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Idaho prisons mulling 20 percent budget boost

Top officials with the Idaho Department of Correction are considering telling state lawmakers they need a nearly 20 percent budget increase to fund beds, staff and services for the state’s growing prison population. “This budget really is the cost of ...

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Company, Idaho regulators at odds over battery storage plan

An Idaho-based energy development company is asking federal authorities to declare state regulators in violation of a law intended to promote alternative energy in a case that could have far-reaching ramifications for emerging battery-storage technologies. Franklin Energy is seeking to ...

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After damaging winter, Oregon businesses rebuild in Idaho (access required)

Third-generation farmer Shay Myers thought his onion-packing sheds would be OK through last winter, even as other Malheur County buildings were collapsing under the weight of epic, heavy snow. The Owyhee Produce buildings were relatively new construction. Myers believed they’d ...

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Verified First moves to Meridian (access required)

The background screening company Verified First moved its office from Caldwell to a 12,000-square-foot space in Meridian in January in search of more space for its growing workforce. The company sells software that aggregates individual background information and filters it ...

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Idaho sees nation’s largest increase in employment growth (access required)

Idaho employment has increased by about 25,100 jobs or about 3.8 percent over the last 12 months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Idaho saw the largest percentage of growth in the country and experienced growth in most ...

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Wilcombs’ Y Camp a dream coming true

By Ken Levy As co-chairs of the campaign to build the YMCA Horsethief Reservoir Camp near Cascade, Tim and Mary Wilcomb have raised $22 million, garnering the help of many others to aid in their quest. “Success depends on your ...

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Oliver Russell founder’s generosity comes naturally

By Steve Martin Russ Stoddard couldn’t tell you exactly where his dedication to giving back to the community comes from, but it’s clear his generosity has impacted countless individuals and organizations. “It’s hard to put a finger on it,” said ...

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Jeker Foundation, Trust aid multiple Valley organizations

By Ken Levy Special to the IBR From magic shows to horseback therapy for children with mental challenges, the Jeker Foundation and Jeker Family Trust are helping meet the needs of children and families throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond. ...

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United Way youth take initiative to benefit community

By Ken Levy The United Way of Treasure Valley Junior Service Club began in the spring of 2009 with six students, ages 12 to 13, who were on a mission to make some changes, said Neva Geisler, UWTV director of ...

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