Regional News

Idaho’s Second Quarter 2016 Wages Show 4.2 Percent Increase over 2015

Dec 19th, 2016 | By
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Idaho Department of Labor News Release BOISE –Idaho’s private sector average weekly wage grew by $30 between the second quarters of 2015 and 2016 to $743. The state’s 4.2 percent over-the-year increase during the second quarter of 2016 was twice the national average rate of 2.1 percent and put Idaho in fourth place behind Washington,
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Idaho utility seeks to negate Oregon fish passage law

Dec 12th, 2016 | By
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By KEITH RIDLER,  Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities should negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon, a utility company says. Boise-based Idaho Power in a notice made public last week asks
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Idaho health care provider bans Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

Dec 12th, 2016 | By
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Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A health care provider says it’s banning all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones at its facilities throughout Idaho. St. Luke’s Health System in a news release Monday says the ban applies to all employees, patients and visitors. St. Luke’s says signs about the ban will be put up in
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Idaho’s Standard Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate Drops 6.3 Percent for 2017

Dec 7th, 2016 | By

Journal Staff With a balance of $674 million, the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund remains solvent BOISE – Idaho’s standard unemployment insurance tax rate for 2017 will decrease by 6.3 percent to 1.395 percent, down from 1.488 percent in 2016. This follows the rate decrease between 2015 and 2016 of 6 percent. The standard unemployment
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Bannock County celebrates economic development success

Dec 2nd, 2016 | By
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By John Regetz, Executive of Bannock Development A lot of development projects involving Bannock Development Corporation (BDC) became reality in 2016.  The benefits to our local businesses that supply these expanding companies can be substantial and sometimes critical. The FBI data center expansion was announced and had already started. Over 300 employees, at an average of
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Study: Idaho is 8th Least Vulnerable State to Identity Theft & Fraud

Nov 30th, 2016 | By
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Journal Staff With December being National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month and 901 data breaches reported thus far in 2016, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub today released its in-depth analysis that identifies 2016’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud as well as an Identity Theft Guide. To measure the level of susceptibility
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REDI: A Year in Review

Nov 21st, 2016 | By
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Journal Staff Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) has focused on its primary objective:  to diversify and strengthen the economies of the 14 counties of Eastern Idaho by retaining and attracting businesses to the region. “Defining, marketing and driving opportunity to Eastern Idaho has been at the forefront of all of our efforts the
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APNewsBreak: US Cancels Energy Leases In Sacred Area

Nov 16th, 2016 | By

By MATTHEW BROWN,  Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials are canceling 15 oil and gas leases in an area bordering Glacier National Park that’s considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. The cancellation was aimed at preserving the 130,000-acre Badger-Two Medicine area, the
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Idaho unemployment rate remains at 3.8% in September

Oct 21st, 2016 | By
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Press Release Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 3.8 percent in September. Nationally the unemployment rate increased from 4.9 to 5 percent. As the current business cycle’s economic expansion matures, Idaho continued to produce large over-the-year job growth in September, ranking third nationally. Total nonfarm jobs had a net gain of 21,500, or 3.2
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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Plan to Open a $35 million New Casino

Oct 3rd, 2016 | By
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Photo of conceptual design showing the new casino and bingo hall attached to the existing hotel & event center. Press Release Fort Hall, Idaho- The Fort Hall Business Council passed a resolution approving the funding for a new $35 million Casino Expansion Phase II project. The selected construction contract is Ormond Builders, Inc. of Idaho
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