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Litehouse CEO credits ESOP with company’s growth

The president and CEO of a popular Idaho salad dressing manufacturer believes his company is thriving mostly due to its recent conversion to 100 percent employee ownership. Jim Frank, head of Litehouse, Inc., said the Sandpoint-based company increased its net ...

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A word with Andy Propst of HomeRiver Group

Andy Propst is CEO of HomeRiver Group, a Meridian company that has acquired a half-dozen property management companies around the nation in the last two years and now manages nearly 5,000 rentals in 20 states. When Propst joined the company ...

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Idaho’s Sen. Mike Crapo criticizes bank moves to limit guns

With Gary Ramey’s fledgling gun-making business taking off in retail stores, he decided to start offering one of his handguns for sale on his website. That didn’t sit well with the company he used to process payments, and they informed ...

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Blaine County continue to push public defense changes

County commissioners in central Idaho say they are moving forward with a plan to establish an in-house public defense office rather than continue contracting lawyers to provide representation for poor people caught in the criminal justice system. The Idaho Mountain ...

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Southern Idaho company that makes food containers is expanding

A south-central Idaho company that makes food containers out of wheat straw has started work to double the size of its plant. The Times-News reports in a story on June 21 that Fabri-Kal is adding 75,000 square feet to its ...

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Central Idaho city eyes avalanche-zone rental home

Officials in the central Idaho town of Ketchum have approved doing an inventory of homes within avalanche zones not engineered to withstand avalanches and discussing the appropriate restrictions as rentals. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Ketchum City Council ...

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Lawmakers concerned about health provider contract in Idaho

Idaho lawmakers raised concerns June 21 about possible state law violations after receiving a request from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to delay finding a new provider for state employee health care benefits. Members of the State Employee Group Insurance and ...

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Officials: nuke waste treatment plant could be working by next spring

Officials say a treatment plant designed to treat radioactive waste stored in eastern Idaho could start operating next spring. The Post Register reports the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit was built to treat 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste by 2012, ...

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