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Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas (access required)

California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday ...

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Businesses step up to help launch Children’s Museum of Idaho (access required)

Children in the Treasure Valley have a new place to play, explore and become inspired. The nonprofit Children’s Museum of Idaho, almost a dozen years in the making, opened to the public Dec. 2 at 290 S. Progress Ave. in ...

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Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores

SHORT HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Online retailers are getting physical. A growing number of brands born on the internet are now opening brick-and-mortar stores and moving into the suburban malls once considered doomed as more Americans shopped online. But they’re ...

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Total tappable equity falls for first time since housing recovery began

Across the country, homeowners’ tappable equity declined for the first time since the beginning of the housing recovery, a change driven by price drops in some of the nation’s most expensive markets, according to a new report from Black Knight. ...

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Caldwell nonprofit now under one roof (access required)

CALDWELL — After operating its various programs from three different locations in the area for many years, employees of Metro Community Services, a local nonprofit,  are now under one roof. The organization has consolidated all its services at a new ...

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Tamarack turnaround begins

The new owners of the Tamarack Resort have a fresh vision for a problem-plagued property that has seen several different names and operators since opening in 2004. The four-season mountain resort near Donnelly clearly has languished for more than a ...

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‘Best use’ for parking lots a major question as Boise grows (access required)

This is the second in a four-part series on downtown surface parking lots. Boise started going vertical in 1900 with the Idanha Hotel and a string of others for the next 15 years, but six stories was the ceiling at ...

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Small biz lender to set up shop in Boise’s Pinnacle Square (access required)

A Bellevue, Washington-based small business lender’s expansion to Boise not only will result in the hiring of up to 100 employees over the next few years, but the company will occupy a significant amount of office space to house its ...

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