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Signs of progress at downtown project (access required)

The Simplot family’s Jack’s Urban Meeting Place project has been under construction for more than three years in downtown Boise. On July 8, an orange JUMP sign announcing the iconic structure went up. The sign had been installed on the ...

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Business community pushes for computer science in curriculum (access required)

Idaho’s business community is instigating an effort to change curriculum in order to produce graduates with improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It’s an industry-led effort to develop a more skilled work force. “This is going to be a game-changer,” ...

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Drones used to survey land, look at crops, sell homes in Idaho (access required)

Eight Idaho companies now have approval from the federal government to fly drones for commercial purposes, and are using the unmanned flying vehicles equipped with cameras for a variety of business uses. Reflecting the state’s farming roots, several companies are ...

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State owes $930,000 in legal fees in broadband dispute

The state owes more than $930,000 in legal fees to the company that successfully sued to overturn the Idaho Education Network contract, a judge ruled last month. Like most legal matters involving the scuttled high school broadband project, this issue ...

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Idaho eyes new water standards with fish-consumption survey

A recently completed Idaho fish-consumption survey that’s part of a state process to set new water quality standards could mean greater restrictions for towns and businesses that have sewage permits. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality released the 92-page survey ...

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A word with Gordon Jones of Boise State’s College of Innovation and Design

Gordon Jones is the dean of Boise State University’s new College of Innovation and Design, a college created to help graduates stay professionally agile in a changing economy. Jones founded the Harvard Innovation Lab, an entrepreneurship and innovation college at ...

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Letter shows Otter knew of broadband money woes

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter knew for months that the federal government had withheld funding for Idaho’s now-failed school broadband program, but lawmakers remained in the dark until much later. According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Otter wrote ...

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Snake River hydropower projects stir controversy

Concerns are mounting over two proposed hydropower projects seven miles north of Idaho Falls. On its surface, the proposed County Line Road Hydroelectric Project, flanking the Snake River on the Bonneville-Jefferson County line, is relatively low-key. It would use existing ...

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Idaho Power submits 20-year plan to Idaho and Oregon (access required)

Idaho Power officials have put forward the company’s plan to keep air conditioners humming and computer screens from going dark in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon over the next two decades as energy demands rise. The company submitted its 144-page ...

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