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COMPASS gets federal grant to improve freight truck planning (access required)

A $225,000 federal grant will help Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho to better incorporate freight trucks into its next update of Communities in Motion 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan. This Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) grant from the ...

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Sun Valley entrepreneur launching SkyMall successor (access required)

Scott Jordan has gone from contemplating running an ad in SkyMall earlier this year to launching what could be a successor to the now-bankrupt airplane advertising magazine. Jordan, also the founder of the travel clothing company Scottevest, is launching Sky2Buy, ...

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‘Cottage food’ issue will get statewide meetings (access required)

Efforts to legalize in-home production of “cottage foods” have likely stalled in the Idaho Legislature, but the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will hold meetings across the state in April and May on the issue to see if new ...

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A word with Steve Hatten of TechHelp (access required)

Steve Hatten is the executive director of TechHelp, a partnership of Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho that helps the state’s manufacturers work more effectively, cut costs, and plan for the future. TechHelp, which is ...

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Refer.com releasing new product, plans to grow (access required)

Refer.com in Meridian will release a new Web-based platform of its trust-based referral marketing software on April 3, and expects to hire sales and software development staff to grow. Refer.com’s software implements a method of making contact — in-person, by ...

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Investors organizing in Wood River Valley (access required)

WinUru, a Wood River Valley technology startup that combines online shopping and online games, will soon close on an angel investment round of approximately $750,000. Much of that money came from a new group of Idaho investors, the Sun Valley ...

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Flat tax, gas tax hike fee moves forward (access required)

An Idaho House Committee approved a wide-ranging tax plan that flattens the state’s income tax and raises money to fix state roads. Critics say it would raise the tax bill for most Idahoans. The plan comes in the waning days ...

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Powderhaus Brewing plans to open off Chinden by July 4 (access required)

Construction on Powderhaus Brewing’s new 7,500-square-foot production brewery and tasting room will be completed later this year, with co-owner Lisa Schmidt planning to open the brewery by July 4. Schmidt said Powderhaus is building a new brewery because the right ...

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Idaho teacher salaries took an unexplained dip in 2013-14 (access required)

The average teacher pay in Idaho dropped by more than $200 from 2012-13 to 2013-14 — a decrease that the state’s teachers’ union can’t explain, Idaho Education News reported. On average, only two states pay their teachers less than Idaho. ...

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