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Construction costs keep going up as tariffs take hold (access required)

With new tariffs imposed on imported steel and aluminum, the cost of construction materials rose again in June. The cost of inputs to the construction industry increased by 9.6 percent on average from June 2017 to June 2018, according to ...

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Eastern Idaho high school finds lead in water

An eastern Idaho high school is supplying bottled water to summer school students after tests found lead in the water at a number of sources. Officials tell the Post Register that tests last week found a lead level of 35 ...

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Sprinkler system failed during Ketchum ski lodge fire

Investigators say a failure in the sprinkler system for a Ketchum ski lodge where a massive fire broke out exacerbated fire, smoke and water damage to the building. According to a report written by the Ketchum Fire Department, the April ...

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Rentals are now all the rage (access required)

Remember the apartments of yore? Well, now they are typically called multi-family residences, and these days they come in all shapes and sizes. While developers are still building large structures with 50 or 100 or more units, more common are ...

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EPA to Idaho town: Upgrade wastewater facility or face fines

Officials in a small southern Idaho town say they have to convince its 3,300 residents to help cover the cost of a major wastewater treatment upgrade or face federal fines that could bankrupt the local government. The Times-News reports the ...

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The Fowler apartment building: A photo gallery (access required)

The Fowler is a project of Local Construct, a construction company based in southern California that entered Boise in 2012 with a partnership to develop the historic Owyhee Hotel into apartments, retail and office space. The Fowler is the company’s ...

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How architecture birthed a cultural phenomenon (access required)

On paper it’s a revolutionary approach to urban design. But using the poetic rhythm of hip-hop music to inform the designs of buildings and spaces in America’s largest cities actually can make a whole lot of sense. The lyrics of ...

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Runway at Caldwell airport will get new asphalt (access required)

Caldwell Industrial Airport, Idaho’s busiest, has won a $2.148 million federal Airport Improvement Program grant to replace its 31-year-old cracking asphalt runway. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the grant June 8 as part of a $677 million program that awarded ...

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Out-of-state real estate investors turn to Idaho (access required)

Real estate broker Mike Swope believes a trend of more out-of-state dollars flowing into the Idaho market has been inflating the state’s housing prices and pushing many local investors to the sidelines. Swope, who specializes in multifamily properties with Boise-based ...

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