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New hospital in Meridian to help fill mental health treatment gap (access required)

A 72-bed inpatient and outpatient behavioral health facility will open in Meridian in January after a for-profit company saw a need to expand mental health care in the Treasure Valley. Cottonwood Creek Behavioral Hospital at 2131 S. Bonito Way will ...

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Jobs lost, gained in St. Luke’s restructuring (access required)

St. Luke’s Health System, Idaho’s largest private employer, is in the midst of an organizational redesign, and the transition now underway means some job layoffs. At the same time, staffers affected by the changes will have the first shot to ...

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Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon make deal on fish passage (access required)

An Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon have reached a deal involving the operation of a hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border. The agreement made public Friday means water-quality certifications from each state for Idaho Power to ...

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US consumer spending rises solid 0.4 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans lifted their spending 0.4 percent in November from the previous month, a moderate gain that should sustain steady economic growth. Personal incomes rose 0.2 percent, down from 0.5 percent in the previous month, the Commerce Department ...

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Company backs out of hyperloop test track east of Denver

DENVER (AP) — Colorado transportation officials say Los Angeles-based Arrivo has backed out of plans to build and test a futuristic system that would move passengers and freight at speeds of up to 200 mph (322 kph). The Colorado Sun reports the ...

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Groups plan to sue US over bear baiting in Wyoming, Idaho

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed notice they intend to sue the U.S. government for letting hunters use bait to lure bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming. Hunters often use livestock parts and other food to ...

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Forum on the Future 2018 Report

Click on the pdf icon to download an offline pdf version of the Forum on the Future report. To learn more about our annual Forum on the Future, click here. To watch the Facebook livestream of the event, click here.

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Idaho still fastest-growing state, tied with Nevada

Idaho and Nevada tied as the nation’s fastest-growing states between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall, the U.S. population grew by 0.6 percent. Idaho’s and Nevada’s populations increased by ...

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Apartments for homeless vets OK’d by city (access required)

Construction of a 26-unit housing project is expected to start this spring for local military veterans experiencing homelessness. According to a news release from the City of Boise, Valor Pointe, which will be located on the southwest corner of State ...

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