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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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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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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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.
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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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Transportation
9:39 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Ride-Share Service Uber Comes To Boise For Free Trial

Uber is coming to Boise, at least temporarily. The ride-sharing app, which connects passengers with drivers, starts a temporary free trail in the city Thursday.

Uber has been around since 2009 and operates in more than 200 cities worldwide.

It works like this: riders download an app on their phone, plug in a destination, and choose a driver to pick them up. Drivers use their own cars.

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Gas Prices
5:59 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

After Pricey Summer, Idaho's Gas Prices Headed Down

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Gas prices are dropping in Idaho and around the nation. Following a regular trend, Idaho’s prices were higher this summer than the national average, but winter prices tend to be lower. One expert says there are several reasons why.

Idaho had the sixth highest gasoline price in the nation at certain times this year.

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Wages
5:04 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Idaho Women, Individuals Have Lowest Median Incomes In The Country

Idaho's median household income was $46,783 in 2013.

Census data released by the government this week show individuals and women in Idaho have the lowest median incomes in the country, while household and family median incomes are in the bottom third among states.

The data release is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey.

Idaho's median household income in 2013 was $46,783, meaning half the residents here earned more and half earned less.

This interactive map is shaded based on median household income.

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Economy
10:17 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Idaho's Jobless Rate Drops As The Workforce Shrinks

Workers talk with potential employers at a Meridian job fair.
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Idaho's August jobless rate ticked down a tenth of a percent after a slight increase in July. The Idaho Department of Labor reports the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.7 percent declined because 600 workers left the labor force, the second-straight month the workforce has shrunk.

Most workers hired in August filled vacant jobs. The Labor Department reports new hires were lower than August 2013.

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Economy
10:02 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Wilderness Area Accused Of Inhibiting Idaho Town's Economy

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:50 am

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Migration
4:59 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

If You Were Born In Idaho, Data Show You Probably Stayed

Where people born in Idaho are moving to.
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If you were born in Idaho, The New York Times reports you've likely stayed put. And if you did move, it was more likely you stayed in the West.  

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