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Northern Idaho voters approve technical school levy

Residents of the Lakeland, Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls school districts voted Aug. 24 to approve a $9.5 million levy for a technical school. Kootenai Technical Education Center, or KTEC, will train welders, mechanics, builders and health workers. The project ...

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GE wind project adding to Idaho’s power capacity (access required)

Connecticut-based investor GE Energy Financial Services plans to start building 122 wind turbines this year in Idaho’s Magic Valley. The project will cost as much as $500 million and will yield about 24 permanent technician jobs, said Andy Katell, a ...

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Hospitals, physicians prepare for likely outcomes of health care reform (access required)

The leaders of insurers, hospitals and other businesses deeply invested in the outcome of health care reform are waiting to see what changes the complex bill will bring. Meanwhile, some sectors of the industry are already reshaping themselves to accommodate ...

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Prices rebound for Idaho’s top commodities

POCATELLO – Prices are rising for Idaho’s top four agricultural commodities – dairy, beef, potatoes and wheat. That bodes well for the state’s struggling economy and is a reversal from last year, when prices were depressed and the agricultural sector ...

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Medicaid payor head addresses payment delays

J. Mario Molina, the physician who is the head of Idaho’s Medicaid provider, apologized in person Aug. 23 for his company’s delay in making payments to thousands of Idaho health care providers. Molina, the president and CEO of Molina Healthcare ...

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Youth hostel opens in downtown Boise

Boise’s new youth hostel, called Idahostel, was preparing to receive its first guests – a group from Portland, Ore. – on Aug. 20. Youth hostels are inexpensive lodging for travelers, usually with shared bathrooms, common rooms and kitchens. Idaho has ...

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Potato dehydration plant going up in Heyburn

A new potato dehydration plant will be constructed in the Burley Industrial Park on Highway 30 in Heyburn. Gem State Processing LLC will operate the facility, which is owned by Pasco, Ore.-based Oregon Potato Co. An Oregon Potato spokesperson, who ...

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