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Author Archives: Sharon Fisher

Mountain Home area prepares for higher density projects (access required)

Elmore Development

Mountain Home and Elmore County are together looking at developments that could as much as double the population in the area.  The area is seeing more housing demand due to its lower prices, as well as a planned increase in ...

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Filling in the gaps on infill development   (access required)

Nobody likes residential sprawl. It uses up vacant land on city outskirts that might otherwise be agricultural or green space, it requires new or extended infrastructure such as utilities and roads and in general it just makes everything less efficient ...

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Year in Review: Idaho’s water supply under pressure (access required)

Read More “Year in Review” News Driving around Idaho or flying over, it’s easy to forget that much of the state is desert. As far as the eye can see, there are productive fields, lush green lawns and verdant parks ...

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Year in Review: Infrastructure boosted statewide (access required)

When it comes to infrastructure, 2022 was Christmas all year long.  Thanks to largesse such as the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and a massive ...

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Year in Review: Inflation concerns persist in 2022 (access required)

Concerns about inflation started even before 2022 began, and as the federal funding helping to stimulate the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic took effect — exacerbated by factors such as the conflict in Ukraine, which affected food and energy prices, and ...

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Huckabay family donates $14M to provide doctors in rural Idaho  (access required)

Huckabay family donates $14M to provide doctors in rural Idaho 

Idaho ranks 51st in the nation in physicians per capita. John Huckabay wants to fix that.  According to the Association of American Medical Colleges State Physician Workforce Data Report released in January 2022, Idaho has the lowest number of active physicians ...

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2 credit unions focused on the technology industry open in Idaho  (access required)

Two credit unions geared toward the technology industry, each headquartered in San Jose, California, have expanded in Idaho, one with a brick-and-mortar branch and another online.  They are First Tech Federal Credit Union, which opened a branch in Eagle, and ...

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What makes a makerspace?  (access required)

Read More IBR Headlines A makerspace is, quite literally, a place where people go to make physical things, hands-on. It could involve anything from 3D printing and vinyl cutting to carving wood and stone, and everything in-between, including jewelry and ...

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