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Office market chips away at ‘shadow’ vacancy (access required)

Southwest Idaho’s office market has less unreported “shadow” vacancy , a trend that pushes reported vacancy rates higher in the short run, but gives would-be occupants more choices. The market in 2009 saw about 400,000 square feet of negative absorption, ...

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Changes to Idaho pension plan could be debated

A central Idaho lawmaker says changes to the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho could be debated in the approaching Legislative session. House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts of Donnelly, a Republican, says there has been a lot of discussion ...

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Boise Chamber pushes for cut in corporate income tax rate

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce is urging Idaho lawmakers to cut the corporate income tax rate to boost the state’s business environment. Bill Connors, president and CEO, said the tax rate on businesses is making Idaho uncompetitive. “If the ...

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Idaho mill faces $14K in fines after worker death

A northern Idaho paper mill faces $14,000 in fines after a federal inspection into an industrial accident that killed a 35-year-old worker. John A. Bergen III died in June while working on a paperboard machine at Clearwater Paper Corp. in ...

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Donated steel a boon for Horseshoe Bend school (access required)

The community of Horseshoe Bend received an unexpected gift this year: $100,000 worth of donated steel for a new professional/technical building at the local school. Rob Roberts, who owns R&M Steel in Caldwell, had originally planned to submit a bid ...

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Micron remains profitable despite drop in memory prices

Micron Technology Inc. stayed profitable during the first quarter of its fiscal year despite a steep drop in memory prices, though the company’s earnings fell by half compared to a record-setting pace last quarter. The Boise-based semiconductor company earned $155 ...

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Aire Inc. eyes adding shift for spill-containment unit (access required)

Aire Inc. has shifted focus to meet higher demand from its recently formed industrial division, company Vice President Dan Allumbaugh said. Meridian-based Aire, founded in 1989, makes flexible spill-containment products in addition to inflatable whitewater and fishing craft. The division, ...

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West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell searches for new CEO (access required)

West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell is searching nationally for a new leader after CEO Kathy Moore left to take a job at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center. Moore left the 100-bed West Valley Dec. 10. She starts at St. ...

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Legislation would require more clarity in medical titles (access required)

Heather Healy, director of nursing professional practice at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, plans to call herself “Dr. Healy” in some settings after she obtains her nursing doctorate. But with patients, Healy said, she’ll always make it clear she’s a ...

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