Treasure Valley

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman


Alhough a lot of attention is paid to the growth Boise has seen in recent years, the prize for the fastest growing city in Idaho belongs to its neighbor to the west: Meridian. As family farms have turned into single family homes and retail space, the community's identity has shifted with the growth. Perhaps one of the best examples of the rapid change in Meridian is located at the intersection of Eagle and Fairview roads.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman


Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman


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Idaho Matters is working on a series of interviews exploring Treasure Valley growth and affordability.

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Three-quarters of Treasure Valley residents say they want better public transportation, according to a Boise State survey. But with low funding, limited routes and challenges with sprawl, most commuters have to rely on their cars to get around. So where do we go from here?

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In a new survey conducted by Boise State University researchers, residents of the Treasure Valley indicated that growth and traffic congestion were primary areas of concern. Idaho Matters talks with political scientist Jeff Lyons of Boise State about the survey, and how it might be used to influence decision makers and elected officials.

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As millennials mature into adulthood, many are settling their families in the Treasure Valley. Idaho Matters looks at why this demographic is choosing this region over bigger, more urban markets with Our Town America franchisees Scot and Amy Hecht. 

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Federal, state and county elections in Idaho require candidates disclose their political affiliation. Currently, municipal elections are nonpartisan, but that could be changing.

Boise State Public Radio

Earlier this month, we held a Mayor’s Forum on growth in the Treasure Valley. The Idaho Statesman’s Sven Berg and Idaho Matters host Gemma Gaudette hosted five local mayors to talk about the growing issues facing their cities.

On The Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Oct 29, 2018

Idaho Matters looks at a recent forum of Treasure Valley mayors discussing the impacts of growth in the region.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Boise State Public Radio News and the Idaho Statesman co-hosted a panel discussion with five Treasure Valley mayors on Oct. 3, 2018. The mayors discussed their vision for their cities as the region experiences explosive growth; in the last 18 years, the combined population in Canyon and Ada Counties has gone up by 61 percent. 

Nampa City Council Votes For Anti-Panhandling Signs

Oct 17, 2018
Cooper Court, a former tent city in Boise
Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

In the Treasure Valley, panhandling is a regular issue. To combat this, the Nampa City Council voted unanimously on Monday to allow city police to put up to 10 anti-panhandling signs throughout the city.


Darin Oswald

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.

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

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.

On The Monday, July 23, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 23, 2018

  • 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.

Courtesy Ron Verini

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.

Iconic Nampa Water Tower To Meet The Wrecking Ball

Jul 17, 2018
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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.

Treasure Valley Rental Rates Continue To Rise

Jun 28, 2018

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.

On The Thursday, June 28, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 27, 2018

  • 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.


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.

Hiking In The Treasure Valley

Jun 19, 2018

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