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How to throw a sustainable shindig

Sydney Mead, director of events and Natural Capital Center Programs manager at Portland nonprofit EcoTrust – an organization focused on sustainable economic development – remembers a time about 10 years ago when it truly was not easy being green. After ...

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Consensus needed to facilitate renewable energy development on federal lands

At a time when consensus on domestic policy seems to be rare, one of the few things policy makers have long agreed on is our nation’s need to achieve greater energy independence. However, when it comes to developing energy resources ...

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The construction industry is still languishing

Don’t we all wish we had a crystal ball? I hid mine in the closet about four years ago and can’t seem to find it. Very few people can honestly say that they saw our prolonged recession coming a year ...

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Maintaining a wall between personal assets and a business entity

Filed Articles of Incorporation or Certificate of Organization with the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office? Check. Approved bylaws or, in the case of an LLC, an operating agreement? Check. Obtained a federal Employer Identification Number? Check. Contacted the local media ...

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A chilly wind from across the pond

Most of you already know I feel about the economy. The recent stock market rally notwithstanding, we are in a rolling depression and not a recession. The “recovery” was an artifice, bought and paid for by historically unprecedented government borrowing ...

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A wakeup call for local filmmakers

Sometimes you’ve just got to be cruel to be kind. And so it was when local movie makers met Dec. 6 to discuss why Idaho should help them expand their industry. Former Idaho state Sen. Joe Stegner, who sat on ...

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More on court-ordered taxation

Last week, I wrote about the Idaho Federal Court’s order directing Boise County to levy taxes that might exceed the 3 percent limit imposed by state law. This brings up a case of historical significance in the United States. In ...

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More on court-ordered taxation

Last week, I wrote about the Idaho Federal Court’s order directing Boise County to levy taxes that might exceed the 3 percent limit imposed by state law. This brings up a case of historical significance in the United States. In ...

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Is it time to give away the farm?

Since the Congressional Super Committee has failed to live up to its moniker, where does it leave the tax planning community? Well, the short answer is we still do not know. Tax policy is an interesting blend of economics and ...

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Eight tips to help you delegate correctly

The word “delegate” invokes a sense of either hope or dread in business leaders. Some hope for a chance to unload some things from their plates, while others dread the thought of letting go of control or performing training. I’d ...

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