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Santa Claus and real estate contingency clauses

With all the talk of Santa Claus in my house, I could not resist writing about contingency “clauses” in real estate contracts. I know what you are thinking: What do contingency clauses have to do with Santa Claus? Well, nothing ...

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Idaho’s a gem with many facets

It’s a stunt you couldn’t pull off anywhere else. On Dec. 31, the Idaho New Year’s Eve Commission will drop a giant, glowing potato in celebration of the new year. I’m a fan of potatoes in all shapes and sizes, ...

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Educating 21st century engineers

I recently took advantage of an opportunity to move from the corporate world into academia. I’m now part of the team at the University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering working to educate engineers for the 21st century. While a ...

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The SEC whistleblower program: two years later

This past August marked the second anniversary of the implementation of the Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower program. At the time of its inception, the whistleblower program attracted attention from the business and legal communities, promising to entice potential whistleblowers ...

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Thanks for the memories, Coach Pete

It’s been a wild ride for Boise State football fans. First, the day we hoped would never come arrived. Coach Petersen decided to move on to coach the University of Washington Huskies. Then Bryan Harsin, a Treasure Valley kid, lands ...

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An array of insurance options for Idaho small businesses

Small businesses, typically defined as those with fewer than 500 employees, represent 96.9 percent of all employers in Idaho and employ 57.4 percent of the private-sector workforce. These businesses are a large part of the state’s economy, and as such ...

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Time’s a-wasting – and here’s how to change that

The biggest single time management and productivity killer is distractions. Interruptions, email, multitasking and a dozen other different distractions cause significant loss of productivity, which translates to lost money. And, the bigger problem is not the distraction itself, which could ...

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Keeping secrets: a primer on trade secret laws

Espionage is popularly known as a clandestine practice whereby a country, organization or individual obtains secret information from another without permission. The practice of espionage has been the subject of many of our most memorable fictional novels, movies and television ...

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Idaho’s college goal for students

Some have questioned if the goal of having 60 percent of Idaho high school graduates going on to some form of advanced degree or certificate is reasonable. To me the goal makes sense. While I agree that not everyone needs ...

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