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Disabled Rexburg man finds opportunity, income through home-sharing services

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  Idaho, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Photo: Brock Higham Facebook page.

A decision to shut down home-sharing services such as an Airbnb and VRBO within city boundaries would close the door on opportunity for several Rexburg, Idaho, families. But if Mayor Jerry Merrill and councilors pursue that course, their votes could create a new job for city resident Brock Higham. “I would probably run for mayor,” […]

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Idaho mom wants public records; city wants $2,600

By   /  September 15, 2016  /  Idaho, News, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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If Mountain Home resident, mother and Air Force veteran Wendy Mastroeni had $2,600 to blow, she wouldn’t spend it on public records. Instead, if she had that sort of cash stashed away, she said she would catch up on bills, save some and invest in her family’s well-being. The mother of four has grown into […]

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Former Rexburg Airbnb host: ‘We can touch lives’ — if the city allows it

By   /  September 8, 2016  /  Idaho, News, Regulations  /  No Comments


Lucas Handy had no plans to get rich renting out a spare bedroom in his spacious Rexburg home. Instead, he and his wife Mary sought only to provide a place to stay for wandering travelers eager to see Yellowstone National Park or a non-traditional lodging solution for visiting parents of Brigham Young University-Idaho students. Now, […]

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Idaho city uses zoning laws to target Airbnb hosts

By   /  September 7, 2016  /  Idaho, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Photo: Rebecca Bohman Facebook page.

Every so often, Bonneville County resident Rebecca Bohman grabs a rag and some cleaning solution and steps out her front door. She closes the door and gives it a quick-once over. She might notice a dirt spot or a skid mark from an errant tennis shoe. She then gives the door a quick — though thorough […]

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Idaho gives corporate welfare another try at Post Falls facility

By   /  August 10, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Idaho, Jobs + Growth, News  /  No Comments

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A business campus in Post Falls will soon experience a taxpayer-funded resurrection. Idaho officials have announced that Orgill Inc. will set down roots in the same space once occupied by Kimball International, which left in 2015. Orgill, one of the world’s largest hardware manufacturers, plans to take control of the space Sept. 1 and hopes […]

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Idaho company receives fourth round of corporate welfare

By   /  August 2, 2016  /  Idaho, News  /  No Comments

Photo: Gogo SqueeZ Facebook page.

  The company famous for producing applesauce pouches for kids will receive a fourth round of corporate welfare, the Idaho Department of Labor announced. Materne will get $510,000 from the state’s Workforce Development Fund, a controversial program with iffy results. The grant, the state agency announced last week, will fund worker training for 85 new […]

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