Jan. 12, 2016

Idaho Idyll: A Traveler’s Take on Southwest Idaho

Scott W. Clemens, contributing writer for food, wine and travel blog Epicurean Traveler, recently took a trip to explore all Southwestern Idaho has to offer. 

"I spent less than a week in Idaho, but it was enough to seriously pique my interest. I suggest the next time you think about “passing through” on your way to somewhere else, make a point to spend a few days instead. Experience the restaurants, wineries, brewpubs, inspiring scenery and friendly people. Who knows — you might even choose to stay."

Feb. 25, 2016

Idaho State University Affiliates with New Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

by State of Idaho

With approval from the State Board of Education, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced a new public-private partnership today to create Idaho’s first four-year medical school at Idaho State University’s Meridian Health Science Center. 

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Jul. 22, 2016

BSU Student’s ‘Bike Idaho’ App Wins Grand Prize In Idaho Tech Challenge

Boise State University's Josh White won the grand prize and Best of Tourism award in the Idaho Tech Challenge, a competition put on by AT&T, the Idaho Technology Council and Gov. Butch Otter's office.

The contest challenged university students to create an educational software application focused on agriculture, health care or tourism. White's submission, titled “Bike Idaho," shows Idaho’s scenic byways in map or list form, with pictures, elevation, and distance to provide users with tools to find and enjoy cycling in the Gem State. Winners receive cash prizes and potential mentoring and networking with the AT&T Foundry. BSU students were awarded a total of $17,000 in prizes, according to a press release.

"Our goal was to use technology as a way for university level students to challenge each other while creating something that benefits their home state,” stated Carl Gipson with AT&T External Affairs. 

Apr. 25, 2016

Idaho is No. 1 in U.S. for job growth since March 2015

Idaho has ranked No. 1 in the nation for job growth in the past year, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Idaho was among 37 states that had a statistically significant increase in employment between March 2015 and March 2016.

The steepest rise was in Idaho, where employment grew 3.6 percent.

Jun. 1, 2015

Idaho Ranks First for Job Growth in 2015

Idaho recorded the largest percentage increase in job growth throughout the nation for the first four months of 2015. Since the end of 2014, employment has increased by 2.2 percent in the Gem State totaling an average of 672,325 jobs. Idaho was followed by Utah at 1.8 percent and Washington at 1.3 percent. 

Dec. 17, 2015

Here We Have Idaho: An Exhibition Showcasing the New Faces of Idaho

The exhibition will be called Stronger Shines the Light Inside and it's a fair estimation that it will be the talk of the town in 2016. While Boiseans will need to wait nine months to see the exhibition, photographer Angie Smith, who secured a $10,000 grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History to help fund the project, granted Boise Weekly readers a special Christmas gift in offering a glimpse of her stunning images of refugees who have resettled in Idaho.

"The idea came to me five or six years ago while visiting Boise [Smith's family roots in Boise go back three generations, in fact Smith's grandfather owned and operating Riley's men's clothing store on 8th and Bannock in Boise for many years]. More and more, I was impressed by its growing diversity. People from every corner of the world," she said.

May. 19, 2016

18 Summers: Southwest Idaho

18 Summers Southwest Idaho

An amazing thing happens when you bring your extended family on summer vacation—you extend the fun. See how trying new things like paddle-boarding, jet-skiing, and playing in the great Idaho outdoors can make your family’s summer count.

Dec. 28, 2017

Why People Really Want to Move to Idaho but are Fleeing its Neighbor, Wyoming

... Boise is booming. Most newcomers have settled in the capital and the cities and suburbs surrounding it, compounding the state’s urbanization advantage. They appear to be drawn by the city’s combination of size and low cost of living.

Idaho has the fourth-cheapest cost of living in the country, according to a 2017 index from the Council for Community and Economic Research. Only Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi are cheaper. Wyoming is 29th.

It’s the tired old parable of two siblings, separated at birth. One began with natural gifts and found little incentive to grow beyond them, and another was forced to play a weaker hand but became stronger and more resilient in the process. There’s probably a moral in there somewhere, but I’m guessing it’s just “you should probably move to Idaho.”

Jan. 3, 2017

Vogue Ranks Idaho in Top Places to Travel in 2017

Idaho is having a moment. The capital, Boise, may not have an Ace Hotel yet, but it’s quietly setting itself up to be one of America’s most desirable second-tier cities with hip lodging like the Modern Hotel + Bar, indie coffee shops, creative hubs, distilleries, and a serious craft beer scene. And then of course, there’s the incredible access to the outdoors, including more than 190 miles of trails to hike, run, and bike in the Boise Foothills.

Sep. 14, 2015

University of Idaho Ranks in Top 10 for College Internet Security

According to its first-ever Higher Education Security Report, SecurityScorecard ranks the University of Idaho‬ in the top 10 for internet security among colleges. 

SecurityScorecard studied universities with 1,000 or more public IP addresses and graded their security posture based on the reputation of their IP addresses, Web application security on their public-facing apps, DNS health, and network security, including whether they generate bot traffic from infected machines in their networks. Data gathered from SecurityScorecard's sensor-based network is then analyzed by the company's analysis tools, and scored. The firm also studies so-called "hacker chatter" in underground forums about the organizations in question.

Jun. 27, 2016

Idaho’s Got Talent

Internships play an important role in the national discussion about job training.

They’re a useful way for companies to help the newly graduated gain job skills and soft skills, and they’re helpful for job-seekers who want to try out a position or a place of employment.

A Boise organization has created an internship program that focuses not only on the newly graduated, but on the newly arrived. It’s called Global Talent Idaho and it helps skilled immigrants, be they refugees or other newcomers, find a place in a local workplace where they can experience the culture, language, and expectations of a U.S. workplace. There are already programs in Idaho to help unskilled workers find positions in the local labor market. Global Talent focuses on foreign-trained workers who worked in professional jobs in their home countries, but don’t have the language skills or credentials to do those jobs in the U.S.

Jun. 16, 2016

Nothing Funky Happens in Idaho - Or Does It?

Nothing happens in Idaho—or does it? Actually, this is where the new rural-urban arts-centric landscape is happening!

Several artists live and work in downtown Nampa. I have developed a strong relationship with Betty and Lawrence of Hill Street Studios. They do photos shoots for our school of anything and everything, just as a goodwill gesture. They have a beautiful and unique gallery/home in downtown Nampa in a converted old bar. They have converted the entire upstairs into the living quarters and have outdoor space on the top of the building for a patio and garden.

Jan. 13, 2016

The Many Faces of Idaho

The exhibition will be called Stronger Shines the Light Inside and will showcase stunning images of refugees who have resettled in Idaho. Photographer Angie Smith secured a $10,000 grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History to help fund the project. She says that she got the idea when she returned to Idaho and began noticing the changing demographics and how we are beginning to see people from every corner of the world making Idaho their home. 

Feb. 17, 2017

20 Idaho Winter Photos That Will Blow Your Mind

Here are the top 20 #ForTheWinter photos from our record-breaking winter!

Jan. 11, 2017

Idaho Population Growth Strongest Since 2008

by Idaho Department of Labor

Idaho’s population grew by 1.8 percent between mid-2015 and mid-2016, the third strongest increase of all states and 1.1 percentage point ahead of the national growth rate. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state’s population was 1,683,140 as of July 1, 2016, an estimated increase of more than 30,300. This was the strongest increase since 2008 when the population grew 1.9 percent with an increase of 29,200.

Idaho’s population growth can be attributed to a high birth rate and domestic migration, which accounted for 90 percent of the state’s population growth. Idaho ranked fifth in the country for in-migration as nearly 19,000 people moved from other states and countries between mid-2015 and mid-2016. The state’s birth rate was 13.7 births per thousand women, the seventh highest in the country.

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Dec. 14, 2016

A Dazzling Gem From Idaho Arrives On Capitol Hill

You know Christmas is right around the corner when images of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree being hoisted from a very long tractor trailer show up on your social media apps and on TV. An ongoing American tradition since 1964, this year, the great tree called fondly by its fans “An Idaho Mountain Gem,” comes from the Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho.

Entering the grounds of the Capitol Building to be given by the Forest Service to the Architect of the Capitol and with a full security escort no less, the 80-foot Engelmann spruce rode on a big-rig truck adorned in festive red and labeled “From tree to shining tree.” Keith Lannom, the Payette Forest’s supervisor, reminded the press gathered for the arrival ceremony that “thousands of LED lights and over 6,000 ornaments made by children in Idaho who used 20 pounds of glitter, will hang on the tree…” among other intriguing facts about the tree. Harvested on November 2, the Idaho gem has made quite a journey. It has stopped in 30 cities to much excitement...

Jun. 20, 2016

Kiplinger Ranks Idaho The Hottest Job Market

The Gem State is home to booming tech and aerospace industries, as well as military bases that boost spending in surrounding areas. And as Idaho attracts more residents from other states, companies both old and new are expanding here: wireless data company Cradlepoint is growing quickly in Boise, and agribusiness firm J.R. Simplot will hire 600 for a new processing plant in nearby Kuna.

There are plenty more opportunities: Micron Technology, a semiconductor manufacturer, will add 200 jobs in Boise when its plant expansion is completed in early 2017. Yogurt maker Chobani is expanding its plant in Twin Falls. And American Food Equipment is building a new manufacturing facility in Caldwell.

May. 17, 2016

New Endowment Fund Will Permanently Fund Ballet Idaho, Boise Philharmonic, And Opera Idaho

Esther Simplot, perhaps Idaho's best-known patron of the arts, announced Monday she had established a $3 million endowment to permanently fund the work of Ballet Idaho, the Boise Philharmonic and Opera Idaho. The endowment will be managed through the Idaho Community Foundation. 

Sep. 14, 2015

Washington Post: Idaho Among Top 5 Most Welcoming States for Refugees

In response to the migrant crisis unfolding in Europe, President Obama announced Thursday that the United States will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year. This is a modest sum compared to the size of the current problem, which numbers in the millions. Germany alone expects to receive 800,000 refugee and asylum applications this year...

In recent years, the five most welcoming states (relative to their populations) are North and South Dakota, Idaho, Nebraska, and Vermont. Adding up the numbers from fiscal years 2013 and 2014, these states each received over 100 immigrants per 100,000 residents over the span of those two years.

Dec. 14, 2015

Idaho Ranks #2 in Nation for Volunteerism

Idaho has ranked second in the nation for its rate of volunteerism, for the second year in a row, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Its annual report, “Volunteering and Civic Life in America,” showed Idaho ranking only behind Utah; and Boise ranking 8thamong 75 mid-sized cities, with a higher volunteerism rate than the state as a whole – 38.1 percent vs. 35.8 percent statewide.