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Idaho colleges and universities face broad cuts (access required)

Idaho colleges and universities face the prospect of steep budget cuts next year at the same time many are reporting record student enrollment numbers. The four state-funded colleges and universities – Boise State University, the University of Idaho, Idaho State ...

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Commerce reverses decision on NYC marketing firm (access required)

Idaho Department of Commerce Director Don Dietrich announced last week that he would withdraw an offer to a New York firm to market Idaho to the world, saying it was “inappropriate to hire an out-of-state vendor” for the work. The ...

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A new promise for rural Idaho: Premier Technology plans Mackay plant (access required)

MACKAY – The mine will reopen, and the dam will break. Those have been the only future prospects people in Mackay, a mile-high town of 566 people between Challis and Arco, have heard about since the Empire copper mine shut ...

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Grant cuts threaten rural Idaho’s wooing of businesses, hurts economy (access required)

The vibrant growth of industry in the city of Burley this decade shows what kind of development is possible thanks to the state’s Rural Community Block Grant program which faces steep cuts in the budget proposed by Idaho Gov. C.L. ...

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Forbes magazine’s view of Boise not so rosy: East Coast publication thinks area housing market hurt by ‘ski home’ sales decline (access required)

A national magazine’s gloomy forecast for the Treasure Valley housing market is prompting questions among local observers, such as: Do the researchers from the faraway East Coast really know what Boise is? Forbes magazine, using projections supplied by Moody’s Economy.com, ...

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DBSI investor: ‘Put Doug Swenson behind bars’ (access required)

For Tina Bernard, an investor who stands to lose nearly $5 million in the collapse of Meridian-based real estate investment company DBSI Inc., news of a lawsuit filed by the State of Idaho alleging securities fraud against the company and ...

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‘The worst is still to come’: Dept. of Labor & state economist project continued decline in ‘09 (access required)

State economist Mike Ferguson presented Idaho lawmakers last week with a detailed economic outlook of the year ahead, predicting four quarters of economic decline, further growth in unemployment and an overall drop in personal income. “I wish I could say ...

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Legislators brace for debate-heavy budget talks (access required)

Treasure Valley lawmakers say balancing the budget to match falling revenue will likely loom over all other issues this session, though job creation and economic development will be top priorities. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has directed all state agencies to ...

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MPC closes doors: Financing options failed for computer manufacturer (access required)

MPC Corp. announced last week it would permanently shut down and immediately lay off 147 employees. The Nampa PC manufacturer’s remaining 51 employees will be retained solely to assist the company in liquidation and will lose their jobs in coming ...

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MPC’s Yeros: Gateway acquisition was correct decision in spite of failure (access required)

MPC Corp. CEO John Yeros said he and other executives are not second guessing the company’s acquisition of Gateway’s professional computing division in October 2007, a move that in large part forced the company to shut down. “I think pretty ...

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