Christine Nicholas and Nick Miller sign the agreements creating the biggest business law firm in Idaho. The gentleman with phone is Steve Thomas (Moffatt Thomas partner/now Hawley Troxell partner)  and the other gentleman in the tan jacket is Gerry Husch. (Submitted Photo) Attorneys join forces, building Idaho’s largest business firm

By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal BOISE – The law firms of Moffat Thomas and Hawley Troxell teamed up Tuesday to build Idaho’s largest business law firm. Seventy-five attorneys in offices from Pocatello to Boise to Coeur d’Alene will now serve more than 2,500 active business clients under the Hawley Troxell banner. “This expansion will strengthen our core
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PetIQ, of Eagle, says it is the first and leading seller to retail stores of premium, “veterinarian grade” pet medications and health products that you could buy previously only through veterinarians.
Submitted photo Company offers cheaper pet medicines

BOISE, Idaho — Attention pet owners: A company you’ve never heard of wants you to stop buying prescription medicines and supplements for your dog or cat from your veterinarian and buy its products in stores instead. PetIQ, of Eagle, says it is the first and leading seller to retail stores of premium, “veterinarian grade” pet
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Idaho State University graduate Tami Musante benefited from the university’s Career Path Internship program by working as a CPI intern at the Idaho National Laboratory while finishing her last semester at ISU. Musante was then hired by INL as an intern through the summer. ISU program helps grad land work at INL

By Kirsten Cooper Idaho State University POCATELLO — An Idaho State University Career Path Internship assignment at Idaho National Laboratory opened a door to a new career for ISU student Tami Musante when her spring internship there turned into a job this summer. When Musante first began at INL in January, she was a senior
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Mark Cruse, who’s from Hawaii, and girlfriend Gina Rollins are co-owners of A Taste of Hawaii, which they started about a year ago. It turns out that many Idahoans like the shaved ice treats they make as much as Hawaiians do. Shaved ice shack gives Pocatellans A Taste of Hawaii

By Kendra Evensen Kevensen@journalnet.com POCATELLO — There’s a shaved ice shack in town that’s serving up some tasty treats — Hawaiian style. A Taste of Hawaii at 245 Yellowstone Avenue in Pocatello is now open Tuesday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. The business is closed on Mondays.
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MallPic A Mall Story: Surviving in the Internet Age

By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal CHUBBUCK – In malls across America on a chilly April day, metal gates slowly began rattling down at defunct JC Penny stores. That spring, 21 other mall-based retailers announced closures. Retail analysts went wild but in Southeast Idaho, hardly anyone noticed. The JC Penny at the Pine Ridge Mall wasn’t
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Shannon Guthrie, the general manager for the revitalized Country Corner gas station on Bannock Highway south of Pocatello, stands in front of the store. The business, now named Guthrie’s Country Corner, is set to open in the first week of August.
Shelbie Harris/Idaho State Journal New local convenience store to open in August

By Shelbie Harris sharris@journalnet.com POCATELLO — Last week, as distributors unpacked boxes and lined shelves inside Guthrie’s Country Corner gas station on Bannock Highway just south of Pocatello, General Manager Shannon Guthrie lined the windows with brown paper to help disguise the quick stop from eager patrons. While the building had sat vacant for years,
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Jeff Hough The key to getting started

By Jeff Hough My son watches a popular show called “The Office.” It is a parody on life in the business world. I can’t stand to watch it, but occasionally they do a bit that strikes close to home and I find myself transfixed. In a recent episode, the manager, Michael Scott, discusses getting started
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The Greater Sage Grouse (WikiCommons) Feds to give states more flexibility in protecting wild bird

By Matthew Daly /Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department on Monday unveiled a plan to protect the threatened sage grouse that gives Western states greater flexibility to allow mining, logging and other economic development where it now is prohibited. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the strategy for the ground-dwelling bird that has suffered
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Courtesy AAA AAA: Idaho pump prices to climb during eclipse event

  Sharp rise in the number of Gem State visitors will likely drive fuel demand higher BOISE – As locations along the August 21 eclipse “path of totality” prepare for a massive influx of visitors anxious to witness the event, increased fuel demand will likely apply upward pressure on gas prices in Idaho and other
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The Western States Caterpillar expansion in south Pocatello was one project that that was helped with financing from the newly renamed Montana & Idaho CDC. (Photo courtesy of Western States Caterpillar) New Loan Fund to Help Small Businesses in Idaho

Press Release BOISE – The Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation and Capital Matrix have established a new loan fund to provide financing to “nearly bankable” small businesses in Idaho. The fund will allow Montana & Idaho CDC to further increase its lending to startups and existing businesses that cannot access all or part of
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Health care

Doctor Idaho health centers receive federal funding to improve care

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $955,000 to 14 health centers in Idaho. According to the agency, the federal funding will help improve the quality of health care. It will also be used to boost the effectiveness of care the centers deliver to their communities.
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WikiCommons Photo Hecla Reports Labor Strike at Lucky Friday

Business Wire COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho –Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL ) reported the United Steelworkers Union Local 5114 went on strike today at the Company’s Lucky Friday Mine, located in Mullan, Idaho. “We are disappointed in USW Local 5114’s decision to walk out, because this decision benefits no one – not the workers, their families,
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Stephanie Palagi What’s happening in Old Town Pocatello

By Stephanie Palagi Eclipse Excitement this week in Old Town Pocatello! Revive @ 5 on Wednesday will feature The Aaron Ball Band live on stage beginning at 5 pm. El Herradero will be our featured food truck for the evening. The sponsor for the evening is ColorTyme. The Farmers Market will be open with fresh
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Pack your bags

   Hikers pause to talk on the Taggert Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park. National Park Service rangers have been citing trespassers into both Grand Teton and Yellowstone parks while the federal government remains shutdown. Seniors snap up US national park passes before price hike

By Keith Ridler /Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Seniors are snapping up so many lifetime passes good for U.S. national parks and other recreation areas ahead of a steep price increase later this month that some government agencies have run out and started issuing vouchers. The America the Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass has been
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Jeff Hough What your online profile says about you

By Jeff Hough I know a lot about more about you than you think.  Our world is increasingly moving online and even though you may be resisting it, “Resistance is futile.” Ignore the online world at your own risk because your information is there and how you interact with it says a lot about you.
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Business news

FILE - In this May 11, 2007, file photo, a Wall Street sign is mounted near the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks are dropping in early trading amid financial jitters in Europe and disappointing retail earnings. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) UK says it may seek ‘temporary’ customs union with EU

By Jill Lawless /Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain on Tuesday gave its most detailed indication yet of how its future trade with the European Union might work after Brexit, laying out proposals to replace membership in the bloc’s customs union with new mechanisms designed to allow “frictionless” trade to continue. The plans were dismissed
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