Garden City Gets Second Brewery

Feb 8, 2012

BOISE, ID – When it comes to beer, Idaho ranks 12th in the country for the number of breweries per person.  A new one will open its doors later this month in Garden City.

Crooked Fence Brewery will be the second to open in Garden City in less than a year.  It joins Payette Brewing Company and several wineries within a few miles of each other.  Kelly Knopp markets Crooked Fence’s beer.

Kelly Knopp:  “When we started looking at places we, obviously, checked out some Boise spots, some Eagle spots.  And really, there just seemed to be less hoops and ladders with Garden City.”

Changes To Idaho’s Next Execution

Feb 6, 2012

BOISE, ID – Idaho Department of Correction officials have made some changes to how they handle executions.  This comes nearly three months after the state executed convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades.

In the months since Rhoades’ execution, the Idaho Department of Correction analyzed the 34 page document that details each step in the process.  It’s now 35 pages long.  Brent Reinke directs the Department.  He says the biggest change now allows a single drug cocktail for lethal injection.

Brent Reinke:  “So we have two, three-drug protocols and two, single drug protocols.”

BOISE, ID – Most farmers markets around Idaho are closed for the winter including Boise’s. But that could change for the capital city’s public market. There’s an effort to turn it into a year-round one.   It would cost at least $6 million to develop.

The Capital City Public Market on a warm summer’s day brings people who love to taste and buy locally produced foods.  Like many shoppers we spoke with last summer, Janel Kewley was intrigued by a year-round market.

BOISE, ID – Agustin Victor Casasola founded the first photojournalism agency in Mexico one hundred years ago.

The Mexican Consulate in Boise opened in 2009.  It serves people throughout Idaho, Montana, Northern Nevada, and Eastern Oregon.  It’s the 49th Mexican Consulate to open in the United States.  Before it opened, Idaho and Montana were served by the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City.

Idaho Highway Fatalities Drop Again This Year

Dec 22, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Deaths from motor vehicle crashes in Idaho are on track to be the lowest since the 1960s.  There are many reasons behind this trend.

So far this year, 158 people have died on Idaho’s highways.  That’ll be a record if that number stays below 200.  Brent Jennings manages highway safety for the Idaho Transportation Department.

Brent Jennings:  “In all likelihood, we expect the fatalities to be the lowest since we started keeping records back in the early 60’s.”

BOISE, ID. – Washington State’s move to privatize liquor sales next year could have repercussions on Idaho’s revenues.  That’s according to Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluation.

Analyst Jared Tatro of Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluation says high prices for liquor in Washington drive bargain seekers to Idaho.  But privatization may change that.

BOISE, ID – Boise firefighters and police officers will help save the city nearly $1.3 million.  That’s because the city faces a budget shortfall.

Outside City Hall this afternoon, Mayor David Bieter explains why he asked reporters to stand in high winds.

Mayor David Bieter:  “On a blustery but beautiful day in the city of Boise.  This is a great day for all of us, really a historic day.”

Ketchum Firefighters Win Lawsuit Over City

Dec 1, 2011

BOISE, ID – The City of Ketchum must return to the bargaining table to negotiate a labor contract with its unionized firefighters.  That’s the ruling by Fifth District Court Judge John Butler.  The City claimed negotiators were at an “impasse.”  Ketchum firefighters disagreed.  So they sued earlier this year.

Holiday Sales Mixed In Downtown Boise

Nov 30, 2011

BOISE, ID – The holiday shopping season is underway.  So far shoppers have spent a record $52 billion according to the National Retail Federation.  But in downtown Boise, retail sales have been mixed at least for some locally-owned businesses.

Rediscovered Books moved to downtown Boise about a year and a half ago.  Laura Delaney, who owns the store with her husband, is optimistic about this holiday season especially after a push to encourage shoppers to buy local.

BOISE, ID – The number of Idaho families receiving food stamps increased sharply between 2009 and 2010.  That’s according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released last week.   Even more Idaho families are receiving food stamps this year, but the growth rate is slowing down.

Eagle, ID - This election year, political watcher Jim Weatherby has had his eyes turned on Eagle, Idaho.

Jim Weatherby “Oh Eagle is a hotspot. It has been over the past couple of election cycles. It appears to be still a quite a divided community. The Eagle mayor’s race will be one of the ones to really watch.”

The race to lead one of Idaho’s fastest growing communities has definitely become one to watch. Next Tuesday’s election in Eagle comes down to a familiar issue:

Medical Marijuana in Idaho?

Nov 2, 2011

BOISE, ID – A group called Compassionate Idaho wants to legalize medical marijuana.  Its members are gathering signatures to get the issue on the November 2012 ballot.

Compassionate Idaho needs more than 47,000 signatures from registered voters to get the medical marijuana initiative on the ballot.  Isaias Valdez is a member of the group.  He says prescription pain killers like vicodin and oxycontin sometimes don’t work for those with debilitating conditions.

Time for a Change in Meridian?

Nov 1, 2011

BOISE, ID – Next Tuesday is Election Day.  Communities across Idaho will hold everything from mayoral races to city council elections. In Meridian - one of the fastest growing cities in Idaho - five candidates want that city's top job.  This particular race for mayor is about growth and how to manage it.

Boise, ID - Idaho lawmakers are cautiously optimistic that next fiscal year could be one without budget cuts. That optimism goes all the way to the governor's office.

Idaho governor Butch Otter says he doesn’t expect any holdbacks this fiscal year.

Butch Otter “We are in a good fiscal picture right now. We ended up this last fiscal year with a surplus and I would anticipate that so long as we don’t let government grow at the same rate the economy grows, we’ll continue to enjoy modest surpluses.”

BOISE, ID – This week we''re breaking down a plan to build a new transmission line through Southern Idaho. It''s called the Gateway West Project. Wednesday we heard from Idaho Power about what this project is about. Not everyone favors the 11-hundred mile long line. Today we hear from some of the people who want to see the power lines put elsewhere.

BOISE, ID –Idaho ranks in the top five for growth in the U.S. in the last decade. That’s according to Census data.  That growth brings an increasing demand for power not just here but around the country.  Transmission lines are needed to handle additional electricity. So some power companies want to build new lines through the Gem state including Idaho Power and Wyoming- based Rocky Mountain Power.

Boise, ID - We’ve been following a lawsuit between big sugar and big corn. Friday a federal judge ruled that case can move forward. Idaho’s Amalgamated Sugar and several other sugar producers say corn refiners are using false advertising in a campaign for high fructose corn syrup. But  it’s not all good news for the sugar side.

Boise, ID - Albertson’s Boise offices have been shrinking since Supervalu bought the Idaho based grocery chain in 2006. Now it looks like another round of layoffs are looming.

There are about 450 employees in the IT department at Albertson’s Boise headquarters. Friday they heard an announcement from their parent company in Minnesota.

Mike Siemienas  “We will be outsourcing some areas within the IT department.”

Mike Siemienas is a Supervalu spokesman. He says they wanted to be open with their employees about what’s happening.

Boise, ID - The Occupy movement in Boise now has nearly 2000 Facebook friends. They continue to hold small protests around the capitol city. Adam Cotterell sits down with an organizer. But first Steve Walker made it clear he’s not the leader or spokesman.