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Fate uncertain for Idaho Mattress Firm stores

Mattress Firm, a Houston-based mattress chain, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but it is unclear whether any Idaho stores are slated for the first round of 210 store closures announced Oct. 5. The closure list in the bankruptcy documents includes a ...

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First Interstate buys Idaho Independent, Community 1st banks

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Continuing its plan to dominate the Northwest, First Interstate BancSystem has acquired not one but two Idaho banks, in addition to the two it had previously acquired. The Billings, Montana-based company announced Oct. 11 that it had acquired Idaho Independent ...

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Otter endorses ballot initiative to revive horse racing (access required)

Many aspects of Idaho’s horse culture, including ranch work and rodeo, depend on a viable horse racing industry, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said. The Republican on Thursday made the remarks in his endorsement of a ballot initiative in the November ...

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Ballot initiatives, governor’s race draw most campaign money (access required)

A ballot initiative seeking to legalize historical horse racing devices that opponents say are the equivalent of illegal slot machines is drawing the most money leading up to Idaho’s November election. Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday with the secretary of ...

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Idaho seeks to force Texas oil company to turn over records (access required)

Idaho officials sought to force a Texas oil company to turn over records following an evaluation showing what the state calls “discrepancies” involving production records. The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted 5-0 on Wednesday to authorize subpoenas for ...

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Trailmix event promotes Idaho startup food producers

In an event intended to showcase entrepreneurship in Idaho’s food processing industry, grocery retailer Albertsons and downtown Boise co-working space Trailhead are partnering on “Trailmix,” a competition for startup food producers. The event will be held Oct. 18 at Trailhead ...

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