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Panel begins broadband study after previous program failed

More questions than answers hang around Idaho lawmakers as they grapple over the now-defunct statewide school broadband Internet access program. A legislative interim committee met July 21 to begin determining whether the Idaho Legislature should attempt building a new statewide ...

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Venture College to extend its reach (access required)

Boise State University’s Venture College will undergo some changes this year as it moves from one academic area to another and spreads out to reach more students. The Venture College is a selective two-year-old program that helps students start and ...

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North Idaho College to build $20 million home for career-technical programs (access required)

North Idaho College, a community college based in Coeur d’Alene, is starting work this summer on a $20 million, 110,960-square-foot structure to house career and technical education programs in Rathdrum. The building will go on 40 acres that the college ...

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Idaho is falling back as a home cash sales leader (access required)

Cash home sales are retreating across the country and, in Idaho, cash home sales in April dropped below 40 percent for the first time since November 2009, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic. Idaho in April also dropped back ...

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Drought dings quality of winter wheat in Northwest (access required)

Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest. The National Agricultural Statistics Service classified a large percentage ...

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A word with David Oster of Paksense (access required)

David Oster is the CEO of Paksense, a Boise company that makes temperature sensors that provide food retailers with information about perishable products. Paksense was founded by Tom Jensen, who received his first patents on the technology in 2004. Oster, ...

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School broadband costs climb

Idaho’s high school broadband costs are trending upward — but the local Internet contracts still represent big savings from the defunct Idaho Education Network. In the West Ada School District, Idaho’s largest, high-speed Internet costs could climb from $4,200 a ...

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FBI, Labor Department investigating Vann’s bankruptcy

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Labor are investigating the bankruptcy of a Montana appliance and electronics store that rendered its Employee Stock Ownership Plan worthless. The FBI notified former Vann’s Inc. employees who participated in the plan of ...

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