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Conference covers the ‘new normal’ of climate change in Idaho

The discussion on climate change has pivoted, moving from how to prevent it to how to live with it, to looking at the costs – and even the benefits – of the new normal. That was the theme of “Safeguarding ...

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Lawmakers ponder changes to commercial vehicle registration (access required)

Registering a commercial or farm vehicle of more than 60,000 pounds in Idaho requires operators to navigate a byzantine system of 175 weight-and-mileage categories. But lawmakers have been directed in an interim committee to streamline the system in the coming legislative ...

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Consultants: Self-funded insurance would save the state money

The state of Idaho has taken another step toward changing its state employee health insurance to a self-funded model, which could take effect as soon as next July. Mercer, the New York-based human resources consulting company hired by the Legislature ...

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New College of Idaho library supports technology, reading (access required)

By the beginning of the next semester in February, Christine Schutz, director of the College of Idaho’s library, hopes to be in a shining new facility. The library is under construction and scheduled to be completed by the end of ...

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With ESOPs, ‘When things get tougher, people work harder’

Employee Stock Ownership Plans, or ESOPs, are a way for employers to ensure that their workers have a personal stake in the success of the business. Nationally, 9,000 to 10,000 companies use ESOPs, covering 13.5 million employees, or 10 percent ...

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Parker Technical Education gives students the feel of the industry (access required)

The Parker Technical Education Center building on the North Idaho College Career and Technical Education site has been a long time coming, but it is expected to fill the needs of both students and industry for years to come. “I’ve ...

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A building boom at Brigham Young campus in Rexburg

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 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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