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. 

Dry Conditions For Idaho’s Dryland Farmers

May 30, 2012
Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Last year, farmers and ranchers in southeast Idaho had a hard time getting crops in the ground because of persistent wet weather.  This year they’re facing the opposite problem, as weeks have passed without substantial rainfall.

University of Idaho agricultural economist Paul Patterson says irrigated areas in the region are faring well because of water left in storage from last year.  But dryland farmers, whose croplands aren’t irrigated, are less fortunate.  Those south of the Snake River in Power, Bannock and Oneida Counties appear to be hardest hit.

Transform Solar

A Nampa-based solar company partly owned by Micron Technology will close its doors and lay-off about 250 people over the next three months.

Transform Solar was a joint venture between Boise-based Micron Technology and Australian energy company “Origin.” The company launched in 2009, making high-tech solar cells.

Ton Banse

Washington retailers are getting ready for the 78-year-old state monopoly on liquor sales to end this Friday. It’s not yet clear what privatization will do to the price of alcohol in Washington. One entity with a big stake in the matter is the state of Idaho.

Some of Idaho’s most profitable state-run liquor stores just happen to be along its northwestern border.

West Coast Gas Prices Higher Than Other Regions

May 28, 2012
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Gas prices nationwide have been dropping but not in the Northwest. In fact, this Memorial Day weekend, the region's gas prices are among the highest in the nation.

Gas in Washington and Oregon is selling above $4.20 per gallon. It's cheaper in Idaho. But all three states are well above the national average of $3.68 per gallon.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Jim Risch (R-ID) want the federal government to be more aggressive in opening the market for U.S. potatoes in Mexico.  They joined seven other senators Thursday in urging federal trade and agriculture agencies to push Mexico on the issue.   

Hewlett-Packard confirmed today it will cut about 27,000 jobs, or 8% of its total workforce, by October 2014.   HP’s Boise operations employ fewer than 3,500 people.  HP execs say every business unit and region will be cut, but it’s unclear yet how many Boise workers may be affected.

A clever poster depicts the Boise area’s high-tech industry as clusters of galaxies.  At the center of one is HP.  Hundreds of stars orbit the HP galaxy, symbolizing businesses related to the company, or founded by ex-employees. 

Matt Rissell is cofounder and CEO of local tech company TSheets.  He also chairs the Idaho Technology Council’s Software Alliance.   Rissell says, "Because HP carries so much weight in the area - when they do something - when HP sneezes, you know, there is a ripple effect."

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

You might not guess it, if you happened to pass through, but tiny Rockland, Idaho, population three hundred eighteen, is a place of distinction.  Continue reading.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

A labor dispute in seven Rocky Mountain states has an impact in Idaho.  Unionized sales workers at Dex One Corporation in Boise and Twin Falls are on strike.  The main issue isn’t about salary or benefits. 

Mapping Migration: Where Idahoans Go

May 17, 2012
Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

As StateImpact Idaho reported this week, Idaho’s population has grown more than 20 percent in the last decade.  But just as new people move to the state, some Idahoans are moving out.

Mark Herren

Workers laid off from the Clearwater Paper sawmill in Lewiston could be eligible for re-employment services through the Idaho Department of Labor.

Mapping Migration: Who Moves To Idaho

May 16, 2012
Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Chances are you’re more likely to meet a Floridian than a North Dakotan in Idaho. From 2009 to 2010, Idaho’s seen more than 1,000 people come from the Sunshine State.

In the last decade, Idaho’s population has grown by more than 20 percent.  U.S. Census Bureau data show nearly 275,000 people moved to the Gem State from 2000 to 2010.  Idaho’s rate of growth outpaced the national average which saw its population go up by about 10 percent in the last decade.