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Balance needed in finding energy solutions (access required)

Demonizing energy sources such as nuclear energy and coal while romanticizing alternative forms such as solar and wind “leads to nothing but bad decisions,” the Idaho National Laboratory’s director told Bonneville County business and government leaders. Speaking at an April ...

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Business energy audit program funded again

The Idaho Small Business Development Center received a second year of funding for an energy audit program, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced April 30. The grant is $125,000 The university-based center based at Boise State University uses student teams ...

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Congressional farm bill committee stops in Nampa (access required)

There are many critical areas facing Idaho farmers, Scott Brown representing the Idaho Grain Producers Association told the Committee on Agriculture. “Estate tax policy, rail transportation, renewable energy production, environmental regulation and the necessity of ratifying pending Free Trade Agreements ...

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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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