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Fannie Mae sees no letup in home sales (access required)

Even if Treasure Valley home sales don’t maintain this year’s 16 percent growth rate next year, a still-strong local market should outperform the nation as a whole, a key economist says. David Berson, chief economist and vice-president of the Federal ...

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Taking a quantum leap into Nanoland (access required)

I thought I was relatively science-literate. That’s why I volunteered to cover the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Nano/Bio Technology Forum Aug. 12. Partway through one PowerPoint presentation, I copied down the first half of a sentence on the screen: ...

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Steelheads regain some of early allure (access required)

Idaho Steelheads President Bill Waller at first surprised me when he said the hockey team’s recent best-ever season on the ice wasn’t its best ever financially. Then I remembered that minor-league sports owners and managers compete for the entertainment dollar ...

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Ethernet comes of age in big, small cities (access required)

Information-technology spending is growing faster than expected this year, and even the once-tanking telecom industry is getting some good news. The International Data Group projects IT spending growth at 8 percent this year, up from the 5 percent predicted at ...

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Albertsons yearns to be king of the hill (access required)

Larry Johnston’s apparently been eyeing the crest of the hill for quite some time. Being No. 2 to Kroger – or No. 3 to Safeway, by some estimates -doesn’t offer a lot of appeal for the G.E. executive turned CEO ...

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Boise's underground assets – Expandable? (access required)

There’s something fascinating to the human imagination about things below the surface of the Earth or the oceans. Boise’s fabled “Chinese tunnels” – a persistent legend despite having been debunked by Idaho historian Arthur Hart and others – are an ...

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Downtown housing – the time has come? (access required)

It should come as a surprise to no one that a study of potential interest in ‘urban’ housing in downtown Boise, conducted recently at the behest of the Capital City Development Corp., has detected considerable pent-up demand. Not surprising, for ...

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Nightlife in downtown Nampa examined (access required)

Nampa has some ambitious goals for its downtown. The city hired consultants to help it put together a plan, using citizen input, to shape the look and character of downtown Nampa. Revitalization initiatives include setting design standards for buildings and ...

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Building owners told it's easy to go green (access required)

Many in the commercial building industry have dismissed “green” environmentally conscious design standards as too costly and time-consuming. But incorporating such standards in construction and renovation projects doesn’t cost that much more up front than traditional methods, and can pay ...

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A proletarian journey: Riding the bus (access required)

The first thing I noticed was that one of my neighbors said “Morning” to me as I walked past his house. No one ever says anything to me when I drive off to work in my car, but one day ...

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