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Apprenticeships help solve Idaho’s labor challenges

The “Now Hiring” and “Help Wanted” job postings are everywhere. Idaho’s economy is booming, and jobs are readily available, but some employers still cannot fill jobs with the skilled workers they need. The labor market challenges are multifaceted, but employers ...

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Rediscovering my passion for Idaho politics 

When I first was approached to join Idaho’s redistricting commission, I wasn’t inclined to do it. I’d been working as a political staffer for almost 17 years, and as much as I loved and cherished my political career, the friends I made and the ...

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A note from the editor Nov. 12

Personally, I’m very excited for nonprofit coverage in this week’s edition, because it highlights a new focus section. Our intern Taylor Rico-Pekerol brings insight into the possibilities of business and nonprofit partnerships. And, one of our news partners, Idaho Capital Sun, has provided coverage this week in our ...

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Who is responsible for the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle?  (access required)

The catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan has been thoroughly canvassed. The Biden administration’s failures in its retreat have been discussed at length. The fallout from President Joe Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan the way we did will tarnish America’s reputation.  All ...

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4 reasons to invest in cybersecurity insurance for your small business (access required)

While billion-dollar corporations and their very public battles with issues such as ransomware attacks typically garner most of the headlines, small businesses are far from immune to cybersecurity troubles. In fact, they’re just as susceptible as their larger counterparts. According ...

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A note from the editor Nov. 5

Money talks. That’s what’s on the cover of this week’s edition, and it alludes to more than just our financially based focus section this week.  The need for affordable housing spurred a first-of-its-kind (funding wise) residential project in Boise, which ...

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Online Idaho will make college available to everyone

College of Eastern Idaho President Rick Aman is making a bold prediction about the trajectory of higher education in Idaho over the next decade: “I would say that half of the student population will be getting their training and education ...

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Is the Idaho real estate bubble going to burst? 

Idaho home values are skyrocketing. The median home sale price, in Ada County, broke $500K for the first time this year, and in June it hit $525K. Home values are up 32% in the last year alone, an increase of over $100K on ...

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