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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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$4 million in US projects aim to protect sage grouse habitat

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has announced more than $4 million in projects in four states as part of a wildfire-fighting strategy to protect a wide swath of western sagebrush country that supports cattle ranching and is home to a struggling ...

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FootGolf kicks off in the Treasure Valley (access required)

Players at Ridgecrest Golf Course can give their clubs a break and play a round of golf with their feet. The Nampa golf course is the first to allow FootGolf, in which players kick soccer balls across a modified golf ...

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BoDo’s beginnings (access required)

BoDo, the downtown area at the crossroads of Eighth and Broad streets, was developed in two chapters. In the first chapter, Treasure Valley developers Larry Leasure and Winston Moore created the Eighth Street Marketplace in 1976 amid vacated railroad tracks ...

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State supporting unmanned systems (access required)

New research on unmanned aerial systems will start in May at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls. The Idaho Department of Commerce, CAES and its member universities, and the Idaho National Laboratory have formed a new program ...

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