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Travel commentator Kathrin Kana takes a selfie with Honey, a 1-year-old bison calf, at the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum in Fort Hall during filming of a travel piece for the Brand USA group to encourage German tourists to visit Idaho. (Photo by Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal) Travel videos aim to bring German visitors to Idaho

By Kendra Evensen/Idaho State Journal Sprechen sie Deutsch? If not, you may want to learn because speaking some German could come in handy in the future, especially if Idaho Tourism and the Southwest Idaho Travel Association are successful in their efforts to draw more German tourists to Idaho. To that end, the organizations have teamed
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Rebecca Casper Reactor plant at INL would boost area’s economy

By Journal Staff IDAHO FALLS — If the Idaho National Laboratory becomes the site for the world’s first NuScale Power Small Modular Reactor plant, the economic benefits to eastern Idaho would be huge, according to a news release from the city of Idaho Falls. Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper commissioned an economic impact analysis earlier
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Lindsey Canham, general manager of the new Noodles & Company in Chubbuck, serves first-time customers JD and Breann Roberts and their son Jazton during the restaurant's grand opening Monday in Chubbuck. (Photo by Jordon Beesley/Idaho State Journal) Noodles & Company is now open in Chubbuck

By Michael H. O’Donnell/Idaho State Journal CHUBBUCK — The smell of freshly cooked noodle dishes and vegetables being sliced for a variety of healthy salads shared space with a throng of customers as Noodles & Company opened its doors for business Monday. “It’s been nice and steady,” said Noodles & Company Area Manager Zach Chalkus.
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Noodles & Company will open for business in Chubbuck on Monday.
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal Noodles & Company opens doors on Monday

By Journal Staff CHUBBUCK — The old “Green T” corner on Yellowstone Avenue will offer hungry folks yet another option starting Monday when Noodles & Company opens its doors at 10:30 a.m. “We are excited to continue to expand in the state of Idaho and bring our real food, real cooking and real flavors to
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The Hoku polysilicon plant in Pocatello cost $700 million to build but never became operational. The facility might soon have a new owner, according to media reports. (Idaho State Journal file photo) Firm from India purchases Hoku plant in Pocatello

By Michael H. O’Donnell modonnell@journalnet.com POCATELLO — Polysilicon may yet be manufactured at the now-defunct Hoku plant located on the northwest corner of Pocatello off North Kraft Road near the Portneuf River. After months of negotiations with JH Kelly to purchase the manufacturing plant assets on the 67 acres owned by the Pocatello Development Authority,
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The new Chipotle Mexican Grill on the corner of Quinn and Poline Roads in Chubbuck is due to officially open on Thursday.
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal Chipotle opening in Chubbuck on Thursday

By Sarah Glenn/Idaho State Journal CHUBBUCK — The sweet smell of Chipotle’s lime and cilantro-infused white rice, barbacoa pork and fresh veggies is officially coming to the Pocatello/Chubbuck area on Thursday. The Mexican grill will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is located near the Pine Ridge Mall, surrounded by Red Robin,
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Commentary

Gov.Otter Gov. Otter Op-Ed: Idaho Classrooms, instruction improving as year begins

By Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter As students start a new school year, they and their families should be confident that Idaho is focused on providing the opportunities and support they need to learn and achieve. Our five-year plan for improving education in Idaho is well underway, and recommendations from the Task Force for Improving Education
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Agriculture

Fruit_trees_עצי_פרי_(28) Northwest fruit producers boost exports to India

Associated Press Reports MEDFORD, Ore. – Northwest tree-fruit growers haven’t been Vladimir Putin fans since the Russian president halted pear and apple imports in August 2014. Being an industrious lot, pear growers didn’t waste time developing Plan B. With cessation of a profitable two-decade relationship, producers have shifted their sights from Russia, the country with
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Transportation

amazon_logo Amazon starts car research and review site

By Mae Anderson/AP Tech Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is starting a site offering research, reviews and other information on new and used cars. The latest venture by the e-commerce powerhouse will compete with established players in the field including CarSoup.com, Edmunds.com, truecar.com and cars.com. Amazon Vehicles won’t sell cars. But in addition to
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Finance/Investment

US Labor Department announces availability of grants to develop portable retirement savings plans for low-wage workers

Provides support to understand retirement security; overcome obstacles to saving WASHINGTON – In an important step forward to help workers – especially low-wage workers – adapt to the changing nature of America’s workplace, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $100,000 in funding through the new Portable Retirement Benefits Planning grant program.
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Health care

health insurance Health insurer Aetna backs off ACA expansion plans

By Tom Murphy/ AP Health Writer Aetna is calling off its public insurance exchange expansion plans for next year, as it becomes the latest big insurer to cast doubt on the future of a key element of the Affordable Care Act. The nation’s third largest insurer said Tuesday that significant challenges faced by the state-based
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Manufacturing/Industry

logo-clements Clements Concrete Expanding Operations in Boise

Press Release BOISE – Clements Concrete announced Monday it has entered into a contract to purchase the assets of Boise-based civil construction organization C&A Paving Co. The acquisition will boost Clements Concrete’s current production ability, making Clements Concrete among the largest ready-mix, asphalt and aggregate suppliers in the region. C&A Paving Co. is an asphalt production and paving
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Retail

Infinite Disks, an online retailer based in Logan, Utah, opened its first brick and mortar store at Pocatello in June. It is located on South Fifth Avenue, next to the K&B Kwik Stop. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Idaho State Journal) Top online disc golf retailer opens store in Pocatello

By Shelbie Harris/Idaho State Journal POCATELLO — Though for many the phrase “disc golf” may conjure up images of hipster teenagers tossing plastic Frisbees off trees or power poles, the truth couldn’t be more different. In fact, the professional sport of hurling a disc down a fairway and into a basket with metal chains grew
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Pack your bags

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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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Services

The new Chipotle Mexican Grill on the corner of Quinn and Poline Roads in Chubbuck is due to officially open on Thursday.
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal Chipotle opening in Chubbuck on Thursday

By Sarah Glenn/Idaho State Journal CHUBBUCK — The sweet smell of Chipotle’s lime and cilantro-infused white rice, barbacoa pork and fresh veggies is officially coming to the Pocatello/Chubbuck area on Thursday. The Mexican grill will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is located near the Pine Ridge Mall, surrounded by Red Robin,
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Business news

Idaho Department of Labor Sign Idaho Labor Warns of Unemployment Insurance Benefit Filing Scam

    Idaho Department of Labor Release The Idaho Department of Labor is investigating a scam in which jobless benefit claimants – and possibly others – are receiving emails from an out-of-state firm called Unemployment Assist that request personally identifiable information to initiate or complete claims for unemployment insurance benefits. The emails are coming from
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