Economy

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The Trump Administration has announced details to its agriculture mitigation program. The move is a reaction to what the White House says is “unjustified retaliation by foreign nations," and is meant to offset financial losses for producers who depend on global exports.

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Cheeky's Boutique retails their brand of western wear for women on their website and in multiple brick-and-mortar stores. The company, which operates out of New Plymouth, has enjoyed explosive growth in recent years - enough so that Inc. magazine recognized them as one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the country. Idaho Matters speaks with the founder of Cheeky's about the ingredients for a successful business.

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The Idaho Department of Labor released numbers indicating a slight increase in unemployment claims in Southern Idaho, many of those in the manufacturing sector. Idaho Matters looks at the numbers to determine if this is an ongoing trend for Idaho manufacturers or if the one-tenth percent increase is just a minor blip.

The Boise City Council cleared the way for another residential development in the heart of the city. The building will be the third from a Los Angeles-based developer.

A major outdoor apparel company is moving its global headquarters to Colorado. The move comes amid the growing economic and political power of the multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation industry in our region.

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority provides bus service in Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, Bellevue and Carey – and vanpool service to more rural communities like Fairfield, Jerome and Gooding.

The Idaho Small Business Development Center aids business owners and entrepreneurs in growing their businesses and the region's economy. We speak with the SBDC and an area business owner who uses their services.

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New Plymouth-based company Cheeky's is ranked 356th on Inc. Magazine's annual list of the 5,000 fastest growing private firms. The retailer is one of 23 businesses in Idaho to make the list.

Today’s jobs report that puts unemployment at a low of 3.9%  is not necessarily good news for companies competing for potential workers, especially in rural areas, where it’s already challenging to attract labor. Businesses and governments are coming up with creative solutions.

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The Boise Weekly has a new owner. The Idaho Press announced it would be buying the alt-weekly Thursday morning.

Income inequality has risen in every state since the 1970s. That's according to a new report published by the Economic Policy Institute — a left-leaning non-profit think tank. The most unequal metro area is right here in our region.

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Flights to Sun Valley will be up overall next year, but depending on where you’re flying from, it may be harder to get to the slopes.

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We all know Idaho’s connection to potato chips and fries. But what about that peppermint gum you keep in your car?

A coalition of advocacy and labor groups have sent a petition to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They’re calling for specific standards to protect construction, farm and other outdoor laborers from extreme heat. Right now there are no specific protections in place.  

The Pew Research Center is reporting that more than a third of large newspapers laid off staff in the last year or so, including in our region.

When The Denver Post laid off about a third of its newsroom earlier this year, senior editor for news Larry Ryckman left to start something new, The Colorado Sun.

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