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Business Briefs: Eastern Idaho hospital to expand (access required)

Eastern Idaho hospital to expand Bear Lake Memorial Hospital in eastern Idaho is expanding its patient space. The critical access rural hospital in Montpelier, near the Wyoming border, has begun a $6 million expansion to add 17 private rooms, a ...

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White House welcomes Senate panel’s housing finance vote

The White House welcomed bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo to overhaul the nation’s mortgage financing system that cleared a crucial Senate hurdle on May 15. The legislation would wind down the giant government-backed lenders Fannie Mae and ...

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Lotus goes out-of-state for bank financing (access required)

Lotus Vaping Technologies is a growing distributor and seller of e-cigarette equipment and “e-juice,” but the Garden City company had to go out of state to get a line of credit at a bank. After looking unsuccessfully in Idaho, Lotus ...

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Golf season arrives (access required)

Golf season has returned to Idaho, and the state’s many golf courses are changing up their offerings to appeal to the state’s many golfers. Hunter’s Point, the Nampa course that closed in April 2012, has been purchased by Canyon Golf ...

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Maryland appeals court sides with Idaho man on business trip dance injury (access required)

An Idaho man who injured himself dancing while on a business trip to National Harbor can collect workers’ compensation, a Maryland appeals court has held. Though dancing was outside the scope of his employment, Dallas Gravette was entitled to compensation ...

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Auto lending revs up (access required)

Even as some competitors exit the space, many banks are ramping up automobile lending. With rates at near-historic lows, car sales are soaring. That hasn’t stopped Florida-based BankUnited from ending its auto-lending operations – sources say the shutdown is in ...

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As refinancing slows, lenders loosen their strings (access required)

With mortgage refinancing slowing significantly, lenders are easing up on certain stringent standards and casting a wider customer net. But some mortgage brokers say the changes won’t do much to attract business, since the loans come with bigger down payments ...

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Organizations aim to train immigrant entrepreneurs

After immigrating to Oregon from the Mexican state of Oaxaca more than two decades ago, Paula Asuncion worked on farms and in minimum wage jobs at fast-food restaurants — a widow struggling to feed six children, sharing cramped apartments with ...

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Advanced technology underlies the keeping of the greens (access required)

Golf course superintendents used to learn on the job how to maintain the greens. Now, as environmental rules grow increasingly complex, they’re likely to graduate with degrees in areas like turf management and horticulture. Science has become an important part ...

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Idaho farm market value has grown sharply, census shows (access required)

A newly released census of agriculture shows the market value of the average Idaho farm has grown sharply in the last 15 years. The value of farmland and buildings grew from $487,885 to about $1 million between 1997 and 2012, ...

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