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Do you want to know what’s happening on the east Idaho business scene? We’ve got you covered.

Here is a rundown of this week’s business news across the valley.



Power companies create electric charging station route for car owners

Tesla charging stations in Snake River Landing | Rett Nelson,

IDAHO FALLS – A growing number of car manufacturers say electric vehicles could be the future of car buying.

Several local utilities and convenience store chains are helping make that trend a sustainable reality in eastern Idaho.

Rocky Mountain Power has partnered with Maverik and other companies to make traveling in an electric vehicle viable, convenient and mainstream in our region.

“Now that car manufacturers are coming out with all electric vehicles, we want to give people the confidence to buy one,” Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Spencer Hall tells “Putting the infrastructure in place is a precursor to people making that choice.”

Hall says Rocky Mountain Power has committed to build 700 charging stations throughout Utah, Idaho and Nevada.

“We want people (with electric vehicles) to be able to travel from Yellowstone to Salt Lake City, to Vegas and Disneyland.”

Since these are popular stops for tourists, Hall says they want people with electric vehicles to feel secure in making a long distance trip along this route.




Event brings presenters together for ‘ideas worth spreading’

IDAHO FALLS – On March 10, a group of 12 speakers will gather at the Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls to present “ideas worth spreading.”

The phrase “ideas worth spreading” is the tagline for TEDx Idaho Falls.

TEDx Idaho Falls is the local, independent version of TED, a global nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas and information through short, thought-provoking presentations.

Heidi Bluemel, the executive producer of the event’s 5th year in Idaho Falls, says she loves the process and concept of TEDx.

“Seeing people’s commitment and their amazing, brilliant ideas they’re sharing–humanity definitely surprises me,” Bluemel tells



Dr. Fahim Rahim will address business students about new healthcare model

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The following is a news release from Idaho State University.

POCATELLO– On March 29, Dr. Fahim Rahim, nephrologist and co-founder of the Idaho Kidney Institute, will speak on behalf of the Idaho State University College of Business’s Wells Fargo Speaker Series.

Rahim is well known for his philanthropic and innovative business contributions to health care and rural communities in need. Most recently, Rahim announced a new Bingham Healthcare Medical Campus in Chubbuck to be constructed over the next year in collaboration with Bingham Memorial Hospital and other physicians in the area.

The Speaker Series event is open to students, ISU employees and the public. To reserve your space, please contact Gail Hunt at or call 208-282-2504.

RELATED: 15 Doctors launching unique health care model in east Idaho


New restaurant opening soon

Good2Go Street view | Google maps

RIGBY – Out with the old and in with the new.

An old business is getting a new location while a new business moves in.

Rigby City Clerk Dave Swager tells Little Caesar’s Pizza is taking up shop in the current Fiesta Ole building next to Good 2 Go convenience store at 132 North Clark street.

Fiesta Ole, in the meantime, is preparing to open up a new store at 133 North Park across from the old courthouse.

We reached out to the Good 2 Go corporate office in Idaho Falls for comment about this. We have not yet received a response.

Stay with for updates.


Tangled in Tulle

New dress shop owner on a mission to help every girl feel beautiful

IDAHO FALLS – Every girl yearns for the perfect dress to wear to prom or other events. But finding something that fits their budget and their needs is not always easy. That’s where Tangled in Tulle comes in.

Tangled in Tulle is a new dress shop providing affordable dresses for girls of all shapes and sizes.

“We live in a society that’s very focused on the body,” Owner Esther Larson tells “Girls have become very critical of their self-image. It’s important to me to help every girl who comes in feel beautiful.”



It’s nearly midnight. You’re finally done catching up on a few tasks for the day.

You had intended to get up early to do a workout before going to work the next morning, but time got away from you.

Now you’re exhausted and craving an extra hour of sleep before you start the daily grind all over again. Every day feels like a never-ending blur where the work is never done. Ironically, you started this business to have more time to do the things that matter to you, and now you don’t even have a minute to slow down.

If you’ve ever felt this way as a business owner, then Jeremy Johnson with the Better Business Bureau has some helpful suggestions.



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