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Efficient government – a modest proposal (access required)

You have to hand it to the Idaho Senate. Perhaps more than any other legislative body in America, these lawmakers – or a majority of them, at least – understand the pressing need in our highly competitive modern world for ...

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Unemployment revamp draws wide support (access required)

Businesses got some temporary tax relief during the recession when the Idaho Legislature froze the average unemployment insurance tax rate at 0.8 percent in 2002. That expired Jan. 1, and the rate automatically increased 113 percentage points to 1.7 percent. ...

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Feng shui comes to the modern office (access required)

When I was asked to attend a Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce training session on “Business Feng Shui,” my immediate reaction was, “Something tells me my desk doesn’t have it.” The joke in the newsroom was that in place of ...

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Boise's Saturday Market – a growth story (access required)

Although recent dire predictions of subzero cold and big snowfalls for our grunge-shrouded Valley had, by last week, failed to materialize, this is not a time of year Boiseans think about the sunny Saturday Market. But some have its future ...

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Seeking a 1031-exchange property? Try TIC (access required)

The recent sale of the Country Club Plaza shopping center on Overland Road in Boise (IBR, 1-3-05) was significant partly because of the type of group that bought it. RealNet Investments acquired the shopping center, between Roosevelt and Orchard streets, ...

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Policy changes could keep identities safer (access required)

Identity theft seems to have become the crime du jour. But despite the ballooning amount of news coverage on the subject, sometimes it still takes something personal to drive it home. Something like losing a wallet. I lost my purse ...

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Boise's interminable tower saga continues (access required)

Editor’s note: Through the magic of quantum information technology, the IBR is proud once again to bring readers a news report well before the events described actually occur. BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 10, 2005 – After a year of fruitless financial ...

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Big sugar faces bitter trade, diet trends (access required)

Ralph Burton, president and CEO of Amalgamated Sugar Co., isn’t a fan of free-trade agreements. While wheat, corn, soy and beef are exported from the U.S., sugar “is an import commodity. We are a large importer, and we don’t need ...

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Brainstorming the Valley's next move … (access required)

Since the high-tech boom bombed – costing Idaho more than 3,000 jobs – many of us have wondered how the state, and the Treasure Valley in particular, could regain economic momentum. Lately the phrase “creative economy” has been popping up ...

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Searching high and low for the 'Loramobile' (access required)

“All my life, I have searched for a car that feels a certain way. Powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball.” That’s how Homer Simpson describes the dream car he designs in the episode of ...

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