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BVA says it will acquire Saltzer Medical Group (access required)

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With several new medical-related development projects of its own moving forward, Ball Ventures Ahlquist clearly sees business opportunity in the healthcare market. On Jan. 8, the commercial development and investment company said it will add to its portfolio with the ...

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No recession predicted for next year, Legislative committee hears (access required)

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Despite the volatile stock market and fears of a recession, industry representatives told the Idaho Legislature’s Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee (EORAC) that jobs and revenue outlook for their respective sectors was good, though the rate of growth might ...

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Catching up with Retrolux (access required)

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The nice thing about Leif Elgethun’s business, Retrolux, is that it’s pretty much recession-proof, he said. Elgethun’s company develops software for the energy-efficient lighting industry. It has two primary markets: lighting retrofit contractors, who are helping building owners change their ...

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Some Nevada governments using blockchain for public records

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Some northern Nevada counties are using blockchain, the online ledger best known for helping secure virtual currencies such as bitcoin, to store digital versions of government records like birth and marriage certificates. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports ...

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Idaho commission denies sale of Avista to Canadian company

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Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. of Toronto has been denied by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The Spokesman-Review says Thursday’s action follows similar action last month by Washington regulators, who also denied the sale of the Spokane-based ...

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Business cheers Little’s first State of the State (access required)

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Business leaders praised Gov. Brad Little’s first State of the State speech, specifically calling out improvements to education, Medicaid expansion and reducing government regulations. “Gov. Little’s State of the State Address was a home run for Idaho’s business community,” said ...

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Idaho farm income declined in 2018, dairy is struggling

Idaho farm income fell for a second straight year in 2018 largely due to overproduction by dairy farmers, according to a recent economic report. The University of Idaho Extension report estimates total net farm income declined 27 percent to $902 ...

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1 in 10 Seattle apartments are empty, and rents are dropping

Seattle is building more apartments than just about anywhere, and now 1 in 10 units across the city are sitting empty. Landlords have responded by lowering rents slightly and offering more perks to get tenants in the door. The housing ...

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Landowner donates Idaho land once planned for subdivision

An anonymous landowner donated 0.26 square miles (0.67 square kilometers) of mule deer winter range in Pocatello to a local land trust. The donation to the Sage Brush Steppe Land Trust ended previous plans of converting the property into a ...

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Preparation seen as key to crisis response

Disasters strike, which is why businesses have insurance. Nonetheless, a lack of other preparation and an inadequate response can leave companies further exposed in a crisis. In a series of interviews, attorneys who counsel businesses on insurance matters outlined some ...

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