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Blind woodworker carves promising path (access required)

In the weeks after he lost his eyesight in a construction accident, Jerry Gibson would often dream he was in a cave that was blocked shut. He would wake up in a panic, trying to rip off his shirt. It ...

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Brookings report disparages cities’ ‘desperate corporate recruitment’ (access required)

A new Brookings Institution report derides the kind of business recruitment campaigns that have dominated the time and money of a lot of Idaho business and political leaders in recent years. The report outlines a new job creation approach focused ...

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Boise Centre ups marketing program (access required)

The Boise Centre’s executive director is enlarging his marketing staff after a decision by the Greater Boise Auditorium District July 22 to end support to the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau. Pat Rice said he expected to do phone interviews ...

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Board cuts off money to Boise visitors bureau

The three members of the Greater Boise Auditorium District’s board of directors didn’t want to hear any more. They didn’t want further explanation from auditors. They didn’t want any more replies or excuses in response to their concerns. They didn’t ...

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Minnick crafts bill to avert commercial loan collapse (access required)

Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick, hoping to fend off a looming wave of commercial loan defaults and a continuing decline in real estate prices, was preparing to introduce a bill July 22 that aims to avoid catastrophe for banks, property owners ...

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GBAD chairman wants board to reverse vote on BCVB

The chairman of the Greater Boise Auditorium District is threatening to reverse his vote to give the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau three additional months to sort out its future because of “uncovered information that was misrepresented or not presented.” ...

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