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Finance and business development reporter joins IBR

Benton Smith has joined the Idaho Business Review as a staff writer covering financial businesses and business development efforts around Idaho. Smith, 24, was raised in Odessa, Texas. He has written about sports and the environment for Greenbelt Magazine and ...

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VanderSloot settles defamation suit with former eastern Idaho reporter

Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot has reached a settlement with a former Post Register reporter he sued for defamation. The Idaho Falls newspaper reports that Peter Zuckerman apologized to VanderSloot in an affidavit on Oct. 21, stating that he made some ...

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Idaho lawmakers review urban renewal laws, take no action

Idaho lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the state’s urban renewal laws remain torn on what, if any, changes should be made to improve oversight on boards that helped lure major companies to Idaho. The 10-member Urban Renewal Interim Committee met Oct. ...

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National Guard proposes fewer, larger armories across Idaho

The National Guard is looking to consolidate 21 small armories across Idaho into nine regional armories, with plans for the first one to be built in the Magic Valley. The Times-News reported that the guard presented the plan this month ...

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Lawmakers look at ways to improve Idaho state contract rules

Strengthening Idaho’s system for purchasing goods and services comes down to careful training, good research, picking the right providers and following the law, some state employees told a group of lawmakers on Oct. 15. The legislative interim committee is digging ...

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Feds eye pilotless helicopters to battle wildfires

A Lockheed Martin helicopter capable of flying autonomously with no human control did so as it scooped up water, dropped it on targets and delivered supplies to a distant ridge in a demonstration Oct. 14 20 miles east of Boise. ...

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Lessons learned from Pocatello’s Garrett Freightlines (access required)

From Albertsons to Boise Cascade, Morrison-Knudson to Micron, and the J.R. Simplot Company to O. P. Skaggs (now Safeway) Grocery Stores, Idaho has a long history as the home of many successful businesses. This semester, the students in my honors ...

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University of Idaho study shows Idaho is becoming urban

A study from the University of Idaho’s McClure Center for Public Policy Research shows Idaho has become steadily more urban since the Great Recession. The trend has some worried about the future of the state’s rural communities. “You would expect ...

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