Ada County

Office of Rep. Raul Labrador

Former congressman Raul Labrador was appointed to the Central District Board of Health Tuesday, on a 2-0 vote from newly sworn-in Ada County Commissioners Ryan Davidson and Rod Beck. Commissioner Kendra Kenyon abstained from the vote after criticizing the process.

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With many of us staying home and ordering items online, there’s more recycling being done in the Treasure Valley this year. And a new report shows the amount of recyclable materials ending up in the Ada County landfill has actually increased this year.

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.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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.


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.

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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Katherine Jones, Idaho Statesman

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
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

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.