PetIQ to announce 2nd quarter results

EAGLE—The pet health and wellness company PetIQ has set a date for the public announcement of its results for the second quarter. The company’s executives will hold a conference call with the public to go over the results and take comments at 2:30 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, Aug. 7. It will also be available online afterwards, at

PetIQ states in a press release that they have a mission to “make pet lives better by educating pet parents” about the care and wellness of their pets.

“PetIQ believes that pets are an important part of the family and deserve the best products and care we can give them.”

Idaho Falls announces new event center

IDAHO FALLS— The Idaho Falls Auditorium District is partnering with Mountain American Credit Union for their new event center. As part of the agreement, the center will be named the Mountain America Center and will be the host of the minor league Idaho Falls hockey team as well as concerts and other community events, according to a news release. It will seat up to 5,500 people and will cover 48,000 square feet.

“Partnerships of private enterprise and government are absolutely necessary in order to make projects the size of this one a reality,” said Terri Gadzik, chairwoman of the board at Idaho Falls Auditorium District in a press release.

According to IFAD, the project will be funded by private fundraising and a hotel room tax.

Nampa SERVPRO franchise to receive ‘Outstanding Performance’ award

NAMPA— SERVPRO, the building restoration company, awarded its Nampa-based franchise with an Outstanding Performance award at its national convention. The convention aimed to celebrate the company’s 50th year while honoring its small-business roots and innovation efforts, according to a press release. As well as awards, there were workshops, group discussions and a keynote address by motivational speaker Jon Gordon.

“It is always gratifying to earn a distinction for our business,” said Brian Reed, SERVPRO of Nampa/Caldwell owner, “but it feels especially good this year. “

Former China Blue to reopen as ‘Strangelove’ night club

BOISE—The grand opening of ‘Strangelove,’ a new night club opening in the former China Blue spot in Boise, is slated for the weekend of Aug. 3. Ted Challenger, owner/operator of Challenger Hospitality Group, initiated plans in October after the closure of China Blue due to infrastructure issues resulting in a collapsed roof.

According to a press release, the extent of the building’s damage prompted Challenger to create a new business model in rebuilding rather than replacing the old one.

“I looked at what worked and what didn’t work with China Blue and used that to build an inclusive, fun, affordable, and nonviolent club that I’m hoping will add something really special to this new era in Boise’s nightlife scene,” he said. The long-awaited opening date was finalized after a number of construction delays and conceptual changes.

Challenger’s ultimate vision for the club comes from “the strange concept of love as something that people live, kill, and die for, and emotional reactions people have to dancing in different atmospheres.” This atmosphere will showcase striking and diverse artwork displays in each different room/area, an upscale standard of drink and bottle service, “and high-energy beats that will bring together varying groups of club-goers in sharing a love of music, drinking, and dance,” said the release.

Strangelove will be the third establishment owned and operated by Challenger Hospitality Group, which currently backs popular downtown bars Dirty Little Roddys and Amsterdam Lounge.

Three Idaho artisans featured in IPT’s ‘Crafting a Living’

BOISE— A new documentary from Outdoor Idaho introduces three Idaho artisans “who use their unique vision and craftsmanship to earn a living,” according to a press release.

Bill Burke is recognized the world over as a master of high-performance Damascus steel knives that appeal to collectors, chefs and hunters alike. There’s currently a waiting list of 2 ½ years for a Bill Burke knife.

Ashley Delonas is a mountain climber, a mother and wife, and a self-supporting mixed-media artist from Pocatello who uses her hunting skills to track down antler sheds for her unique creations.

Cary Schwarz built his first custom saddle by the time he was just 19, and today his hand-crafted saddles are widely revered for their durability and intricate artistic designs.

“Crafting a Living” airs Thursday, July 25, at 8 p.m. on Outdoor Idaho. The film will be available for streaming at

New coding program accepting applications

Coding bootcamp Coding Dojo has announced a new online program to introduce developers to data science. The press release about the program said coding is a fast-growing field with job demand projected to grow by 19 percent by 2026 and an average salary around $90,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

The hands-on, accelerated introduction to the field is a four-week online course led by former West Point professor Isaac Faber, who holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and is currently the Chief Data Scientist for MatrixDS. The course features video lectures and tutorials, plus 10-20 hours per week of independent study and projects. Applications are open now at The first class starts in mid-August. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, should have a solid understanding of linear algebra, as well experience with basic Python topics such as flow control and functions.

VisitPay moving, expanding

VisitPay, a Boise-grown healthcare technology startup, has moved to new headquarters to accommodate an expanding staff, according to a press release. The company, now at 1471 West Shoreline Dr. in Boise, built around a financial services platform to help patients manage medical bills and improve a health system’s cash flow, was founded nine years ago in the basement of co-founder and CEO Kent Ivanoff. Company clients include: St. Luke’s in Boise, Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, Texas Health Resources, INTEGRIS of Oklahoma, Inova in Virginia and Henry Ford in Michigan.

VisitPay uses a health system’s own patient and billing data, and applies machine-learning algorithms to create detailed patient segments that can be used to provide “the most financially feasible option for patients,” said the release. The system will identify patients eligible for charity care, prioritize accounts based on a patient’s ability to meet obligations and aggregate all billing and insurance information in one place — all to make it easier for the patient to see what they owe and how it can managed within their daily life.

The platform, now in its third generation, has a proven track record of generating transformative results — an average 30% lift in payment yield and a 70% lift in patient satisfaction.

VisitPay has attracted tech investors from across the nation to Boise, including Flare Capital, Norwest Venture Partners and Ascension Ventures, as well as in-demand data and analytics professionals from across the Northwest.

Additionally, VisitPay increased its staff by 55% in 2018 to 85 employees and looks to fill nearly two dozen positions in data analytics and sales this year.

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