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Mar. 17, 2017

American Bar Association Approves First-Year Law Program in Boise

by Cara Hawkins

The American Bar Association (ABA) approved the opening of a first-year law program in Boise for the University of Idaho College of Law. The Idaho State Board of Education approved the first-year law program in February. A first-year law program will now be available in both the Moscow and Boise locations beginning this fall semester.

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Mar. 16, 2017

A Boise Rainbow

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A beautiful Boise rainbow captured at Boise State University. Photo credit: Matthew Ineck.

Mar. 15, 2017

C of I Students Develop New Political App RepCheck

by The College of Idaho

What’s your congress person’s name? Have you ever sent them an email? Have you ever called them? Those are the questions College of Idaho senior Leo Yousif asks whenever he talks about the new app he’s trying to develop—RepCheck.

RepCheck is an app which would help constituents craft emails to send to their legislators, thus letting their voices be heard in a productive way.

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Mar. 10, 2017

Bogus Basin Plans 4.3 Million Dollar Expansion

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area unveiled a $4.3 Million dollar plan to expand the ski resort to an all season adventure attraction. It will include a complete overhaul of the current amphitheater, expanded lodge seating, an upgraded dining experience, a zip line and ropes course, and the installation of a year round mountain coaster. The mountain coaster is scheduled to open August 1st, while the other improvements will be open by July 1st.

Mar. 10, 2017

American Airlines To Begin Nonstop Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport

by Boise Airport

On July 5, 2017, American Airlines will begin nonstop service between Boise and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The new service will operate once daily on a Bombardier CRJ700. The jet will have six first class seats, and 64 coach class seats.

“We are thrilled with American Airlines’ decision to increase their footprint in Boise”, said Rebecca Hupp, Boise Airport Director. “Additional Chicago service is a big win for the Treasure Valley’s business community and residents. American Airlines has hundreds of connections from Chicago O’Hare, making East Coast and international travel a little bit easier.”

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Mar. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Why Heartland RV Chose the Boise Metro

by Marissa Lovell

When Thor Industries, Inc. began looking for a location to expand their manufacturing facilities on the West Coast, the Boise Metro was on the short list. It wasn’t until the team set foot in their last stop on a site selection trip that they saw the full extent of opportunity available in the area. Within a few hours, their final stop became their first choice.

In September 2015, that choice was finalized when Thor Industries, Inc. announced Heartland Recreational Vehicles’ newest location on Karcher Road in Nampa. For Ken Julian, Vice President of Administration and Human Resources, selecting the right site for expansion was dependent on a mix of training, talent and space – three things that made the Boise Metro an easy decision. 

In mid-April of 2016, the first RV manufactured at the Nampa facility was shipped, marking the first milestone in the company’s inaugural year. Heartland RV’s big plans for the year ahead include expanding into their full 248,000 square-foot facility and growing their current workforce.

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Mar. 6, 2017

Bogus Basin, The Friendliest Ski Resort on the Planet

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, just 16 miles up the hill from Boise, Idaho, is the largest and most successful non-profit ski area in the country. How in the world does this work without a profit motive? With a lot of love, caring and a tremendous army of local volunteers who care about the treasure they have in their own backyard. Here’s the remarkable story of how this ski resort first evolved and now thrives. 

Mar. 3, 2017

Caldwell Mayor: Downtown Revitalization Plans Are Taking Shape

Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas used his annual State of the City address on Tuesday to highlight the efforts underway to revitalize the city’s downtown, from a public plaza along the banks of Indian Creek to plans for building a boutique hotel and multi-screen movie venue.

Nancolas, speaking to about 100 people at the College of Idaho’s Jewett Auditorium, characterized the Indian Creek Plaza, an outdoor gathering place with a stage and ice rink, as a “centerpiece of activity.”

“The downtown of Caldwell is coming back to life,” said Nancolas, delivering his twentieth annual State of the City address. “Downtown is becoming the heartbeat and center of our community.”

In 2016, design plans for the plaza were approved and the city of Caldwell and the Urban Renewal agency budgeted $2.5 million for the first phase of construction. The total cost of the plaza is projected at $5.5 million.

Mar. 2, 2017

Boise Library Provides Emerging Technology

Virtual reality and augmented reality is projected to become a $40 billion to $120 billion industry by the year 2020, according to the Idaho Virtual Reality Council. The Boise Library, through fundraising and donations, is now able to prepare Idahoans for this emerging industry. Every library in Boise is now outfitted with their very own virtual reality system.

People can reserve times and days throughout the week or drop-in on Wednesday for the library's VR Wednesday. Today was the first day the public got to try out the library's newest resource, and for 7th grader Thomas Michael Witt, it didn't disappoint.

Feb. 27, 2017

Under Appreciated American Cities You Should Totally Move To

Boise, Idaho: An outdoorsy Portland vibe without Portland prices
City population: 211,655
Cost of living index: 95 (5% lower than US average)

The Pacific Northwest boasts some of the most spectacularly beautiful scenery in the United States, but with that comes some spectacularly scary prices in its major cities. Go inland and you’ll find the hidden gem that is Boise, the lone outpost of civilization between Seattle and Salt Lake City, home to a klatch of creatives, hipsters, and tech types. One of the most bike-friendly and walkable cities in the country, temperatures rarely get above 90 or below freezing here, and the 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt gives residents a good reason to enjoy the clean air and rolling views of the city. Boise is also a short drive from the Snake River Valley wine region, plus skiing at Sun Valley, the Sawtooth Mountains, and Shoshone Falls -- which is both taller and wider than Niagara.  
Corporations stressed by regulation in the coastal states look to Idaho as more business-friendly, meaning jobs are plentiful, especially since the population is relatively small compared to Portland and Seattle. A house here costs $239,000 on average, and rent in a two-bedroom apartment runs only $932. Without a roommate. 

Feb. 21, 2017

Boise, 2017’s 2nd Best Capitol to Live In

Boise was ranked #2 Best Capitol City to live in by WalletHub. They explain, "...many state capitals actually are thriving hubs of activity and thus some of the most livable places in America. But not all state capitals are created equal. And though 17 of them are the largest cities in their states, the biggest population doesn’t always represent the best quality of life.

So in order to determine what state capitals are worth, WalletHub’s data team compared all 50 across 42 key indicators of affordability, economic strength, quality of education and health, and overall living standards. Our data set ranges from “cost of living” to “K–12 school-system quality” to “number of attractions.” Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology."

Feb. 21, 2017

Hacking for Defense: Boise State Students Take on DoD Project

Special forces in the U.S. military are in need of a tool - One that can help them detect how many people are inside a building before they enter. If the development of this innovative technology is successful, it could save lives and help the military better fight the war on terror.

Building that tool is now in the works by a team of five graduate students at Boise State University's Venture College.

“How do you protect the good guys and get rid of the bad guys?" asked Venture College Director Ed Zimmer.

That’s where the Boise State's best and brightest come in.

They are a group of five select graduate students with backgrounds in computer science, design, and math, who are tasked with coming up with a high-tech device that could be worn on body armor or drone-deployed that would give teams in combat situations the ability to know who and what’s inside a building.

Feb. 17, 2017

20 Idaho Winter Photos That Will Blow Your Mind

Here are the top 20 #ForTheWinter photos from our record-breaking winter!

Feb. 17, 2017

Owners of Messenger Pizza Plan to Open Bakery Next Door

This spring, the sweet smell of baked goods will flood First Street South in downtown Nampa.

Shawn and Cassidy McKinley, owners of Messenger Pizza, are opening Savage Baking Company next door at 1226 First St. S. The couple has not yet set an open date, but for now Cassidy said they are shooting for a March opening.

The McKinleys opened Messenger in 2010, serving pizza and sandwiches with local wines and brews. The company bakes its goods in house and uses fresh, organic produce as available, striving to not use genetically modified ingredients.

A similar philosophy is planned for Savage Baking Company, with emphasis on incorporating local ingredients when possible and from responsible sources, Cassidy said.

Feb. 14, 2017

Love Letters: Boise

As a born-again Boisean, my love letter includes appreciation for the freakishly-friendly nature of the people who reside here. The two instead of six degrees of separation that makes it uber-connected, and the serendipitous convergence of music, culture and creative expression that sparks during our hometown upstart Treefort Music Fest.

It’s because you can start something here with little friction. The connectivity and independent spirit of those who make their home here means the vast majority of us believe in and support the grit and soul of the entrepreneur. Whether challenge or opportunity, we know who to call and who to connect with to get the job done. And when we compete, we compete and drive each other forward instead of stepping on each other to move upwards.

Feb. 13, 2017

Treefort Music Fest: Boise Ready for Five Days of Fun

Boy oh Boise! Idaho’s capital city is ready to shimmy and shake for five straight days when the Treefort Music Fest takes over Boise’s downtown March 22-26. The festival will feature shows from about 400 performers including sets from recently-announced acts like Angel Olsen, Buku, Chastity Belt, Magic Sword, Mimicking Birds and Y La Bamba.

The Treefort Music Fest takes place at a variety of venues around downtown Boise, which is compact and very walkable. Even the largest of the venues is relatively small and part of the fun at Treefort is being able to get up close to the artists. While the line-up is generally heavy on performers from the Pacific Northwest, bands come from all over the world to showcase in Boise. Some of the performers coming from overseas include Australia’s Alex Cameron, Canada’s Walrus, Swiss act J&L Defer and Happyness from London, England.

Feb. 13, 2017

Caldwell Awarded $50,000 to Build Musical Instrument Park Downtown

The city of Caldwell and Destination Caldwell, a group highlighting the city’s offerings, were awarded $50,000 to build a musical instrument park in the heart of downtown.

A group of businesses and local organizations known as Together Treasure Valley selected the Indian Creek Musical Art Park project from among 150 other submitted ideas. The park, to be located near the Indian Creek foot bridge, will feature percussion instruments as art forms. It will be designed for visitors to play in a way that encourages social interaction.

Feb. 9, 2017

Mayor Tammy Says The State of the City is Thriving (Meridian)

by City of Meridian

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd announced major economic news during her 14th State of the City address on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

In 2016 a total of 3,825 jobs were created in Meridian - a more than 10 percent increase over the prior year. In addition, commercial and residential construction values topped $430 million, an increase of nearly 10 percent.  The Village welcomed the addition of 600 jobs alone. With the construction of the Ameriben/IEC Group and Brighton Corporation headquarters underway at the new Ten Mile Crossing area off I-84 – a mixed-use development focus for the City– the economic outlook continues to be positive heading into this year.

“In the past year we have seen national recognition for our community.  Businesses are expanding and locating to Meridian.  And people are choosing one of our many great subdivisions to call home.  I am pleased to say that the State of our City is Thriving,” said Mayor Tammy.

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Feb. 9, 2017

The Future of Agriculture is Bright in Idaho

If there’s any doubt as to how important agriculture is to Idaho’s economy, take a look at these numbers.

The agriculture and food production sector makes up 20 percent of the state’s sales. At least 14 percent of the jobs in Idaho are in agriculture and food production, and the industry makes up 16 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.

“Agriculture’s contributions to sales and jobs are huge,” said Celia Gould, director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

Feb. 8, 2017

Boise Ranked in Allstate’s Top 10 Safest Driving Cities During Wet Weather

Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report reveals motorists in certain cities are safer drivers when making their way through winter weather road hazards. Allstate’s report finds that when factoring precipitation with auto property damage claim frequency.

Boise came in at #9 on Allstate's list with the average number of years between collision being 12.8 years and the accident likelihood compared to the national average being --22.1%. 

Feb. 8, 2017

Boise Ranked #3 On U-Haul’s List Of Popular U.S. Growth Cities

The U-Haul company has released new data that identifies the most popular cities that Americans migrated to in 2016. This data is based on the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions over departures that occurred during the year. While the migration trends do not provide details on population or economic growth, many use it to gauge which cities are most attractive to residents.

Boise, Idaho ranked third on U-Haul’s list of popular U.S. growth cities. This city, Idaho’s capital, has a population of over 200,000. It has a booming tech industry and is considered to be a hub for start-up companies. Additionally, residents enjoy a relatively low cost of living and can take part in Boise’s rich culture. They can also take advantage of several different ski resorts that the area has to offer.

Feb. 8, 2017

Boise Ranked #12 In The U.S. News And World Report’s Best Places to Live

Boise is a recreationalist's paradise. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes – and all the activities encapsulated therein – it's worth a serious look.

Downtown Boise is booming. New construction is all over the area. The Zions Bank building, completed in 2014, is the tallest building in the state and sits at its center. Locally sourced food and drink dominate the summer patio scene. Boise's residents may spend their days enjoying nature, but they fill their evenings dining on locally sourced cuisine, enjoying an opera performance and sipping delicious cocktails.

Idaho's capital sits squarely on the boundary of urban and rural, civilized and wild, refined and raw. Yes, there are wilder places. Yes, there are more urbane places. But Boise is a good place to live if you enjoy easy access to both.

U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there. Boise ranks as #12 with an overall score of 7.1 out of 10.

Feb. 7, 2017

Sneak Peek At the Next Big Boise River Wave

Engineers are testing a quarter-scale model of the next big wave planned for the Boise whitewater park. The adjustable wave will be installed downstream from the new Esther Simplot Park. Scott Shipley, President S20 Design and Ralph Budwig, Director, Center for Ecohydraulics Stream Laboratory talk about the design of the second phase.

Jan. 31, 2017

Mountain Home Business to be Featured on CNBC Show Blue Collar Millionaires

A Mountain Home business owner will be featured Wednesday, Feb. 1, on a CNBC show, “Blue Collar Millionaires.”

Chuck Ceccarelli founded In The Ditch Towing Products, a manufacturer, and three sales-and-service companies: Idaho Wrecker Sales, IWS Motor Coaches and Fish Fighter Products. 

Ceccarelli started in Bruneau in the mid-1990s and now employs more than 70 full-time workers. He plans to break ground this year on a 50,000-square-foot building to house 20 or more additional employees.

Ceccarelli is the sole owner of IWS Motor Coaches and majority owner of the other companies. He expects combined sales to top $24 million this year.

“Blue Collar Millionaires” is narrated by country-music singer Tim McGraw. This episode will air at 8 p.m. Mountain time.

Jan. 30, 2017

Albertsons Companies Celebrates Adding 26,000 Jobs & 174 Stores

by Albertsons Companies

On the two-year anniversary of the merger that created the second-largest supermarket company in the U.S., Albertsons Companies announced that since the merger with Safeway, it has grown its workforce by 10 percent, creating 26,000 jobs; built or acquired 174 locations; increased healthy food and financial donations; and elevated its commitment to sustainability.

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Jan. 25, 2017

Indeed Ranks Micron As A Top Company To Work For In 2016

What are the top companies to work for in America?

It’s an important question, and here at Indeed we have data that can help answer it. In fact, we host over 10 million employee reviews, making Indeed the largest online resource of its kind in the world. We wanted to know which companies have the highest number of satisfied employees, so we crunched the data on the Fortune 500 to identify the 50 with the best reviews—the top 50 companies to work for in America.

After all, with the baby boomers retiring and millennials replacing them as the largest demographic in the workplace, we are witnessing an unprecedented generational and cultural shift. As a result, the question of how to motivate and inspire the changing workforce is central to the future of talent attraction and retention. Cutting-edge firms are already experimenting with a mix of culture and creative perks to keep the brightest and the best engaged and happy at work.

Micron, a Boise Idaho based company, came in ahead of Starbucks, Boeing, and Cummings. It took the rank of 46th best company to work for in the United States. 

Jan. 24, 2017

Balsam Brands Expands Presence in Downtown Boise

by Balsam Brands

Balsam Brands, best-known for their flagship brand, Balsam Hill, the leading-brand of artificial Christmas trees, has announced that they will be opening an office in the historic Union Block building located in downtown Boise later this summer.  Prior to moving in, the company plans to update and restore the space with special details that will honor the history and unique characteristic of the building.

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Jan. 24, 2017

Gayle Manufacturing Finishes Caldwell Plant, Expects to be Operational by Summer

Now that construction of a 166,200-square-foot production facility is complete, Gayle Manufacturing Company President Gary Glenn said it will begin moving steel-fabrication equipment inside its new Caldwell plant.

“We will be operational to some extent within the next few months,” Glenn said of the company’s plans to be fully operational by this summer.

Out of the Caldwell facility, which is on the corner of Weitz Road and Simplot Boulevard, the company will manufacture steel beams, which Glenn described as the “skeleton that supports buildings.”

Previously, the company produced steel out of facilities it operates in Woodland, California, and a facility on Kings Road in Nampa. Eventually, it plans to produce the majority of the steel it fabricates out of the Caldwell facility.

Jan. 13, 2017

Trailhead Launches Evening Intro Web Development Course

by Trailhead Boise

Trailhead, Boise’s startup hub, announces a Front End Web Development education series that teaches beginners how to program.  The Front-End Foundations Series will help students learn tools and technologies that enable them to build interactive web pages and applications. Students may sign up for individual courses, or the entire 3 part, 8 week series.  Classes begin January 24, and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Trailhead - 500 S 8th Street in downtown Boise.

Trailhead is partnering with Boise State University’s Venture College and Tyro, a Boise-based software programming education company. Those that complete the three part series can earn a Front-End Foundations Badge from Boise State University Venture College. “We understand the importance of coding education, especially in the startup community and we are delighted to partner with Trailhead and one of our own Badgeholders - Zach Richardson - to help deliver it,” said Kevin Learned, Director of Boise State University Venture College.

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Jan. 12, 2017

Southwest Airlines To Begin Nonstop Service to San Diego

by Admin

On June 4, 2017 Southwest Airlines will begin flying nonstop service between Boise and San Diego. The new service will operate once daily, Monday through Friday, utilizing a Boeing 737.

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Jan. 11, 2017

Idaho Population Growth Strongest Since 2008

by Idaho Department of Labor

Idaho’s population grew by 1.8 percent between mid-2015 and mid-2016, the third strongest increase of all states and 1.1 percentage point ahead of the national growth rate. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state’s population was 1,683,140 as of July 1, 2016, an estimated increase of more than 30,300. This was the strongest increase since 2008 when the population grew 1.9 percent with an increase of 29,200.

Idaho’s population growth can be attributed to a high birth rate and domestic migration, which accounted for 90 percent of the state’s population growth. Idaho ranked fifth in the country for in-migration as nearly 19,000 people moved from other states and countries between mid-2015 and mid-2016. The state’s birth rate was 13.7 births per thousand women, the seventh highest in the country.

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Jan. 11, 2017

Meridian #1 City For New Home Sales

Sometimes homebuyers just want a new home. Lower maintenance costs, up-to-date designs, and a definite lack of murder are on many a must-have list.

To determine which U.S. cities have appealingly high inventories of new homes, analyzed the housing markets of the country’s 400 largest towns. The results were a little surprising.

The ten cities with the highest percentage of for-sale homes built since 2013 are concentrated in the middle of the country, with Meridian, Idaho, leading the charge. A bedroom community for Boise’s growing tech scene, Meridian’s seen a surge of home construction in recent years. More than a third of the city’s housing market is newer construction with a median price just $25,000 above older homes for sale in the area

Jan. 11, 2017

Exploring Idaho’s Secret Wine Region

Idaho Wine Country Is A *Real* Thing

Katie Quinn made a trip to Boise and had the opportunity to explore the Treasure Valley Wine Region. 

Sure enough, I hopped in a car with my fellow food-lover friends (and awesome creators) Molly Yeh and Matt & Beau of Probably This to explore what Idaho offers as far as wine goes.

We had such a fun day! The weather was beautiful, the scenery was outstanding, and the wine was SO good! We got to see how it's made and taste it at all different stages of the production process. 

Jan. 6, 2017

A Beautiful Boise Winter

Photo by Lisa Holland

A beautiful day in Boise, Idaho.

Jan. 4, 2017

A New Year, New Downtown Boise Projects

If 2016 was the "year of the cranes" in Boise, with construction projects running full-tilt across the downtown core, 2017 could well be the "year of the ribbons," with a steady stream of grand openings.

Jan. 3, 2017

Vogue Ranks Idaho in Top Places to Travel in 2017

Idaho is having a moment. The capital, Boise, may not have an Ace Hotel yet, but it’s quietly setting itself up to be one of America’s most desirable second-tier cities with hip lodging like the Modern Hotel + Bar, indie coffee shops, creative hubs, distilleries, and a serious craft beer scene. And then of course, there’s the incredible access to the outdoors, including more than 190 miles of trails to hike, run, and bike in the Boise Foothills.

Dec. 28, 2016

Meridian Feed Mill First in Southern Idaho to Be Certified As Organic

by Admin

The Feed Mill here has been certified as organic, becoming the first feed mill in Southern Idaho to meet the stringent requirements.

“We started getting new customers for our organic chicken feed almost before the ink was dry on our certificate,” said Jos Zamzow, chief operating officer of Dynamite Marketing, which owns the mill.

“Most people today want feed that is both local and organic,” he explained. “Before you could either buy local animal feed or you could buy organic feed. The ‘green’ customer wants both. Now it’s possible at the Meridian Feed Mill.”

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Dec. 28, 2016

Why Heartland RV Chose Nampa

"Why Heartland RV Chose Nampa."

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, one of the world leaders in recreational vehicle manufacturing, chose Nampa, Idaho as the location for its new manufacturing facility. This video explains

Dec. 26, 2016

Boise State Commencement Ceremony Nearly 2,000 Winter Graduates

by Boise State University

Boise State University’s winter Commencement Dec. 17 honored nearly 2,000 mid-year graduates and paid tribute to Rod Lewis, one of Idaho’s longest-serving Idaho State Board of Education leaders.

About 1,000 students participated in the university’s 99th Commencement ceremony. In total, 1,937 students were eligible to receive 2,144 degrees and certificates. Of those, 322 were eligible for honors: 209 cum laude, 97 magna cum laude and 16 summa cum laude.

Boise State expects to confer around 4,000 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and other degrees this academic year.

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Dec. 20, 2016

X Games Launches Boise Park Qualifier in 2017


As part of the Road to X Games content series, X Games will host the world’s top athletes in a Park Qualifier event on June 10, 2017 as they compete to secure their invitation to X Games Minneapolis. Streamed live from Rhodes Skatepark in Boise, Idaho, the Park Qualifier will feature three disciplines – Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Park and BMX Park. In addition to the live stream, fans can catch the Boise Park Qualifier coverage on ABC as part of the World of X Games content on June 17, as well as coverage across X Games digital and social platforms.
In each of the disciplines, the top three medalists from X Games Austin 2016 will pre-qualify for the Minneapolis event. The top six athletes in each discipline at the Boise Park Qualifier will also receive their invites to Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public. 

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