A ballot measure in the Sun Valley area is emblematic of the challenges facing small airports across the West. Residents of Hailey and Ketchum, Idaho decide Tuesday whether to raise city taxes to subsidize commercial airline service.
Voters in the neighboring Idaho resort towns are being asked to raise the lodging and rental car tax, and in the case of Ketchum add a 1 percent retail sales tax, although groceries and gas would be exempt from the higher tax.
When the idea for a planned community north of Eagle first came about in 2002, the housing market was strong. But final approval for the 35 square mile project known as Avimordidn’t come until 2008. By then, home sales in the Treasure Valley had tanked.
Nearly every seat at the Ada County Association of Realtors classroom is taken during a recent training session. The 50 people in attendance are here to become realtors. ACAR director and class teacher Marc Lebowitz says as the Treasure Valley's housing market picks up, more people are signing up to become realtors.
“We’re going to go over so much stuff today, it’s going to make your head spin,” Lebowitz tells the class.
New home construction in the Treasure Valley was hit hard when the housing bubble burst. Despite increased home sales since, homebuilding remains mostly stagnant. This subdivision near Eagle is one area where new homes are getting built.
A subsidiary of General Electric says it’s looking for alternative options for moving huge water purification equipment from the Northwest to Alberta, Canada.
A route through the middle of Idaho turned into a legal battle with the Nez Perce Tribe, but the alternatives are limited.
Resources Conservation Company International, the GE subsidiary, decided to withdraw a federal appeal that sought to re-open Idaho's Highway 12 to so-called “megaloads.” A judge had ordered the Forest Service to close the wild and scenic corridor to the shipments.
The Boise housing market is coming off the strongest sales period the region has seen since before the housing bubble burst in 2008. Low interest rates and relatively low demand helped drive home values higher this summer.
A General Electric Co. subsidiary has given up its legal fight to haul the second of two huge loads of water purification equipment through the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest and will find another way to get the equipment to the Canadian oil fields.
The Lewiston Tribune reports Resources Conservation Company International filed documents Thursday saying it was dropping its emergency motion to stay an injunction that prevented it from using the U.S. Highway 12 route.
You've probably heard this phrase before when discussing a messy relationship: "It's complicated." Those are the words the president of Alaska and Horizon airlines used Thursday to describe the state of the alliance between the Seattle-based carriers and Delta Air Lines.
Food maker Clif Bar plans to build a $160 million baking facility in Twin Falls. The California-based company says it will employ 250 people and begin production in late 2016.
City manager Travis Rothweiler says the impact of Clif Bar coming to town will be huge. He's excited about the new jobs, and he thinks Clif Bar will be an excellent corporate citizen. Rothweiler says the company treats employees well and likes to be involved in communities where it operates.
A California-based energy food bar company is planning to break ground on a new baking facility in Twin Falls early in 2015.
Clif Bar company officials joined Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Twin Falls leaders Thursday in announcing the plans. The company anticipates creating 250 jobs when the facility is up and running in late 2016.
Company officials say they intend to invest $160 million into the new facility, with $90 million slotted for the first phase.
Anyone waiting to learn about unemployment in Idaho for the month of September is just going to have to be patient.
The monthly jobless report was supposed to be released Friday.
But the 16-day partial federal government shutdown has put that deadline in jeopardy, and state labor officials say they have no idea when the latest unemployment figures will be ready for public release. State officials say the lack of federal staff has made calculation of jobless claims and other data impossible.
Grumbling about price is a perennial gas pump activity, but right now Idahoans really do have something to complain about. Idaho’s average gas price is at $3.62 per gallon. That’s 27 cents higher than the national average. Idaho's prices are also higher than they were this time last year, while most of the country has gone the opposite direction. Why the difference?
Officials with Amalgamated Sugar Company say yields from Idaho's sugar beet crop were higher than expected, but the beets have a disappointing sugar content.
The Times-News reports the sugar beet harvest is still underway in southern Idaho. Amalgamated Sugar Company district manager Dave Scantlin says normally beets have around 15 percent sugar content at the beginning of harvest, but the beets harvested so far have been lower than the average.