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Parker Technical Education gives students the feel of the industry (access required)

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The Parker Technical Education Center building on the North Idaho College Career and Technical Education site has been a long time coming, but it is expected to fill the needs of both students and industry for years to come. “I’ve ...

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Innovative system helping identify landslide risks (access required)

The Elk City landslide in central Idaho in 2016

Minimizing the dangers posed by landslides to people, roads, utilities and rail lines will likely become easier and cheaper thanks to the work of professors at Portland State University and Oregon State University. Adam Booth, assistant professor of geology at ...

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Retreat at Silvercloud adds townhomes on State Street (access required)

Retreat at Silvercloud is adding 56 townhomes to its existing 180 apartments at State Street and Bogart Lane. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Fifty-six townhomes are joining the existing 180-unit Retreat at Silvercloud apartments at State Street and Bogart Lane in Boise. Construction got a late start last year, and a harsh winter slowed progress at the beginning. The two-story townhomes in 11 ...

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Idaho lawmakers reject removing campaign contribution limits

Photo by Patrick Sweeney.

An Idaho legislative panel reviewing possible campaign finance reforms rejected a proposal Oct. 19 to lift the state’s campaign contribution limits. Instead, the 10-member bipartisan committee unanimously agreed that Idaho’s modest contribution limits to candidates and political action committees should ...

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Urban planning experts advocate for smaller, smarter development (access required)

Growing cities don’t have to become seas of gleaming skyscrapers, according to Ed McMahon, the Urban Land Institute’s senior resident fellow for sustainable development. He delivered that message last week at the White Stag Block in Portland, Oregon as one ...

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Preparing for the big one (access required)

Bryce Palmer, a LCG Pence, epoxies a hole while reinforcing masonry on the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine project in 2011. Photo by Sam Tenney of the DJC

The Portland City Council is preparing to consider a policy that would require owners of unreinforced brick buildings to retrofit them, and building owners are urging the city to provide financing. Portland has 1,644 unreinforced masonry buildings, according to a ...

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Advocates seek to make cities more vibrant after dark (access required)

Lighting consultant Leni Schwendinger (center, holding megaphone), leads a walking tour of nighttime lighting in the central eastside last week. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

Leni Schwendinger wants to see cities become as vibrant at night as they are during the day. The opportunity for improvement is vast, according to the artist and lighting specialist. “When it’s dark for a designer or artist, there is ...

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Entry-level architects’ compensation highest in Pacific states, AIA reports (access required)

People working in the architecture industry have a new tool to compare their salaries with others’ around the country. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has created a salary calculator that compares salaries for nine U.S. regions. The organization released ...

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Lawsuit: Eastern Idaho sheep grazing threatens bighorns

Bighorn sheep. File photo.

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service is illegally jeopardizing bighorn sheep by allowing University of Idaho domestic sheep on two eastern Idaho grazing allotments as part of agricultural research activities. In the 18-page lawsuit filed ...

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