The Idaho Department of Labor estimates there are at least 63,000 people in the state without work. That doesn’t include thousands more who are underemployed or have stopped looking for a job. This is the latest story in StateImpact Idaho's “Jobless in Idaho” series, that follows several Idahoans in their search for work.
Boise, ID – More than half a trillion dollars worth of goods flowed into U.S. Foreign Trade Zones during fiscal year 2010. Companies use these zones because it saves them money when they bring products into the country. Idaho has one in Eastport near the Canadian border. Another will open in Caldwell in a few weeks.
A foreign trade zone sounds glamorous, but the reality is a bit mundane. The one opening in Caldwell is really an industrial park with new office buildings that quickly give way to farm fields:
BOISE, ID – Idaho National Laboratory officials announced today they plan to lay off up to 185 people. Mark Holubar directs Human Resources at Battelle Energy Alliance. That’s the company that runs Idaho National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. Holubar says, “This is obviously a very difficult situation for us and any time that we are talking about the possibility of eliminating somebody’s job it’s not an easy thing.”
BOISE, ID – When it comes to beer, Idaho ranks 12th in the country for the number of breweries per person. A new one will open its doors later this month in Garden City.
Crooked Fence Brewery will be the second to open in Garden City in less than a year. It joins Payette Brewing Company and several wineries within a few miles of each other. Kelly Knopp markets Crooked Fence’s beer.
Kelly Knopp: “When we started looking at places we, obviously, checked out some Boise spots, some Eagle spots. And really, there just seemed to be less hoops and ladders with Garden City.”
BOISE, ID – Idaho Department of Correction officials have made some changes to how they handle executions. This comes nearly three months after the state executed convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades.
In the months since Rhoades’ execution, the Idaho Department of Correction analyzed the 34 page document that details each step in the process. It’s now 35 pages long. Brent Reinke directs the Department. He says the biggest change now allows a single drug cocktail for lethal injection.
Brent Reinke: “So we have two, three-drug protocols and two, single drug protocols.”
BOISE, ID – Most farmers markets around Idaho are closed for the winter including Boise’s. But that could change for the capital city’s public market. There’s an effort to turn it into a year-round one. It would cost at least $6 million to develop.
The Capital City Public Market on a warm summer’s day brings people who love to taste and buy locally produced foods. Like many shoppers we spoke with last summer, Janel Kewley was intrigued by a year-round market.
The Mexican Consulate in Boise opened in 2009. It serves people throughout Idaho, Montana, Northern Nevada, and Eastern Oregon. It’s the 49th Mexican Consulate to open in the United States. Before it opened, Idaho and Montana were served by the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City.