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City, CCDC ring up a million in expenses for streetcar system (access required)

The city of Boise and its urban renewal agency have already spent or earmarked $1 million over the past two fiscal years exploring the construction of a downtown streetcar system, including $140,000 for spending on communications with the public, according ...

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Mining company: Accounting firm enabled mismanagement (access required)

Atlas Mining Co. filed a lawsuit in federal court last week that accuses its former accounting firm of carelessly and negligently preparing erroneous financial statements that enabled the company’s previous management to mislead shareholders. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District ...

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Colleges, universities brace for more budget-tightening (access required)

The University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics canceled all its remaining workshops, initiated a travel freeze and eliminated two-and-a-half of its six-and-a-half staff positions as its budget steadily dwindled over the past year. Jack Morris, the dean, began ...

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Otter orders $50 million in mid-year cuts for state agencies (access required)

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter ordered a 4 percent cut in state spending Sept. 25 that will mean $49.7 million in mid-year cuts for state agencies, including a $15.2 million cut for colleges and universities and a $526,000 hit to ...

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Victoria Chow brings tea and meditation to the marketplace — Focus (access required)

Victoria Chow smiles as she opens a series of jars that emanate the smells of loose leaf lavender-blended green tea, caramel-infused black tea and African rooibos bathed in vanilla. Chow has been building a business on the idea that everyone ...

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The stimulus effect: Idaho officials brace for more budget cuts to come (access required)

Idaho officials have started to weigh state park shutdowns, a four-day work week and more layoffs and furloughs as ways to address looming budget shortfalls over the next couple years. State revenues, already down $450 million from $2.9 billion at ...

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Garden City, Boise to share inspection, review services (access required)

Garden City will pay Boise to provide plan review and building inspection services for development within its borders as part of a 90-day pilot program that started last month. The two neighboring cities approved an agreement in August for Boise ...

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Idaho industry doesn’t shy from seeking state aid (access required)

The miners called for streamlined permitting. The farmers wanted growth in state-supported agriculture research. The tourist industry asked for a school year that starts after Labor Day. Many of the 40 panelists at the Business Summit convened by Gov. C.L. ...

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Social worker gives advice to employers (access required)

Marla Lipscomb thinks a little education can help prevent many of the tensions that arise between newly arrived refugees and their employers because of cultural differences, conflicting expectations and occasional mental health issues. Lipscomb has worked with dozens of newly ...

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