Jun. 8, 2015

A River Runs Through It

In the 1960s, city councilman Bill Onweiler brainstormed with associates about how to keep people from building within the Boise River’s flood plain during an everyday backroom conversation, when director of city parks Gordon Bowen chimed in, “We could make it parks.”

The tenacious Onweiler was the perfect go-to guy with which to implant an idea. Scouting prospective areas, he climbed fences, was threatened by shotgun-toting landowners, and nosed around behind businesses. There would be a lot of convincing supporters, land-gathering, cleanup, lawmaking, and fundraising ahead.

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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Jun. 6, 2015

New Greenbelt Bridge Opens in Garden City

Footbridge 5-29-15

Thanks to Jeremy Erickson for this aerial view of the newest addition to the Boise Greenbelt, the West Bridge in Garden City.  The 175-foot, 60-ton bridge is a critical link in creating a safe corridor for cyclists and pedestrians traveling between Boise and Eagle. 

Dec. 5, 2014

Idaho Grape Growers and Winemakers Wrap Up 2014 Harvest

by ​Jess Flynn

Many of Idaho’s 50+ wineries are in the process of wrapping up the 2014 harvest season, and winemakers are raving about the season's ideal conditions, "We had a nice warm summer with perfect cooling of temperature that allowed for picture perfect ripening conditions for whites and reds."

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May. 18, 2015

Boise Valley Artists Make the Move to Garden City

Over the past years, an increasing number of Boise Valley artists have recognized the benefits of setting up shop in Garden City. The affordability of real estate in the area combined with access to space has created an influx in residency for various types of art including visual artists, musicians, dancers, breweries, wineries and art galleries. 

Apr. 8, 2015

Local Winery Telaya Wine Co. Plans Riverside Location

by Telaya Wine Co.

Shortly after being named Idaho's Winery to Watch in 2015 by Great Northwest Wine, Telaya Wine Co. has announced plans to build a new winery and tasting room on the Boise River beside the Riverside Hotel. The new winery will be located directly across the river from Esther Simplot Park and a ten minute bike ride on the greenbelt from 44th Street wineries Split Rail and Syringa. Telaya hopes to break ground for the new building this coming June. 

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May. 17, 2015

Reuseum in Garden City spurs kids’ passion for technology

Watching a toothbrush-bristle robot skitter across the table, John Schiff grins and laughs with a childlike fascination. Schiff says he hopes to instill that same enthusiasm in others at the Garden City-based used electronics store and education center he founded — dubbed the “Reuseum.”

One of the most popular workshops for kids is called the deconstruction lab, where kids can take apart everything from laptops to VCRs. Schiff says this kind of tinkering is essential to competing globally where more and more jobs are technology-based. “Too often times we consider the stuff magic. We don’t even consider that a human being made this,” Schiff said. “We need to understand how things work if we’re to be a country that still creates and innovates.”

Sep. 3, 2015

Garden City’s Live - Work - Create District

Photo by Derek Hurd

The signs are up marking the new Surel Mitchell Live - Work - Create District,  a growing community in Garden City that is home to artists, galleries, musicians, residencies, studios, manufacturers and beer, wine and spirits producers. 

Dec. 9, 2014

Garden of Creativity Graffiti Wall in Garden City

Sector Seventeen x Cinder Winery

Boise Valley-based graffiti collective Sector Seventeen collaborated with Cinder Winery, Surel's Place Artist-in-Residency program, and a slew of supporters from Kickstarter to showcase the growing creative community in Garden City. Artists Elms and Mawk created the Garden of Creativity mural across from the entrance to the urban winery.  

Feb. 4, 2016

Shipping container home subdivision planned for Garden City

A new wave of housing is hitting Garden City soon -- homes built from old shipping containers. Not surprisingly, it's a first for the Treasure Valley and Idaho. It's hard to imagine, but it's 1,400 square feet of living space that was once used to transport goods across the United States and Asia.

Feb. 23, 2015

Two Boise Valley Chefs Nominated for James Beard Foundation Award

Two local chefs were named semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award. Chef Nate Whitley of The Modern Hotel and Bar was named semifinalist of the "Best Chef: Northwest" category.  Michael Runsvold, of Acme Bakeshop in Garden City received a nomination for the "Outstanding Baker" category. The semifinalists are selected from about 35,000 submissions in a range of categories. Finalists will be announced in New York City on March 24.

Feb. 23, 2015

Five Boise Businesses Receive U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2015 Blue Ribbon Award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded the 2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award to five businesses in the Boise Valley, recognizing their success and contribution to economic growth. Winners were evaluated in four areas, including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement and customer service. Among the recipients, the U.S. Chamber named Auction Frogs, LLC, CTR- Cleanup & Total Restoration, Payette Brewing Company, Telaya Wine Company and Thornton Oliver Keller Real Estate as award winners.  

Feb. 16, 2015

Life’s Kitchen Plans for Training & Production Facility in Garden City

by Admin

Life’s Kitchen, a local nonprofit that provides job and life skills training to at-risk youth, announced plans to build a new job training and food production facility in Garden City, just south of the Waterfront District.

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Jan. 27, 2016

Local Boise Company Begins Distribution of Life Saving Product

New, cutting-edge technology that has been used by U.S. Special Operations for saving lives on the battlefield is now being distributed worldwide to the civilian market from right here in the Treasure Valley. The FDA recently gave the go-ahead for XSTAT to be used in the civilian population, which is big news for the Idaho-based company. Used for months now by U.S Special Operations Command on the battlefield to treat gunshot and shrapnel wounds. The XSTAT works as a tourniquet, that first responders can use to quickly stop or gain control of massive bleeding. "It stops the bleeding fast enough to still have a viable patient by the time you get to the hospital," said James Burns, owner and CEO of The Activity Group. With its recent FDA approval for use in the civilian markets, The Activity Group in Garden City is now distributing XSTAT to fire and police departments, hospitals, even schools all across the nation.

Feb. 5, 2016

New Digs for Telaya, Coiled Pair Nicely With The Treasure Valley’s Wine Future

Something a bit magical happens when two wineries in Idaho spin off an existing location and move into some splendid new digs on the Boise River in Garden City. The result is a new address for an already successful urban wine district that suddenly is greater than the sum of its parts.

A growing and maturing sipping zone is emerging here, folks. Telaya and Coiled wineries have a new location, 240 E. 32nd St., right at the Boise River. When you add that to the existing winery locations of Cinder, Syringa and Split Rail between 43rd and 44th streets off Chinden Boulevard, you’ve got the makings of a mini-wine-tasting tour in Garden City, accessible by foot, bicycle or vehicle — maybe even watercraft. 

Oct. 31, 2014

Fodor’s Gives Travelers 4 Reasons to Visit Idaho (hint…they start in the Boise Valley)

Boise mirrors the state’s national identity as an overlooked destination, but for wine lovers searching for America’s next grape frontier, one only has to drive a mere ten minutes from downtown to Garden City to find it.
Feb. 10, 2015

Putting the ‘Garden’ back in Garden City

The favorite garden destination for Boise North-Enders now has a bigger, better location in Garden City. The North End Organic Nursery recently opened its doors in its new location on Chinden Boulevard the first week of January. Garden City's namesake dates back to the late 1800's when the city was made up of small farms. With that sentiment, the North End Organic Nursery is bringing the garden back to the G.C.