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County taxpayers in Idaho to cover about $2.7M from lawsuit

May 31st, 2017 | By

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho county’s taxpayers will need to cough up about $2.7 million to cover a lawsuit its officials lost against a former employee who had been fired. Ada County’s last-ditch effort Wednesday to not pay $664,527 of the former employee’s legal fees had been denied, the Idaho Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/2r4Gq8X ).
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Judge blocks construction of airstrip by actor Bruce Willis

May 31st, 2017 | By

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — A judge has blocked actor Bruce Willis’ plan to build a private airstrip in central Idaho. The Idaho Mountain Express (http://bit.ly/2r6T4Gr ) reports that 5th District Judge Robert Elgee ruled that Camas County commissioners violated state law when drafting an ordinance allowing individuals to obtain conditional-use permits to build a private
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Idaho’s Water Supply Outlook – Water, Water Everywhere

May 31st, 2017 | By
A-8 reservoir levels

Press Release  BOISE – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has just released the fifth water supply outlook report for the 2017 water year. Precipitation since the water year started on October 1, 2016, is above or well above average across the state. The lowest amount is in the Clearwater basin at 123% of average and
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Idaho’s April Unemployment Drops to 3.4 Percent

May 31st, 2017 | By
UnemploymentApplication_Flickr

Idaho Department of Labor Press Release Significant drops in the number of unemployed Idahoans and people looking for work pushed the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 3.4 percent in April, narrowing an already tight labor market even further. Idaho’s labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – dropped
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Meridian Ranked 13th Nationally for Population Growth in 2016

May 31st, 2017 | By
Idaho Population Growth Rates by County

Idaho Department of Labor Press Release Meridian’s population grew 4.5 percent in 2016, ranking it 13th nationally, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Meridian was the state’s fastest-growing city with a population increase of 4,122 or 4.5 percent. Boise remains the largest city with a population of 223,154. Three-fourths of Idaho’s cities – 148 –
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Population Changes, Shortages in Surrounding States Stretch Idaho’s Supply of Nurses

May 31st, 2017 | By
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
Professor Elizabeth Damstrom instructs Idaho Sate University nursing students from left Alyson Bergeson, Danny Piranfar, Amber Walker and Megan Hochstein during their labs.

Idaho Department of Labor Press Release While Idaho institutions produce and license just enough nurses for a healthy labor market across the state as a whole, significant shortages in many surrounding states are attracting Idaho graduates, negatively impacting the supply in certain regions, according to a report issued this week by the Idaho Department of
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New Loan Fund to Help Small Businesses in Idaho

May 31st, 2017 | By
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)

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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Idaho Population Projected to Increase 15.3% by 2025

May 31st, 2017 | By
Idaho Population Growth Rates by County

Idaho Department of Labor Press Release  A new forecasting model produced by the Idaho Department of Labor projects that the statewide population will increase by 15.3 percent from 2015 to 2025. This projection estimates that the state population will reach approximately 1,907,000 in 2025. While national population growth remains low – at approximately 0.5 percent
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Mermaid tail craze started with Idaho Falls grandmother

May 16th, 2017 | By
Fin Fun in Idaho Falls began making mermaid tails in 2010. Since their first product launch, the company has gone global and made the Inc. 500 list.

Press Release  IDAHO FALLS — Mermaids are diving into pools across America this summer, and it all started with a mom-and-pop shop in Idaho Falls. Karen and Jerry Browning are the founders of Fin Fun. The company originated the patented swimmable spandex mermaid tail and monofin in 2010. In 2009 Karen’s granddaughter, Emily, asked her Grandma repeatedly to
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Transportation loan program reduces interest rates.

May 15th, 2017 | By

Press Release The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), in cooperation with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and the Idaho Department of Commerce, announced Monday that the interest rates for the Rural Economic Development and Integrated Freight Transportation Program (REDIFiT) have been reduced.  REDIFiT interest rates vary by length of the loan. The newly announced rates
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