REDI to hire STAR director

In response to continued growth in eastern Idaho’s science, technology and research sector, Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) is hiring a science, technology and research (STAR) director.

The STAR director will report to REDI CEO Jan Rogers and serve as the primary spokesman for topics and actions tied to “this vital industry cluster,” a REDI news release said.

The region is anchored with a Department of Energy national laboratory, three additional major science and research labs and advanced manufacturing, the release said. Hiring a STAR Director will help to maintain, grow and advocate this core sector and keep a focus on science, technology and research opportunities in the region, the release said.

Rogers said the sector is on track to reach nearly $4.5 billion in capital investment. The STAR director position was created with assistance from Idaho National Laboratory, Fluor Idaho and “numerous industry partners,” the release said.

“… Eastern Idaho has truly made significant strides in furthering growth and harnessing new ideas to change the industry landscape in our state,” Megan Ronk, director of Idaho Commerce, said in the release. “That is why we are so excited for an even deeper focus on the science, technology and research fields in the Idaho workforce.”

INL Director Mark Peters said in the release that bringing together the region’s existing talent and assets that are “uniquely available” here is “critical to INL’s future success.”

“… The timing is right to find a STAR director to advocate and champion our region both regionally and nationally,” Peters said in the release.

Steve Laflin, president and CEO of International Isotopes, said in the release that he is “very enthusiastic” about the creation of a science, technology, and research director position.

Applicants can review the STAR director position job qualifications and apply online at by clicking on the “About Us” tab, then “Career Opportunities.” The application deadline is Aug. 6.

Ferraro’s Italian Cuisine opens in Ammon

Ferraro’s Italian Cuisine has opened in Sandcreek Commons at 2668 E. Sunnyside Road, next to Great Clips, in Ammon.

Its menu features a variety of appetizers, soups and salads, pizza, pasta and chicken and fish entrees.

Its hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For information, call 208-522-4247. It also can be found on Facebook.

Rocky Mountain Power honors

BYU-Idaho for energy savings

In the last year, Brigham Young University-Idaho’s efforts to be more energy efficient yielded a savings of over 1.24 million kilowatt-hours. That’s enough energy to power 140 homes in a year. In recognition of those savings, Rocky Mountain Power presented BYU-Idaho with the 2017 wattsmart Business Idaho Partner of the Year Award.

“The university has been working in partnership with Rocky Mountain power to continuously identify new opportunities to improve efficiency on campus,” Tim Solomon, Rocky Mountain Power regional business manager, said in the release. “They have been a stand-out organization in their work to save energy and protect the environment.”

Rocky Mountain Power provided $144,175 in incentives for LED lighting, heating and cooling and roofing upgrades. This helped BYU-Idaho complete 18 energy saving projects, which led to around $87,000 in energy cost savings, the release said.

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart business program offers technical expertise and cash incentives for improving the energy efficiency of businesses. For information, go to

EIRMC opens new Eastern Idaho Women’s Imaging

Eastern Idaho Women’s Imaging, formerly the EIRMC Imaging Center on John Adams Parkway, has a new name and new location to better serve its patients, an Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center news release said.

The facility offers 3-D and 2-D mammography, breast and abdominal ultrasounds, stereotactic breast biopsies and bone density testing.

The facility, now located in suite 121 in the EIRMC Medical Office Building, 2860 Channing Way, west of the Emergency Room, is accessible without entering the main hospital. It offers larger, updated rooms and increased privacy, the release said. It also features an all-female staff with advanced certifications. Saturday and weekday evening appointments also are available.

For information, call 208-535-4555 or visit

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