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Business in brief: Cabela’s to open its doors Nov. 9

Cabela’s plans to open its 125,000-square-foot destination sporting goods store in Post Falls on Nov. 9.

The company has hired 250 employees for the store, which features extensive nature exhibits and huge aquariums.

Company spokeswoman Gail Shore said opening days at other locations have attracted huge crowds.

“People are known to camp out in the parking lot and stand in line by the hundreds – and even by the thousands. It’s quite the deal,” said Shore, who is based in Edina, Minn.

The doors will open that day at 8 a.m.


Plan puts health data on Visa

Inland Northwest Health Services is developing a project to issue Visa debit cards that would contain a patients’ emergency medical information, said CEO Tom Fritz.

Slated for possible rollout within the next six months, the “smart” cards could allow medical personnel to see information such as blood type, allergies and medications, Fritz said.

The cards also could hold health savings account information, he said. Consumers would make co-payments and deductibles using the cards when visiting the doctor or getting prescriptions filled.

People would choose how much to put on the cards, which could hold images, Fritz said.

“Certain patient groups have been really asking for it,” such as those with seizure disorders or elderly parents, he said.

Initially, the cards will be tested by INHS employees, said spokeswoman Nicole Stewart

Coeur d’Alene

Mining groups to discuss projects

More than 40 mining companies and about 800 investors are expected at the fifth annual Silver Summer, which runs from Sept. 20 to 21.

The conference gives Hecla Mining Co., Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp., and other silver miners a chance to discuss their latest projects with shareholders and other investors.

It will also feature panels of analysts and showcase products made out of silver. Eclectic Silver of Pinehurst, Idaho, will exhibit anti-bacterial apparel made with silver threads.

The conference takes place at the Coeur d’Alene Inn & Conference Center, 414 W. Appleway. Admission is $25 per person and pre-registration is required. For a complete agenda, or to register, visit, or call (208) 556-1621.

The event is put on by the Silver Valley Mining Association.

San Francisco

Oracle head gets hefty pay package

Already one of the world’s richest men, Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison padded his fortune with a fiscal 2007 pay package valued at $61.2 million and stock option gains of nearly $182 million, according to documents filed Friday.

Most of the compensation consisted of 7 million stock options worth an estimated $50.1 million.

From staff and wire reports