Mar. 14, 2016

Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise - work. play. dine. live. shop. stay.

Downtown Boise: Work, Play, Dine, Live, Shop, Stay

Mar. 11, 2016

Downtown Boise Parcel B Set to Receive 50 Million Dollar Investment

One of Downtown Boise’s most aggressive developers in recent years is planning a less-ambitious version of its original vision for Parcel B, the 5-acre lot between 11th, 13th, Myrtle and Front streets. The new project includes a 145,000-square-foot office building along Myrtle Street, a 600-space parking garage on the southwest corner of 11th and Front, and a 5,000-square-foot retail building on the northwest corner of Myrtle and 11th. The lot’s northwest quadrant would be left empty for future development.

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Feb. 29, 2016

Idaho Wine Industry Welcomes 3 New Vineyards to the Boise Valley

The Boise Valley will be receiving three new wineries this coming year in a hope to satisfy Idaho’s growing wine demand. The three vineyard owners all come from varying backgrounds including a Micron Technology Executive, a crop-farming family, and a respected grape-growing family.  All three vineyards are expected to cultivate a cumulative 154 acres. This will increase Idaho’s current wine capacity from 1200 acres to 1354 acres or more.  “We’re super excited,” Greg Koenig said, owner of the J Victor Vineyard. “There’s a lot going on in the industry now. This weekend, everybody was out and about touring, and all the tasting rooms around here were full. And I have orders that I can’t fill”

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Mar. 2, 2016

Boise Ranks #6 Best Place to Live: U.S. News & World Report

by Admin

U.S. News & World Report today unveiled the 2016 Best Places to Live in the United States. The new list ranks the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life.  Boise, Idaho, comes in at #6 and scores high due to a low rate of crime and high quality of life. Boise also has one of the lowest unemployment rates out of the top 10.

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Mar. 2, 2016

Cradlepoint Honored for BIG Innovation

by Admin

Cradlepoint, the global leader in software-defined 4G LTE network solutions for enterprises, announced today it was awarded Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Innovation Award. The BIG Innovation Award represents the brightest and most innovative companies in the world. Cradlepoint was recognized for on-going excellence in empowering enterprises to augment, complement, and extend connectivity across their organizations through software-defined LTE overlay networks. Cradlepoint’s unique approach helps businesses reduce operational costs, enhance security, and drive revenue.

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Mar. 4, 2016

River City Coffee & Cafe to Open at the Boise Airport

by Boise Airport

The Boise Airport is welcoming another local restaurant. River City Coffee & Cafe to open at the Boise Airport on Monday, March 7. The concession will serve fresh pastries, baked goods, sandwiches, wraps and coffee. River City Coffee has been in business for nearly 10 years at their local storefront located on State Street in Boise.

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Feb. 29, 2016

Boise State Dance Marathon Crushes Goal

Boise State University's Dance Marathon fundraiser for St. Luke's Children's Hospital crushed its goal Friday night. Boise State is one of 300 universities and colleges across the country that hosts the dance marathon, which benefits the Children's Miracle Network. Last year, students raised $66,000 and this year, the hope was to raise $80,000. Students revealed on the blue turf Saturday morning that not only did they reach their goal, they crushed it.

They raised more than $114,000. That is a 73 percent increase from 2015. This is the fourth year for the event. It took place at the Boise State Recreation Center from 3 p.m. Friday afternoon to 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Activities included dancing, games, and family stories.

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Feb. 29, 2016

Pentagon Postpones Retirement of A-10s, Helping Idaho Air National Guard

The Pentagon has decided extend the service of the iconic A-10 Thunderbolt until 2022. This comes as a big relief for the Idaho Air National Guard crew stationed at Boise’s Gowen Field. It “really helps with unit morale, when it takes away some of the uncertainty we’ve been facing,” said Maj. Chris Borders of the Idaho Air National Guard. “It also makes our planning and logistics much easier.  There are currently 22 A-10s stationed at Gowen field and their respective pilots, maintenance workers, and other staff members that support the aircraft. 

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Feb. 23, 2016

Black History in Idaho Expressed Through Basketball & Art

The words you are about to read somewhat fell into my lap and I'm glad it did, because I think that we can all learn something from the situation playing out in Boise, Idaho this month. Specifically centered on the Idaho Stampede, the NBA's d-league team, and an artist by the name of Patrick Hunter.

For some context, I lived and worked in Boise for three years as a news reporter with one of the affiliates. It was customary for me to immerse myself in the community and that's when I met Patrick. I can't even begin to tell you how many Stampede games I went to while I lived there. Nonetheless, what they have been doing for some time now is helping the Boise community, largely Caucasian learn from others who bring diversity to the area. It was in Boise when I realized just how diverse families could be. It was in Boise, that I learned that there are people in the world that no matter your skin color families could be black or white, African or American.

This year during a special February game, The Idaho Stampede and Patrick Hunter will be paying tribute to influential African-American or Blacks whichever you prefer. The tribute will include the faces of people like, President Barack Obama, Civil Rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr & Coretta Scott King, author & poet Maya Angelou, scientist George Washington Carver, author Frederick Douglass, and NBA great Earl Lloyd to name a few and their faces will be painted by Hunter on the teams jersey's.

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Feb. 25, 2016

Downtown Boise Experiencing Unprecedented Construction Boom

Downtown Boise has never seen a boom like this one. Old-timers talk about the Grove Plaza-centric boom of the late 1980s and ’90s, when the Wells Fargo building, Grove Hotel, Boise Centre and other Downtown cornerstones came out of the ground. In some ways, that growth spurt was more important than what’s going on now. It set the template for what Boise’s urban core would look like.

But in terms of square footage, this era is unprecedented. Depending on where you draw Downtown’s boundaries, anywhere between seven and 15 major projects are under construction or in the planning phase. “I’ve been here for 23 years. Downtown sort of goes through clusters of activity, but nothing like what we’ve got now,” city of Boise planning director Hal Simmons said.

Simmons expects Downtown development to stay hot. He pointed to major projects in the works, including the expansion of St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center’s downtown campus and developer Clay Carley’s proposed apartment building on the southwest corner of 5th and Idaho streets. Simmons also expects to see more projects in the Central Addition area between Capitol Boulevard, Myrtle Street, Broadway and Front Street.

 

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Feb. 25, 2016

Boise’s Morrison Endowment Foundation Surpasses $1 million in Grants to Local Art Groups

The Morrison Center Endowment Foundation hit a milestone earlier this year with its grants that supports local arts groups seeking access to the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. Foundation president Justin Wilkerson created the program in 2011. He’s the grandson of Velma Morrison, who spearheaded the effort to build the performing arts center on Boise State campus in the early 1980s.

Since then, the Foundation has given more than $1.3 million to subsidize the production costs for local groups. The Endowment Foundation makes 5 percent of its $14.1 million in assets available in grant money toward this program and other needs.

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Mar. 7, 2016

Boise Ranked #6 Best Downtown

Livability recently released their 2016 Top Downtowns list and Boise ranks at #6.

"Downtown Boise bustles with activity, as thousands of people come to dine in unique restaurants, enjoy a range of cultural venues and let loose in nightclubs."

"Boise's high-tech employers don't have to do much coaxing to attract talented workers. Young professionals and families find a perfect mix of small-town charm and hip urban playground in Downtown Boise. Boise River winds through the southern side of the downtown area, separating Boise State University from the rest of town. The Idaho State Capitol building, which draws tourists from across the region, is considered a jewel among Boise’s architecture. Residents find many things to do in Boise. The cultural district extends from the Idaho State House to the Boise Art Museum, and encompasses a collection of public art, galleries and performance venues, including the legendary Egyptian Theatre. One of the last remaining relics of the movie palace era, the theater hosts live performances, such as concerts, comedy shows and dances, and movie screenings. A long lineup of bars, pubs and saloons offers more live performance experiences, opportunities to dance and, of course, explore the libations Boise bartenders mix up."

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Mar. 7, 2016

Tavern at Bown Crossing to expand into The Owyhee

Ever since The Owyhee in downtown Boise was renovated in 2014, developer Mike Brown has let the prized corner space at 11th and Main streets sit empty until he found the perfect restaurant.

This month, Tavern at Bown Crossing will get to work on the 5,500-square-foot, street-level space once occupied by The Gamekeeper. The new Owyhee Tavern is expected to open in late July.

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Mar. 10, 2016

Boise State Receives NSF CAREER Award Which Could Lead to New Disease Treatments

A protein extracted from the fluid of earthworms is providing researchers with valuable information that could help treat deadly diseases or eventually even lead to a cure for cancer. Daniel Fologea, assistant professor of biophysics, is using lysenin protein in his five-year, $505,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation’s Biomaterials program.

The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award supporting junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. It is intended to give promising researchers an early career boost by providing stable research funding over an extended period of time.

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Mar. 10, 2016

LIV Boise City, Library Superheroes

LIV Boise City, Library

In Boise, the Library is the driving force behind Comic Con.  This is an annual comic book convention, and what really makes it special are the people who bring ideas to life.

Mar. 11, 2016

Boise, City of Accolades

by Lisa Holland

While Boise's catchphrase is the "City of Trees", Boise is also becoming known to some as the City of Accolades. Forbes, National Geographic, Men's Health, KPMG, Kiplinger, CNN, and others continue to rank the Boise Metro among the best places to live in 2016.

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Mar. 11, 2016

NASA Selects NNU for CubeSat Space

NASA  recently announced its selections for the seventh round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative that “provides opportunities for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned for upcoming launches.” NNU’s project, MakerSat: Idaho’s ISS-based CubeSat Research Platform, will be the first satellite or spacecraft ever built in space and the first satellite from an Idaho university.

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Mar. 10, 2016

Boise Student Heads to Washington as Intel Talent Search Finalist

Boise High School senior Nate Marshall, 17, is headed to Washington, D.C. March 10 for the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s best-known science and math competition for students who have not yet entered college. Marshall is one of 40 finalists chosen in January from around the United States to compete March 10-16 for more than $1 million in Intel Foundation awards. Three students will win first-place awards of  $150,000 for showing exceptional scientific potential in the areas of basic research, global good and innovation. There will also be three second-place awards of $75,000 and three third-place awards of $35,000. All finalists receive at least $7,500 for being selected.

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Mar. 10, 2016

Idaho’s Economy Experiencing Rapid Growth

by Idaho Department of Labor

Every two years, the Idaho Department of Labor releases 10-year-projections of what Idaho’s economy may look like. After years of sluggish economic growth the department’s most recent projections indicate that Idaho’s economy may finally be heating up. From 2012 to 2022 Idaho payroll jobs are projected to grow 16.3 percent – 1.5 percent annually – and add more than 109,000 jobs to the economy. While 16 percent growth would be excellent news for the state’s economy, Idaho’s economy appears to be well ahead of schedule and on track to significantly outpace the national economy.

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Mar. 7, 2016

From Boise to Shanghai, 4 BSU Students Compete for Hult Prize to Make a Global Impact

A group of determined Boise State University MBA students are packing their bags and heading to Shanghai. The four entrepreneurs are competing for $1 million, hoping their business plan will change the world.

The challenge given for those competing for the Hult Prize - a global business competition for social entrepreneurs in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative - was to come up with a solution to one of the world’s most dire issues:  finding a way for people living in crowded urban places to double their income by 2022.

During their research and planning, the team took advantage of diverse cultures in Boise, reaching out to refugees in the Treasure Valley for input on social norms in other societies.

The team of four comes from different educational backgrounds, using their experience in education, environmental health, biochemistry and international relations to create a model they think can change the world.

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