Commentary

It was a sunny day

May 16th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Let me tell you about something that happened yesterday, no wait, it was last year. I was at Wal-Mart, nope, it was the mall.  It was packed—sorry, it was nearly empty—and I was looking for a present for my son, whose birthday was on the 8th, or was it the 9th? Memory
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Retirement Planning Can Jumpstart the Ultimate Vacation

May 10th, 2017 | By
Jennifer Landon

By Jennifer Landon Maybe you’ve heard reports that Americans spend less time planning for retirement than they do planning their next vacation. According to a 2014 retirement survey, 39 percent of the 1,000 retirement savers polled, reported spending more than five hours researching vacation options compared to only 11 percent who reported spending that long
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Say No to Food Waste

May 10th, 2017 | By
Janna Graham

By Janna Graham/ Pocatello Co-op Spring has tentatively arrived, the start of a season of abundance in southeastern Idaho.  Gardeners can get back into the dirt, and local farmers, ranchers, cottage food producers, and artisans will soon start offering their wares at the Portneuf Valley Farmers Market, which returns to the Old Town Pavilion on
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Applying for a small business loan like a boss

May 10th, 2017 | By

By Andrea Rosenkrantz/Mountain America Credit Union While the Small Business Administration (SBA) annually qualifies thousands of loans for small businesses, applying for an SBA loan can still seem daunting. Simply meeting the qualifications for a loan doesn’t always mean you’ll receive one. According to Forbes.com, seven out of 10 businesses survive at least two years
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Be aware of healthcare scams

May 10th, 2017 | By
health insurance

By Emily Valla, BBB Northwest Dealing with healthcare can be such a headache. Scammers know that, and they hope to get away with your personal information before you realize what’s going on. Often the fraudster will pose as a government authority to persuade you to provide personal information related to your Medicare or Medicaid account.
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Growing Population: Understanding and Preparing for Big Things to Come

May 10th, 2017 | By
Robert Spendlove (1)

By Robert Spendlove/ Zions Bank Economic and Public Policy Officer The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, famously said, “the only constant is change.” This is true in all aspects of life, but it is especially true when considering population growth.  The nature of population change, including the rate, composition, and nature of population growth can have profound
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Day One

May 9th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough I often wonder about the originality of ideas. For example, I study a lot about leadership and building great teams. Through the years, there have been trends that emerge and seem to resonate, but upon closer examination, there is nothing new. From this perspective, it seems as if discovering something new is
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The Art of Becoming

May 2nd, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough This week President Trump stated he thought the job of being president would be easier. I found it humorous that anyone could think being president would be easy. Then I came across a statement by John F. Kennedy which caused me to rethink my position. Kennedy said that he wished he had
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What’s your Focus?

Apr 25th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough In 1984, the Chinese Ping Pong team dominated the Olympics. After winning the gold medal, one of the young champion’s coaches was interviewed for the strategy employed to win the tournament.  He told the story of how early in the young champion’s career, they discovered he had a great forehand, but no
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It’s OK to be great

Apr 18th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Recently I received an angry email from a millennial who reads my column. The reader had taken issue with some of my comments about millennials in the workplace. The closing statement, “There will always be the bad eggs of every generation that make us look bad. Please don’t judge us because we
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