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17 more ExxonMobil modules expected soon

ExxonMobil expects 17 more modules for a Canadian oil sands project to arrive at the Port of Lewiston before the Columbia/Snake river system closes to barge traffic on Dec. 10 for lock repairs. The company already has 16 modules at ...

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Cascade Bancorp works out deal to raise $177M

Cascade Bancorp wrapped up a deal with a group of investors that will bring in $177 million, a move that should halt the company’s capital problems. The Bend, Ore., bank holding company, parent of Bank of the Cascades, finalized agreements ...

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Spending a million on rats and zombies

Investment in business is way down in most sectors in Idaho, but at least one area received a significant jolt this fall. Silverwood Theme Park spent $1 million on fake rats, zombies, monsters, and a mountain of props to turn ...

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USDA plan could partially lift sugar beet ban

Federal agriculture officials have released a plan to let farmers plant genetically modified sugar beets while a lawsuit over them is resolved, but farmers fear a partial lifting of a court-ordered ban won’t come in time for next year’s crop. ...

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Idaho-based electric lineworkers college expands to Texas

Talk about major transmission line plans has Mike Hennessey, president of campus operations for Northwest Lineman College, in Kuna, feeling good about being in the electric transmission business. The U.S. Department of Energy predicts the country will need almost 60,000 ...

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Boise’s Gridflex Energy drops power plant proposal

A Boise-based company has dropped plans to seek a permit for a feasibility study of a power plant in prime wildlife habitat near Townsend, Mont. Gridflex Energy CEO Matthew Shapiro tells the Independent Record that his company notified the Federal ...

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Idaho cheese factory to expand next year

The Jerome Cheese Co. plans to create up to 20 new jobs with the expansion of its factory in south-central Idaho next year. The company says addition to the Jerome plant, which churns out about 520,000 pounds of American cheese ...

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Making scents of it, Meridian company grows (access required)

Betty Wheeler is passionate about Scentsy products. The Scentsy Star Director has worked as an independent consultant for the Meridian-based direct sales company that specializes in scented, wickless candle products for four years. After having worked in retail, property management ...

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Idaho unemployment inches up

October marked the third straight month-to-month increase in unemployment, state Department of Labor officials reported Friday. Idaho unemployment hit 9.1 percent in October compared to 9 percent in September and 8.8 percent in October 2009. Idaho Department of Labor spokesman ...

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Yellowstone Power gets power sales approval (access required)

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission recently approved an energy sales agreement between Idaho Power Co. and developers of the Yellowstone Power biomass project at the Emerald Forest Products mill in Emmett. The approval gives Yellowstone Power an older, higher rate ...

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