At a mostly empty, metal-sided warehouse near the Boise Airport, Rachael and Joe Bunt are organizing hand-made craft kits into a small assembly line. They're putting together September's Crafters Crate that will be mailed to subscribers this week.
“This is like Pinterestin real life," Joe Bunt says. "I’m always wanting to create something new.”
Take a drive down any highway in the Northwest, and you'll pass signs for dozens of small towns. There are more than 700 cities under 10,000 people in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Many of these towns came about because of railroads or timber or mines and now they’re trying to figure out what comes next.
It's nearly 2:15 in Avery, Idaho. The mail has arrived. And the post office is about to become the busiest place in town.
With business suffering from a big wildfire, the Idaho resort region surrounding Sun Valley finally has some good news: An air carrier will add high-season flights, something officials hope will boost the region's tourism-dependent economy.
United Express, operating through regional carrier Sky West, will fly the daily connection between Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho, and San Francisco starting Dec. 12 through March 30 and again from July 2 through Sept. 23.
Not everyone fled Sun Valley, Idaho, when the huge Beaver Creek wildfire threatened the swanky resort area. Many locals remained in the surrounding communities and kept the stores, restaurants and gas stations open.
Now, firefighters are gaining the upper hand. The smoke is clearing. But without the return of vacationers, many locals worry the real disaster is economic – and that one is just beginning.
Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked up two-tenths of a percentage point in July to 6.6 percent. The Idaho Labor Department reports this is the third-straight month the jobless rate has increased.
Total employment was down by 800 jobs, falling to 723,100. That's the lowest total employment figure reported since Oct. 2012.
After a sharp decline, Idaho's tourism industry is on the rise. The Department of Labor reports that 851 jobs have been added in the tourism sector since 2010.Restaurants, bars and hotels make up most of those jobs.
Executives with a southern Idaho food processing plant are planning to invest $100 million to expand and add another production line in hopes of keeping pace with increased demand for processed potatoes.
McCain Foods is one of Burley's biggest employers, and the company's announcement Wednesday will create more jobs for the community and provide more opportunities for potato growers.
The company hired to move two large water purification units through Idaho and Montana en route to an oil sands project in Canada has announced plans to begin moving its first load on Monday night.
The Idaho Transportation Department on Friday issued a permit for Omega Morgan to begin moving the 225-foot-long loads from the Port of Wilma near Clarkston, Wash., and along scenic U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho.
ITD advised the company that the U.S. Forest Service has jurisdiction to review the permit.
The Idaho Transportation Department has issued a permit for truck hauling a massive load along scenic U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho.
The agency issued the permit Friday to Omega Morgan, a shipper hoping to haul a pair of giant water purification units from Lewiston to an oil project in Canada.
This latest batch of megaload shipments has reignited concerns among environmentalists about large loads moving along the roadway — sections of which pass through a federal wild and scenic river corridor.
Officials with the Idaho Department of Agriculture say a grasshopper infestation is damaging crops and fields in Valley County.
Mike Cooper with the department's Plant Industries division told KTVB that the hot, dry weather is providing perfect conditions for grasshoppers to multiply, and the population has exploded since the Fourth of July.
On August 29, 2011 StateImpact Idaho wrote this welcome post, introducing ourselves to the state, and explaining the stories we hoped to tell. Now, just shy of two years later, we’re signing off.
Don’t worry, this site will remain here as an archive, and we hope, as a resource. But it will no longer be updated daily. For continued in-depth coverage of Idaho, please turn to Boise State Public Radio.
North America’s blueberry crop is so substantial this year that farmers say prices are dropping. That’s after about a decade of rapid expansion of new plantings. The Northwest is one of the top producers of blueberries in the nation and July is the peak of harvest.
Blueberries are some of the most profitable crops in Washington, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That explains why farms have been planting thousands of acres in the last decade. And the result this year?
“We’re having just record volumes of blueberries," Alan Schreiber says.
A squadron of U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters in southern Idaho that had been grounded by federal budget cuts since April is finally resuming flying operations.
The 391st Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base reinvigorated operations Wednesday after the Air Force Council approved a plan to shift millions of dollars.
This means pilots and weapon systems officers stationed at the desert base south of Mountain Home will return to the skies, including nearby training and bombing ranges where jets practice their missions.