Apr. 22, 2016

International Skateboard and Clothing Company to Move Operations to Boise

One of the largest skateboard, clothing and lifestyle companies in the world has announced they will be moving into a location next door to the newly reconstructed Rhodes Park in downtown Boise.

Element (who is owned by surfing and clothing conglomerate Billabong) will be moving in a retail space across the alleyway from the park to conduct business operations.

CEO and founder Johnny Schillereff told 6 On Your Side that he fell in love with Boise and is looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles where the company currently resides.

Apr. 22, 2016

Rhodes Skatepark: Downtown Boise’s Skate Scene

Rhodes Skatepark

Originally designed in 1992, Glenn Rhodes created a multi-use skatepark with modular features. Redesigned in 2016 by Grindline Skateparks, Rhodes Park's 1.28 acres is now a skater's paradise. 

Apr. 4, 2016

Boise In Top 10 For Best Air Quality In the Country

There are plenty of things that go into deciding whether to live in the big city or decamp to a small town: culture, crime, careers, cuisine, commutes … and those are just the C’s! But surprisingly, one of the biggest determining factors is all about air—as in, “Is it safe?” It’s certainly a major issue in many urban centers across the U.S. With so many people and vehicles crammed together, it’s no wonder that pollution levels often rise higher than the highest skyscrapers.

But do you really have to trade away your health to enjoy the excitement of city living? We decided to find out. Our data analysts donned their realtor.com®-approved respirators and set out to discover big metropolitan areas where you can breathe freely—and, along the way, to determine the ones where, well, you can’t. 

Boise came in at number 10, right behind Lakefield, Florida and Colorado Springs, Colorado. With over 85% of good air quality days and the median home price being one of the lowest on the list. Boise, truly is a place where you can live a healthy life, without breaking the bank. 

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.

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

RedBuilt’s CEO, From Harvard to Boise

Kurt Liebich is the president and CEO of RedBuilt, a Boise company that engineers and builds engineered wood products for commercial and industrial customers in the western United States. Among its products are open-web roof trusses, I-joists, and laminated veneer lumber.

Liebich joined the company in 1994, straight from the Harvard University MBA program. In those days, the company was called Trus Joist, which then held 60-70 percent of the national market share in the engineered wood products category. The publicly traded Trus Joist was sold to the Federal Way, Wash. forest products giant Weyerhaeuser in 2000.

Liebich, former CEO Tom Denig, and the investment company Atlas Holdings of Greenwich, Conn., purchased the commercial division of Trus Joist in 2009 and renamed it Redbuilt in honor of 1960 co-founder Harold Thomas, whose nickname was Red. Denig is now chairman of the board.

Redbuilt owns mills in Stayton and Hillsboro, Ore., in Chino, Calif., and in Delaware, Ohio. The company has about 280 employees now, at its slowest time of year, with an expected increase to around 350 in the summer. About 50 people work in the Boise headquarters.

Mar. 22, 2016

Boise In Forbes Top 20 America’s Fastest-Growing Cities

Forbes ranked America’s 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas (cities and their surrounding suburbs, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget) based on six metrics weighted equally. Using data from Moody’s Analytics, they factored in estimated population growth for 2015 and 2016, year-over-year job growth for 2015, and 2015 gross metro product growth (in other words, the metro area’s economic growth rate). They also looked at federal unemployment data. Finally, they considered median annual pay for college-educated workers in each area, using data from Payscale.com. The result is a list of the 20 metro areas in America with the fastest-growing populations and economies.

Mar. 23, 2016

Ski & Tee, Boise Style

March presents a difficult choice for outdoor recreationists in the Treasure Valley. Extract a few last memories from winter? Or dive into spring? One more day on skis? Or knock the rust off your golf game? Or maybe, you can have it both ways.

Since I was a teenager living in Bend, Ore., I’ve been familiar with the idea of combining skiing and golf in one day — but I’d never tried it until Sunday. That’s too bad, because I enjoyed the day, I never felt overwhelmed by it and the Treasure Valley likely is among the best, easiest places in the country to pull off the winter-summer double. We have easy access to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area — the drive up Bogus Basin Road took less than 30 minutes with no snow or ice on the surface. Bogus is open at night — you could, conceivably, play golf in the afternoon and still get in plenty of ski runs in the evening. Our golf courses often are open most of the winter. And our days get long after Daylight Saving Time begins, which allowed me to flip my original plan. Instead of Tee & (Night) Ski, this became Ski & Tee.

Some top resort destinations like to market their golf-and-ski combinations. A quick Google search found references to the idea in Utah, Alberta, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, California, New Mexico and Colorado, for starters. But usually, that possibility is limited to a small overlap in the seasons — and might require enduring a frigid day on the course.

In the Treasure Valley, you can pick just about any pleasant winter day to give this a try.

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.

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.

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.”

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.)

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.

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. 24, 2016

36 Idaho Schools Receive STEM Grants

The Idaho STEM Action Center announced Wednesday it has awarded grants up to $1,000 each to 36 educational organizations throughout Idaho to support family friendly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) events in their communities.

The STEM Center received 44 applications and awarded 36 grants. Total funds awarded exceed $34,000, officials said. This is the second round of grants the STEM Center has distributed. It awarded 23 pre-kindergarten-through-high school grants totaling more than $48,000 in January to schools, libraries and such non-profit organizations as the Boys and Girls Clubs.

The Idaho STEM Action Center was approved during the 2015 legislative session to help produce a competitive workforce by implementing K-through-career science, technology, engineering and math education programs aligned with industry needs. During the 2016 session, the Idaho Legislature set the STEM Action Center’s ongoing annual budget at $2.4 million, appropriated $2 million into a STEM Education Fund to help start up local STEM programs, and approved the addition of a computer science program manager to oversee the Computer Science Initiative.

Mar. 24, 2016

Hot Cities for Cool Downtown Meetings

Petula Clark was right. The lights are much brighter downtown, where you can also forget all your troubles and forget all your cares. The 1965 Grammy Award-winning song, “Downtown,” still resonates loudly today, for good reason.

Downtowns are cool again. America’s city centers may have lost some luster throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, but they have come back with a vengeance.

“Boise is delightfully convenient for busy travelers. From our airport, where you can sample local food and drink, it’s just a 10-minute cab, Uber or shuttle ride to downtown. Once there, visitors might not need to use a car for the remainder of their trip. The Boise Centre, our meeting facility, is in the heart of downtown, just a few minutes’ walk from several Boise hotels, and is expanding with an additional 36,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space by September 2016. And if visitors are planning ahead, they can anticipate more lodging options in the coming years. Boise is experiencing a hotel boom, with at least four new projects underway in the city’s core. From the doorsteps of the convention center, Boise offers dozens of new and revered restaurant options, brew pubs and cafes, as well as a growing wine scene. Need a break? Hop on a Boise Bike Share bicycle and cover even more ground in our compact, welcoming city.” - Carrie Westergard, executive director, Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mar. 29, 2016

Boise Entrepreneurs Turn Hobby Into New Career

What began as a way for one couple to share videos of their kids with family members has grown into a Boise-based production company gaining notice from toy companies with videos that receive millions of views each month.

Happy Riot Entertainment is a production company owned by Justin Evans, 33, and Cassiopia Evans, 28.  The business began after the couple looked for a way to communicate with Cassiopia Evan’s mom. They began a YouTube channel where they uploaded video blog posts of the family driving around in the car.

“I had recently taken a photography class, but after a little bit photography wasn’t cutting it,” Cassiopia Evans said. “Video seemed like the next logical step creatively.”

Six months later they learned it was possible to monetize YouTube videos by allowing ads to run in front of them. The couple eventually began producing content for about a dozen YouTube channels focusing on a variety of topics such as toy reviews, animated nursery rhymes and trivia lists.

The company’s most popular channel, Epic Toy Channel, features the couple playing with new toys with their kids and rating the toys. It receives 20 million views a month.

Apr. 6, 2016

Albertson Family Foundation awards $3.5M to whitewater park

by J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation announced today a $3.5 million grant to finish the second phase of the Boise River Park, a gift that will further revitalize the whitewater recreation park area in downtown Boise’s West End.

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Apr. 4, 2016

Boise Ranked One Of Top Ten Best Downtown’s

Downtown Evanston might be cute and all, but it's no Boise, Idaho.

That's the verdict of editors at Livability.com, who gave the north suburb faint praise by naming it the 10th best small- or medium-sized downtown in the nation, four spots behind Boise. The website looked at 2,000 cities across the U.S. and ranked them for low vacancy rates, new development, cultural attractions, nightlife, diversity, affordability and walkability. Its editors admitted they used a fudge factor to help rank the top 10 based on their own preferences and to spread the love around.

Apr. 5, 2016

A View From The Top of The Capitol

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A view of Boise from the top of the capitol building.