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With Idaho Power and the PUC, a delicate balance

In one form or another, all businesses analyze potential investments of capital and time against current market forces, seeking to strike the perfect balance of risk and reward. As a regulated utility, Idaho Power is required to provide certain services ...

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Does saying, ‘I’m sorry’ help?

Has a physician ever made a mistake that harmed you or a loved one? Did the physician apologize? Whether to offer a simple “I’m sorry,” when things didn’t go as planned, has long been the subject of debate among health ...

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Employers revising health plans to avoid ‘Cadillac Tax’

While most of the attention on the Obama administration’s health care law has been on health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion, employer-sponsored health plans are also beginning to slowly feel the effects. One change that will affect employer-sponsored plans beginning ...

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Hiring will be hot in 2014 – don’t lose your talent (access required)

The most recent Employment Outlook Survey by Manpower Group shows hiring will be hot across the United States in 2014. In the first quarter of the year, 13 percent of U.S. employers expect to add to their workforce next year ...

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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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IRA-owned business can put you on thin ice (access required)

Q: I am planning on starting a new business, and an adviser I work with has suggested I own the business through my IRA. He tells me that this way the income will be tax deferred or even escape taxes ...

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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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