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Magic Valley finds the national spotlight for its ag sector (access required)

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Matt Erskine, deputy assistant secretary for economic development at the U.S. Department of Commerce, visited the Twin Falls region Sept. 21 to get insight into Idaho’s breadbasket. He said the federal government wants to help the region prosper, especially in ...

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Idaho lawmakers consider options on health care coverage

Anti-Medicaid expansion advocates are warning Idaho lawmakers that expanding the federal health care program designed to cover the poor will end up costing the state millions and do little to drive down medical fees. Instead, those advocates on Sept. 28 ...

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Idaho to stop enforcing booze restriction law

Businesses licensed to serve alcohol during live performances depicting sexual acts will no longer face consequences from Idaho State Police under a newly reached agreement. The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, along with several other Boise attorneys representing artists ...

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Downtown Boise’s Pollo Rey will become a mezcal-focused taco place (access required)

Red Feather Lounge/Bittercreek Alehouse owner Dave Krick bought the adjoining Pollo Rey on downtown Boise’s Eighth Street last December and now is getting ready to put his own stamp on the property. Krick will stick to the concept of a ...

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Forest Service plans new study for N. Idaho salvage logging

The U.S. Forest Service will do another analysis after a federal judge halted a northern Idaho wildfire salvage logging project following a lawsuit by two environmental groups, officials say. The agency earlier this month gave notice that it plans to ...

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New software pairs talent with companies (access required)

The owner of Quest Groups is building a software company called Talentpair to streamline the headhunting process for companies. Joe Kosakowski has worked as a recruiter for the tech industry for 19 years. He originally worked with venture capital firms ...

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Wandervans is hitting the road (access required)

Boise-based Wandervans has found an investor and will expand to four new markets within the next year. Wandervans rents vans for camping. Chris Cook, a computer engineer and avid traveler,  launched Wandervans in May with three modified Ford Transits that are fitted with ...

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Lawmakers might tackle gas tax next year

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Lawmakers could be asked to tackle a gas tax and workforce training in next year’s legislative session. Those were two issues that came up at the Southwest Idaho Legislative Summit Sept. 23, one of several meetings the Idaho Chamber Alliance ...

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Most small businesses barely saving money, study shows (access required)

As Federal Reserve officials gather to issue their monthly assessment of the world’s largest economy, a new study lays bare the extent to which many small firms are pressed for cash. “Most small businesses are operating on very small margins,” ...

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