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NorthWestern’s ‘core change team’ drives successful transition

Peggy Lowney’s boss lives in Minneapolis, but commutes to Sioux Falls, S.D. A fellow manager, with whom Lowney regularly consults, lives in Denver. Meanwhile, Lowney works out of Butte. By Leslie McCartney of The Montana…

Hawaiian transplant builds ocean boats in Idaho

Stacy Duke Akana finds that creativity flows more freely on his own terms. By DIANA KLYBERT Coeur d’Alene Press in the Billings Gazette A custom boat designer and builder, Akana is the force behind a…

Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MREIDL)- Funds available to employers affected by military deployments

I’m writing to you in my role as the regional vice chair for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). (Thanks to Tim Solomon for passing this along- Russ) I am over all…

David Minerath of Quest Integration in Post Falls, ID wins the SME Engineer of the Year Award from the Society of Manufacturing.

David Minerath, co-founder and president of Quest Integration http://www.qintegration.com/ in Post Falls, received the SME Engineer of the Year Award from the Society of Manufacturing. Minerath received the award for his outstanding efforts in the…

Oregon Business magazine names the 100 top companies in Oregon

"In my philosophy, a company is like a bicycle chain," said Ralph Martinez, chief executive officer of Town & Country Dealerships. "For it to work smoothly, every link is essential."

Intel report spells out firm’s economic impact in Oregon

Lest Oregonians begin to doubt Intel’s place in the state’s economic food chain or suspect it isn’t carrying its weight for schools and government services, the chip giant has a passel of new statistics to…

Zilog plans to close Nampa, ID plant

“It seems like there´s a whole bunch of shoes dropping at once,” area economist John Church said. “Even though the numbers are relatively small compared to Micron, this little piece coming right after the Micron announcement is just a severe psychological hit. It´s not good news for the economy.”

Pacific Coast as a boom-bust belt-From California to Washington, joblessness is soaring as tech slump, Boeing woes, and tourism decline ripple out.

"Yet experts agree that this downturn has been particularly harsh to the Northwest.""The West has a higher concentration in each of those sectors hit hardest after Sept. 11 and by the recession," says Jeff Thredgold of Thredgold Economic Associates in Salt Lake City.

Idaho wineries work to win respect

"People just don’t think of Idaho for wine, even though we produce some of the best grapes in the northwest," said Ted Judd, a historian for the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Commission.

Liberty Lake, WA to feel Agilent cuts

Agilent Technologies Inc., which makes test and measurement equipment, announced a first-quarter loss Friday and unveiled plans to cut an additional 4,000 jobs, or 11 percent of its work force, to reduce expenses. From staff…