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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.

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.

May. 1, 2017

Boise - “It’s My Place”

Welcome to the Boise Valley

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.”

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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."

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.

Feb. 17, 2017

20 Idaho Winter Photos That Will Blow Your Mind

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

Feb. 17, 2017

Owners of Messenger Pizza Plan to Open Bakery Next Door

This spring, the sweet smell of baked goods will flood First Street South in downtown Nampa.

Shawn and Cassidy McKinley, owners of Messenger Pizza, are opening Savage Baking Company next door at 1226 First St. S. The couple has not yet set an open date, but for now Cassidy said they are shooting for a March opening.

The McKinleys opened Messenger in 2010, serving pizza and sandwiches with local wines and brews. The company bakes its goods in house and uses fresh, organic produce as available, striving to not use genetically modified ingredients.

A similar philosophy is planned for Savage Baking Company, with emphasis on incorporating local ingredients when possible and from responsible sources, Cassidy said.

Feb. 14, 2017

Love Letters: Boise

As a born-again Boisean, my love letter includes appreciation for the freakishly-friendly nature of the people who reside here. The two instead of six degrees of separation that makes it uber-connected, and the serendipitous convergence of music, culture and creative expression that sparks during our hometown upstart Treefort Music Fest.

It’s because you can start something here with little friction. The connectivity and independent spirit of those who make their home here means the vast majority of us believe in and support the grit and soul of the entrepreneur. Whether challenge or opportunity, we know who to call and who to connect with to get the job done. And when we compete, we compete and drive each other forward instead of stepping on each other to move upwards.

Feb. 13, 2017

Treefort Music Fest: Boise Ready for Five Days of Fun

Boy oh Boise! Idaho’s capital city is ready to shimmy and shake for five straight days when the Treefort Music Fest takes over Boise’s downtown March 22-26. The festival will feature shows from about 400 performers including sets from recently-announced acts like Angel Olsen, Buku, Chastity Belt, Magic Sword, Mimicking Birds and Y La Bamba.

The Treefort Music Fest takes place at a variety of venues around downtown Boise, which is compact and very walkable. Even the largest of the venues is relatively small and part of the fun at Treefort is being able to get up close to the artists. While the line-up is generally heavy on performers from the Pacific Northwest, bands come from all over the world to showcase in Boise. Some of the performers coming from overseas include Australia’s Alex Cameron, Canada’s Walrus, Swiss act J&L Defer and Happyness from London, England.

Feb. 13, 2017

Caldwell Awarded $50,000 to Build Musical Instrument Park Downtown

The city of Caldwell and Destination Caldwell, a group highlighting the city’s offerings, were awarded $50,000 to build a musical instrument park in the heart of downtown.

A group of businesses and local organizations known as Together Treasure Valley selected the Indian Creek Musical Art Park project from among 150 other submitted ideas. The park, to be located near the Indian Creek foot bridge, will feature percussion instruments as art forms. It will be designed for visitors to play in a way that encourages social interaction.

Feb. 9, 2017

Mayor Tammy Says The State of the City is Thriving (Meridian)

by City of Meridian

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd announced major economic news during her 14th State of the City address on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

In 2016 a total of 3,825 jobs were created in Meridian - a more than 10 percent increase over the prior year. In addition, commercial and residential construction values topped $430 million, an increase of nearly 10 percent.  The Village welcomed the addition of 600 jobs alone. With the construction of the Ameriben/IEC Group and Brighton Corporation headquarters underway at the new Ten Mile Crossing area off I-84 – a mixed-use development focus for the City– the economic outlook continues to be positive heading into this year.

“In the past year we have seen national recognition for our community.  Businesses are expanding and locating to Meridian.  And people are choosing one of our many great subdivisions to call home.  I am pleased to say that the State of our City is Thriving,” said Mayor Tammy.

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Feb. 9, 2017

The Future of Agriculture is Bright in Idaho

If there’s any doubt as to how important agriculture is to Idaho’s economy, take a look at these numbers.

The agriculture and food production sector makes up 20 percent of the state’s sales. At least 14 percent of the jobs in Idaho are in agriculture and food production, and the industry makes up 16 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.

“Agriculture’s contributions to sales and jobs are huge,” said Celia Gould, director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

Feb. 8, 2017

Boise Ranked in Allstate’s Top 10 Safest Driving Cities During Wet Weather

Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report reveals motorists in certain cities are safer drivers when making their way through winter weather road hazards. Allstate’s report finds that when factoring precipitation with auto property damage claim frequency.

Boise came in at #9 on Allstate's list with the average number of years between collision being 12.8 years and the accident likelihood compared to the national average being --22.1%. 

Feb. 8, 2017

Boise Ranked #3 On U-Haul’s List Of Popular U.S. Growth Cities

The U-Haul company has released new data that identifies the most popular cities that Americans migrated to in 2016. This data is based on the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions over departures that occurred during the year. While the migration trends do not provide details on population or economic growth, many use it to gauge which cities are most attractive to residents.

Boise, Idaho ranked third on U-Haul’s list of popular U.S. growth cities. This city, Idaho’s capital, has a population of over 200,000. It has a booming tech industry and is considered to be a hub for start-up companies. Additionally, residents enjoy a relatively low cost of living and can take part in Boise’s rich culture. They can also take advantage of several different ski resorts that the area has to offer.

Feb. 8, 2017

Boise Ranked #12 In The U.S. News And World Report’s Best Places to Live

Boise is a recreationalist's paradise. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes – and all the activities encapsulated therein – it's worth a serious look.

Downtown Boise is booming. New construction is all over the area. The Zions Bank building, completed in 2014, is the tallest building in the state and sits at its center. Locally sourced food and drink dominate the summer patio scene. Boise's residents may spend their days enjoying nature, but they fill their evenings dining on locally sourced cuisine, enjoying an opera performance and sipping delicious cocktails.

Idaho's capital sits squarely on the boundary of urban and rural, civilized and wild, refined and raw. Yes, there are wilder places. Yes, there are more urbane places. But Boise is a good place to live if you enjoy easy access to both.

U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there. Boise ranks as #12 with an overall score of 7.1 out of 10.

Feb. 7, 2017

Sneak Peek At the Next Big Boise River Wave

Engineers are testing a quarter-scale model of the next big wave planned for the Boise whitewater park. The adjustable wave will be installed downstream from the new Esther Simplot Park. Scott Shipley, President S20 Design and Ralph Budwig, Director, Center for Ecohydraulics Stream Laboratory talk about the design of the second phase.

Jan. 31, 2017

Mountain Home Business to be Featured on CNBC Show Blue Collar Millionaires

A Mountain Home business owner will be featured Wednesday, Feb. 1, on a CNBC show, “Blue Collar Millionaires.”

Chuck Ceccarelli founded In The Ditch Towing Products, a manufacturer, and three sales-and-service companies: Idaho Wrecker Sales, IWS Motor Coaches and Fish Fighter Products. 

Ceccarelli started in Bruneau in the mid-1990s and now employs more than 70 full-time workers. He plans to break ground this year on a 50,000-square-foot building to house 20 or more additional employees.

Ceccarelli is the sole owner of IWS Motor Coaches and majority owner of the other companies. He expects combined sales to top $24 million this year.

“Blue Collar Millionaires” is narrated by country-music singer Tim McGraw. This episode will air at 8 p.m. Mountain time.