Ada County

In the six months since Idaho saw its first coronavirus case in mid-March, Idahoans have experienced upheaval in many aspects of our daily lives. From the stay-at-home order to closures of schools and businesses, to gradual reopening and then closures yet again as cases surged – we have been on a roller-coaster ride without a clear track before us. 

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After initially saying no to Boise bar owners’ requests to reopen, the Central District Health board Thursday said yes.

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Social gatherings in Ada County were restricted Tuesday to 10 or fewer people, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. And folks in Valley County will now have to wear masks.

 

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Ada County will now require all employees and anyone entering a county building to wear a mask, as the area battles a large surge in coronavirus cases.


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Ada County is about to get a new property tax bill which will change property taxes based upon home assessment. This means that due to the increasing cost of housing in the area, homeowners should expect to pay more in taxes than in years prior. Ada County officials join Idaho Matters to explain what to expect when tax bills hit mailboxes later this month.

A hot real estate market in the Treasure Valley isn’t just affecting those buying or selling a house. Ada County is seeing a high number of homeowners appealing their valuations.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is out with a report examining health in the Gem State. It ranks Idaho’s 44 counties on a variety of factors centering on wellness. Ada, Blaine and Latah Counties are the three overall healthiest. The Treasure Valley’s Canyon County comes in at seventeen.

According to the report, the rankings are intended to help local governments understand what things effect healthy residents and how long people will live.

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Ada County is out with its year-in-review report for 2018. Highlights include county-wide growth and some departments seeing record-setting revenue.

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Eric Oliver is looking to buy his first home with his partner and their cat Cecil. But he says looking through online listings in Boise is like torture.

As 2018 winds down, real estate prices continue to tick up. Real estate trade group Boise Regional Realtors is out with its latest report on the Treasure Valley housing market in November.


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Monday morning, Ada County kicks off a recount of ballots cast in the November election. A community college levy and a state legislative race are on the docket.

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Ada County election officials must oversee a recount of the CWI funding levy - the ballot measure failed by 144 votes. Ada County assistant county clerk Phil McGrane discusses the county's unique recount procedure.

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Elmore County has applied to appropriate water from the Anderson Ranch Reservoir which supplies a substantial portion of Ada County's water. This could set a precedent for water rights and sharing and we look at this request from Elmore County and parse out its impact on the Treasure Valley.

On The Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Nov 26, 2018

  • Idaho counties vying for Anderson Ranch Reservoir water.
  • Using hard data to chart Treasure Valley growth.
  • The Cabin presents poet Danez Smith.

Idahoans Create High Turnout Rate In Midterm Early Voting

Oct 24, 2018
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With the midterm election less than two weeks away, many Idaho voters are casting their ballots early. So far, the turnout is much higher than previous elections.

 

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Ada County voters can hit the polls this weekend. With enthusiasm high for the upcoming election, the county is opening several polling places extra days for early voting.

Ada County Home Sales Dip (A Little) In September

Oct 15, 2018
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Sales of existing homes in Ada County for September were down by double digits. It’s the first decline of that size since February of 2017.

New numbers from Boise Regional Realtors are out detailing the Treasure Valley’s housing market for last month. The rising cost of a house is proving a consistent trend.

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In December of 2015, the City of Boise shut down a tent camp for people experiencing homelessness called Cooper Court. Since then, the city has moved towards a “housing-first” model to combat homelessness and, as a result, a new housing project will open this October.

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In October of 2017, Ada County was awarded a grant from the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge.

On The Thursday, July 26, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 25, 2018

  • A grant to the Idaho Health Care Association will help bolster CNA numbers.
  • Ada County accesses McArthur grant to look at criminal justice reform.
  • A documentary examines mental illness and addiction in extreme sports shows in Boise.

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A planning group in southwest Idaho is contemplating bringing commuter rail to the region. They’re looking to Utah as an example.

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A recent study by the Ada County Highway District found instances of speeding around the Treasure Valley to be on the rise. The agency is launching on a new initiative to get people to slow down.

On The Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

May 29, 2018

  • Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd discusses the growth in her community
  • Big changes in the executive offices of Idaho's higher ed system
  • Efforts to provide broadband internet to rural Idahoans
  • A brand new YMCA opens in Meridian

- Meridian is the second largest city in Idaho and one of the fastest growing in the nation.  Mayor Tammy de Weerd joins Idaho

Garden City Mayor John Evans Discusses Residential Growth

May 24, 2018
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The growth in the Treasure Valley can definitely be felt in Garden City and on Thursday, Garden City mayor John Evans joins Gemma Gaudette to talk about how his community is working to accommodate the influx of residents.

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