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Chrysler, GM auto dealership closings strike Idaho (access required)

At least four Idaho auto dealerships have been hit by plans by Chrysler and General Motors to close hundreds of locations across the country as part of the Detroit automakers’ restructuring efforts. Chrysler wants to include three Idaho dealerships – ...

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Boise officials want fee deferral word out (access required)

Boise officials are trying to spread the word on a new pilot program that will let commercial developers delay fee payments until later in the building process. The three-month program, which launched in May, allows developers to pay plan review, ...

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Ada County change would give developers extension (access required)

Ada County officials were weighing a change to county code last week that could give developers whose projects have stalled because of tough economic conditions additional two-year extensions. The option of a two-year pause, which would be approved for each ...

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Idaho Athletic Club purchases Rocky Mountain Fitness in Eagle (access required)

Idaho Athletic Club will shut down its Eagle location and take over the 50,000-square-foot Rocky Mountain Fitness center across the street starting this week. The new club at 875 E. Plaza Drive will be known as Idaho Athletic Club Eagle ...

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Who says no ‘treasure’ in the valley? (access required)

One story has it that Pete Oleson coined the term “Treasure Valley” in 1959 as president of the local association of chambers of commerce to evoke the “treasure chest of resources and opportunities in the area.” The chambers promoted that ...

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End of road for legislators (access required)

The debate over highway funding that threatened to make the 2009 Idaho legislative session the longest in state history appeared to finally roll to a halt last week. A compromise between tax-wary House members and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter – ...

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Electric vehicle dealer in Post Falls sputters out (access required)

Go Green Electric Cars, an electric car and scooter dealership in Post Falls, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 29. The company, which received widespread media coverage as the Inland Northwest’s first electric car dealership when it opened in ...

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Boise’s local preference ordinance generates concern, interest (access required)

Mayors, contractors and small business owners across the state are scrutinizing a proposed Boise ordinance that would allow the City Council to award large contracts to local companies even if they’re not the lowest bidders. Several mayors said they might ...

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Boise chamber selects Connors as new CEO (access required)

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has picked a new CEO who has led a national travel association, a New York school district and the crew of a 500-passenger cruise ship. The chamber announced May 1 that Bill Connors, head ...

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