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Hoku Materials completes test phases

Hoku Materials, a provider of raw materials for the solar energy market, has started pilot production of polysilicon at a plant in Pocatello. Construction of the plant had been held up by financing problems. “Commencement of this pilot production run ...

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Hecla Mining reports higher earnings

Hecla Mining Co. on April 28 reported net income of $21.8 million for the first quarter compared to $7.3 million a year earlier, the Coeur d’Alene-based company said in a release. After dividend to holders of preferred stock, the company ...

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Recession morale: In down times, firms work to keep employees (access required)

By Mark Wilcox With uncertainty and cutbacks all around, it may be easy for employees in many companies to lose morale, affecting work output and job satisfaction. However, despite trying economic times, the secrets to keeping employees happy are the ...

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U.S. Bank building achieves LEED gold

The tallest office building in Idaho is now officially a green building. The U.S. Bank Plaza, a 20-story Class-A office tower in downtown Boise, recently earned a Gold rating from the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and ...

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State senator will join trade mission to Taiwan

State Senator Russ Fulcher announced April 29 that he would be leaving the state for nine days to represent Idaho on a five-state trade and relations mission to Taiwan. “Given the struggling economy, I’m excited to promote Idaho’s relationship with ...

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Judge dismisses Boise Tower Associates’ suit

Ada County District Court Judge Darla Williamson has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Boise Tower Associates LLC against the city of Boise and the Capital City Development Corp. on Nov. 2, 2004, the city announced April 29. Boise Tower Associates, ...

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Simplot Phosphates earns Earth Day award

Simplot Phosphates, a unit of Boise-based J.R. Simplot Co., was among six companies that the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining honored with Earth Day 2010 Awards for efforts to preserve and protect the environment. Awards were presented April ...

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