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Micron completes Numonyx purchase

Boise-based Micron Technology Inc. on May 7 has completed acquisition of two-year-old Swiss company Numonyx B.V. in an all-stock transaction valued at about $1.2 billion (U.S.). Under the agreement, Micron issued approximately 138 million shares of Micron common stock to ...

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Company seeks geothermal leases in S. Idaho

A Nevada geothermal energy developer with projects around the globe is seeking a pair of leases on land near the Magic Reservoir in southern Idaho. Ormat Technologies Inc. has requested leases on public land managed by the Bureau of Land ...

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Balance needed in finding energy solutions (access required)

Demonizing energy sources such as nuclear energy and coal while romanticizing alternative forms such as solar and wind “leads to nothing but bad decisions,” the Idaho National Laboratory’s director told Bonneville County business and government leaders. Speaking at an April ...

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Hoku Materials completes test phases

Hoku Materials, a provider of raw materials for the solar energy market, has started pilot production of polysilicon at a plant in Pocatello. Construction of the plant had been held up by financing problems. “Commencement of this pilot production run ...

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Moscow manufacturer Biketronics has ‘Fab’ idea (access required)

The future of manufacturing in Idaho may depend on the kind of peculiar moves like the one Mike Meehan is contemplating this summer, opening up his company’s doors to anyone who wants to tinker on the firm’s CNC, CAD and ...

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Successful innovation starts in childhood (access required)

Growing up, Clay Young’s mother taught him to take risks. As an adult, Young followed her teachings. He left a job at Microsoft to start Inovus Solar, a company that designs and manufactures solar-powered streetlights. After millions of dollars of ...

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AgPower sues PUC over cost rate

Rates paid to small-power producers declined this year, and the Idaho Public Utilities Commission was taken to court over the issue recently. Boise attorney Peter Richardson represents AgPower Jerome LLC, which is developing an anaerobic digester at Double A Dairy ...

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Boise social media startup helps businesses keep up (access required)

Just three weeks ago, a Boise entrepreneur launched a new type of public relations firm focusing on social media marketing, and it’s growing fast. Leap Social aims to bring to life a presence for its clients on Facebook and Twitter ...

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Idaho group wary of Exxon oil project route through Lochsa

A plan by Exxon Mobil Corp. to transport big and heavy pieces of refinery and mining equipment along U.S. 12 through the Lochsa River canyon is generating concerns from a regional environmental group. The oil company wants to ship the ...

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$10.5 billion Qwest acquisition in the works

Louisiana phone company CenturyTel has announced plans to buy Qwest Communications International Inc. for nearly $10.5 billion, which will double its customer base. According to the release, the merger will unite two of the country’s largest landline phone companies, with ...

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