Economy

Agriculture
6:19 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers

File photo of workers at a berry farm outside of Eltopia, Washington.

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 8:03 pm

A breakdown in a U.S. State Department computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards.

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Business
3:50 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Boise Co-op To Open A Second Store

Current Boise Co-op location in Boise's Northend.
Credit boise.coop

The Boise Co-op announced Monday that it would open a second store in the Village at Meridian.

Co-op marketing director Shannon McGuire says two surveys solidified managers goals of opening a second store.

“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.’”

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.

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Business
3:22 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Some Business Owners Say Idaho Liquor Laws Hurt Economic Growth

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Some Idaho business owners say the state's laws limiting the number of liquor licenses in each city stunt local economic growth.

The Idaho Statesman reports 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.

Licenses may be purchased from the state for $750 and in just two years, resold for more than $300,000.

According to Idaho law, each municipality is allotted one liquor license for every 1,500 residents.

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Economy
9:13 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs

A Tesla Roadster electric car.
Tesla Motors

Washington Governor Jay Inslee tried to woo electric carmaker Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory in the Evergreen state. But according to at least one report, the company may have already broken ground near Reno, Nevada.

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Business
6:25 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught

An Alaska Airlines 737 plane.
Alaska Airlines

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.

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Health
11:52 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Study: Fungus Found In Chobani Yogurt More Dangerous Than First Reported

Chobani's voluntary recall began Sept. 5, 2013. The company says the facility has been cleaned and the mold hasn't been detected since.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A fungus found in Chobani yogurt produced at its Twin Falls facility last year that led to a voluntary recall was more virulent than first thought.

In August and September 2013 more than 200 people were made sick by the Greek yogurt after a strain of fungus called Mucor circinelloides was detected in the product.

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Business
1:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

6 Unique Things You'll Find At The Boise International Market

Habiba Abdullah prepares a Somali meal. Abdullah owns a grocery store in the market and her sons co-own the restaurant Taste of Africa.
Credit Photo Courtesy International Market

The Boise International Market 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.

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Trends
10:15 am
Thu June 26, 2014

How Madison County, Idaho, Became The Youngest Place In America

About 25,000 people live in Rexburg, Idaho. This is a view of downtown.
Credit Ken Lund / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

To give you a comparison, the median age of the United States is almost 38. The median age of Madison County is 23-years-old. That’s the lowest in the country. And there’s one big reason.

Madison County is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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Economy
4:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program

Idaho's Labor Dept. Director Ken Edmunds highlights details of the revamped program with Gov. Otter at his side.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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. 

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Agriculture
6:27 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer

Farmers in Oregon, Idaho and Washington are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The weather forecast has a lot to do with it.

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Economy
10:57 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Idaho's Jobless Rate Hits 6 Year Low

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Idaho’s jobless rate has dipped below 5 percent for the first time in almost six years. 

The Idaho Labor Department reports May’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.9 percent, that's as total employment grew by 1,000 jobs from April to May.

In May of 2013, nearly 50,000 Idahoans didn’t have jobs. This May, about 38,000 people were out of work.

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Economy
9:48 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares

Port of Seattle fire trucks salute a Delta Airbus A330 as it departs for Hong Kong on Monday.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Can two airlines be partners and rivals at the same time? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are long-term contractual allies. But now the relationship is being tested.

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Boise
2:38 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Boise Mayor: New Jobs Coming To Airport, Pitches New Fire Bond

Credit Dave Bieter's Facebook Page / City of Boise

Boise Mayor David Bieter announced Friday that SkyWest Airlines is opening a maintenance facility at the Boise Airport.

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.”

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Housing Market
2:51 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Data: See The Change In Ada County Property Values

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Credit Data: Ada County Assessor | Chart: Adam Cotterell

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 housing bubble burst.  

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Housing Market
12:04 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

As Ada County Home Values Go Up, Assessor Doesn’t See A Bubble Looming...Yet

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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.

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. 

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Jobs
2:07 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

$4.2 Million Available For Displaced Idaho Workers

The federal government is providing $4.2 million of federal assistance to workers recently laid off at the J.R. Simplot Company and an Idaho Falls call center.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that $2.6 million will be available for the 435 workers who were laid off from August 2013 to April of this year at J.R. Simplot facilities.

Another $1.6 million will be allocated to the nearly 200 workers who were affected by a March 31 closure at Center Partners call center in Idaho Falls.

Business
12:53 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Ketchum Bookstore Asks Community To Save It From Bankruptcy

Inside Iconoclast
Credit Sarah hedrick

Ketchum’s Iconoclast Books has been a fixture in the community for 20 years. But next month, the store will permanently close its doors unless owner Sarah Hedrick can raise $85,000 to pay off debts.

Hedrick and her late husband Gary Hunt were partners in their bookstore. They each had different jobs. Hedrick says she had all the fun ones.

“Buying and merchandising and finding new lines, that kind of stuff,” Hedrick says. “And he was definitely the person in the office.”   

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Agriculture
4:07 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Washington's Third-Largest Cherry Crop Queued-Up This Season

File photo

Northwest sweet cherry growers say this season they'll likely pick their third-largest haul ever -- 20 million boxes.

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Economy
6:17 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Large Cruise Ships Call On Small Northwest Ports To Fill Out Itineraries

The Norwegian Pearl at port in Astoria, Oregon in May 2013.

Cruise season has begun in the Pacific Northwest with the arrival of gleaming cruise ships. They'll be steaming back-and-forth to Alaska all summer from Vancouver and Seattle.

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Agriculture
9:49 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Farms In Northwest Fewer In Numbers, But Bigger And More Valuable

File photo of calves at a dairy operation in southern Idaho.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 7:00 pm

According to newly-released data from the USDA's agricultural census, the number of farms in the Northwest is dropping.

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