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

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

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)

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)

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)

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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Low vacancy rate shows high demand for multifamily housing in Twin Falls (access required)

If you’re looking for an apartment in Twin Falls, good luck. There aren’t many vacancies and few new developments are being built. But that may be changing. “The vacancy rate for multifamily housing is extremely low,” said Josh Palmer, public ...

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Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint and Post Falls see demand for multifamily housing (access required)

While much of the attention toward Idaho’s growth is focused on the Treasure Valley, business is booming in northern Idaho as well, with the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Sandpoint reporting increased demand for multifamily housing. Some of ...

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Affordable housing is in short supply around Idaho (access required)

Affordable housing is an issue in many U.S. cities, but it can be even more acute in areas considered “resorts.” Idaho is no exception. In Idaho cities, more than half of renters with incomes between $15,000 and $30,000 annually are ...

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‘Ban the box’ efforts are active in states surrounding Idaho (access required)

Criminals who have paid their debt to society are often faced with a new barrier once they leave prison: Employment applications that ask whether they’ve ever been convicted of a crime, and potential employers that write off anyone who checks ...

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Companies expand screenings to temp employees, too (access required)

As organizations move from permanent employees to more use of temporary, contingent, and “gig” employees, the pre-employment screenings typically associated with permanent hires are starting to be seen for temporary employees as well. That’s according to the Society for Human ...

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