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Mar 30, 2018

With high-end recreational ranches, no signs of a bubble

[caption id="attachment_210699" align="alignleft" width="300"] Two Creek Ranch near Preston is a working ranch with a fishing stream and a 7,500-square-foot house. It's listed at $3.9 million. Photo courtesy of the Swan Land Company.[/caption] While the regular residential market – the one for three-bedroom houses with yards – is red-hot right now, things are moving at a more measured pace [...]

Mar 27, 2018

Valley County embraces biking with new trails, signs

[caption id="attachment_192182" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mountain bikers at Brundage Mountain ski resort near McCall. Several groups are working with the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council to create bicycle routes in Valley County. Photo courtesy of Brundage.[/caption] Several projects now underway could help get more bicyclists moving in Valley County. Andrew Mentzer,[...]

Mar 23, 2018

Two stadiums jockey for construction starts near downtown Boise

[caption id="attachment_211472" align="alignleft" width="300"] Two downtown Boise sites are under consideration for a soccer/baseball stadium. Image courtesy of Greenstone Properties.[/caption] The owners of the Boise Hawks baseball team would like to have a downtown Boise stadium ideal for soccer and baseball ready for the United Soccer League season starting in spring 2020. The open questi[...]

Mar 22, 2018

Community commits funding for Bogus Basin construction

[caption id="attachment_212305" align="alignleft" width="300"] A skier. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area started out as a community ski area, but it's adding summer attractions as it transforms itself into a year-round destination. File photo.[/caption] Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area continues to add summer attractions as it transforms itself into a year-round destination. Since Ap[...]

Mar 22, 2018

YMCA plus park, library and St. Luke’s equals a Meridian collaboration called The Hill

[caption id="attachment_212209" align="alignleft" width="300"] The new South Meridian Family YMCA is expected to open May 25. Photo by Teya Vitu.[/caption] The YMCA, St. Luke’s Health System, Meridian Parks & Recreation, West Ada School District and Meridian Library will unveil a grand collaboration May 25 at what is being called The Hill on Meridian’s south side. On that day, the So[...]

Mar 21, 2018

Former Boise Cascade mill site sparks recreation in Cascade

[caption id="attachment_211580" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kelly's Whitewater Park includes a 2,700-square-foot visitors center where spectators can view sports on the Payette river.  Photo courtesy of Mike Leeds.[/caption] The former Boise Cascade mill site in Cascade has evolved into a recreation area with about 10 acres developed and opportunity for much more amusement on another 90 acr[...]

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Mar 20, 2018

Idaho auto raceways stay on track for growth

[caption id="attachment_212039" align="alignleft" width="300"] The new trail system at Idaho Falls Raceway/Noise Park. Photo courtesy of City of Idaho Falls.[/caption] Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines. Idaho auto racing is alive and well. Idaho race tracks have largely avoided the problems that have closed tracks in other states. Those problems include development pressure,  as with[...]

Mar 14, 2018

Snake River Landing is evolving into an event venue in Idaho Falls

[caption id="attachment_211461" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Waterfront, an outdoor/indoor event space at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls, opened in July 2017. Photo courtesy of Ball Ventures.[/caption] Just a half mile apart, within the Snake River Landing mixed-use development, two entertainment venues strive to bolster group gatherings in Idaho Falls. Idaho Falls developer Ball V[...]

Mar 12, 2018

A word with Tiffany Quilici of Roaring Springs, Pinz and Wahooz

[caption id="attachment_211157" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tiffany Quilici discusses go karts at Wahooz. Photo by Bryan Rupp.[/caption] Tiffany Quilici is the longtime sales and marketing director at Roaring Springs Waterpark, Wahooz Family Fun Zone & Pinz Bowling Center, a trio of amusement offerings for children and adults that has been growing along a 36-acre parcel near I-84 in Meri[...]

Jan 25, 2018

Portland team close to breaking ground on cross-laminated timber building

[caption id="attachment_205929" align="alignleft" width="215"] Construction is slated to begin early next year on Framework, an 11-story cross-laminated timber building in the Pearl District. Walsh Construction will build the mixed-use project for developer project^. Image courtesy of LEVER Architecture[/caption] The long-awaited Framework building is close to taking root in Portland, Ore.'s Pe[...]

Jan 22, 2018

Changing skylines show Idaho’s growth since 2011

What a difference seven years has made. In 2011, office construction in Boise and elsewhere in Idaho was at a standstill. Many workers left the state, or trained for other careers. But things turned around fast after the Gardner Company took a gamble at the corner of Boise’s Eighth and Main in 2012. Gardner replaced the infamous Boise Hole with a 390,000-square-foot 18-story tower on a cor[...]

Jan 19, 2018

School bathrooms suddenly become problematic

[caption id="attachment_205939" align="alignleft" width="300"] Gender-inclusive restrooms for Grant High School will have dual entrances and exits, toilets with floor-to-ceiling walls and communal sinks. Drawing courtesy of Mahlum Architects[/caption] Among the many issues that come up in educational facility projects, bathroom design typically hasn’t been one. It is now. “It is a sensit[...]