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Jun. 20, 2017

Allegiant Airlines To Begin Nonstop Service To Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

by Boise Airport

On October 6, 2017, Allegiant Airlines will begin nonstop service between Boise and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The new service will operate twice weekly, with departures and arrivals on Friday and Monday.

With the addition of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, the Boise Airport has service to 21 nonstop destinations, just one less than the record of 22 nonstop destinations served in 2007.

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Jun. 19, 2017

Treefort Music Fest Teaches Us How To ‘Festival Better’

What if your festival experience asked you to grow as a human, to learn as an artist, as an individual? What if we stopped worrying about what everyone is wearing and who is who and we all just hung out for a weekend? I truly mean it when I say Treefort is for everyone, there is no scene, no pretense, no cool kids, or exclusionary vibe. It’s just nothing but goodness.

So, let this be a call to change festival culture and learn from these Idahoans. Let’s be a little more inclusive, and a little more loving, a little more inclined toward discovery and trying something new. Because there are podcast chats to hear, midnight Magic Sword to attend, and tacos to eat, and lambs roasting in honor of the Basque heritage, and late night breakfasts, and a million other delightfully strange things to try and see and listen to. And who knows, you just might love it.

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Jun. 7, 2017

Technology Company Jelli Expands Operations in Downtown Boise

by Admin

Jelli, a technology firm based in San Mateo, announced the significant expansion of its customer success and marketing operations located in its new downtown Boise office. Founded in 2009, Jelli is the technology that powers programmatic platforms for the $40B global radio industry. New offices in Boise and New York City will accommodate the company’s recently announced growth of more than 266% percent in gross media spend executed on their platform. 

“Ultimately, the Boise-based office will include other core Jelli functions, and the people we’ve hired already demonstrate the company’s innovative, passionate, diverse, and customer-centric culture," said Mike Dougherty, Jelli co-founder and chief executive officer.  "Boise is the ideal market for us. We selected the Mountain West due to the area’s diverse talent pool, access to major universities, close proximity to our Silicon Valley headquarters, and because doing business in Idaho is significantly easier.”

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Jun. 1, 2017

8 American Cities You Should Visit Before They’re Too Popular

Usually you can rely on hipster millennials to tell you what's gonna be cool before it's cool. Like, drinking uncomfortably hoppy beer, or eating Spam, or which neighborhood will be the next hip neighborhood. But for whatever reason, you rarely hear talk of the next up-and-coming travel destination (except, like, Mexico City. "I was going to Mexico City waaay before everyone else was going to Mexico City.”)

Channeling my inner cool kid, I went searching for under-the-radar cities across the US that are poised to become the new Nashvilles and Portlands -- polling travel experts around the country and looking at data trends like increased hotel construction and tourism infrastructure. And, you know, cities with the cool, calm, collected demeanor of someone who knows something you don’t yet. Here are eight cities you should go visit before they get too popular.

Boise, Idaho

If you want to see Seattle, Portland, or Denver before $14-a-drink bars discovered them, check out Boise. The creative center of Idaho is filling the beer-and-outdoors gaps these cities left when they fell to the mass popularity. Firstly, it boasts 190 miles of single-track trails that start practically in the middle of Downtown and a 30-mile Greenbelt trail that traverses the city. Second, Boise opens brewpubs like Florida builds condos, with four new ones planned for this year, including Bozeman’s White Dog. The X-Games will be hosting a qualifier at the city’s spanking-new skate park, and Bogus Basin just pumped $4 million into summer-activity improvements. Combine all of this with the walkability and affordability bigger cities lack, and you’ve got a strong case for Boise as “the new Portland.”

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May. 30, 2017

Grow Here: Gretchen Caserotti on Storytelling and Service

by Marissa Lovell

Gretchen Caserotti’s career calling became crystal clear to her during children’s story time at New York Public Library.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Gretchen grew up in a home entrenched in the arts. After graduating high school, Gretchen bounced around the country uncovering pieces of herself in communities from Portland to New York City. In 2006, while working as an actress and waiting tables in the Big Apple, she realized that as much as she loved storytelling and performance art, acting wasn’t the outlet for her passions.  

She decided to make a change and hit the books twofold – as a graduate student at Pratt Institute and as a Children’s Librarian at New York Public Library. Amongst rows of books, Gretchen discovered her love of storytelling and passion for service colliding. As she worked toward earning her Master’s in Library Science, she learned about the human thought process. Matching this understanding with creativity, she discovered ways the library could be even more useful to the local community.

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May. 30, 2017

Grow Here: Wyatt Schroeder on Intentional Growth

by Marissa Lovell

While bouncing around the East Coast working on political campaigns, Wyatt Schroeder heard countless stories of poverty and homelessness. Never having lived that experience, he felt compelled to address these issues head on and began working in low-income housing repair with AmeriCorps. Hearing stories of struggle and perseverance to maintain a healthy living environment gave him a fresh perspective on his own life and his ability to give back to those in need. Following this pursuit to Virginia and Philadelphia, Wyatt found himself seeking a change of scenery and started to look at cities that were beginning to grow. Within a few hours of visiting Boise, he knew the City of Trees was going to be home.

In 2015, Wyatt was hired as a consultant for Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless (CATCH) Inc., a local nonprofit organization with a vision “for an Idaho where no family experiences homelessness and those that do are swiftly and compassionately guided back into a home of their own.” At the time, CATCH was facing serious financial distress. The organization had a maxed line of credit and was operating with 50 percent of funding sourced from a grant that was nearing its end. Wyatt was soon hired as Executive Director of CATCH and began to make moves towards getting the organization back on its feet.

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May. 23, 2017

Boise #2 City for Young Professionals 2017 - Forbes

Approximately 1.9 million students around the country will graduate with bachelor’s degrees this year, many this month and next. A key question as they prepare to pursue their dreams: where?

The most surprising may be No. 2 Boise, Idaho, which makes the list thanks to strong job growth projections and a high percentage of adults with college degrees. Boise also ranked 13th on our list of the best places for business, in part due to its fast-growing tech sector. Government and business, however, remain the strongest sectors.

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May. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Angela Taylor Living On Purpose With a Purpose

by Marissa Lovell

Growing up in Mountain Home, Idaho, Angela Taylor learned hard work, integrity and service through the actions of her parents. Her father, a United States Airman, and her mother, a teacher’s aide, demonstrated what it meant to live life on purpose and with purpose, and challenged her to rise to her potential. After graduating from high school, Angela attended Stanford University where she studied economics and won multiple national championships with the women’s basketball team. Recognizing the social and economic impact of athletics, Angela headed to business school at New York University, where she became involved in launching professional women’s basketball as WNBA Senior Director of Player Personnel.

After nine years, Angela began to move back towards the West Coast working as Vice President of Business Operations for Minnesota Lynx, General Manager of Washington Mystics and President and General Manager of Atlanta Dream. In 2015, Angela wanted to be closer to her parents and moved back to Boise with a pressing thought on her mind – how can I generate opportunities for the community that contribute to the economic development in Boise? 

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May. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Sonia Galaviz Opening The Door For Opportunity

by Marissa Lovell

Sonia Galaviz never planned on being a teacher. Her sights were set on becoming a lobbyist from the time she began high school in Northern Idaho up until the middle of her college career at Boise State University. Everything changed when she began volunteering at a family literacy program for migrant workers in Caldwell. Witnessing the power reading and writing had in that community, Sonia knew from then on that she was meant to teach.

Sonia teaches fifth-grade at Garfield Elementary – one of the oldest schools in Boise School District that now exemplifies the bright future within the Boise Valley. Although there are 18 languages spoken under Garfield’s roof, one is universal – the language of opportunity. 

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May. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Luis Caloca Turning Ideas Into Action

by Marissa Lovell

Luis Caloca, Director of Enrollment Management and One Stop at College of Western Idaho, has paved his way by turning ideas into action. Starting out in Wilder within a predominantly Hispanic community, Luis’s life was transformed when his family moved to Canyon County and enrolled him in West Canyon Elementary – at the time, a school with very few Hispanic students. 

Experiences like that led him and two others to create the Future Hispanic Leaders of America in their senior year – an organization committed to helping Hispanic students advance in education by assisting with college admission, finding scholarships and grants and serving as a support group for those sharing similar experiences.

These pivotal experiences early on in Luis’s education paved the way to a career in higher education – specifically a career where he could work with students and the community to address the same adversity he felt as a student.

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May. 8, 2017

Expedia Ranks Boise Among N. America’s Coolest Downtowns

There’s a buzz in Boise, and it sounds a lot like Instagram shutters snapping from Freak Alley Gallery. This outdoor venue is all about building a creative community in the heart of Boise, and it’s playing its part in making Idaho’s capital more colorful with murals and events. Boise GreenBike makes it easy to embrace the neighborhood’s open-air way of life with convenient bike sharing. How cool is that?

Find your chill: Craving some amazing craft beer? Visit downtown Boise in early October for the annual Hoptober Freshtival, hosted by Boise Brewing.

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May. 8, 2017

AppDetex Raises $5.5 Million to Accelerate Growth

by Admin

AppDetex, a Boise-based software company providing online and mobile brand protection to global brands, announced today that it has raised $5.5 million to expand its products and accelerate growth. EPIC Ventures led the round with participation from Origin Ventures and existing investors.

Founded in 2012 by brand protection veterans Faisal Shah and Chris Bura, AppDetex provides innovative solutions to global corporations experiencing reputation and revenue loss from brand impersonation in the online and mobile space – including domains, marketplaces, social media and mobile applications. Through AppDetex, customers efficiently monitor high-risk verticals, identify active violators and, enforce on intellectual property violations.

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May. 5, 2017

Pre-Accreditation Granted to Idaho’s First Medical School

by Proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has awarded the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) its pre-accreditation status. This is the school’s most recent step in preparation to open its doors in August of 2018.

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May. 5, 2017

Fresca Mexican Foods Expands in Caldwell

 Fresca Mexican Foods has quietly turned out millions of tortillas each day from its factory in Boise and shipped its product to destinations around the world.

The company was founded 40 years ago and has since grown to become a major player in the crowded tortilla market, all while tucked away in a business park off Emerald Street.

Andy Savin, the company’s president, CEO and owner, said Fresca has earned its wide customer base by carving out a niche with its fresh frozen process. That means its corn and flour tortillas stay fresh, even when opened by clients as far away as Australia.

“We’re the only company of the many tortilla companies in the U.S. that basically freezes our product for quality reasons to preserve freshness,” Savin said. “It allows us to eliminate preservatives, to eliminate additives and have a healthier, cleaner product. That’s the way we’ve been built for 40 years. We’ve progressed down that path and perfected it over many years.”

The company’s success has caused some growing pains at its Boise location. Because of that, Fresca is moving its headquarters and its 170 employees to a new, nearly 200,000-square-foot facility under construction in Caldwell. The new building will be more than twice the size of its current 82,000-square-foot Boise factory. That space has the capacity for Fresca to double the amount of tortillas it produces each day — which now averages 3 million — and add new products to its lineup, including flat bread, pita bread and pizza dough, Savin said.

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May. 3, 2017

Boise Among Top 5 Cities for Young Families 2017

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar—what Boise lacks in fame it makes up for in peaceful standard of living at a very reasonable price. 

In fact, next to Arlington, Boise is the least expensive place to live in our list at $942 average monthly rent. Not only is it cheap, it’s also incredibly safe: in 2006 Boise came in #1 on Farmer’s Insurance list of the most secure places to live. 

That’s not the only thing that makes Boise a great place to raise a family. Boise Town Square is the city’s biggest mall and has everything you could want, from a Build-a-Bear Workshop to a Dave and Busters. 

Zoo Boise is beautiful, educational, and fun for all ages, and Bogus Basin is a fantastic weekend ski getaway.

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May. 1, 2017

Boise - “It’s My Place”

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There's no better way to learn about a community, than from the people who live and thrive there.

Apr. 14, 2017

City of Boise Opens Boise WaterShed River Campus

The 2-acre complex was designed and planned by a team of artists, engineers, and educators. It tells the story of the Boise River watershed through public art, landscaping, water features and interactive exhibits.  The park-like setting allows visitors to discover water’s many roles in cities and agricultural areas and how citizens can protect and conserve these resources for the future.

The public art was completed by 14 local artists and tells the story of the Boise River, from the headwaters in high mountain streams, to Lucky Peak Reservoir, flowing through Boise and downstream communities, before eventually joining the Snake River.

Located at the West Boise Water Renewal Facility (formerly referred to as the Wastewater Treatment Facility), the $3.1 million dollar project was funded by the City of Boise’s Department of Public Works, Department of Arts & History and the Percent for Art Program, and Boise WaterShed Exhibits, Inc.  Programming includes free tours and hands-on education. In 2016, the Boise Watershed provided education to nearly 23,000 Treasure Valley residents, many of them school-aged children.

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Apr. 14, 2017

Work Begins on Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell

Once complete, Indian Creek Plaza will have a concert stage, ice rink in the winter and fountains in the summer. It’s expected to host at least 150 events or activities each year.

According to a construction timeline handed out at the ceremony, the $6.5 million project is estimated to be complete by Jan. 25.

One of the plaza’s most unique features is an ice ribbon. The ice ribbon takes skaters around the plaza on a narrow lane of ice and back to a traditional ice rink.

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Apr. 12, 2017

Title One and Idaho Recognized by RIS Media

Idaho has a lot going for it these days. Just ask Mark Tidd, CEO of Boise-based TitleOne Corporation, with 13 locations serving 14 counties throughout the state. From affordability to lifestyle, Idaho’s allure is attracting many out-of-state homebuyers, drawn by the promise of an all-around better quality of life. In this exclusive interview, Tidd shares just why Idaho is booming, and how his firm supports the rise in homeownership by playing a key role at the closing table.

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Apr. 5, 2017

Saint Alphonsus & St. Luke’s Listed On The 100 Great Hospitals In America

Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to release the 2017 edition of its list of "100 great hospitals in America."

The hospitals included on this list are renowned for excellence. They are industry leaders in innovation, quality patient care and clinical research, and have received recognition across various publications and accrediting organizations.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of several ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News and World Report's 2016-17 Honor Roll and specialty rankings, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades, Truven Health Analytics top hospitals, Most Wired hospitals and Magnet accreditation.

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Apr. 3, 2017

Treefort Music Fest’s Best Year So Far

Treefort Music Fest kicks off the annual festival season in the Northwest and now in its sixth year, Treefort has become one of the must attend events in the country. Where else can you catch over 400 bands, sample a wide variety of micro-brews and ciders, learn a whole lot about technology and see new and emerging films?

Treefort Music Fest has become a seasonal celebration to explore new music and bands from around the country. With a heavy dose of the Boise music scene, bands from Seattle, Portland, Denver, Los Angeles, London, New York and points in-between come to Boise to hang-out for the long weekend.

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Apr. 3, 2017

11 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive in 2017 - Kiplinger

Located in the southwest corner of the Gem State, Boise benefits as a regional alternative to Seattle, Portland, or Salt Lake City, all a six- to eight-hour drive away (but hey, this is the West, where folks are used to driving long distances).

Boise is the state capital, largest city in the state, and home of Boise State University, with its iconic blue-turfed football stadium. It’s also one of the least expensive large metros in the wide-open spaces of the West. Local industries that are hiring briskly include health care, construction, manufacturing and finance. Boise is big on both agribusiness and semiconductors, and has many tech start-ups. Clearwater Analytics, a local start-up, now has a 10-story building downtown. The great outdoors is always close by with the Rocky Mountains and ski resorts. Big employers include St. Luke’s health systems, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Micron Technology, HP and the state government.

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Mar. 31, 2017

Treefort Music Fest Is the Festival We Need, But Don’t Deserve: A 2017 Recap

With music festivals being at their peak of popularity – and their peak of homogenization – the search for a festival that truly offers something others don’t becomes that much more prevalent. In the saturated market that is the modern festival scene, if you see a really stacked festival that happens to be taking place far away from you, you can generally take comfort in knowing that at least three-fourths of those artists will be booked for festivals near you.

It’s for this reason that many including myself have been intrigued by the growing popularity of Boise, ID’s Treefort Music Fest, a festival that has for all intents and purposes achieved universal god-tier status as the best festival currently running regardless of location, with a community and feel unlike any other festival you’ll find. It’s easy to be skeptical – especially since Boise’s second most-popular music festival’s 2017 lineup boasts such mouth-watering headliners as Flo Rida and Austin Mahone – but to any Treefort newcomers whom were in the audience in 2017, it’s hard to shake the sensational feeling that Treefort is the most at-home you’ll feel with a modern festival.

At its foundation, Treefort is the city of Boise’s attempt at “North By Northwest,” a name and concept you’ll hear thrown around when discussing any Northwest festival that goes for the SXSW formula of having several venues all in one space, with different showcases happening at once, across a longer stretch of days than the usual two- or three-day festival. However, Treefort’s most unique selling point, besides its communal feel, is the emphasis it puts on spotlighting the unknowns of the Northwest. Out of Treefort’s five days, the main stage was only open for three, and while there were some bigger artists that played on these first two days, spreading out the popular names among these smaller venues and giving them the same showcases as Boise locals and national unknowns alike led to a more even playing field and some of these smaller bands walking away with new fans.

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Mar. 30, 2017

The NYLON Guide To Boise, Idaho

When you think about Idaho, the first thing that probably comes to mind is potatoes. Of course, there’s so much more to the state than what comes out of its soil. It’s a place of real natural beauty, where it’s impossible not to be in complete awe of the mountains, rivers, and parkland. Plus, breathing in all that clean air will really change your perspective on the world around you. I recently had the opportunity to spend five glorious days in Boise for Treefort Music Fest. In between all of the indie rock showcases that were spread throughout the downtown area, I had some free time to explore the heart of Treasure Valley. I was lucky enough to have had the advantage of being shown everything that this pleasant city has to offer from local residents, and now I can share that wealth of information with you. Here, then, are 17 must-see spots you need to hit when you visit the City of Trees.

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Mar. 27, 2017

Amalgamated Sugar Factory Celebrates 75 years

To most people, the Amalgamated Sugar Company's factory in Nampa is a marker for when to turn off Interstate 84, and a place where “they store a lot of beets.” But over its 75-year history, the factory has stood as more than that to its workers and the community it serves — it is a symbol of tradition.

“We have employees who generations of their family have worked here in some capacity. Whole families have worked here,” McAnally said.

When the factory first opened, the company was producing a little more than 2,000 tons of sugar each day. It finished its first production year cutting a total of 192,970 tons of sugar beets and producing a little more than 553,000 bags of sugar weighing 100 pounds each. More than 660 growers sent their sugar beets to the Nampa facility in its first year alone.

Today, those numbers seem like small potatoes to the company that cuts more than 12,000 tons of beets a day and produces 2 million pounds of sugar every 24 hours. The sugar company now also produces beet pulp, molasses and other beet by-products for use by food and animal-feed manufacturers.

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Mar. 24, 2017

Boise Ranks On Another Kiplinger List

It’s been a slow climb back from the Great Recession for the nation’s major metropolitan areas. Yet job seekers often overlook the small and medium cities located near or relatively near the big hubs. As the big metro areas recover, these smaller “satellite” cities benefit from spreading regional business growth, while offering lower housing and commuter costs, putting less of a squeeze on employee salaries than more expensive, congested places a few hours away.

That can mean both abundant job opportunities and budget-friendly home prices for folks looking to relocate. All of these cities’ job markets have been growing faster than the national average, most have lower jobless rates than the national average, and all are expected to continue to outperform economically this year.

Boise came in at number 10 on the list and showcased large employment growth and a shrinking unemployment rate. 

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Mar. 23, 2017

Saint Alphonsus Nampa Makes Top 100 List

The hospital on 12th Avenue Road was named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health business. This is the first time the hospital made the list.

The list is considered one of “the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind,” according to a Saint Alphonsus press release.

“Being recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals is truly an honor,” Saint Alphonsus — Nampa President Karl Keeler said in a press release. “Our staff and leadership work very hard to do what’s best for our patients, the community, and each other. This award is representative of the extraordinary people and high-quality care we deliver at Saint Alphonsus in Nampa.”

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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."

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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.

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Feb. 17, 2017

20 Idaho Winter Photos That Will Blow Your Mind

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

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