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ITD throws grant lifeline to help maintain public transit (access required)

The Grants Office of the Idaho Transportation Department Public Transit Group came up with innovative ways to help both transit agencies and their drivers make it through the COVID-19 emergency, which as gutted ridership across the state. ITD has reopened ...

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EIRMC expands behavioral health center in Idaho Falls (access required)

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Eastern Idaho Regional Health Center announced the completion of a year-long renovation of its Behavioral Health Center on April 13. The renovation increased the number of adult acute care beds at the Idaho Falls-based health center from 28 to 37. ...

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Meridian’s planned urban renewal district advances (access required)

Map of the proposed Union Urban Renewal District.

Meridian’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a new urban renewal district cut out of one that already exists during its April 16 meeting, moving the project forward. Creating urban renewal districts in Idaho is an involved process, requiring more than the ...

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Idahoan Foods potato business not mashed by COVID-19 (access required)

Idahoan plant in Lewisville.

Idahoan Foods, the leading manufacturer of dehydrated mashed potato products in the country, won’t let the COVID-19 pandemic mash its operations. In fact, the current public health crisis has rooted out a 250% increase in orders for Idahoan products as ...

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Food trucks now allowed at rest areas due to COVID-19 (access required)

A food truck set up at the Blacks Creek rest area on I-84.

With many restaurants shuttered during the COVID-19 outbreak, where can truckers find hot meals they can eat on the road? The current public health emergency has limited where long-distance drivers can purchase prepared food. To address this twist, the Federal ...

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BNSF resumes work on ‘Funnel’ Sandpoint railway project (access required)

Photo of a BNSF Railway freight train.

SANDPOINT – A major railroad project is underway in Northern Idaho that is unique in the nation. In railroad slang, a funnel is where multiple rail routes merge down to share just one rail corridor through a region. The last remaining ...

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Governor extends Idaho stay-home order to April 30

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Gov. Brad Little held his first virtual press conference on April 15 where he extended the state’s stay-home order until April 30 with some exceptions. The biggest exception: non-essential businesses that can provide delivery and curbside service safely can now ...

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Could working from home impose new state tax liabilities? (access required)

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The flurry of stay-at-home orders imposed recently by most state governors could create a tax problem, but it isn’t clear how much of an issue it could be in Idaho. The problem is “nexus.” When a company has a “nexus” ...

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CARES Act loans coming through for Idaho small businesses

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Henry Yun, owner of Green Leaf Cleaners, an eco-friendly dry cleaner in Eagle, was relieved when his loan from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act program came through this week. “The survival of my business was completely ...

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