Idaho’s home prices increased 0.3 percent from August to September, and have risen 7.7 percent since September 2015. The increase has prompted the Federal Housing Administration to raise the dollar amount on the home loans it will insure. Feds insuring bigger home loans for buyers

By Sarah Glenn POCATELLO — As housing prices go up in Idaho, so do the amounts available on federally insured loans that help people buy homes. Someone seeking a single family home, who doesn’t mind paying monthly mortgage insurance, and who wants a lower interest rate, can now borrow up to $275,665 backed by the
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Elk Ranching SMALL Idaho elk ranchers see strong demand

By John O’Connell Capital Press VICTOR — Rancher Kent Bagley and his sons Greg and Stephen derive almost a third of their income from agricultural tourism, and their farm-raised elk are the main attraction. The Bagleys bought their first 15 elk in the late 1990s, seeking to diversify their beef and dairy business. They’ve since
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The former Odd Fellows building in Salmon has gone from being unused to being a thriving bakery, thrift shop and community gathering place. Old building put to new business uses

By Scott W. Elliott For the Journal SALMON — Seven years ago, any out-of-towner might not have looked twice at the old Odd Fellows building in downtown Salmon, which is in central Idaho north of Challis. But volunteer Cindy Phelps and the Craig and Jessica McCallum family saw potential — a tan brick facade on
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Congress reconsiders rest rules for truckers

By Sarah Glenn IDAHO FALLS — Trucking companies are breathing a sigh of relief today while road safety watchdogs wring their hands. Congress tucked language into it’s short-term spending bill that begins to roll back restrictive rules for how long (and when) long-haul truck drivers are required to rest. The whole bill passed the Senate
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Vehicle owners should do basic research to find a repair facility before they need one, according to AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde. Addressing perceptions: Auto mechanics work to build trust

By Sarah Glenn POCATELLO — When the car breaks down, do you have a mechanic you trust? Two out of three people will likely answer “no” according to a recent AAA survey. The biggest reasons for the trust issues included overcharges, recommendations for unnecessary repairs, and poor past experiences. Although not new, the tricky relationship
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Several new eateries have opened recently in Chubbuck. Chubbuck requires city licenses for businesses and now Pocatello is also considering requiring city business licenses. Pocatello mulls joining Chubbuck in requiring city licenses for businesses

By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal POCATELLO — Where Pocatello ends and Chubbuck begins isn’t always crystal clear. For decades, the neighboring cities have worked seamlessly together to build business and incubate economic growth. “We don’t just say it, we mean it with all our hearts: what’s good for Pocatello is good for Chubbuck and what’s
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Randy Shumway (Submitted Photo) Amid Uncertainty, U.S. Economy Potentially Stronger in 2017

By Randy Shumway Zions Bank Economic Advisor Wall Street markets registered gains the day immediately following the U.S. presidential election, signaling that investors remain optimistic about the future of the economy. Amid the initial sanguine reaction, many economists and market analysts expect more uncertainty to enter the market in the next few months. The overall
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A-1 Beef prices USDA announces stricter animal welfare rules for eggs, meat

By Mary Clare Jalonick/Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department. The rule is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Barack Obama leaves office. The regulations will ensure that organically
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Congress rolling back hours of service rules for truckers

By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal IDAHO FALLS – Trucking companies are breathing a sigh of relief today while road safety watchdogs wring their hands. Congress tucked language into it’s short-term spending bill that begins to roll back restrictive rules for how long (and when) long haul truck drivers are required to rest. The whole bill
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FILE - This file photo made April 22, 2010 shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock futures rose on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, as investors await the minutes from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting in April. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Yellen: Expect Fed to gradually hike rates over next 3 years

By Martin Crutsinger/AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she expects the Fed to raise its benchmark interest rate several times a year through 2019, as it moves closer toward to its economic goals of maximum employment and stable inflation. But in a speech in San Francisco Wednesday, she said
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Health care

health insurance Idaho exchange’s subsidies at risk under health care repeal

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s health insurance exchange would lose $220 million in tax subsidies if President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is repealed, Your Health Idaho Director Pat Kelly said Wednesday. “Depending on what the repeal would look like, that would be the cost to Idaho,” said Kelly, during a
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Idaho company sees record silver production at Alaska mine

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A metal mine in southeast Alaska has reached its highest level of silver production since an Idaho-based company took full ownership of the property in 2008. Hecla Mining Co. released its 2016 results last week for the Greens Creek mine west of Juneau, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported (http://bit.ly/2jm23O2). The
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Stephanie Palagi What’s happening in Old Town Pocatello

By Stephanie Palagi Welcome! X-Caliber Cuts & Color is now open at 123 N. Main St. We would like to welcome owner Reginald LaBon to the Old Town Neighborhood. With over 20 years of experience, Reginald looks forward to providing a full menu of services for your styling needs. Stop in today. All ages and
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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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Physician burnout linked to time spent on digital record-keeping

By Sarah Glenn For the Journal In July, the Mayo Clinic Journal Proceedings published a paper that tied physician burnout to their increasing use of cumbersome electronic health systems. The study looked at several months of 2014 survey data from 6,560 U.S. physicians measuring features of work life, including burnout and electronic use. Even after
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Business news

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter Otter unveils new workforce task force

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he will create a new task force designed to study ways to improve Idaho’s workforce. Otter made his announcement Tuesday, nearly two weeks after he unveiled a separate task force that would be in charge of reviewing ways to improve higher education. In 2013, Otter spearheaded
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