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Boise software company supports in-house products through contracted work (access required)

After seven years of operation, Boise-based Zenware is fulfilling its dream of devoting more attention to its own software products. Four friends founded Zenware, a software company, in 2009. The group looked for a way to operate without investors, and decided ...

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California governor pushes plan for Western power grid

Gov. Jerry Brown said Sept. 7 that he remains committed to expanding California’s power grid to include other Western states, despite a delay announced this summer when it appeared the state Legislature was unprepared to grant the broader approval needed ...

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Proposal would save state $11M on employee health insurance (access required)

Idaho legislators who are looking for ways to reform state employee benefits may have found a plan that would save Idaho $10.9 million in its first three years of operation. The Idaho Legislature assigned an interim committee to examine state ...

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Real Estate & Urban Renewal: IBR Breakfast Series report (access required)

Introduction: Urban renewal as a tool for economic development Local economic development officials have long relied on urban renewal to encourage development and improve underused urban areas. In Boise, urban renewal has helped promote major construction projects, including Eighth and ...

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A word with Carole Skinner from Flicks Theatre (access required)

Carole Skinner owns Flicks Theatre, the 32-year-old alternative movie house in downtown Boise. Skinner opened the Flicks in 1984 with her husband in the former Salt Lake City Hardware warehouse, renovating the open building to create a one-screen theater, a ...

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Garden City racing team closes in on diesel land speed record

An Idaho team raced the fastest diesel truck on the course at the Southern California Timing Association’s Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats this summer, despite being powered entirely by vegetable oil. Greenspeed Research started as a Boise State ...

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Idaho AG files suit to recover payments on void contract

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says two internet companies must return the millions of dollars paid to them under a voided state broadband contract. Wasden filed the complaint the week of August 29 in state court, just days after Education Networks ...

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Idaho seeks federal approval to regulate water pollution

Idaho wants to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality on August 31 submitted an application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shift control of ...

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No-tipping trend now at more restaurants, with mixed results

When the bill comes after a meal, there’s no crunching numbers for the tip — just pay and go. A small but growing number of restaurants are doing away with the tipping model that’s long been the norm in the ...

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