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A difficult job, but one that’s worth doing properly

Even though it’s only been around for two years, the Idaho Aquarium already has a sordid history. Founded as a moneymaking venture by a pair who later went on to plead guilty to federal charges of illegally obtaining marine animals, ...

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Training supervisors can minimize risk of employment claims

Statistics and anecdotal information continue to show that discrimination and retaliation claims are on the rise. Verdicts are larger than ever as juries lose patience with companies unable to rein in managers who engage in questionable conduct. Legal costs rise, ...

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Barking up the right tree

A few years ago, the City of Boise Parks and Rec department launched a pilot program that was going to the dogs — literally. In addition to four sunrise-to-sunset off-leash dog parks, they opened up seven more, under various hours ...

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Wonder Bread – is it back?

When I first saw the headlines a few days back on my Twitter feed, I started getting excited, but told myself to calm down. After all, it’s not a done deal yet (it needs to get bankruptcy court approval; a ...

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The new normal for air travel

When you’re sitting in an airport for five hours waiting for a connecting flight, it’s easy to think Boise’s commercial air service needs to be improved, and quickly. With few direct flights out of Boise to points east, long hauls to ...

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A gold mine of information

It’s difficult to overstate how much Idaho’s natural environment has shaped the development of the state. The makeup of the Legislature still reflects the ranchers who settled Idaho to make a living outdoors. The state is home to at least ...

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Chasing out-of-state work may cost unsuspecting contractors

Many Idaho contractors are seeking work in other states.  Energy-related construction in states like North Dakota has attracted contractors from all over the country. Although these states offer substantial business opportunities, Idaho contractors should be aware of problems that can ...

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Corn ethanol in the hot seat

Until recently, the Pacific Northwest had not experienced this summer’s heat waves engulfing the country, making it easy to ignore the historic droughts and record temperatures happening elsewhere. With many of the nation’s corn crops withering, the ethanol industry is ...

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