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The occupancy rate at the Red Lion Hotel and other hotels in Pocatello and Southeast Idaho are up this year due in large part to strong business from tourists, according to hotel officials and industry reports. Tourists boost occupancy rates in S.E. Idaho hotels

By Sarah Glenn For the Journal POCATELLO — Southeast Idaho hotel occupancy rates are rising and so are the prices of hotel rooms. But summer travelers didn’t seem to mind. Hotels across the area are reporting a significant increase in their occupancy rates over last year. “We are hitting numbers that we haven’t hit since
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Pay Graphic Comparing women to men in Idaho’s economy

By Sarah Glenn POCATELLO — In the summer of 1919 in Idaho, the racket of automobile engines began to eclipse the clip-clop of horses hooves, the death and destruction of the flu pandemic was still fresh and women had just been given the right to vote. August marks the 96th anniversary of the ratification of
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ISJlogo-SAVE Soda mine project finishes environmental impact statement

By Journal Staff SODA SPRINGS — The final environmental impact statement on the proposed Rasmussen Valley phosphate mine located on 468 acres of land 18 miles northeast of Soda Springs has been completed by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. The mine and reclamation plan have been proposed by Nu-West Industries doing
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Two stores at the Pine Ridge Mall recently announced opening dates, and a third is remodeling. Discount Tire, top, will open on Oct. 1. And Pro Image Sports, bottom right, will move into the former Aeropostale location on Sept. 15. Further, rue21 is adding 2,600-square-feet of space, as well as a plus-size line as part of a major remodel. (Submitted Photo) New at the Pine Ridge Mall: Two new retailers announce opening dates, rue21 to expand

By Sarah Glenn/Idaho State Journal CHUBBUCK — Customers of rue21 at the Pine Ridge Mall will see a whole new store when it reopens in November. The trendy teen retailer is adding more than 2,600 square feet of retail space, knocking out a wall and taking over the empty storefront next door. All this new
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The new Hobby Lobby at the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck will open Monday at 9 a.m. Hobby Lobby to open Monday in Chubbuck

By Sarah Glenn For the Journal CHUBBUCK — Rows of fabric flowers tower above freshly arranged furniture as the smell of new inventory fills Chubbuck’s future Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby’s doors will open to the public at 9 a.m. on Monday, as the arts, crafts, home and hobby store continues its dominating expansion across the
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2016-08-26 14.29.25 Bringing big names to small towns: LaNeige aims to fill a formalwear need

By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal CHUBBUCK — As teens walk into the Pine Ridge Mall’s northeast entrance, thumbing through their smartphones, Chelsea Jensen knows what’s coming. The manager of LaNeige Bridal and Tuxedos Now scrolls through carefully curated Pinterest boards, filled with pictures of the perfect prom dress — often from top name designers who
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Commentary

Jeff Hough Getting out of your mind

By Jeff Hough What do you do when the thought of doing something paralyzes you? The average person would spend an inordinate amount of time running mentally through thousands of possible scenarios, most of which end up poorly. As your mind tries to anticipate the actions and reactions of those around you, the knot in
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Agriculture

This undated handout photo provided by Simplot Corporation shows modified potatoes. Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods as safe, saying they are as nutritious as their conventional counterparts. The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (AP Photo/Simplot Corporation) Idaho Department of Ag gets grant to help improve produce safety

Press Release  The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) recently received notification it was selected to receive a five-year grant award offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is related to implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The grant’s first-year award amounts to $429,650. The grant
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Transportation

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 UN calls for stepped up security for planes and airports

By Edith M. Ledderer/Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday calling for stepped up screening and security checks at airports worldwide to “detect and deter terrorist attacks” on civil aviation. The resolution calls on all countries to tighten security at airport buildings, share information about possible threats,
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Finance/Investment

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Assistant Professor Dawn Konicek helps Katie Taryloe during the volunteer tax assistance class that prepares Idaho State
University students to help people with their taxes. Survey: 71 percent prefer Clinton’s tax plan

Journal Staff Over four days in August, WalletHub surveyed Americans to see what they thought about America’s tax system – particularly how American’s view Trump and Clinton’s tax plans. This week, they released their findings.  The 2016 Tax Fairness Survey assesses opinions on tax-code complexity, income-tax structure, the fairness of taxes on everything — from investment income and corporations
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Health care

health insurance Close the gap? Some Idaho lawmakers remain unconvinced about Medicaid expansion

By Betsy Z. Russell,  Spokesman-Review Staff Writer BOISE – Even after months of hearings, overwhelmingly positive public comments and stacks of statistics showing Idaho would save millions, some state lawmakers remain reluctant to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds to close the state’s health coverage gap. “I am not for Medicaid expansion,” said Rep. Judy Boyle,
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Manufacturing/Industry

Photos from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management: An aerial view of the Idaho Site’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex. Crews at the DOE Idaho Site Complete Buried Waste Cleanup Accomplishment

By the U.S. Department of Energy  Crews with Fluor Idaho, LLC, at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho Site have completed a significant cleanup accomplishment that further protects the underlying Snake River Plain Aquifer, the primary drinking and irrigation water source for more than 300,000 Idahoans. Workers recently satisfied a provision of a 2008
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Retail

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   Raquel Ozuna is an associate at Deseret Industries who is working to get retail experience. Ron Francis is the manager at Deseret Industries, and they are celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary. Retailers File Suit to Block New Overtime Rule

More than 50 Business Groups Say Rule is Overreach of Authority By The National Retail Federation WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation filed suit in U.S. District Court today on behalf of the millions of employers and employees who will be drastically affected if the Labor Department’s changes to the federal overtime rules go into effect on
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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

Two stores at the Pine Ridge Mall recently announced opening dates, and a third is remodeling. Discount Tire, top, will open on Oct. 1. And Pro Image Sports, bottom right, will move into the former Aeropostale location on Sept. 15. Further, rue21 is adding 2,600-square-feet of space, as well as a plus-size line as part of a major remodel. (Submitted Photo) New at the Pine Ridge Mall: Two new retailers announce opening dates, rue21 to expand

By Sarah Glenn/Idaho State Journal CHUBBUCK — Customers of rue21 at the Pine Ridge Mall will see a whole new store when it reopens in November. The trendy teen retailer is adding more than 2,600 square feet of retail space, knocking out a wall and taking over the empty storefront next door. All this new
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Business news

HHS awards $398,026 to expand Idaho behavioral health workforce

HHS Press Release The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced $398,026.00 in awards to 2 training programs to increase the number of mental health providers and substance abuse counselors in Idaho.  Nationally, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are funding
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