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POWER Engineers acquires Austin’s Zephyr

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POWER Engineers Inc. has acquired Zephyr Environmental Corp. of Texas. Zephyr is a 75-person firm with Texas offices in Austin, San Antonio and Houston, as well as offices in York, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland. POWER, based in Hailey, has a ...

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Changing plans: Tax law makes small businesses rethink ideas

Machinery at Payette Brewery.

As Congress debated a new tax law at the end of last year, Jerell and Elissa Klaver began revising their company’s plans for 2018. The Klavers crunched the numbers, estimating how a lower tax rate and bigger deductions on equipment ...

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Federal agency proposes approving Idaho field burning rules

Federal officials are proposing approving Idaho’s request to loosen field burning rules that backers say offer more flexibility to disperse smoke away from people but that health advocates say will lead to breathing problems for some area residents. The U.S. ...

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Boise, Island Park are top dogs in Idaho Airbnb

This Ketchum treehouse rents for $75/night on the Airbnb site. Photo courtesy Airbnb

Airbnb saw a 106 percent increase in guest arrivals in 2017 to more than 4,000 Idaho homes that rent quarters to visitors through the Airbnb online platform, the company announced. Airbnb also saw a 139 percent increase in Idaho host ...

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Idaho House panel introduces speed limit bill

Semi Truck by Mile 173

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would allow trucks, buses and other large vehicles to go the same speed limit as other vehicles on the state’s highways. House Transportation and Defense Committee Chairman Joe Palmer, a Republican from ...

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Shutdown is already putting the brakes on small business activity

U.S. Capitol. File photo.

Some small businesses are already feeling the impact of the shutdown of the federal government, whether they want to borrow money, be paid or get information from federal agencies. A look at some of the ways companies are being affected: ...

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Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just ‘a blip’

The U.S. Capitol.

If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that President Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. A longer impasse, economists say, could rattle consumer and investor confidence, pulling stocks ...

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