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Could data centers be coming to the Idaho-Oregon border? (access required)

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Idaho Power is working on a project that could build data centers on the Idaho-Oregon border. The Snake River Economic Development Alliance, which provides economic development assistance to the Idaho counties of Payette and Washington as well as Oregon’s Malheur ...

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Brian Liquin promoted at Tamarack Grove Engineering

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Brian Liquin, director of operations, brings over 20 years of experience in the industry to Tamarack Grove Engineering. Starting his career as a project engineer, he eventually made his way into business development and most recently fulfilled the role of ...

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Judge strikes down initial approval for stalled Montana mine

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Wednesday struck down the government’s approval of the first phase of a long-stalled copper and silver mine that would be constructed beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness. The decision against the Rock Creek ...

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Tech startup PlexTrac gets $10 million, its own office (access required)

PlexTrac is graduating. The security software startup received $10 million in Series A funding. Venture firms Noro-Moseley Partners and Madrona Venture Group led the round with participation from StageDotO Ventures. PlexTrac received $1 million from StageDotO in 2019, its first ...

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Business, workforce development partner in apprenticeship program (access required)

Stitch Fabrication co-owner Jamey Sproull says it’s not every day he meets a potential employee who is excited about a career sewing parts of outdoor recreation gear, but through a new partnership program, Sproull is meeting quite a few, and ...

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Using potato water to recycle rare-earth metals (access required)

The bioreactor at the Idaho National Laboratory used to conduct the metal bioleaching research.

Every year, it takes millions of gallons of water to clean, peel and slice Idaho’s potatoes before they’re processed into any number of products from Tater Tots and animal feed to industrial starch. As a result, Idaho potato processors must ...

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STEM Action Center Foundation adds board members

Christine Frei, Dr. Angela Hemingway and Hayley Rambur recently joined the Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation’s board of directors. Frei is executive director of Clearwater Economic Development Association in Lewiston. She manages workforce development initiatives and community training programs. During ...

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INL’s Reese Gannon accepted to leadership program

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Idaho National Laboratory’s Reese Gannon has been accepted to the 2021 cohort of the Project Leadership Institute program. Gannon will join a group of project managers throughout the lab who have graduated from the program. The Project Leadership Institute, which ...

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Startup Central: Appdetex, Retrolux, Micron make announcements (access required)

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Announcements in Idaho’s tech and startup community continued apace in March. Here’s a sample. Appdetex, a Boise-based brand protection company and provider of online detection, assessment and enforcement of online infringement services, announced a strategic alliance with LexisNexis Legal & ...

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Itafos reports earnings, Idaho phosphate mining news (access required)

Idaho open pit phosphate mining in the Caribou Range. Photo courtesy of the National Forest Service.

One of Idaho’s three active phosphate mining companies, Itafos, reported unsurprising lower revenues when it released its fourth quarter and calendar year 2020 earning statement on March 25. Phosphate commodity prices started out 2020 poorly, hitting a five-year low at ...

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