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A note from the editor

This year it seems like it’s been one dam issue after another. (Yes, we’re 12.) In fact, this issue has not just one but two dam articles. One is about the plan to make Anderson Ranch Dam six feet taller ...

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U of I’s new arena uses mass timber for sustainable design (access required)

I grew up on the family farm in Kansas where, walking the property’s fence line as a boy with my dog, I began to appreciate the beauty of our natural world. It’s been a long journey from that farm in ...

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Idaho uses resources to prevent unemployment fraud

The Idaho Department of Labor takes fraud seriously. We are using several methods to monitor and protect the unemployment insurance trust fund while ensuring those who are entitled to benefits receive them. In a recent commentary article in the Idaho ...

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The good, the bad, the unnecessary with the 2021 Legislature

The 2021 Legislative session is a wrap. And, as is the case every year, the business community has issues to celebrate, to lament and to “wonder why they did that.” The Boise Metro Chamber was deeply engaged on policy issues, ...

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A note from the editor 

One of the things I like to point out is that this publication is the Idaho Business Review, and consequently covers business news from all over the state. While the Treasure Valley is certainly important, it’s not the be-all and end-all of ...

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Legal fundamentals small business owners need to know

Starting a business is exciting and nerve-wracking. Whether you are a sole proprietorship, small consultancy or a manufacturer with big plans to scale fast, setting up your new company properly is important to create and preserve your limited liability protection. ...

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The straw Legislature of 2021

Idaho’s most powerful politicians want us to believe we need solutions to problems that do not exist. As the Legislature voted away some of our precious rights — such as our right to citizen-led initiatives — supermajority politicians focused their ...

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Idaho’s unemployment fraud problem can be stopped right now

As of three months ago, 82% of unemployment claims in the state of Idaho were fraudulent. This fraud is not coming from individual, unsophisticated fraudsters trying to make an extra buck (though they are a part of the equation). This ...

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A note from the editor

When my daughter was small, we used to go tent camping a couple of weekends each summer in various places around the Northwest. I soon discovered the Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds situated around the lower Snake River dams near ...

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