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Boise Airport To Add Non-Stop Flight To San Diego

The Boise airport will add a new non-stop flight to its list beginning this fall. Daily, non-stop service from Boise to San Diego starts Nov. 1. Boise’s midsize airport has been hit hard by flight cuts over the last couple of years. But over the last few months, the airport has brought in a handful […]

How The Immigration Bill Could Help Reverse Idaho’s Doctor Shortage

The Idaho Statesman has reported on an interesting piece of law tucked into the federal immigration reform package. It’s a provision that could allow more foreign-born doctors to practice in states with physician shortages. As StateImpact has reported over the last year, Idaho has fewer doctors per capita than every state in the country except […]

Thousands Of Foreclosed Idahoans To Split $9 Million In Mortgage Settlement Payments

The Idaho Attorney General’s office says more than 6,000 Idahoans will receive checks under the historic national mortgage settlement this month. As we reported last year, the $25 billion settlement was reached in February 2012. The borrowers who received “loan servicing errors” that may have led to foreclosures between 2008 and 2011, were eligible for […]

In Boise, Too, Home Prices Show Quick Growth

Single-family home prices rose by 9.3 percent in February compared to a year earlier, their fastest rate of growth in nearly seven years. That’s according to the S&P/Case-Shiller index, which is based on 20 metropolitan areas, not including Boise. Data from the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service show single-family home prices in Ada and Canyon counties […]

Idaho Farmers Make Adjustments As Dry Conditions Set In

Last year, many of Idaho’s irrigated farmers fared well despite dry conditions because snow and rainfall the year before left reservoirs full. This year the picture is different. There’s less carryover — the term water managers use to describe the water that remains in reservoirs from the previous year — and dry conditions persist. Farmer […]

Idaho Ag Producers Compete For Grant Money

Capital Press reports a record number of Idaho agriculture groups have applied for specialty crop grants. The grants are financed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since 2009, the Idaho Department of Agriculture reports more than $3.5 million in grants have gone to Idaho producers. Capital Press reports $1 million will be up for grabs […]

Idaho Businesses And Governor Ready For Asian Trade Mission

Last April, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and and representatives of 15 Idaho companies traveled to China hoping to develop trade relationships. On Friday, Otter and 17 Idaho businesses will head to South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam for a similar mission. The trade mission targets countries where Idaho companies hope to maintain or forge partnerships, said […]

U.S. Bank Shareholder Meeting Brings Protesters to Boise

About 40 demonstrators turned out as U.S. Bank held its annual shareholders’ meeting at Boise State University’s Morrison Center today. Protesters lined up outside one entrance, shouting a steady stream of chants: “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!” and “Hey, hey, it’s not fair! U.S. Bank, pay your share!” At last year’s shareholder […]

U.S. Bank’s Annual Shareholder Meeting In Boise To Draw Regional Protesters

U.S. Bank executives and shareholders are en-route to Boise for their annual meeting. The Minneapolis-based bank’s shareholders are scheduled to gather on Boise State University’s campus at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday. The Nation writes the big bank moved its meeting some 1,400 miles west this year in part to avoid protesters and groups opposed to the […]

One Idaho Investor Watches His Bet On Gold Go South

Thanks to a $29,000 investment in gold, Pocatello man Jon Norstog got a nod in the paper of record this week. Norstog’s nest egg may still shine, but since 2011 it has lost 42 percent of its value. “I thought if worst came to worst and the government brought down the world economy, I would […]

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