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Nov 24, 2017

Meeting will assess impact of opioids in Idaho workplaces

[caption id="attachment_205571" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jean Lockhart, CFO at the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, at the City Light women's and children facility in 2015. Lockhart said employers can help workers avoid losing their jobs over opioid use by paying attention when problems arise, and offering benefits such as counseling. File photo[/caption] While the toll of the prescriptio[...]

Nov 9, 2017

Consultants: Self-funded insurance would save the state money

[caption id="attachment_191789" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Idaho Statehouse. A consulting firm hired to examine a proposal for the state to move toward self-funded insurance says the move would make financial sense. File photo[/caption] The state of Idaho has taken another step toward changing its state employee health insurance to a self-funded model, which could take effect as soon as[...]

Oct 17, 2017

Created in Poland, 1914 log home is now for sale in Idaho

[caption id="attachment_203537" align="alignleft" width="300"] This white pine log home in Careywood was originally built in Poland in 1914 and was shipped to Idaho in 1998. It's for sale for $175,000. All photos courtesy of Century 21 Beutler & Associates.[/caption] A home that was built in the Carpathian Mountains of Poland in 1914, dismantled when the Nazis came through, rebuilt, and the[...]

Jul 7, 2017

With 24 housing developments underway, Kuna prepares to double in size

[caption id="attachment_198020" align="alignleft" width="300"] This farmland in Kuna is destined to become a housing development called Springhill with more than 700 homes.  Photo by Patrick Sweeney.[/caption] Kuna is a small city headed for the population big leagues. A couple decades behind Nampa and Meridian, Kuna is now on a path to become one of Idaho's Top 10 if it can add about 12,00[...]

Jun 22, 2017

Long-awaited 5th and Idaho Apartments start construction

[caption id="attachment_198011" align="alignleft" width="300"] 5th and Idaho Apartments will start construction two years after the project was announced. Image courtesy of Hummel Architects.[/caption] Construction will start June 26 on the long anticipated 81-unit Fifth and Idaho Apartments in Old Boise. The project has secured a $14 million construction loan from CBRE Capital Markets, the [...]

Jun 13, 2017

For Idaho, the Year of the Hotel

[caption id="attachment_197285" align="alignleft" width="200"] Reece Hrizuk and his groomsmen, Brandon Mott and Brandon Walton, in the lobby of the Inn at 500 Capitol before heading to Hrizuk's wedding June 10 in Boise. Photo by Glenn Landberg.[/caption] At least 32 hotels are under construction, recently opened or pending construction in nearly every sizable population center in Idaho. Hote[...]

Jun 12, 2017

Idaho companies are starting to climb aboard the sustainability bandwagon

As a corporate sustainability professional, John Bernardo walks a tightrope. Bernardo, an executive in residence at Boise State University’s College of Business and a sustainability strategist at Idaho Power, can’t identify himself with environmentalists in a state and industry where that group is viewed at best with suspicion. Yet he’s charged with saving money and energy at the state’s p[...]

May 24, 2017

Investment report: 2016 saw more deals, less money

[caption id="attachment_194763" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Idaho Technology Council's 2017 Capital Connect Conference. The Deal Flow Report was released at the conference,  held May 24 at the Stueckle Sky Center on the Boise State University campus. Photo by Erika Sather-Smith.[/caption] Less money flowed around Idaho overall in 2016, but there were significantly more investment deals [...]

May 15, 2017

BoDo has a potential buyer

[caption id="attachment_194226" align="alignleft" width="300"] Signs in the BoDo shopping area in Boise. Negotiations are under way for a potential new owner of BoDo. Photo by Teya Vitu.[/caption] Downtown Boise’s BoDo commercial complex has a potential buyer. “We’re in the process of negotiating a contract with an investment group,” said Clay Anderson, who handles investment brokera[...]

May 8, 2017

Boise was among six cities to hit record high home prices this winter

[caption id="attachment_193544" align="alignleft" width="300"] A home for sale in Boise this winter. Median prices for a single-family home surged in Ada County this winter, according to the Boise Regional Realtors. File photo.[/caption] Boise was among only six housing markets in the U.S. to hit record high home prices in the first quarter, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nat[...]

May 2, 2017

Washington Trust Bank staff enroll in Spanish class

[caption id="attachment_192916" align="alignleft" width="300"] An introductory Spanish class at CR Languages. The language school offers five Spanish classes ranging in difficulty; each meets once per week. Photo by Glenn Landberg.[/caption] An employee’s experience with Spanish lessons through a Boise language school has caught the eye of Washington Trust Bank, which is now encouraging mor[...]

Apr 28, 2017

Department of Labor: Overcoming digital divide will take more than equipment

[caption id="attachment_164561" align="alignleft" width="300"] An Ammon system network administrator inspects the city's fiber optic system. Many local governments are building better broadband systems in order to increase digital literacy in their areas, but a new report by the Idaho Department of Labor says programs need to address various social barriers as well. File photo.[/caption] Econom[...]