Monthly Archive: January 2009

Jan 28

Local option for transit is great – IF you have the land uses

Yet in those past 15 years there’s been precious little progress toward enforcing transit-friendly development.

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Jan 26

Otter shows support of high-tech industry

Gov. Butch Otter has been criticized as being cool to Idaho’s tech sector, instead favoring old-school businesses like ag, lumber and mining, even as those make up a dwindling part of the state’s economy. Otter possibly drove a spike through the heart of those assertions – literally – by pounding a spike into a Western …

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Jan 23

Lack of power a problem for yet another industry

Who’d a thunk it – a company that makes solar panels is facing production problems because it can’t get enough electricity, according to the Idaho Business Review. Pocatello is looking forward to Hoku Materials’ $390 million polysilicon plant to bring jobs, boost the tax base and spin off other companies. The problem is that, once …

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Jan 13

The Bureau of Obstruction

In 2000-20001, I was an editorial writer at The Idaho Statesman and my boss was Chuck Malloy, who is still good for an occasional lunch when he’s not too cheap to make me pay. After an editorial board meeting with state officials, I sensed the presence of a shadowy arm of government and business: The …

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