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A construction efficiency success story (access required)

Construction is not a game of inches – not by a long shot. Rather it’s more like a contest to see who can whittle their tolerances down to the nearest millimeter or less. At least that’s the intent of Portland, ...

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California moves to require solar panels on all new homes

Jumping out ahead of the rest of the country, California on May 9 moved to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020. The new building standard — unanimously approved by the five-member California ...

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Big donations disclosed in lead up to Idaho primary

The latest campaign finance disclosure reports show statewide candidates and political action committees have attracted millions of dollars of support for the much anticipated May 15 primary election. The financial disclosures released May 8 in compliance with Idaho’s sunshine reporting ...

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Utility commission OKs new rate class for solar power users

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has signed off on a plan to move Idaho Power customers who generate their own solar electricity to a new rate class. The regulatory commission also on May 9 ordered Idaho Power to study those ...

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Ketchum Innovation Center picks new location (access required)

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The Ketchum Innovation Center has moved to a 3,200-square-foot building at 180 6th Street W in Ketchum. The new office is within the Urban Renewal district of Ketchum, in the same block as the proposed new City Hall, the organization said. “KIC ...

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China cutting US soybean purchases in face of tariffs threat

With the threat of tariffs and counter-tariffs between Washington and Beijing looming, Chinese buyers are canceling orders for U.S. soybeans, a trend that could deal a blow to American farmers if it continues. At the same time, farmers in China are ...

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Cash&Carry changes its name to Smart Foodservice

Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice is dropping the Cash&Carry from its name in its rebranding to Smart Foodservice Warehouse stores, the Portland company announced May 3. Smart Foodservice is a 63-year-old, warehouse-format store format that caters to the food service industry but ...

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