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A building boom at Brigham Young campus in Rexburg

BYU-Idaho University Store is found in the Manwaring Center.  BYU-Idaho photo by Michael Lewis

With its student body size more than doubling since fall 2007, Brigham Young University – Idaho, in Rexburg, has been working to expand its campus footprint to match, with a series of six major projects constructed since 2010. Student enrollment ...

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ICOM seeks to build ‘medical school of the future’

Construction on the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian in mid-September.  Photo by Patrick Sweeney

Construction of what is intended to be Idaho’s first medical school is on budget and three weeks ahead of schedule, now with a planned completion data of sometime in May 2018. “It could not be going better,” said Robert Hasty, ...

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Student loans dictate career moves (access required)

Students in a class at the College of Western Idaho, the Treasure Valley’s  7-year-old community college. Most business owners and managers say that finding skilled workers is their most pressing need. File photo.

Under the weight of student loan debt, people are making career decisions that limit their mobility in the Idaho workforce. Idaho ranked 11th overall, and 3rd in the proportion of students with debt, in the WalletHub 2017 student on student ...

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Administration’s words on immigration leave uncertainty for Idaho employers

Farm workers in an Idaho field.

Potential new immigration policies from the administration of President Donald Trump are leading to uncertainty in the immigrant labor force, particularly in Idaho’s lucrative agricultural sector. “There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty both in the workforce and among business ...

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Idaho’s occupational licensing to undergo a lengthy exam (access required)

Dr. Diana Crumrine at Foothills Family Medicine, 24 August 2017, Photo Patrick Sweeney

Want to be a log scaler, or someone who grades or estimates the value of logs? It’s tougher to be one in Idaho than almost anywhere else in the United States: Idaho is one of only two states that licenses ...

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Future Public School aims for 2018 opening

Future Public School

Constructing and financing a building are among the most challenging parts of starting up a new charter school in Idaho, but the Future Public School in Garden City hopes to close on its financing agreement by November 1 so it ...

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Extended stay hotels say business is good, despite competition (access required)

Idaho Falls Marriott

Travelers needing to stay more than a few days in a particular location increasingly have an additional option that is more economical and offers more flexibility than the traditional hotel: The extended stay hotel. Extended stay hotels are for people ...

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Idaho hotels tackle waste, sustainability (access required)

A bathroom in the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. The hotel's owner, the Aspen Skiing Co. in Colorado, has a goal of reducing its energy use 25 percent by 2020. Photo courtesy of the Aspen Skiing Co.

It’s not unusual to find notes in a hotel room asking you to conserve by hanging up your towels and not having your sheets changed every day. But some Idaho hotels are kicking their efforts to be green up a ...

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Hospitality management programs evolve to embrace technology (access required)

Students in Lewis-Clark State College's hospitality management program.

Hospitality management educational programs are becoming more professional, and technology is the reason. Hospitality has traditionally been thought of as an entry-level job. “The interesting thing about hospitality, unlike nursing, is that you don’t need a degree,” said Angie White, ...

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