Apr. 5, 2016

Students Take Home $100,000 In Seed Funding In Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Fourteen teams of intrepid student entrepreneurs took home $100,000 in seed funding to bolster their businesses at the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge awards presentation April 1 at Trailhead in Boise. All 22 colleges and universities in the Gem State were invited to participate in the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide venture competition that aims to stimulate entrepreneurship. Of the 75 competitors from around the state, 23 teams were selected as finalists. The program is directed by Boise State University’s College of Innovation and Design and College of Business and Economics, and sponsored by Zions Bank. Teams earned seed funding in the categories of health, technology, agriculture technology and social impact. Each of the four first-place teams earned $13,000 for their innovations.

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Mar. 21, 2016

How Treefort Showcases Boise’s Soul

by ​Jess Flynn

A convening. A tipping point. A series of catalytic experiences. The moments between the programmed moments. 

Beyond the overwhelm of hundreds of music acts, the impending fifth Treefort Music Fest means so much more than merely music. In a flurry of five-days of activity, it encapsulates the soul of Boise.

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Mar. 21, 2016

Treefort Music Festival Set To Host More Than 400 Bands

Beginning Wednesday, downtown Boise venues will host over 400 musicians and artists from around the Treasure Valley and the world. In its fifth year, Treefort Music Fest is a five-day festival that provides an opportunity to discover new musicians, art and the latest technology trends. Besides headliners like Boise-based Built to Spill, YACHT and Chairlift, this year, a handful of bands from Canyon County are on the music lineup, including singer-songwriter Ana Lete of Nampa.

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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

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. 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. 9, 2016

Men’s Journal: Boise in Top List of Best Places to Live 2016

Men's Journal highlights Boise, Idaho as the revamped rocky mountain city.

"A longtime dream destination for would-be river guides, this city of 208,000 now offers something else, as well: a real city. Playtime happens outdoors, but a newly robust economy, driven by employers like Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology, has spawned the same amenities found in places much larger. And with a median home price of about $209,000, you don't have to mortgage your future to enjoy it."

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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. 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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Mar. 8, 2016

I Am The City - Milka, Boise Airport

LIV Boise City, Milka

Boise's people can tell the story of the region better than anyone. Milka moved to Boise from Bosnia 16 years ago.  She is a face for our community and the 3 million passengers that travel through the Boise Airport each year. Listen to her inspiring story.

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. 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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Mar. 16, 2016

Astronaut Reaches Out to Boise From Space

Astronaut Tim Kopra, who holds the career absolutely everyone envies, greeted Boise from the International Space Station Tuesday.

Kopra used Twitter to share a photo of Boise — as seen from space, noting it as “a great place to live!” (Something residents already know, but come on, recognition from a NASA astronaut is noteworthy.)

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Mar. 16, 2016

Photo of Boise From Space!

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Astronaut Tim Kopra tweeted Boise from space this week with a satelite picture of the Boise Metro.

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Mar. 17, 2016

Unidentified Flying Objects at Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin Ski Instructors with LED Suits

Bogus Basins very own ski instructors donned LED light suits in an order to showcase the 23 inches of new snow received over the past week. 

Mar. 18, 2016

Boise High Student Takes 3rd in Intel Science Talent Search

A Boise High School student won a third place medal in the Intel Science Talent Search in Washington, D.C. on  March 16.  Nate Marshall, 17, was awarded the third place Medal of Distinction for Global Good in the 75-year-old contest talent search, the nation’s best-known science and math competition for students who have not yet entered college.

Marshall studied a marine sediment core sample and related it to present-day climate change, concluding that the earth can recover from current climate change trends if action is taken soon. Marshall grew up in Boise and attended Adams and Roosevelt elementary schools, the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center, and North Junior High. He was one of 40 finalists chosen for the prestigious competition from around the country. He won $35,000. Three students from Massachusetts, Maine, and California won first-place awards of $150,000 for their projects.

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Mar. 15, 2016

New Brewery, Tasting Room Plans To Open Near Boise State

Proximity to campus is the obvious angle for newcomer Lost Grove Brewing, which received approval from the Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission last week to open a brewery and tasting room at 1026 S. La Pointe St. The 5,048-square-foot building, just west of Capitol Boulevard, formerly held House of Wheels, Inc. You’ll see that it’s a stone’s throw from student apartments.

Lost Grove will be “a bike friendly and dog friendly place to go with family and friends. (Jacob Black) hopes to bring some energy and life back to this industrial block structure.”

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Mar. 15, 2016

Large New WestVet Pet Hospital Is In The Works For Garden City

WestVet Emergency & Specialty Center has started construction on a two-story, 32,000-square-foot new small animal hospital next to its existing hospital at Chinden Road and 50th Street in Garden City.

The new hospital will have five operating rooms and 16 exam rooms, and an intensive care unit designed for pets and their visiting owners. It will be bigger than a few of the human hospitals in Idaho.

Veterinary surgeon Jeff Brourman established WestVet in 2005. His 35 vets and 80 other staff now operate in an 11,000-square-foot hospital with two operating rooms and nine exam rooms. Brourman expects to add six more specialists and increase overall staffing to 200.

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