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New rules seek to tighten oversight on high-value contracts

New rules seeking to tighten oversight on Idaho’s multi-million dollar contracts have yet to be approved by state lawmakers but officials have already set up an opt-out process to exempt agencies from the increased scrutiny. The new guidelines were developed ...

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After many lives, Art Deco building renovated as office furnishing showroom (access required)

Henriksen/Butler has embraced history and built a store environment in a 1939 Art Deco/Art Moderne building in downtown Boise. The Salt Lake City-based contract furniture dealer opened its Boise showroom in mid-December at 401 W. Idaho St. The building started ...

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U.S. home prices coasting upward in November

U.S. home values rose at a measured pace in November, a sign that demand remains weak as many buyers have been priced out of the market. Prices increased 5.5 percent in November compared with 12 months earlier, real estate provider ...

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Ybarra plans on meeting more with business leaders (access required)

New Idaho state schools superintendent Sherri Ybarra said she plans to continue meeting with business leaders as part of her relationship-building with education stakeholders in her first weeks in office. Ybarra, speaking at her first news conference since being sworn ...

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Simplot to build beef processing plant near Kuna (access required)

Boise-based J.R. Simplot Co. has entered into a joint venture with Caviness Beef Packers in Amarillo, Texas, to build a beef processing plant near Kuna. The plant will use cows culled from farms and ranches in a region with more ...

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First Wind’s five solar projects approved by PUC (access required)

Idaho state regulators have approved $322.5 million in energy sales agreements for five new solar energy projects in southern Idaho that have 100 megawatts of capacity. The solar projects from First Wind, based in Boston, and Idaho Power would last ...

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Boise Burger Kings ditch blue in favor of beige and gray (access required)

The signature blue mansard roof is gone at four more Burger Kings in Boise as the fast food chain’s local franchise holder implements a new design the company has been rolling out across the country since 2010. The Burger King ...

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UI gets started on old courthouse renovation for College of Law (access required)

Work is expected to start this month on transforming the Old Ada County Courthouse into the new Boise home for the University of Idaho College of Law. National Native American Construction based in Coeur d’Alene won the $3.16 million contract ...

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