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Boise Airport To Add Non-Stop Flight To San Diego

Alaska Airlines currently operates non-stop flights from Boise to 5 other cities.

The Boise airport will add a new non-stop flight to its list beginning this fall. Daily, non-stop service from Boise to San Diego starts Nov. 1. Boise’s midsize airport has been hit hard by flight cuts over the last couple of years. But over the last few months, the airport has brought in a handful [...]

Your Next Idaho Phone Number Might Not Start With 208

The PUC estimates Idaho will run out of 208 telephone numbers by 2019.

In less than a decade, Idaho will likely join the ranks of states with more than one area code. That’s right, Idaho’s 208 area code is quickly becoming an endangered species. This isn’t a new story. Back in 2007, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission said the state would run out of 208 phone numbers within [...]

Number Of Businesses In Idaho Are Still Well Below The Pre-Recession Peak

Click on the map to explore the data.

The U.S. Census Bureau has taken a closer look at business on the state and county levels. The agency released this map today that shows where Idaho’s businesses are concentrated, their estimated number of employees and the estimated annual payroll. The 2011 data from the American Community Survey shows there were 42,399 businesses in Idaho, [...]

Many Of Idaho’s Top Business Property Tax Payers Keep Mum On Push For Repeal

Sen. Tippets told his employer, Agrium, Inc., that he would not support eliminating Idaho's business personal property tax.

Not long ago, Sen. John Tippets (R-Montpelier) found himself in a peculiar spot. This summer and fall, influential lawmakers and the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry made it clear that phasing out or eliminating Idaho’s tax on business personal property would be a focus of the 2013 legislative session. Tippets is a public affairs [...]

Allstate Insurance Call Center Workers Start At $11 Per Hour In Idaho

Allstate's corporate headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois.

Allstate Insurance announced plans last week to expand its call center in Pocatello, saying 225 jobs will be added. The insurance company already operates a call center in the area with 226 employees. The new employees will work in Allstate’s roadside services division, taking emergency calls from customers around the nation.

Boise Cascade To Start Selling Its Stock Again

Freshly cut lumber awaits the dry kilns at an Idaho Forest Group mill.

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho The Idaho Statesman reports Boise Cascade LLC plans to go public after nine years as a privately-held company. Eighty percent of Boise Cascade is held by Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago private-equity firm. The status change will make money for Madison Dearborn, spokesman John Sahlberg said.

Map: Who Benefits Most If Idaho’s Business Personal Property Tax Is Eliminated

Click on the map to see which companies benefit most if Idaho's personal property tax goes away.

In 2011, more than 53,000 Idaho companies paid the business personal property tax. Half of those businesses paid less than $90. Who stands to benefit from getting rid of the tax? Click around the map to see the top five payers in each county. The darker a county is shaded, the more reliant it is on the personal property tax.

HP Laptop Contract Makes Idaho Tech Jobs An Issue In Props 1, 2, 3 Vote

Hewlett-Packard set up shop in Boise decades ago, in 1973.

Idaho’s Students Come First laws are controversial for a lot of reasons.  There are the limits the laws impose on teachers’ unions, and the effects on teachers’ job security. This week, when Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced that Hewlett-Packard has won a $180 million contract to provide computers, maintenance and technical support to every high [...]

Idaho’s Energy Supply Isn’t So Clean After All

Wyoming's Jim Bridger Power Plant is a significant source of electricity for Idaho Power.

Idaho utilities and wind developers are squaring off over the wind industry’s future in the state, as StateImpact explained last month.  As part of that reporting, we’ve rolled out stories on Idaho’s electricity supply, including this one on in-state electricity sources. Hydroelectricity accounts for nearly 80 percent of in-state electricity generation, it shows.  While that’s [...]

Pay Keeps Rising For Idaho Power CEO — And There’s A Reason

Idaho Power CEO J. LaMont Keen rose through the company's ranks.

Idaho Power CEO J. LaMont Keen‘s base salary rose by 45 percent between 2006 and last year, compensation records show. Keen’s salary was $436,538 when he was appointed just over six years ago.  By 2011, it had risen to $634,423. “That’s a highly significant increase, especially in the years of recession,” said Harry Schum of [...]

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