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2015 wildfire season forecast predicts busy season for Idaho

Prolonged drought conditions across the West have national wildfire experts expecting a busy and early fire season. According to the latest wildfire report issued by the National Interagency Fire Center, Idaho is slated to experience above-normal wildfire activity in its ...

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Fanazer developer pivots to mobile health (access required)

Alvin Mullins started his company, Fanazer, with an app that helps users monitor their fantasy football teams. But he’s changing course and entering the health sector with an app that will help people connect with their care providers. “The underlying ...

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US approves drone large enough to spray crops

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said May 5. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that ...

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Idaho governor to lead trade mission to Peru, Mexico

Gov. Butch Otter is leading a group of Idaho business leaders on a weeklong trade mission to Peru and Mexico the week of May 11. The trip includes businesses that produce milk, potatoes, boat docks, and skin care products that ...

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A second life for an Internet-controlled cat toy (access required)

Three years after scrapping sales of its Internet-connected cat toy, Boise company Reach-in has lowered the retail cost of its iPet Companion HomePlay, improved the technology, and put it back on the market. iPet Companion lets cat owners play with ...

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A word with Ryan Woodings, chief geek at Metageek (access required)

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Ryan Woodings is chief geek at MetaGeek LLC, a Boise company that makes devices that help wireless users speed up their Wi-Fi. Woodings, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Brigham Young University, took his first full-time ...

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Metro Express Car Wash expands to Colorado (access required)

The first Metro Express Car Wash outside Idaho will open in fall in Colorado in the Denver suburb of Sheridan. Hall of Fame car wash entrepreneur Bill Martin built his reputation with three car washes in Boise, Nampa and Meridian ...

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Pending US home sales increase in March

More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in March, the third straight month of gains as housing heats up with the start of the spring buying season. The National Association of Realtors said April 29 that its seasonally adjusted pending ...

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Schools in timber country receive funding reprieve

Schools in Idaho timber country will continue to receive a share of money from the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Idaho schools received $7.2 million from the program in 2013-14. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a two-year ...

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