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Proud Source proud to expand Mackay water business (access required)

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A small firm in little Mackay is making big waves in the bottled water business. Proud Source Water started in 2016 in the old mining town that saw its last real boom during World War II. The last copper mining ...

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COVID-19 impacts road, airline transportation numbers (access required)

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If you’ve felt like the state’s roads have been eerily quiet lately, you’re right. Idaho automobile and air traffic have both fallen as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Average vehicle traffic on the state’s roads dropped 40% over a ...

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Treasure Valley to get gigabit fiber optic internet service (access required)

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A telecommunications company that is expanding fiber optic networking in North Idaho is bringing the same functionality to the Treasure Valley, including sections of west Boise, Meridian and Garden City. TDS Metrocom, a business unit of TDS Telecommunications LLC, unveiled ...

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COVID-19 opens up restrictions on billing for telemedicine (access required)

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For years, the promise of telemedicine has enticed health care providers in Idaho with visions of saving their rural patients long trips to obtain medical and pharmacy services not available locally. Despite the availability of the technology that now makes ...

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Two months without pay pushes food and retail workers to spend 40% of their annual income on rent in some cities (access required)

American renters who work in food and retail industries can find themselves spending 40% of their annual income on housing costs if they are unable to work for two months, up about six percentage points from their current rent burden. ...

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Idaho economy sheds jobs at record rate due to coronavirus

Nearly 33,000 Idaho residents filed for unemployment benefits the last week in March as the Idaho economy continues shedding jobs at a record rate because of the coronavirus, state officials said. The Idaho Department of Labor reported that the number ...

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Kesler’s family food firm finds flour (access required)

When buyer panic emptied stores of everyday items, one Idaho grocery store put flour back on its shelves when no one else had any. As a result of the pandemic, supply chains and complex distribution networks have staggered in the ...

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Transportation a major factor in rural counties’ COVID-19 response

According to the most recent predictive model, Idaho’s bottleneck in handling its surge of COVID-19 cases will not be overall hospital capacity. It will be the ability to transport critically-ill patients from small rural hospitals to intensive care units and ...

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A Word with Peter J. Smith IV of Smith + Malek on the CARES Act

COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges to many small business owners, but fortunately, the recently passed CARES Act is offering a lifeline. Still, the federal stimulus bill and the legal implications of the outbreak can be complicated to navigate. Idaho law firm ...

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Xerox throws in the towel on planned HP acquisition

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Xerox has given up on its quixotic attempt to acquire HP, which had been going on since November, blaming the decision on COVID-19 coronavirus and the associated economic downturn. Most recently, the Norwalk, Connecticut, company had offered up a competing ...

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