nationals in the region. “They came to us and asked if we would be ...

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Anesthesia simulation doesn’t put students to sleep  (access required)

Students interested in job-shadowing nurse anesthetists who have been stymied by COVID-19 and medical privacy laws now have another option: simulations. West Idaho Anesthesia, based in Caldwell, is partnering with West Valley Medical Center on a series of simulations that give students the ...

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Federal programs continue helping Idaho small businesses  (access required)

Federal funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA), some of which was administered by banks and other financial institutions, has helped Idaho small businesses weather the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Paycheck Protection Program The main program, which ...

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Vacasa to go public in SPAC financing deal  (access required)

Vacasa, a vacation rental company headquartered in Boise and Portland, announced on July 29 it was going public with a $400 million transaction, partnering with TPG Pace Solutions. That gives it a valuation of $4.5 billion, with $485 million for growth and technology investments. “Vacation rentals were cast into ...

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Banking experts warn of increasing inflation, show optimism for stocks (access required)

The bad news is that inflation is increasing even faster than expected, but the good news is that investment markets don’t seem to care much. That’s according to two Zions Bank economists, who gave a mid-year economic outlook on July 14. “There’s ...

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Airports gain new flights, infrastructure (access required)

For a state to have robust air service, it demands two things. First, it requires the infrastructure to provide places for the airplanes to take off and land. Second, it requires airlines to provide service both within the state — ...

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Idaho Business Out Loud interview: Rebecca Arnold, ACHD president, and Justin Lucas, ACHD planning, programming manager

Ada County has a unique distinction: it is said to have the only county-wide highway district in the U.S. Ada County Highway District is one of nearly 300 separate highway jurisdictions, including cities, counties and individual highway districts. The system has come ...

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Twin Falls gets Idaho’s first Opportunity Zone project (access required)

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Idaho finally has its first Opportunity Zone project, and it is in Twin Falls. “We are excited to see a project get off the ground in an Opportunity Zone and are hopeful this is only the beginning of investments made ...

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Catching up with Retrolux (access required)

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The nice thing about Leif Elgethun’s business, Retrolux, is that it’s pretty much recession-proof, he said. Elgethun’s company develops software for the energy-efficient lighting industry. It has two primary markets: lighting retrofit contractors, who are helping building owners change their ...

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Greener Burke Shoemaker attorneys join Parsons Behle and Latimer

Five Greener Burke Shoemaker PA  attorneys are joining the Boise office of Parsons Behle & Latimer, a Salt Lake City-based law firm. Greener Burke founders Richard H. Greener, Christopher C. Burke, and Fredric V. Shoemaker, will join Parsons Behle as ...

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