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Libertarian activist Ralph Smeed dies at 88

BOISE – Idaho libertarian activist Ralph Smeed has died in a Boise hospital. He was 88. Smeed, a resident of Caldwell, died Sept. 7 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Smeed was an Idaho livestock dealer-turned-limited government gadfly who was ...

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Idaho Falls company finds growth in nuclear work (access required)

Idaho Falls-based Diversified Metal Products Inc. failed nearly a half-dozen times over two years before earning its first contract to provide materials at a federal nuclear site in South Carolina. The company’s first win was a bid to supply stainless ...

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M2M Communications adds staff, office space

M2M Communications Corp. is expanding its west Boise headquarters for a second time this year. The designer and provider of remote monitoring equipment is remodeling 4,500 square feet of space at 5771 Discovery Way in Boise Research Center. After M2M ...

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Bodybuilding.com culture cultivates success, growth (access required)

Something about Bodybuilding.com has caused John Hardesty to keep coming back. The 29-year old has had three different stints of employment at the Meridian company. He interned as a student, returned as creative director alongside company founder Ryan DeLuca, and ...

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Mortgage broker hangs on in decimated industry (access required)

Boise-based Columbia Mortgage has cut staff, outsourced loan processing, concentrated on marketing and spent less time shuffling paper in order to survive. The mortgage brokering firm has capitalized on a mix of innovation and good timing even while dozens of its ...

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Idaho business groups push back on immigration reform (access required)

Small business lobbyists in Idaho are gearing up to show voters and lawmakers that an Arizona-type immigration law in Idaho would hit residents where it hurts: In the wallet. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Sept. 3 announced the state of ...

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Proposed U.S. 12 wide-load shipments could delay commuters

Oil companies’ proposed shipments of extra-wide loads on U.S. 12 between Lewiston, Idaho, and the Montana border could delay commuters. ConocoPhillips wants to use the highway, along the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers, to move equipment to a refinery in Billings, ...

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City of Ponderay proposes hotel tax

Residents in the northern Idaho town of Ponderay are set to vote on a proposed 5-percent bed tax for short-term motel and hotel visits. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that if it’s approved on Nov. 2, the tax would ...

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Otter: Idaho backs Arizona in immigration lawsuit

Idaho is backing Arizona’s law meant to curb illegal immigration. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Friday he’s filed a court brief backing Arizona’s appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Otter says states should be able to concurrently ...

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