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. 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. 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. 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. 14, 2016

Aaron Paul’s Private Idaho - Men’s Journal

Since his breakout role in Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul has never shied away from intense roles. For the most part his characters are positioned at a critical life precipice, a stage at which every next decision could be the one that completely unravels everything. Such is the case for his latest film, Eye In The Sky, in which he portrays a drone pilot ordered to carry out a deadly strike on an area in Kenya where young children are playing. Caught in a struggle between his conscious and his commanding officer, played by Helen Mirren, he does everything in his power to spare an innocent life. 

"I just love stories with conflict," Paul tells us from his suite in the Waldorf Astoria in New York. "I wasn't very familiar with drone warfare when I first started on this movie, but the more I learned, the more I was fascinated in these soldiers' ability to compartmentalize. Would I be able to pull the trigger? Absolutely not. But that's why I could never do what these guys do."

His other recent projects, Triple 9 and Hulu's new cult-based series The Path are just as affecting, leaving us to ask how Paul chooses to decompresses from these arduous shoots. His answer lies in his home state, Idaho, where he has a secluded cabin to get away from it all.

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Mar. 14, 2016

Boise #3 Best City for Job Seekers This Spring

Today, a survey released by employment services firm Manpower Group offers even more good news for job seekers.

Manpower asked more than 11,000 employers throughout the country about their hiring plans for the three-month period ending in June and found that employers in all 50 states have positive hiring outlooks for the second quarter of 2016.

Boise ranks #3 best city for job seekers this spring.

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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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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.

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Mar. 28, 2016

How Instagram Spawned a Successful Boise Startup

Prince McClinton, a 26-year-old wearing a backward baseball cap and long-sleeve T-shirt, could talk all day about the startup he co-founded three months ago, Art of Visuals. McClinton and Co-founder Travis Leslie’s utilized Downtown Boise’s startup collaboration space, Trailhead, in order to create the startups magazine, mobile app, development team, online engagement, as well as plans for a new website.

 Art of Visuals solicits and curates artistic photographs from around the world and posts them on Instagram. The account already has 286,000 followers. The Huffington Post reported that McClinton and Leslie drew 200 people to a sold-out launch party Jan. 7 in San Francisco, where they showed off their first print magazine. It’s all exciting to McClinton, enough to make him move from San Francisco to Boise, where Leslie, handpicks the pictures. “I’m back, and we’re building an awesome business,” he said.

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Mar. 28, 2016

11 Reasons Why I Moved to Idaho

What’s in Idaho besides potatoes? Having promised my parents that I would visit their new home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, I thought the month in between would be a good time to get to know the state a little better. In partnership with Visit Idaho, I road tripped through the entire state, and what I saw and experienced amazed me to the core. I knew after that month long adventure that I did need change in my life, and that change was leaving California, the state I loved and lived in for most of my life, and trading it in for the quiet and laid back life that Idaho is.

There are a million reasons why I made this change, but here are the top 11 reasons why I moved to Idaho.

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Mar. 28, 2016

Treefort Music Fest: Boise Street Party

As with every other day of this year’s Treefort Music Fest, dozens of bands showcased at nightclubs and other indoor venues scattered throughout downtown Boise, Idaho, on Sat. March 26, the fourth day of the five-day festival. But many festival-goers spent the day outdoors, having fun on a section of the city’s West Grove Street that had been closed to traffic so that Treefort attendees could party in the street.

Other than entry to the Main Stage which required the purchase of a wristband, this whole part of the festival was free for anyone to attend, and it included this year’s edition of what has become a Treefort tradition, Seth Olinsky’s “Band Dialogue.” Olinsky, of Akron/Family and Cy Dune fame, composed “Band Dialogue” to be performed by 20 Treefort bands, and at 4:30 PM the musicians, lining both sides of the street, launched into the piece under Olinsky’s direction. Dashing around from area to area, Olinsky waved his hands constantly giving direction to the myriad musicians who ended up pulling off the piece nicely. A non-vocal piece, “Band Dialogue” was a long, droning piece that had occasional exclamation points put on it by bursts of percussion or flourishes of guitar, keyboards and even saxophone.

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Mar. 28, 2016

Bogus Basin & Boise School District Gave Students Winter Sports Opportunity

Students from throughout the Boise School District hit the slopes for two days in February for an all-expenses-paid day at Bogus Basin with equipment rental, ski and snowboard lessons, lunch, and transportation.

The trip, part of a partnership between Bogus Basin and Boise School District, was earned by hundreds of students enrolled in AVID, a program that targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. The incentive was awarded to junior high and senior high school-age students who achieved certain GPA and attendance benchmarks.

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Mar. 25, 2016

Treefort Music Fest

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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