Growth

Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com

Five Treasure Valley mayors met on Wednesday to discuss growth in the region. The forum was organized by the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio and it allowed Nampa's Debbie Kling, Boise's David Bieter, Meridian's Tammy de Weerd, Garden City's John Evans and Eagle's Stan Ridgeway to address the issues of housing, transportation and development. Idaho Matters re-caps the discussion.

Dave Bieter
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP

A young grizzly bear found eating human food and hanging around people was trapped by Idaho Fish and Game and taken to a Texas wildlife sanctuary. The yearling was spending time in the Flat Rock and Coffee Pots campgrounds and near Mack's Inn in Eastern Idaho.

City of Nampa

This interview was originally broadcast Monday, July 23, 2018.  

The Healthy Impact Nampa Coalition is looking at growth in their region in terms of cultivating the healthiest community it can. The council is looking at housing, transportation, and especially food access that can impact both the well being of the indivdual resident and the health of the community. We speak with the program's manager about new ways to look at growth.

  • Idaho is ranked the worst in country for working moms.
  • A Nampa think tank looks at "healthy" modes of growth.

City of McCall

The City of McCall is in desperate need of a new library. In the past 13 years, circulation has increased more than 80% and participation in programs has seen a nearly six-fold increase. The McCall Public Library is reaching out to the community for input and we look at the role of libraries in the growing Treasure Valley communities.

The Boise City Council cleared the way for another residential development in the heart of the city. The building will be the third from a Los Angeles-based developer.

City of Meridian

The last time a comprehensive plan was created for Meridian was 2011, and 30 percent of Meridian's current population wasn't living there. That's why a new plan is coming together, and city officials want your input. We take a closer look on Idaho Matters.

Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Treasure Valley housing prices are steadily increasing, as are rental rates. We speak with Boise Regional Realtors CEO Breanna Vanstrom and Equity Idaho Northwest Real Estate's Gary Salisbury about the state of housing in Southwest Idaho.

The growth gripping Idaho isn’t contained to the Treasure Valley and the state’s biggest cities. Housing crises are impacting the Gem State far and wide.

  • Annie E. Casey study shows Idaho children behind the national curve.
  • BSPR's Frankie Barnhill updates us on the 2018 wildfire season.
  • LDS population is on the rise as other religions see falling numbers.

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A huge warehouse development in Nampa is one step closer to being built. Dubbed “Project Bronco,” the more than 850,000 square foot facility was given a conditional use permit this week by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

LACEY DALEY / BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO

Boise State Public Radio concludes its series on growth, Our Changing Idaho.  Today, BSPR's James Dawson looks at examples of responsible, sustainable growth that can be applied in the growing regions of Idaho.

FRANKIE BARNHILL / BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO

Boise State Public Radio continues its series looking at the growth in Idaho and the various social, economic and environmental impacts on the people and institutions of the state. The second installment of Our Changing Idaho airs on Tuesday's Idaho Matters.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

It’s 7:00 p.m. after a long day of work, and Rudy and Sami Ashenbrener sit on their back porch in Twin Falls. Their eight-month-old Miles is in his high chair next to them while their dog Hercules runs around their backyard.

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