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Accountability changes could come for urban renewal (access required)

An Idaho lawmaker that led an ad hoc group of stakeholders on urban renewal issues said he’s drafted legislation would prevent libraries and other government buildings from being built using urban renewal funds. The proposal would eventually lead to more ...

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A word with Bert Glandon of College of Western Idaho (access required)

Bert Glandon is the president of the College of Western Idaho, the Nampa-based community college that started admitting students in 2009. Before CWI, the Treasure Valley was the largest metropolitan area in the country without a community college, so its ...

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BLM will auction oil and gas rights for Payette-area federal land (access required)

The Bureau of Land Management will hold an oil and gas lease sale for five parcels of land six miles east of Payette in southwestern Idaho on May 28. The property comprises close to 6,500 acres of land, with the ...

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Region’s onion industry could see $100 million loss from shipping slowdown (access required)

A work slowdown on the West Coast’s 29 seaports that stalled shipping containers will probably cost the region’s onion growers about $100 million, an Idaho agriculture official said. A tentative agreement has been reached to end the contract impasse that ...

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Pro-business lobby places president on leave

The head of Idaho’s pro-business lobby has been placed on temporary leave after sending a profanity-laden email criticizing a state senator and suggesting the group introduce retaliation legislation. The Idaho Statesman reports the board of the Idaho Association of Commerce ...

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Tax rebates for new business construction could expand (access required)

The Idaho Department of Commerce wants to lower the thresholds for property tax exemptions for companies that expand or add new facilities in Idaho. A new proposal would expand tax breaks beyond manufacturing companies and add incentives for companies to ...

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State sales tax on Netflix, satellite services could end (access required)

Satellite television companies and Netflix want lawmakers to clarify the state’s sales tax to exclude digital streaming and rental services. Legislation from satellite TV companies Dish and DirecTV comes after Idaho’s technology companies have worked the past two years to ...

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10-story hotel will replace Dunkley Music (access required)

Say good bye to Dunkley Music at its Capitol Boulevard and Broad Street location, where it has been since 1961.  Dunkley will be leaving downtown to make way for a 160-to-190-room extended-stay hotel. A deal between hotel developer Jared S. ...

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Baby Boomers want to be active, and do it in style (access required)

When Boisean George Tway retired from his job as an insurance executive, he turned to a leisure activity well loved by retirees: travel. He didn’t go traveling himself, however.  In 2010, he purchased a cruise planning franchise. Now Tway Travel ...

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Cottage food law would ease rules for producers (access required)

Small-scale food producers are working on legislation that would make it legal for them to prep their food products at home instead of in commercial kitchens. The legislation puts a cap on the revenues these producers can make, at $30,000. ...

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