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New Sunwest president to add downtown Boise branch

Sunwest Bank’s new president plans to expand the bank’s Idaho footprint. The Irvine, California, bank now has branches in Boise, Eagle, and Middleton, said Carson Lappetito, president and former chief operating officer. It obtained them in 2014 when Syringa Bank ...

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Fire lookouts eyed for National Register of Historic Places

Federal officials are taking public comments on the possible listing in the National Register of Historic Places of two Idaho fire lookouts. The National Park Service is considering the Gardiner Peak Lookout in the Nez Perce National Forest and the ...

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Western US governors take aim at worst invasive species

Western U.S. governors have compiled their first region-wide list of the worst invasive species for their states. The Western Governors’ Association March 15 released a compilation of 50 pests ranging from weeds and wild boars to insects and amphibians. The ...

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Airbnb homes attract 1,220 guests for NCAA games (access required)

NCAA basketball tournament games in Boise have generated 1,220 Airbnb guest arrivals in Boise for March 12 to March 18, according to the online accommodation booking site. Airbnb in a release said the travelers will generate $120,000 for local home ...

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Otter reluctantly OKs bill reducing Idaho math requirements

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he has reluctantly allowed to become law legislation that eliminates the requirement for high school students to take math classes during their senior year. Otter said March 14 that he feared the bill would undermine ...

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States, feds debate taxing credit unions (access required)

One of the distinctions between banks and credit unions is that credit unions are nonprofit, meaning they are exempt from some taxes. However, on both the federal and state level there is discussion about changing this. While there has not ...

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US may want to keep Idaho nuclear waste plant running longer

U.S. officials are considering extending the use of an eastern Idaho nuclear waste treatment facility beyond its scheduled closure this year so it can repackage radioactive waste brought in from other states before it’s sent to a permanent disposal site ...

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