The not-so-cute puppy scams

Jan 28th, 2016 | By
Dale Dixon

By Dale Dixon The stories are almost always the same. In the past month, we’ve received several calls and emails about what we not-so-affectionately call the “Puppy Scam.” One Idahoan told his experience on Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker. It started when he was looking for a Siberian husky and found a breeder that claimed
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Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opens today in Chubbuck

Jan 26th, 2016 | By
Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

CHUBBUCK — Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opens its newest Idaho restaurant at 10:30 a.m. today at 210 Bullock St. in Chubbuck. The Kansas-based restaurant concept has a location in Idaho Falls at 355 N. Woodruff Ave. It also has three locations in the Boise metro market. “We are thrilled to bring Freddy’s to the
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Beware of Medicare phone scams

Jan 25th, 2016 | By

By Dale Dixon/Better Business Bureau One person reported that a scam caller asked him to “update his records” with Medicare. Another person got a call from “Medicare” asking how her knee pain was doing and if she could confirm information. A third person reported another version to Better Business Bureau. He explained, “Caller with a
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New Java Espress coffee shop coming to Pocatello

Jan 25th, 2016 | By
Kate Reed is closing her Coffee Town location at the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck and will manage the new Java Espress that is under construction on Yellowstone Avenue in Pocatello. Java Espress opened its first drive-thru location in 1993 in Idaho Falls and has since grown to other locations. (Photo by Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal)

By Vanessa Grieve/Idaho State Journal Kate Reed is closing Coffee Town after 13 years in business, but she’ll still be serving up coffee and a host of other beverages at the new Java Espress that’s opening in March in Pocatello. Last year, Reed opened Coffee Town inside the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck, six weeks
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LaQuinta opens doors on Bench Road

Jan 25th, 2016 | By
Michael O'Donnell/Idaho State Journal
Workers were busy Thursday putting up a new sign for the La Quinta Inn & Suites on Bench Road in 
Pocatello. The lodging facility was formerly an Ameritel.

By Michael H. O’Donnell POCATELLO — Following a major remodel, the old Ameritel Inn on Bench Road has become a LaQuinta Inn & Suites. The Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the lodging facility with 112 guest rooms Thursday afternoon. The new LaQuinta operation is operated by Western
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Too many choices? More eateries could spur more to eat out

Jan 21st, 2016 | By
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
Several new restaurants and coffee shops are slated to open in the Pocatello area, which means more competition for existing businesses. But the added variety could also spur more people to eat out, officials say.

By Cydney McFarland Six new restaurants and three more coffee shops will open this year in Pocatello and Chubbuck, but local businesses say they aren’t too worried about the competition. “We are very confident in what we serve and our service style,” said Laura Snider, the general manager for the Mackenzie River Pizza Company’s
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Coffee House Invasion — 20 Beans & Brews locations coming to south Idaho

Jan 19th, 2016 | By
Snake River Coffee will close Jan. 24 and open again Feb. 11 as a Beans & Brews Coffee House. (Photo by Vanessa Grieve/Idaho State Journal)

By Vanessa Grieve/Idaho State Journal Beans & Brews Coffee House will open 20 locations in southern Idaho, and Snake River Coffee in Pocatello will soon change into the region’s second location. Snake River’s transformation will be the first of three Beans & Brews coffee houses to enter the Pocatello-Chubbuck market. Pocatello’s Loren Azzola, and his
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Chubbuck serving up a host of new restaurants

Jan 13th, 2016 | By
Construction efforts are underway for a new Red Robin restaurant next to the new Panera Bread near the intersection of Yellowstone Avenue and West Quinn Road. It's part of a surge in construction of restaurants in Chubbuck. (Photo by Michael H. O'Donnell/Idaho State Journal)

By Michael H. O’Donnell/Idaho State Journal CHUBBUCK — With the addition of five new restaurants, Chubbuck is becoming a magnet for businesses looking to feed Southeast Idaho. Panera Bread — at the intersection of Yellowstone Avenue and Pole Line and West Quinn roads — is close to opening. Next to it, a new Red Robin
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Theater student starts ski and snowboard rental business

Jan 13th, 2016 | By
Kendal Raleigh is shown in center with husband Ian Raliegh to the right.

By Matt Johnson REXBURG — BYU-Idaho student Kendal Raleigh might be studying theater in school, but she’s got to be surprising all of her business student friends with her entrepreneurial ambition. That’s because Raleigh and her husband, Ian Raleigh, recently started a new skiing and snowboarding rental business, Raleigh’s Rentals. “We love snowboarding. It’s
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Inflatable playground opens in Pine Ridge Mall

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
Steve Brown, left, and son Brandon started a new play place at the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck called Jump In. It has an area with several bouncing toy structures and a place where youths can work on climbing skills. (Photo by Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal)

By Sarah Glenn/Idaho State Journal CHUBBUCK — An otherwise quiet corner of the Pine Ridge Mall is now filled with the sound of fans and the red-faced squeals of kids young and old. This winter, cousins Steve and Brandon Brown filled thousands of square feet of empty mall space with inflatable bounce houses, ball pits
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