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AG’s office helping to reduce mortgage-related complaints (access required)

Idaho’s Attorney General said complaints related to loan modification programs topped the list of consumer complaints in 2010. In a report released Feb. 22, Lawrence Wasden said his office received 261 complaints in 2010, compared to 109 the year prior. ...

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HP’s higher earnings bode well for Boise Valley (access required)

Hewlett-Packard Co. grew earnings and net revenue in the Jan. 31 quarter, which bodes well for the Boise-area economy. “When they have positive news to report and their financial situation is improving, it’s a good sign for our local economy,” ...

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Lawmakers agree to $2.4 million for aquifer plan

A 10-year plan aimed at restoring the underground aquifer that supplies water across southern Idaho is on track to get more state funding for the upcoming fiscal year. Idaho budget writers approved $2.4 million last week for the Comprehensive Aquifer ...

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Wind project viability has many variables (access required)

As a wind farm developer, Idaho Windfarms manager Glenn Ikemoto gathers site information and entitlements, finalizes a power purchase agreement with a utility and markets the project to an investor who will pay for equipment. An Idaho sales tax rebate ...

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Boise solar energy facility closer to permitting process (access required)

A $90 million solar energy facility in Boise is moving closer to its permitting phase. Sunergy World President Mark Van Gulik said the 20-megawatt project, which was originally planned near the airport, will instead be constructed on 160 acres off ...

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Balloon payments push small businesses to refinance (access required)

Small businesses that financed buildings during the mid-2000s boom did so with the anticipation of continued economic growth and increased valuations. As the downturn has dragged on, most face balloon payments on commercial mortgages that are pushing them to look ...

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Plans proposed for central Idaho airport land

Officials in the central Idaho resort area of the Wood River Valley are considering how best to use 210 acres that will become available in Hailey once Friedman Memorial Airport moves to a new location due to safety concerns. Planners ...

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Idaho gas prices on the rise

Idaho’s average price for gasoline has climbed back over the $3 per gallon mark. AAA Idaho officials say the average price of Idaho gas has increase by 14 cents since Feb. 2 and now sits at $3.10 a gallon. For ...

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Boise Inc. acquires California packaging company

(Updated: adds details, sidebars) The Boise-based Boise Inc. plans to acquire a California-based corrugated packaging company, Tharco Products, for $200 million to expand its business in the cardboard packaging market. Boise Inc. president and CEO Alexander Toeldte said Feb. 22 ...

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New event center being built on Lake Coeur d’Alene

An 11,000-square-foot event center is under construction on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The Hagadone Hospitality Company, which owns the Coeur d’Alene Resort, commissioned construction of the 11,000-square-foot facility in early February. Scheduled completion is July 2011. Total project costs aren’t being ...

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