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!'"
April 17th marks Equal Pay Day. It symbolizes the 23 percent pay gap between men and women in the United States. Women must work from January 1st last year to April 17th this year to match what men earned in 2011 alone. Women in Idaho would have to work even longer, as the state ranks 43rd in the nation for this type of wage disparity.
The Food and Drug Administration has shut down a family-owned Mexican style cheese producer in Washington State . FDA inspectors say Del Bueno isn’t doing enough to prevent Listeria contamination in its products, even after several recalls.
Del Bueno distributes a variety of cheeses to Hispanic food stores across Eastern Washington, the Seattle area, and parts of Oregon.
Jesus Rodriguez and his parents operate Del Bueno out of Grandview, Wash. He says it will cost thousands of dollars to comply with the FDA’s demands.
Rural Idaho counties are becoming, well, rural-er.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show populations continue to decline in rural parts of the state.
Census numbers released this week look at population movement between 2010 and 2011. According to the Idaho Department of Labor’s analysis, more counties lost population over that year than at any other time since the 1980s. Continue reading...
Gas prices are on the rise throughout the United States. In Idaho, it costs on average about $3.80 a gallon. That’s up from $3.00 a gallon at the start of this year. One reason for this spike has to do with future bets on oil prices.
Thousands of long-term unemployed workers in the northwest will soon lose unemployment checks. It'll happen this weekend in Oregon; two weeks later in Washington State but likely not for several more months in Idaho. The federal government won't pay for extended benefits anymore because the jobless rates have improved.
Gas prices in Idaho continue to climb, so people are looking at other ways to commute. They walk, bike, bus, or take a public van. Ada County Highway District runs one of the oldest vanpool programs in the nation. Commuteride started in the 1970s.
* 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.
The 2012 Legislature adjourned late last week, accomplishing its only constitutional duty, which is to pass a balanced budget. StateImpact Idaho’s Emilie Ritter Saunders has watched the budget process closely. Saunders told Samantha Wright there weren’t many surprises this session, but there were a couple of things that didn’t pan out, including creating a state health care exchange.