Treasure Valley

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.

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Fires across Idaho are burning and creating smoky conditions in some regions. But the smoke from Gem State fires is just one reason for the haze blanketing much of the state.


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We assemble a panel of Idaho journalists to discuss the week's events in Boise, the Treasure Valley and beyond. This week we're joined by Bill Manny from the Idaho Statesman, and Betsy Russell and Scott McIntosh from the Idaho Press. We cover all the week's topics, even escaping goats!

We assemble a panel of Idaho journalists to discuss the week's events in Boise, the Treasure Valley and beyond. This week we're joined by Kimberlee Kruesi of the Associated Press, Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News and Sven Berg from the Idaho Statesman.

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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.

  • A Nampa think tank looks at "healthy" modes of growth.
  • The Treasure Valley housing market contiues its skyward trajectory.
  • The Learning Lab provides literacy education for low-income adults and families.
  • Bartenders and imbibers alike lament the shortage of Aperol.

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Marijuana is strictly prohibited in Idaho. One Oregon city a stone’s throw from the heart of the Treasure Valley could soon be a destination for cannabis enthusiasts.

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Marijuana sales could be coming to the Treasure Valley’s backyard. A group is collecting signatures in Ontario, Oregon to open the city up to a new recreational activity – and a new source of income.


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A Monday night city council meeting in the Treasure Valley sealed the fate of a local landmark thousands drive past every day.


Rental rates in the Treasure Valley are rising steadily and many fear affordable housing in the valley is a thing of the past. We talk about rental rates, inventory and the impact it could have in retaining residents and attracting newcomers.

  • Treasure Valley rental rates are on the rise.
  • BSPR's 'Our Changing Idaho' looks at a small Idaho town.
  • Efforts to enact conservancy in Yellowstone.
  • A local group aids homeless women with hygiene products.

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Boise State Public Radio is rolling out a series looking at the growth in Idaho and the various social, economic and environmental impacts on the people and institutions of the state. The first installment of Our Changing Idaho airs on Monday's Idaho Matters.

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Author Scott Marchant joins Idaho Matters to talk about "The Hiker's Guide: Best Easy Hikes Greater Boise."

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A vote late Monday night by the Nampa City Council delayed a decision on what to do with an aging local landmark.

Trailhead

As the population of the Treasure Valley continues to swell, the region is poised to emerge as a tech hub in the Northwest. Idaho Matters will discuss efforts to cultivate the valley's position as a tech powerhouse with Vynyl's Nick Crabbs, Trailhead's Dan Faricy and Sparrow Travel Media's Christina Lankowski.

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