J.R. Simplot’s french fry pact with McDonald’s was key for company, Idaho

Jan 31st, 2017 | By
J.R. Simplot in 1999 in his high-rise office in his company’s soon-to-be-former headquarters at One Capital Center in Downtown Boise. Simplot died in 2008.

By Zach Kyle Idaho Statesman In 1967, Idaho potato magnate J.R. Simplot shook hands with McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc, sealing a deal that made Simplot the first frozen french-fry supplier to the fast-food chain. That deal brought billions of dollars to the Idaho economy. Until then, McDonald’s had purchased only fresh potatoes. The J.R. Simplot
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Ag Expo showcases high-tech farm equipment

Jan 24th, 2017 | By
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
Joe Vallery, a representative for Claas of America, which is an ag machinery manufacturer, talks about the Claas 780 combine during the Eastern Idaho Ag Expo at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena last week in Pocatello. The combine’s chassis is made in Germany before it’s shipped to an assembly plant in Omaha, Nebraska. He said it’s about 60 percent U.S. content and 40 percent German content.

By Shelbie Harris sharris@journalnet.com POCATELLO — It’s surprising there isn’t a space combine at the rate farming equipment is technologically evolving, but that’s not to say someone hasn’t started the development process. Though it isn’t threshing space corn, the high-tech capabilities of the Lexicon family of Claas combines are, perhaps, out of this world. The
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Idaho Central Credit Union headquarters prepares to double in size

Jan 11th, 2017 | By
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
Kent Oram in front of one of the new buildings that is being built on the Idaho Central Credit Union campus in Chubbuck.

By Sarah Glenn For the Journal $30 million campus expansion aims to open early 2019 CHUBBUCK – From the fourth floor window of Idaho Central Credit Union’s Chubbuck headquarters, Kent Oram looks out over acres of new construction. When the dust settles in early 2019, the credit union’s headquarters will more than double in size
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Feds insuring bigger home loans for buyers

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
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.

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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Idaho elk ranchers see strong demand

Jan 3rd, 2017 | By
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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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Old building put to new business uses

Dec 20th, 2016 | By
The former Odd Fellows building in Salmon has gone from being unused to being a thriving bakery, thrift shop and community gathering place.

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

Dec 13th, 2016 | By

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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Addressing perceptions: Auto mechanics work to build trust

Dec 6th, 2016 | By
Vehicle owners should do basic research to find a repair facility before they need one, according to AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde.

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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Pocatello mulls joining Chubbuck in requiring city licenses for businesses

Nov 28th, 2016 | By
Several new eateries have opened recently in Chubbuck. Chubbuck requires city licenses for businesses and now Pocatello is also considering requiring city business licenses.

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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Financial experts: Trump election boosting stock market

Nov 25th, 2016 | By

By Josh Friesen The election of Donald Trump to become the next U.S. president has produced record-setting highs in the stock market, according to several local financial advisers. That’s after an election night in which Trump’s surprise victory sent stock projections plunging. The next day, however, the market did nothing but trend upward. “The market
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