Boise

Fork, Brickyard, Berryhill – these are some of the restaurants Cece Gassner says have asked the city of Boise for permission to hire valets to park cars. Boise’s City Council takes a first look Tuesday at an ordinance to govern valet parking downtown. Gassner is an economic development assistant to Boise’s mayor. She says Boise wants to establish some ground rules.

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Boise earned sixth place in a recent ranking of cities’ economic recoveries, a strong finish that’s based largely on improvement in local home prices.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Every year in cities like Houston, Texas and Venice, California, people tour through backyard gardens.  It’s like a Parade of Homes for garden lovers.  Something similar is happening this Sunday in Boise.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

On the 26th anniversary of the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Garden Tour, 1,000 people will visit the private yards of 9 skilled gardeners.  One of those belongs to Craig and Vanessa Lang of Boise.  Craig Lang’s passion is Japanese Maples and he has several varieties or cultivars around his Boise home. You can hear Lang as he takes you on an audio tour through his garden. Just click the audio link for more. 

Ada County Highway District

New symbols are popping up on some roads in Ada County.  They’re part of a pilot project to increase awareness and safety for bicyclists. 

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Elite Northwest runners and throwers tested themselves against Olympic-caliber competition this weekend in Eugene. Some athletes found the experience sobering, while others drew encouragement with about two months to go before the Summer Olympics.

Boise Police Department

NEW UPDATE:  The Boise Police Department says all the stolen Exergy bikes have now been recovered.  After the first six were found at Boise State University, police began searching the rest of the campus.  The remaining seven bikes were found, at two other locations on campus.  The bikes appear to be undamaged.  Officers are processing the bikes for evidence as fast as possible, to try to get them back to TIPCO riders who are set to ride in the Exergy Tour tomorrow.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Early Tuesday morning a Boise police officer shot and killed a mountain lion on the Boise State campus. Idaho Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Matt O’Connell says it’s likely the same cat that was first spotted in an east Boise foothills neighborhood Friday...and seen several times Monday morning near downtown. O’Connell says police responded to calls from Boise State staffers who saw the lion eating from a dumpster near the student union building. He says that’s unusual behavior for this species.

California Department of Fish and Game

Boise Police and Idaho Fish and Game are on the lookout for a mountain lion spotted in several downtown locations this morning. Boise State University issued an automated phone alert after the animal was sighted on campus, near the Friendship Bridge at 5:57 AM.

Students in Boise schools will pay more for lunch this fall. And lunch prices in other districts are likely to go up as well.

Peggy Bodnar says the Boise School District has tried hard to keep from raising the lunch price. But the district’s Food Service Supervisor says now they have to. She explains, “there were numerous changes that came about with that Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Boise is revamping its commercial recycling program in an effort to get more businesses to sign up.  Right now, there are 4,000 commercial trash customers, but only 1,000 of them participate in the recycling program.  That means a lot more trash goes into the landfill.  Catherine Chertudi is the solid waste programs manager for Boise Public Works.   “Businesses do dispose of seven time more trash then a residence," she explains. "So there’s a huge opportunity to divert those materials to recycling.” 

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The city of Boise has revived its proposed overhaul of taxi ordinances after making changes requested by drivers.

With 24 cars ABC is one of Boise’s largest taxi companies. Tom Walker owns it. He objects to Boise’s proposed rule changes even though he says he’s already doing most of them. That includes the requirement that cabs take credit and debit cards.

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Idaho was hit hard in the housing crash.  For the better part of three years, the state’s foreclosure rate was one of the highest in the nation.  The Boise area saw the worst of it.  That means it’s been a while since this scene played out with any kind of regularity.

Lynne Smith pushes open the door of the home she’ll move into in just a couple of weeks. "This is it!" she says.  "It’s just nice to come in and look around and say, 'Oh, this is going to be my house!'"

It’s brand new.  It even smells new.

Horizon Air

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with additional information. The original story stated that by the end of the summer, Horizon Air's nearly 900 pilots and flight attendants would also call Boise, Idaho, Medford, Oregon and Spokane, Washington home. We've clarified this to say that by the end of the summer 300 of those 900 flight crews will be based in Boise, Medford and Spokane. 

Basque Mus: More Than A Card Game

Mar 30, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

This Saturday in downtown Boise people gather around tables at Leku Ona to play mus. That’s said like moose.  It’s a Basque card game, think poker meets chess. The winner will go on to compete in a national tournament in Chino, California in late April.

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