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July sales of new homes surge 13.9%, far more than thought

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Sales of new homes jumped again in July, rising 13.9% as the housing market continues to gain traction following a spring downturn caused by pandemic-related lockdowns. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that July’s gain propelled ...

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New real estate software firm opens its doors in Boise (access required)

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The Treasure Valley’s real estate market has a hot new resource. After declaring its intent to move into the area’s thriving market, TorchX has opened its doors in Boise and is looking to grow. TorchX stated it will enhance the ...

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Altercation at statehouse disrupts legislative special session (access required)

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The afternoon meeting of the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committee on Aug. 25 was a bit more heated than Idaho’s legislators bargained for. Before the meeting began, two individuals sat down at the press table, claiming to be members ...

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Study: Idaho has lowest number of primary care physicians per capita (access required)

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For the past 30 years, the nonprofit United Health Foundation has issued an annual assessment of the nation’s health. One of the factors it considers in its weighted rankings is the per capita number of primary care physicians. For the 2019 ...

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USGS breaks ground on its new science center in Boise (access required)

U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson (left) shoots the first level for the new USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystems Science Center in Boise while Dr. James Reilly (right), Director of the USGS records the measurement during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new building. Photo by Catie Clark

While the United States Geological Survey hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 25 in Boise, there was none of the usual throwing around of dirt with shovels. The “groundbreaking” was commemorated instead by Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson shooting the first ...

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Analysis: Idaho’s COVID-19 testing statistics are not good

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Out of the many statistical metrics purporting to measure response and potential recovery during the pandemic, a handful recently caught the eye of the Idaho Business Review editorial staff, especially for how they affect Idaho. By the metrics we analyzed, ...

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Stage Stores liquidates, taking Idaho’s Bealls, Gordmans with it

The latest victim of the retail apocalypse is Stage Stores, which received approval to liquidate from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston on Aug. 14. Stage Stores owns the Gordman’s off-price discount stores at the Treasure Valley Marketplace in Nampa ...

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Idaho ranks well on study of COVID-19 economic effects (access required)

At the end of July, just over one-third of all adult Idahoans delayed getting medical care because of the COVID-19 pandemic during the previous four weeks, according to a 12-week survey conducted by the U.S. Census. While one in three ...

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A word with Alicia C. Ralston on Idaho residential real estate

In 2004, Alicia C. Ralston decided to leave behind a management career in the environmental and construction industry and pursue her passion for real estate. Since then, she has built Ralston Group Properties into a sustainable, high-integrity Idaho real estate brokerage. Her exclusively ...

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Idaho still stuck in Stage 4; donates to Idaho Foodbank (access required)

Governor Little at the Aug. 21 press conference at the Idaho Food Bank.

Governor Brad Little announced for the fifth time that Idaho is not yet ready to advance out of Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds program at an Aug. 20 press conference. During Stage 4 for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho’s ...

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