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Economists try to predict effects of COVID-19, downturn (access required)

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It’s not an easy time to be an economist. Was this spring’s COVID-related economic downturn the only one? Or will Idaho be facing more economic bad news as time goes on? Two recent economic forecasts attempted to answer that question. ...

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Gina Bessire promoted to lead Zions Banks’ Business Resource Center

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Gina Bessire has been promoted to manager of Zions Bank’s Business Resource Center in downtown Boise. In this role, she leads the center’s efforts to help entrepreneurs start, grow and fund their businesses through one-on-one consulting, workshops and referrals. She ...

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Is Idaho at a COVID care crisis? No, but it’s planning for it (access required)

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Idaho health care organizations are starting to make contingency plans for ‘crisis standards of care’ — that is, how to determine which patients get priority in a crisis situation — but say they have not yet reached that point. The ...

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Boise Startup Week sets $75K record, lauds attendance (access required)

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For its first-ever virtual event, Boise Startup Week has tracked 4,000 unique views of its events, “which is crazy” when you realize that’s for about 50 hours of content, said Nick Crabbs, co-chairman of Boise Startup Week and partner at ...

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2020 election results business as usual for Idaho (access required)

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With Idaho voting to keep its current president, four Congressional representatives and most of its legislators, this week’s election was considered to be “business as usual.” “We are delighted to see Idaho returning its pro-small-business delegation to Congress and 97% ...

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Online higher ed prepares women to thrive, lead in workforce

Women are quitting their jobs and not looking for new ones — yet another sign of the disruption brought on by COVID-19. An analysis of recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows of the 1.1 million Americans who ...

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Despite reduced participation, INL SMR project proceeding (access required)

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Technology aimed at advancing nuclear power infrastructure is moving forward at Idaho National Laboratory, though not without concern and criticism. After the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a Small Modular Reactor design by NuScale, the project, being adapted at INL ...

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Richard Vincent joins L&R Group as senior chemist

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The L&R Group welcomes Richard Vincent to its Meridian Laboratory as senior chemist. Vincent brings years of experience from Accutest, EPA and Test America to The L&R Group. He received his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University.

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INL announces projects around hydrogen, nuclear power

This article was updated on November 5 to correct misstatements. Idaho National Laboratory has announced new pursuits and recent partnerships in further pursuit of green energy. Recently INL has joined two consortia around researching and producing “green hydrogen,” which, as ...

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