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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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Time to try something new

It’s been a struggle to get my backyard garden in bloom over the last few years. Something’s holding the garden back from reaching its potential. It’s partly shaded by trees; that has something to do with it. We had an ...

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CEO: Grammar should matter to employers

If an applicant is seeking a job that involves writing prose, it stands to reason that he or she ought to know and obey the rules of grammar. But what about computer programmers? And what about technicians? Little of these ...

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Awareness of anti-fat prejudice is worth its weight

A good friend of mine – not named Warren – is around 5-foot-9 with boots on, and over the last few years or so has fluctuated between 185 and 200 pounds. One certain doctor (not to be named) and the American Heart ...

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In the words of the embezzlers

Greed and opportunity can drive people to commit egregious acts – like embezzling from an unsuspecting employer. What drives an honest person to do something so despicable–to commit acts a trusted person knows are illegal, immoral, and unethical? Criminologist Donald ...

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Mediation saves time and money

What comes to mind when you hear the word “mediation”? Many people think of court-ordered mediation when parties well into litigation settle near the courthouse door. Mediation is also used in divorce and in employment disputes. Mediation concepts have broad, ...

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Slow gains for parity on the bench

If you happen to find yourself grappling with a contested matter before one of Idaho’s 42 district court judges, chances are your case will be heard by a man. Once again, Idaho has come in last in a national study ...

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Let’s capture the value for Idaho in Kristin Armstrong’s gold

Earlier this summer I wrote about the business reasoning for sending Kristin Armstrong to the Olympic Games. And although she was only weeks removed from a devastating crash and broken collarbone, USA Cycling ultimately did just that and sent Armstrong ...

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With local wetlands, EPA not the only factor

When Michael and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake found themselves at odds with the EPA regarding the presence of jurisdictional wetlands (those protected under the federal Clean Water Act) on their property, their options were very limited. The Sacketts could ...

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Doing something about the weather

It is a general principle, going back at least to United States v. Spearin (1918), that “where one agrees to do, for a fixed sum, a thing possible to be performed, he will not be excused or become entitled to ...

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