Jul. 26, 2016

Rhodes Park- A Skateboarders Paradise

Rhodes Skatepark

For many kids, skateboarding isn’t just a hobby, but a way of life. Glenn Rhodes recognized this in 1992 and originally designed a multi-use park with modular features. This park was redesigned in 2016 by Grindline Skateparks, with help from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family foundation, Rhodes Park's 1.28 acres is now a skater’s paradise. 

Oct. 1, 2015

Man vs. Food: Going Basque in Boise

Adam Richman, from the TLC series Man vs. Food, recently made a stop in Boise Idaho to participate in the annual Basque street festival. He got a chance to experience many aspects of Boise's Basque culture including the food, the wine, and even a little bit of dancing. 

Sep. 11, 2015

Boise Heats Up from the Ground Up

by Marissa Lovell

If you spend a day in downtown Boise, you don’t have to look far to spot the city’s unique features. Vibrant murals animate empty alleys, lush trees shelter bustling neighborhoods and the Boise River winds through the heart of the city; all of which is nestled below scenic foothills. Urban yet organic, one of Boise’s best-kept secrets is out of sight – flowing right beneath our feet.

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May. 19, 2015

Eating Your Way Through Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho is the place to be if you have a creative food mind. Prices are lower than large cities, people are friendly, fresh ingredients are abundant, and interesting drinks of all kinds, including wine, are being made.

Sep. 8, 2017

10 Best US Colleges and Universities for Mountain Bikers

Boise State University is located less than two miles of pedaling from the foothills on the edge of town, which are home “to the Ridge to Rivers trail system that boasts nearly 200 miles of singletrack,” according to Roger Phillips, our Idaho-based correspondent. “The area has a long riding season that can be nearly year-round depending on snow level. Boise sits at 2,800ft elevation, and you can climb to 7,300ft in about 16 miles to Bogus Basin, the local ski area.”

Not only is Boise itself an epic place to ride, but it’s located just over 2 hours from the destination of Mccall and less than 3 hours from Sun Valley.

Boise State is known for its undergrad engineering program, “internationally-accredited business school, Idaho’s largest undergraduate nursing program,” and an acclaimed creative writing program. They also boast “the nation’s only master’s degree in raptor biology” and “one-of-a-kind programs in Basque Studies.”

Nov. 12, 2015

Athlos Academies Has a Vision for the Future in Boise

by Boise Valley Economic Partnership

Idaho-based education service provider Athlos Academies has announced that it will be opening a new national training facility and corporate headquarters office in Boise. Athlos purchased the former Macy’s building at the corner of 10th and Main in downtown Boise, which will see a full remodel in the coming months. The company will be creating 50 new jobs in Idaho with an average wage of $50,000, for a total of 70 employees. Athlos Academies will receive a Tax Reimbursement Incentive (TRI) award of 17% for eight years.

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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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Dec. 17, 2014

Downtown Boise will look much different in 10 years

Do you remember Boise before BoDo? Before there was a tall, glassy condo building clinging to the side of a parking garage? Or the years when the Boise Hole dominated the corner of 8th and Main streets?

Boise's Downtown has changed significantly over the last decade or so. It looks like changes in the next decade will be even more profound.

Feb. 4, 2016

Southwest Idaho: Adventures For the Fork and Spoon

What do whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, downhill and cross country skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, rock climbing, and wine tasting have in common? They all make us appreciate a good meal at the end of the day. Recently, Southwest Idaho has been discovered by foodies for its local flavors, intriguing wines, and imaginative chefs, who are pushing sustainability to a new level.

Aug. 6, 2015

Creators, Makers, Doers: Traffic Box Art

Creators, Makers & Doers: Helena Kruczynska, Tarmo Waita, Erin Cunningham

What started as a graffiti and illegal poster abatement program has grown into the most visible outdoor gallery in Idaho. The creative diversity of Idaho artists’ work is showcased with art wraps on traffic and electric control boxes throughout Boise.

Sep. 6, 2015

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

2015 Great Launch at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

A whimsical timelapse look at the Great Launch for the 2015 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic courtesy the Idaho Statesman's Kyle Green.

May. 18, 2016

Boise Bicycle Project

Idaho Power - Powering Lives: Boise Bicycle Project

The Boise Bike Project is a important member of the Boise Community. They strive to provide quality affordable bicycles and be a key part in making Boise a better place to live each and everyday.

May. 17, 2016

Staycation or Vacation in Boise

We love where we live — but when’s the last time you spent some time indulging in all the treasures we love about the Treasure Valley? Maybe it’s time for a staycation. Downtown Boise bustles with a strong local culinary scene, boutique shopping, hip music venues and an ever-growing arts culture. And the entire Treasure Valley is popping with variety and energy. No wonder we land on so many of those “best of” lifestyle lists. Here are some ideas for making the most of your summer — close to home.

Oct. 1, 2015

Why Boise, Idaho Is so A-peel-ing

Boise is so much more than potatoes and Wild West films. It has so many interesting aspects that set it apart including a beautiful greenbelt, unique events, freak alley, local breweries, local eats, and even a river to float. It is a perfect place for a mini-adventure or a long awaited vacation!

Feb. 25, 2015

Discovery Center of Idaho Makes Top 10 Best Museums for Kids

The Discovery Center of Idaho, located in Boise, was included on the '10 Best U.S. Museums for Kids and Kids at Heart' list featured on msn.com. With over 200 interactive exhibits exploring science, technology, engineering and math, the Discovery Center proudly encourages lifelong learning and innovation for all ages.  

Sep. 22, 2017

Boise Ranks 8th Best State Capital to Live In

Boise made yet another top ten list, grabbing the number 8 spot for most livable capital cities in the nation. In order to rank the cities, Smart Asset looked at average disposable income, unemployment rate, rate of dining and entertainment establishments, property crime rates and violent crime rates. Boise came in at number 8 on the list, touting the fourth-lowest unemployment and property crime rate. 

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. 

Oct. 15, 2015

Boise Among Top 20 Greenest Cities in America

Boise was recently named one of the Greenest cities in the country by Wallet Hub. They analyzed 100 different cities based on 13 key metrics ranging from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to the number of smart-energy policies and initiatives. Boise ended up being number 20 overall, but number 1 in "Greenness of Energy Source". 

City: Boise City, Idaho

Overall Rank: 20 

Total Score: 56.03

Environmental Quality’ Rank: 34

Greenness of Transportation’ Rank: 47

Greenness of Energy Sources’ Rank: 1

Green Lifestyle & Local Policies’ Rank: 61

Apr. 3, 2015

Rounding Up Outsiders’ Perspectives of Treefort

by ​Jess Flynn

"Both Treefort and Boise continue to grow and one visit any day of the week will make a fan out of anyone." Rounding up the feedback from our out-of-town guests who descended on the Boise Metro for Treefort Music Fest. 

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Jan. 2, 2015

A robust year in commercial real estate

Boise’s top commercial real estate houses all reported increased transactions for 2014, with Thornton Oliver Keller completing a record 550 transactions and Colliers International tallying a property management portfolio exceeding 6.5 million square feet.

“This year, the Boise commercial real estate market has kept pace with the overall robust U.S. economy,” said Tim Reid, managing director at Cushman & Wakefield|Commerce. “We can expect to see new entrants in the market as more national firms realize the strength of the Boise economy, with the resulting inflow of investment continuing to fuel growth in the market.”