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Eastern Idaho lawmaker calls for moratorium on wind towers (access required)

House lawmakers plan a hearing the week of March 14 on a bill that would halt development of wind projects for two years. Sponsor Rep. Erik Simpson, R-Idaho Falls, says recent wind developments around Idaho have given the state more ...

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WinCo to expand operations, move 60 jobs to Boise (access required)

WinCo Foods is expanding its Boise operations and will move 60 jobs to the area. WinCo spokesman Michael Read confirmed March 11 that over the next two years, the company will move its purchasing, pricing, and marketing departments and its print shops from Woodburn, ...

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Idaho County officials reject N. Idaho land swap

Commissioners in Idaho County have written a letter to the U.S. Forest Service rejecting the agency’s proposed land exchange with a timber company, contending it would be disastrous for the county. Commissioners contend that putting about 40,000 acres of private ...

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Risch tells Idaho Falls group Washington is cavalier about deficit (access required)

Idaho U.S. Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo were two of only nine senators to vote March 2 against a continuing budget resolution to keep the federal government from shutting down on March 4 by providing stopgap funding through March ...

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Western Magic Valley exploring development opportunities (access required)

Micah Austin believes the potential to draw big business to the City of Jerome is strong. Jerome’s community development director said three to five developers are considering bringing agriculture-related projects to town that could create 350 new jobs. While Austin ...

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Coldwater Creek reports $37 million fourth-quarter loss (access required)

Sandpoint-based Coldwater Creek reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $37 million and a $44.1 million net loss for the 2010 fiscal year, which ended Jan. 29. The company had a net loss of $56.1 million in fiscal 2009. Coldwater Creek ...

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Idaho small business index improves (access required)

The Zions Bank Small Business Index for Idaho increased 1.8 points from January to February, to 115.3, on higher job growth and improved national economic conditions. The index uses 1997 as its base (100). “Idaho is out of recession and ...

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Northern Idaho aircraft maker sees recovery, slowly (access required)

A northern Idaho aircraft company says it’s starting to recover from the damage that was done to its industry when three auto company executives flew to Washington, D.C. in private jets in 2008 to ask Congress for a $25 billion ...

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Business Briefs (access required)

Hospital lawsuit immunity bill clears Idaho House BOISE, Idaho (AP) – A bill to help protect hospitals from lawsuits passed the Idaho House 38-30 a year after a similar measure died in a House committee. Under the measure, hospitals that ...

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