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Elmore County Board of Realtors merges with Boise Regional Realtors (access required)

Boise Regional Realtors is expanding down the interstate in a merger with the Elmore County Board of Realtors. Effective Jan. 9, BRR staff is handling administrative matters for ECRB’s 65 members, including government affairs, advocacy efforts, market statistics and grant ...

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A word with Angela Hemingway, Idaho STEM Action Center executive director

When Angela Hemingway was 7 years old, she wrote a book about becoming an astronaut and exploring the universe. In second grade, she got her first telescope, followed by a microscope in third grade, both Christmas presents from parents who ...

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Boise developer Alturas Capital Partners starts 2019 with new deals (access required)

Boise-based commercial real estate firm Alturas Capital Partners has been busy in Idaho and elsewhere. On Jan. 7, the company on its website said it plans to build a new 824 square-foot Dutch Bros franchise drive-thru in Colorado Springs this year. ...

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Strong economy does little to lift department store sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales over the holidays in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas. So when Macy’s and Kohl’s ...

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Lawmakers can tap state experts to get grip on Idaho budget

Information is power, and Idaho lawmakers could have more of it this year with a new emphasis on sending non-partisan budget experts to House and Senate committees to explain the numbers in the financial requests of the state agencies they ...

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BVA says it will acquire Saltzer Medical Group (access required)

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With several new medical-related development projects of its own moving forward, Ball Ventures Ahlquist clearly sees business opportunity in the healthcare market. On Jan. 8, the commercial development and investment company said it will add to its portfolio with the ...

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No recession predicted for next year, Legislative committee hears (access required)

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Despite the volatile stock market and fears of a recession, industry representatives told the Idaho Legislature’s Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee (EORAC) that jobs and revenue outlook for their respective sectors was good, though the rate of growth might ...

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Hospitals, health care companies find cybersecurity protection a top priority

As cyberattacks become more common, health care entities such as hospitals and insurance companies need to prepare for the inevitability that they will experience a breach or some other attack on their systems. Doctors, hospitals and insurance carriers are entrusted ...

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Catching up with Retrolux (access required)

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The nice thing about Leif Elgethun’s business, Retrolux, is that it’s pretty much recession-proof, he said. Elgethun’s company develops software for the energy-efficient lighting industry. It has two primary markets: lighting retrofit contractors, who are helping building owners change their ...

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Some Nevada governments using blockchain for public records

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Some northern Nevada counties are using blockchain, the online ledger best known for helping secure virtual currencies such as bitcoin, to store digital versions of government records like birth and marriage certificates. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports ...

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