Economy http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Boise Co-op To Open A Second Store http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-co-op-open-second-store <p>The Boise Co-op announced Monday that it would open a second store in the Village at Meridian.</p><p>Co-op marketing director Shannon McGuire says two surveys solidified managers goals of opening a second store.</p><p>“We asked our shoppers ‘what should we do, where should we go if we considered expansion?’” McGuire says. “And out of that came ‘yes, please do expand and go West.’”</p><p>McGuire says survey respondents picked Meridian as their top choice for a second store. The second-most requested store location was Nampa, and McGuire says that could someday become a reality.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:50:11 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49618 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Co-op To Open A Second Store Some Business Owners Say Idaho Liquor Laws Hurt Economic Growth http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/some-business-owners-say-idaho-liquor-laws-hurt-economic-growth <p>Some Idaho business owners say the state's laws limiting the number of liquor licenses in each city stunt local economic growth.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1tSYxJp">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> that Idaho's liquor regulation has resulted in a scarcity of liquor licenses, which in turn has caused business owners to resell licenses at exorbitant costs.</p><p>Licenses may be purchased from the state for $750 and in just two years, resold for more than $300,000.</p><p>According to Idaho law, each municipality is allotted one liquor license for every 1,500 residents.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:22:48 +0000 Associated Press 49617 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Some Business Owners Say Idaho Liquor Laws Hurt Economic Growth USDA Approves Emergency Grazing In Eastern Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/usda-approves-emergency-grazing-eastern-idaho <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved emergency haying and grazing on land normally used for the Conservation Reserve Program in parts of eastern Idaho.</p><p>Officials in Bingham, Bonneville, Fremont, Madison and Power counties requested the emergency access because of drought and crop damage. The USDA's Farm Service Agency in Idaho announced Monday that the requests were approved.</p><p>The emergency haying is allowed through the end of August, and participants must leave at least half of each field unhayed for wildlife. The hay can't be sold.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:44:30 +0000 Associated Press 49583 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/alaska-air-says-its-holding-its-own-against-delta-onslaught <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/20140724airlines.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.</span><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:25:00 +0000 Tom Banse 49438 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught How Wildland Firefighters Deal With Triple-Digit Heat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-wildland-firefighters-deal-triple-digit-heat <p></p><p>Fire crews across the Northwest are dealing with sizzling hot temperatures not just from flames, but also a general heat wave.</p><p>You can't wear shorts and a T-shirt to a firefight. So how do you stay cool and functional on the fire line when the thermometer is pushing triple digits? U.S. Forest Service spokesman Joe Anderson says "the main thing is to stay hydrated" and pace yourself.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:35:19 +0000 Tom Banse 48817 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Wildland Firefighters Deal With Triple-Digit Heat Idaho Inventor Pushes Solar Panels For Roads, Highways http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-inventor-pushes-solar-panels-roads-highways <p></p><p>The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots and, eventually, highways.</p><p>Brusaw is the head of Solar Roadways, a company that proposes using solar panels to pave the nation's roadways.</p><p>The electrical engineer from Sandpoint, Idaho, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear from vehicles and inclement weather while generating electricity.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:24:27 +0000 Associated Press 48645 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Inventor Pushes Solar Panels For Roads, Highways Ready For A Cold July 4th Beer? Data Show You'll Have No Trouble Finding Idaho Brews http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ready-cold-july-4th-beer-data-show-youll-have-no-trouble-finding-idaho-brews <p>Just in time for the holiday weekend, the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed Idaho's love of beer.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New data show a national surge in breweries between 2007-2012, with the number more than doubling from 398 to 869. New jobs were created in the industry despite the Great Recession, and shipments of the cold brews climbed more than 33 percent in the five-year span.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:35:52 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 48133 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ready For A Cold July 4th Beer? Data Show You'll Have No Trouble Finding Idaho Brews Census: Idaho’s Poverty Concentration Has Tripled Since 2000 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/census-idaho-s-poverty-concentration-has-tripled-2000 <p>More than <a href="http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/16000.html" target="_blank">15 percent of Idahoans live in poverty</a> according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a little higher than the nation as a whole. Now, a <a href="http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acs-27.pdf?eml=gd&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank">new census report shows that Idaho’s poor are becoming increasingly concentrated</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:52:09 +0000 Adam Cotterell 48011 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Census: Idaho’s Poverty Concentration Has Tripled Since 2000 6 Unique Things You'll Find At The Boise International Market http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/6-unique-things-youll-find-boise-international-market <p>The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/boiseinternationalmarket" target="_blank">Boise International Market</a> is set to open its doors sometime in August. It will start out with 17 micro-businesses selling products from around the world. Developers hope to add more vendors soon after it opens.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:25:01 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47865 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 6 Unique Things You'll Find At The Boise International Market How Madison County, Idaho, Became The Youngest Place In America http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-madison-county-idaho-became-youngest-place-america <p></p><p>New federal population figures out Thursday show the nation’s youngest county is in the midst of eastern Idaho's potato country. Madison County, Idaho.</p><p>To give you a comparison, the <a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb14-118.html" target="_blank">median age of the United States is almost 38</a>. The median age of Madison County is 23-years-old. That’s the lowest in the country. And there’s one big reason.</p><p>Madison County is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:15:22 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47780 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Madison County, Idaho, Became The Youngest Place In America Boise Entrepreneurs Hope Their Diverse Market Brings Idahoans Closer To Global Cultures http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-entrepreneurs-hope-their-diverse-market-brings-idahoans-closer-global-cultures <p>A construction crew is busy renovating a dilapidated strip mall on the Boise bench. It’s just a big empty space with torn up floors, but by August this will be the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/boiseinternationalmarket" target="_blank">Boise International Market</a>. Lori Porreca is building the market along with her partner Miguel Gaddi.</p><p>The market will be home to many small businesses, each in stalls. There will be 17 when it opens and more added later. As Gaddi stands in the main entrance of his construction project, he describes what it will be like.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:06:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47742 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Entrepreneurs Hope Their Diverse Market Brings Idahoans Closer To Global Cultures How Saving One Small Town Idaho Bookstore Might Hurt Another http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-saving-one-small-town-idaho-bookstore-might-hurt-another <p>A Ketchum bookstore will stay in business thanks to donations from its community. Last month, we <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ketchum-bookstore-asks-community-save-it-bankruptcy" target="_blank">told you ago about Iconoclast Books</a> owner Sarah Hedrick and her Indiegogo campaign to save her store.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:28:52 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47581 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Saving One Small Town Idaho Bookstore Might Hurt Another Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-revamps-often-criticized-worker-training-program <p></p><p>Acknowledging Idaho's economic development "sins of the past" Tuesday, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter unveiled a revamped business incentive program that was once touted as a job creator, but Otter now wants it viewed as a way to train workers for high-skill jobs.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:09:39 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 47673 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/northwest-wheat-harvest-could-be-down-summer <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062014CL_wheat_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Farmers in Oregon, Idaho and Washington are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The weather forecast has a lot to do with it.<p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:27:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 47467 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer Idaho's Jobless Rate Hits 6 Year Low http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-jobless-rate-hits-6-year-low <p>Idaho’s jobless rate has dipped below 5 percent for the first time in almost six years.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://labor.idaho.gov/news/NewsReleases/tabid/1953/ctl/PressRelease/mid/3872/itemid/2714/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Idaho Labor Department reports </a>May’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.9 percent, that's as total employment grew by 1,000 jobs from April to May.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:57:34 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 47432 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Jobless Rate Hits 6 Year Low Boise Mayor: New Jobs Coming To Airport, Pitches New Fire Bond http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-mayor-new-jobs-coming-airport-pitches-new-fire-bond <p></p><p>Boise Mayor David Bieter announced Friday that SkyWest Airlines is opening a maintenance facility at the Boise Airport.</p><p>During his annual State of the City speech, Bieter said the facility will use an existing hangar at the Jackson Jet Center. “While we’re not sure yet the total number of jobs, we do know they will be able to service three large planes every night,” Bieter says. “And the wages they will pay will serve a family well.”</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:38:25 +0000 Samantha Wright 47035 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Mayor: New Jobs Coming To Airport, Pitches New Fire Bond Use This Calculator To Figure Out Your Idaho Property Taxes http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/use-calculator-figure-out-your-idaho-property-taxes <p>Property values in Ada and Canyon Counties went <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ada-county-home-values-go-assessor-doesn-t-see-bubble-loomingyet" target="_blank">up substantially this year</a>. Chances are, if you own a house here you’ve received a letter from the county assessor saying your home is worth more. In Ada County the <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/data-see-change-ada-county-property-values" target="_blank">average increase was 18 percent</a>.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:17:09 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46666 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Use This Calculator To Figure Out Your Idaho Property Taxes Data: See The Change In Ada County Property Values http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/data-see-change-ada-county-property-values <p>Property values in Idaho's most-populated county went up between 2013 and 2014 in a big way. This is the second year in a row Ada County's property values increased. Of course those increases are on the heels of four-straight years of decline after the <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-the-housing-bubble-tanked-the-economy-and-the-tech-bubble-didnt/" target="_blank">housing bubble burst</a>. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:51:58 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46452 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Data: See The Change In Ada County Property Values Idaho's Chobani Plant Laying Off Workers http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-chobani-plant-laying-workers <p>Greek yogurt maker Chobani is laying off workers at its south-central Idaho plant.</p><p>Chief Marketing Officer <a href="http://bit.ly/U9rghj">Peter McGuinness tells The Times-News</a> the lay-offs include temporary workers as well as some regular workers.</p><p>He declined to say how many workers are being let go, but he says about three-quarters are temporary workers.</p><p>He says the plant has hit its production target and is making shift changes Tuesday and Wednesday.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:16:56 +0000 Associated Press 46444 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Chobani Plant Laying Off Workers As Ada County Home Values Go Up, Assessor Doesn’t See A Bubble Looming...Yet http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ada-county-home-values-go-assessor-doesn-t-see-bubble-loomingyet <p>If you own a home in Ada County, you may have received a letter in the mail last week from the county assessor’s office. And that letter probably said your property value had gone up, maybe even substantially.</p><p>That's good news for those wanting to sell their house or those who’ve been underwater on their mortgage. But the increases could mean higher taxes, and it could actually be bad news for the economy.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:04:39 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46372 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As Ada County Home Values Go Up, Assessor Doesn’t See A Bubble Looming...Yet