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Washington Federal buys Bodybuilding.com building (access required)

Seattle-based Washington Federal has purchased a nearly 100,000-square-foot building within the Boise Research Park to expand its operational presence in the Treasure Valley and the state of Idaho, the bank announced. In a Jan. 8 news release, the company said ...

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Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area. As the tech industry Microsoft brought to the region has boomed ...

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Boise #5 for innovation in Verizon’s national list

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The Boise metro area is one of the best in the country for innovation, taking the #5 spot in new rankings from Verizon. To come up with the list, Verizon looked at the number of patents produced in a city compared to ...

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Gov. Little: Climate change is real, must be reversed

Idaho’s collaborative efforts with federal agencies, conservation groups, industries and residents have put Idaho out front in tackling tough environmental problems involving forests, rangelands, water uses and other issues, Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday. The 64-year-old Republican sworn into office ...

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Let there be light: Post Falls hospital uses germ-zapping robot (access required)

High-intensity light from a robot is being used to kill germs in a Northern Idaho hospital – and hospital staffers say the investment offers an extra layer of protection to keep patients safe. Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls recently ...

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Catching up with GIMM — as it trains the next generation of developers (access required)

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Boise State University’s Gaming, Interactive Media, and Mobile Technology major, popularly known as GIMM, will be graduating its first cohort of about 26 students this spring, and five of them already have jobs. In fact, one of director Anthony Ellertson’s ...

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Idaho’s Veterans Services Division struggles to hire nurses

The director of Idaho’s Division of Veterans Services says beds for veterans are going empty despite waiting lists because the agency can’t hire enough medical staffers. Director Marv Hagedorn told Idaho’s legislative budget-setting committee on Monday that it’s difficult to ...

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Startup uses tech to help farmers compare seed prices

HOPE, N.D. (AP) — A company with roots in Silicon Valley is trying to shake up the farm economy — and hundreds of farmers in Minnesota and the Dakotas are dipping their toes in the waters. The Farmers Business Network ...

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‘Amenities creep’ a closely watched office market trend (access required)

Building owners in Boise’s Downtown core are going that extra mile – and sometimes investing heavily – in order to attract quality, long-term and happy tenants. Often, the strategy includes creating or retrofitting spaces so current and future tenants can ...

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