Workers shingle a new home at the top of East Center Street Monday afternoon in Pocatello. The local housing market has picked up considerably, according to local real estate agents.
Jordon Beesley/Idaho State Journal Realtors: Pocatello area housing market has improved

By Kendra Evensen POCATELLO — For years, Gail Bishard has advised people who were interested in selling their homes to wait so they wouldn’t end up losing money on their investment. For some, it would have been a big loss. Due to the recession and recovering economy, there have been many foreclosures, short sales and
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Bobby Thompson, of St. Joseph, Mo., fills is gas tank at the Shop $ Hop at County Line Road and the Belt Highway Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 in St. Joseph, Mo. Retail gasoline prices rose less than a penny to a national average of $3.53 per gallon on Friday, Feb. 17, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular is 15 cents higher than it was a month ago and about 38 cents more than a year ago. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Todd Weddle) Idaho pump prices back in the top 10

Press Release BOISE –  National average gas prices have remained fairly flat for the last 29 days, but Idaho isn’t sharing in the good news. Local supply issues recently pushed Gem State pump prices into the nation’s top ten. Idaho’s average price today is $2.44, up seven cents in the past month and fourteen cents
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Preston area resident Marvin Graham talks about this leather creations in his shop recently.
John Zsiray/Herald Journal Preston area man is leather craftsman

By Amy Macavinta Herald Journal Marvin Graham’s home sits on a 50-acre parcel of land southwest of Preston on a bluff overlooking the Bear River. Inside, a fire crackles in the wood stove, but ice crystals still formed on the window, framing the view of the river bottoms below. This is where Graham spends his
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J.R. Simplot in 1999 in his high-rise office in his company’s soon-to-be-former headquarters at One Capital Center in Downtown Boise. Simplot died in 2008. J.R. Simplot’s french fry pact with McDonald’s was key for company, Idaho

By Zach Kyle Idaho Statesman In 1967, Idaho potato magnate J.R. Simplot shook hands with McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc, sealing a deal that made Simplot the first frozen french-fry supplier to the fast-food chain. That deal brought billions of dollars to the Idaho economy. Until then, McDonald’s had purchased only fresh potatoes. The J.R. Simplot
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Joe Vallery, a representative for Claas of America, which is an ag machinery manufacturer, talks about the Claas 780 combine during the Eastern Idaho Ag Expo at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena last week in Pocatello. The combine’s chassis is made in Germany before it’s shipped to an assembly plant in Omaha, Nebraska. He said it’s about 60 percent U.S. content and 40 percent German content. Ag Expo showcases high-tech farm equipment

By Shelbie Harris sharris@journalnet.com POCATELLO — It’s surprising there isn’t a space combine at the rate farming equipment is technologically evolving, but that’s not to say someone hasn’t started the development process. Though it isn’t threshing space corn, the high-tech capabilities of the Lexicon family of Claas combines are, perhaps, out of this world. The
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Kent Oram in front of one of the new buildings that is being built on the Idaho Central Credit Union campus in Chubbuck. Idaho Central Credit Union headquarters prepares to double in size

By Sarah Glenn For the Journal $30 million campus expansion aims to open early 2019 CHUBBUCK – From the fourth floor window of Idaho Central Credit Union’s Chubbuck headquarters, Kent Oram looks out over acres of new construction. When the dust settles in early 2019, the credit union’s headquarters will more than double in size
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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter Otter: Modernize oil and gas laws and protect landowner rights

  By Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and House Speaker Scott Bedke Legislation working its way through the Capitol in the 2017 session’s waning days would provide Idaho, as a relatively new producer of oil and gas, with the protections and expertise it needs to safely and responsibly nurture and regulate this emerging industry. House Bill
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A planned $75 million solar farm on 120 acres outside the Pocatello Regional Airport has been canceled. Developers said the required environmental review would take too long to meet power-supply agreement dates.
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal Airlines expect 4 percent rise in passengers this spring

By David Koenig/AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — Coming off another highly profitable year in 2016, U.S. airlines expect traffic this spring to increase 4 percent over last year, and they are adding seats to handle the crush. The trade group Airlines for America forecast Monday that a record 145 million U.S. passengers will fly
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Study: Idaho Has the 7th Lowest Tax Rates in the Nation

Journal Staff Just how much do we dislike taxes and tax collectors? And does this stance affect how long we put off tax prep? In search of answers to those questions and more, WalletHub conducted a nationally representative survey of 500 taxpayers. They asked about everything from whether they expect a refund to which divisive pop
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Health care

nrf_1 Retailers Ask House to ‘Close the Book’ on Obamacare by Passing Repeal-and-Replace Legislation

By The National Retail Federation Commentary WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation today urged the House to approve Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation expected to come up for a vote this week, and said the issue would be counted as a key vote in its annual voting scorecard. “It is time now to finally close the book
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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

Enjoy a local lunch and dinner at one of our locally owned restaurants!  Fine dining at The Bridge.  Italian, pizza, salads and more at  Villano’s Italian, PV’s Uncorked on Main or Portneuf Valley Brewing. Sandwiches and soup at Great Harvest, EFresh, The Red Poppy, or the First National.  Hand-rolled sushi or a bento box at
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Pack your bags

A 15-acre lake within the Horse Station at Cache Valley
near Cache National Forest adds to the beauty of the nearby
physical environment. That will add to the attractiveness of
the overall project. State parks exceed goal in securing business sponsors

By Kimberlee Kruesi Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has received $40,000 in corporate sponsorship since getting legislative approval nearly a year ago to reach out to businesses to help offset the agency’s depleted budget. The amount is double the estimated $20,000 department officials hoped to secure in
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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

COB word mark Student Community Center opens at ISU’s College of Business

By Idaho State University Communications POCATELLO — A ribbon-cutting Wednesday marked the grand opening of Idaho State University College of Business’s new Student Community Center in the Business Administration building. The idea for the Student Community Center was originally created based on student requests. “At the end of each semester, we hold a focus group
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