Economy

Business
4:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Collaborative Effort To Bring A New YMCA, Park And School To Meridian

Marti Hill, Dixie Cook and David Turnbull donated the land for the YMCA/school/park complex.
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Meridian will be getting a new YMCA, city park and elementary school. The Treasure Valley YMCA announced Thursday it will build its first new facility since opening the Caldwell Y nine years ago. The new South Y will be built in Meridian south of I-84 near Eagle Road and Amity.

It will be built on 22 acres of donated land. The J.A. and Katherine Albertson Foundation is donating $4 million to start the project.  

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Wages
1:39 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Idaho's Per Capita Personal Income Grows, But Incomes Remain Below Average

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In 2013, per capita personal income rose 2.9 percent in Idaho according to a report out Thursday from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Nationally, per capita personal income grew 1.3 percent. Even with the growth, Idaho’s average per capita personal income of $36,146 remains nearly $9,000 below the national average.

Blaine County, home of Sun Valley, had Idaho’s highest personal income in 2013. Here are the top five counties:

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Airlines
4:05 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Delta Air Lines Resets Bar Higher For Pacific Northwest Hub

Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines are partners - and rivals - at Sea-Tac Airport.

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 10:01 pm

Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said his company wants to nearly double its footprint at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Economy
5:58 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Northwest Apples, Hay And Potatoes Caught Up In Port Slowdown

Port of Seattle

A slowdown in operations at ports up and down the West Coast is choking off the flow of apples, Christmas trees, potatoes and other Northwest products to foreign markets.

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Agriculture
3:49 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Apple Farmers Scramble To Save Last Of Their Fruit

Workers at Broetje Orchards in southeast Washington pulled some midnight shifts lately to try and save the last of the apples from the recent arctic air.

An arctic air mass has swept into the Northwest. Cold air and snow are expected from central Washington through central Oregon and even into Idaho’s central Panhandle.

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Mining
11:15 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Northern Idaho Mines Announce Merger

Two mines in northern Idaho have agreed to merge.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that U.S. Silver will merge with Scorpio Mining Corp. The companies announced the merger Friday.

U.S. Silver owns and operates the Galena Mine complex in the Silver Valley's Coeur d'Alene Mining District, which is just west of Wallace. Scorpio is a Toronto-based silver producer, which owns the Nuestro Senora Mine in Mexico.

Darren Blasutti will become the president and chief executive officer of the new management team.

Tourism
1:46 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Yellowstone Park Breaks October 2010 Visitation Record

Credit Jim Pasco / Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is reporting a record high number of visitors in October.

Just over 194,800 visited the park in October, surpassing the previous October record of over 189,000 set in 2010. 

There were over 3.4 million recreational visits to Yellowstone in the first 10 months of 2014, an increase of over 10 percent over the same period last year.

With two months left in the calendar year, 2014 is already the second-highest visitation year on record. The park's peak year was 2010, when there were over 3.6 million visitors.

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Business
2:07 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Brewer Of Beer Sold In Idaho Vows Business As Usual After Sale

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The founders of a Bend craft brewery that's being sold to Anheuser-Busch are promising "business as usual."

But the sale of 10 Barrel Brewing Co. is causing ripples in the lively Central Oregon craft beer trade.

The Bend Bulletin reports reaction among fellow brewers ranging from well-wishing to a lament that the deal felt like a family member had died.

10 Barrel co-founder Jeremy Cox says key managers will remain in place, including his brother, Chris, overseeing the brewery.

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Jobs
11:40 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Furniture Maker Kimball Moving Idaho Facility To Indiana

Office furniture maker Kimball International says it plans to sell a metal-fabrication facility in Idaho and move that work to existing company factories in southern Indiana.

The Jasper-based company says it will spend about $9.5 million to transfer the production to three Indiana factories over the next two years.

Kimball officials say they are actively trying to sell its Post Falls, Idaho, facility.

Banking
10:55 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Banner Bank Taking Over American West Bank

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Banner Bank is taking over Spokane-based American West Bank in a $702 million deal that will expand the Walla Walla bank to 190 branches in five states, including Idaho.

Both banks cater to midsize businesses, farms and manufacturing companies. Banner president and CEO Mark Grescovich told The Spokesman-Review Wednesday that will continue.

He expects the deal to close next spring after a review by state and federal regulators and a shareholders' vote.

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Business
11:35 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Natural Food Producer Amy’s Kitchen To Open Idaho Facility

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One of the nation’s biggest producers of natural, organic and vegetarian food is opening a facility in Idaho. California-based Amy’s Kitchen has bought a 500,000-square-foot plant in Pocatello, formerly owned by Heinz.

The announcement came from Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s office Wednesday.

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Agriculture
5:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New Study Reaffirms The Big Role Dairy Plays In Idaho's Economy

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Idaho dairy producers are touting a new study that again shows the substantial role the dairy industry plays in the state’s economy. 

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Business
10:07 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Smith Optics' Departure From Central Idaho Will Have Economic Ripple Effect

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The Wood River Valley is bracing for the loss of one of its largest employers. Ski equipment maker Smith Optics is one of the area’s top 10 employers and one of the biggest private-sector employers, according Harry Griffith, director of Sun Valley Economic Development - a nonprofit focused on the Blaine County economy.

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Business
9:55 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Ski Goggle Maker Smith Optics Is Leaving Idaho, Taking With It 85 Jobs

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A central Idaho company whose founder invented the double-lensed, vented ski goggle that is now the industry standard is moving operations and 85 jobs out of the resort town of Ketchum.

Smith Optics announced Monday that its design headquarters will move to Portland, Oregon, during the first half of 2015.

Other parts of the company are moving to Clearfield, Utah, or Parsippany, New Jersey, over the next three years.

Robert Earl "Bob" Smith came up with the double-lens goggles in the 1960s and patented his invention. He died in 2012 at age 78

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Business
6:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

How A Boise Woman Is Turning African-Inspired Handbags Into A College Education

Rita at the sewing machine where she makes her African-fabric inspired cloth purses.
Credit Jodie Martinson / Boise State Public Radio

Rita Thara Yenga shows off two plastic boxes full of women's bags she's sewn. She's preparing inventory for her new store "Thara Fashion." It opened in October at the International Market in Boise.

"I'm so happy to show people my talent," she explains. "It makes me excited."

Rita sells clothes and accessories for American sensibilities, but with a distinctly African twist. 

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Trends
6:30 am
Mon October 20, 2014

See What Your Idaho Zip Code Tells Marketers About You

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Your zip code tells postal workers how to get you your daily pile of junk mail advertisements. Your zip can also tell advertisers what junk mail to send you. That’s the idea behind software company Ersi’s Tapestry Segmentation program.

The tool allows users (marketers) to type in a zip code and get an analysis of the people who live there based on U.S. Census Bureau and market research data.

Boise's North End

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Jobs
12:42 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Why So Many Idaho Journalists Leave News For Public Relations

Former Idaho Statesman journalist Dan Popkey (right) pictured with Idaho First Lady Lori Otter.
Credit Otter For Idaho Twitter

The news business as we know it is in crisis. It's been well reported that revenue has been drying up as advertisers move online, causing newspapers to shrink their staffs. Something that's less-often reported is how much the public relations business has been booming.

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Charity
12:42 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Idahoans Give More To Charity Than People In Most States

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Idaho is a very charitable state. Idahoans gave more of their income to charity than every surrounding state, except Utah. But low-income Idahoans are giving away more of their hard-earned cash than the wealthy.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy used Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data from 2006 to 2012 to find patterns of giving across the country.

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Agriculture
11:35 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Despite A Wrecked Barley Crop, Idaho Craft Brewer Won't Raise Prices

Grand Teton Brewing Company says it has a contract for guaranteed malted barley through 2015.
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The Idaho Barley Commission estimates about 40 percent of this year's barley crop was damaged by rain, but that bad crop is unlikely to affect craft beer prices in the near term. Rain-saturated barley crops in other top producing states like Montana and North Dakota haven't fared much better.

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Economy
1:49 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Boise Airport Wins Grant To Help Secure East Coast Flights

The federal government has awarded the Boise Airport $700,000 to help secure direct flights to the eastern U.S.

The airport applied for the Department of Transportation grant over the summer.  A similar application last year was not successful.

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