Jobless In Idaho: Short-Term Work Is A Short-Term Fix

Jun 14, 2012
Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

For months now, our “Jobless in Idaho” series has followed people here in Idaho as they search for work against hard odds.  Kelly Barker, a single mom from Meridian, had been out of work for the better part of a year when we met her last winter.  Since then, she’s made do with a combination of temp work, food stamps and unemployment benefits.  In April, those benefits were running out.

Barker was scouring the web for job possibilities when we last met.  It was a tense time, and Barker knew there was only one option.  She had to find work.  “I don’t have a contingency plan,” she said.  “You know, a mortgage payment – you’d have to have a lot of savings to sustain you for a long period of time, and I don’t, so I have ten weeks to find a job.  Period.”

Jobless In Idaho: Short-Term Work Is A Short-Term Fix

Jun 13, 2012
Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

For months now, our "Jobless in Idaho" series has followed people here in Idaho as they search for work against hard odds.  When we last talked to Kelly Barker, her unemployment benefits were running out.  Continue reading...

Susan Ellis / APHIS, USDA

An unwelcome stowaway from the East Coast showed up in a Nampa home last month.  A brown marmorated stink bug likely hitched a ride in furniture or packing materials to Idaho.  This is the first time this pest has been found in Idaho.

This stink bug originated in Asia and popped up in mid-Atlantic states in the 1990s.  They have already caused major damage outside of Idaho to fruits and vegetables, especially apples, peaches, and pears. 

More Idahoans Will Be Eligible For Food Assistance July 1

Jun 13, 2012

Starting July 1, more low-income parents with young children will be eligible for food assistance.

The supplemental nutrition program Women, Infants and Children, or WIC provides certain foods to pregnant or breastfeeding moms and families with children under age five.

The latest jobs report for Washington state contains a paradox.

Here’s one lesson of the economic downturn: unemployment disadvantages different age groups in different ways.

Washington Senator Wants Answers On High Gas Prices

Jun 11, 2012
tinatinatinatinatina / Flickr

The latest Lundberg Survey on US gas prices shows the national average right now is $3.62 a gallon.  In Boise, it’s about $.15 higher.  But in Seattle, gas prices are over $4.20.  That’s the highest current price in the U-S. 

As a result of such discrepancies, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate gas prices, and why they’re so high in Washington. 

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

Restoring phone service may take longer in Idaho if Public Utility Commissioners decide to change the rules.  The local phone company typically has 24 hours to fix a land line.  If that doesn’t happen on time, the customer gets credited a month’s worth of service.  Now, phone companies want more time and to do away with the credit.

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

There’s something unusual happening in Boise.  While national figures show that the housing recovery is slow, at best, Boise is one of a few U.S. cities that have seen a fast run-up in demand, and prices.  Continue reading...

Idaho Recovers, Sort Of

Jun 6, 2012
Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

By one measure, Idaho’s economy has regained the ground it lost in the recession.

The state’s real gross state product (translation: the total value of all goods and services produced in Idaho, corrected for inflation) was greater in 2011 than it was in 2007.  That’s according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

City of Boise

Idaho's capitol city will see several economic developments in the coming months along with a possible property tax hike according to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.  He unveiled these plans at his annual State of the City address Tuesday. 

Courtesy City of Boise

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter gives his ninth State of the City speech Tuesday morning.  He’ll highlight developments over the past year and reveal new plans for the coming year.  A review of his past speeches, though, show some initiatives are still pending. 

During his State of the City speech two years ago, Bieter announced lease negotiations with Sunergy World.   The $45 million solar electricity project was supposed to create 40 jobs on city-owned property west of the Airport but that site is still empty. 

Why Being Called A ‘Boomtown’ Isn’t Good For Boise

Jun 4, 2012
Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Boise’s local NBC affiliate, KTVB, reported on a handful of recent rankings that put Idaho’s biggest city among those whose housing markets are making a come-back. The TV station (and one of the recent rankings) use the term “boomtown” to describe what’s going on with Boise real estate.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

The silver bullet known as an Airstream trailer has roamed the nation’s highways since the 1930s. It’s as iconic as a Coke bottle.  The start of summer brings with it thoughts of exploring and camping.  For some people, that means hitching up the Airstream and heading out on the highway.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

Ted Davis owns Airstream Adventures Northwest in Nampa.  He takes us inside an Airstream International Signature Series by Christopher C. Deam. 

Click here to listen and read more about Davis' dealership and how it signals an upswing in Idaho's economy.