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National conference to focus on cities of the future

Participants from academia, architecture, planning, real estate and government are invited to gather in Portland for the inaugural Urbanism Next Conference at the Oregon Convention Center next month. Urbanism Next is a University of Oregon research initiative focused on understanding ...

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Idaho lawmakers spike governor’s health care plan for needy

A wheelchair sits in the hallway at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s legislative proposal to provide health care to some of the state’s poorest residents came to a halt Feb. 27 after it failed to generate enough support inside the GOP-dominant Statehouse. Idaho’s House on Feb. 27 agreed ...

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US home prices jump in 2017 at fastest pace in 3 ½ years

A home for sale in Meridian.

U.S. home prices rose at the fastest 12-month pace in more than three years in 2017, as potential home buyers fought over a limited number of available properties. Standard & Poor’s said Feb. 27 that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national ...

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Lawmakers question loan forgiveness bill for rural teachers

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A handful of Idaho lawmakers say they have too many objections to a proposal designed to retain teachers in rural areas by paying off some of their student loan debt. According to the bill, up to 500 eligible teachers who ...

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Requirements rollback may make getting appraisers easier (access required)

Scott Calhoun in his office.

The Appraiser Qualifications Board, the national organization that governs the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria, is rolling back a requirement that appraisers must have four-year college degrees. Idaho real estate professionals hope that will make it easier to get timely ...

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Experts more pessimistic about U.S. housing market following new tax laws (access required)

A house for sale.

New changes to U.S. tax laws led 41 percent of survey respondents to lower their long-term expectations for the U.S. housing market, according to the 2018 Q1 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. The quarterly survey, sponsored by Zillow and conducted ...

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Idaho House panel spikes health care alternative plan

An Idaho House panel on Feb. 26 spiked a proposal that would have allowed health insurance carriers to offer non-Obamacare approved plans, while also imposing new requirements for Medicaid recipients. The bill was submitted by the Statehouse’s self-described “liberty legislators” ...

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Bill expanding open meeting law clears Idaho House

A measure expanding Idaho’s open meeting laws has once again won support from House lawmakers. According to the proposed legislation, boards and commissions created by executive order would be subject to the Idaho Open Meeting Law. Currently, these panels are ...

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A word with Nathan Mueller, CEO of Zennify (access required)

CEO of Zennify Nathan Mueller works from his computer Friday February 16 2018 in Zennify's Meridian office

Nathan Mueller is the CEO of Zennify, a business consulting company with offices in Meridian and Sacramento and a new office planned in Dallas this spring. Mueller got his start at HP, where he worked for 14 years after graduating ...

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