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Amendment gives certainty to municipal power companies (access required)

The 11 city-owned power companies in Idaho say a constitutional amendment approved by voters Nov. 2 will help their customers avoid wild swings in energy prices. The amendment allows municipal electric companies to sign long-term contracts without the need for ...

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Court doesn’t rule out Highway 12 large-load permits

UPDATE – Opponents ask for formal hearing Residents along U.S. 12 are asking the Idaho Transportation Department to conduct formal hearings before issuing any special permits allowing oil companies to transport huge loads of refinery equipment over the roadway. The ...

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Intermountain Community Bancorp posts $24.7M loss (access required)

Intermountain Community Bancorp’s losses ballooned in the third quarter. The Sandpoint-based holding company, parent of Panhandle State Bank, reported a $24.7 million loss, or $2.95 per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That’s up from $2.9 million, or ...

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Investors look at next big thing: Farmland (access required)

Farmland may be the new gold. Pension funds, foundations, endowments and other institutional investors are on the hunt for large tracts of land in Idaho and other states to find a safe haven for their money and a hedge against ...

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Wells Fargo remodels east Boise branch (access required)

Wells Fargo is remodeling the interior of its bank branch at Boise Avenue and Apple Street in southeast Boise. The project at 818 Boise Ave. includes building a new teller line; adding a fifth teller station; and replacing carpet, paint ...

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WinCo Foods adds three stores

Boise-based discount grocery chain WinCo Foods will open three new stores ths coming month, bringing the number of stores to 78. Openings are set for Lacey, Wash. – a 92,500-square-foot store ;  Everett, Wash. – a 100,000-square-foot store ; and in Tracy, Calif. – a 95,000-square-foot ...

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Micron pays down debt

Micron Technology Inc. announced a series of moves to reduce debt coming due over the next few years, taking advantage of thawing capital markets. The Boise-based chipmaker announced Oct. 28 that it would buy back a total of $266 million ...

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Idaho’s Silver Mountain resort for sale

Oregon window and door manufacturer Jeld-Wen has put several Northwest destination resorts up for sale. The privately held company based in Klamath Falls declined to comment about why it is selling some of the best-known resort properties in the region, ...

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