A patient wears a pulse oximeter on their finger

Boise-area hospitals are getting full again. Saint Al’s urges vaccination.

BY: - July 20, 2021

Hospitals in the Boise area are once again starting to hit capacity. It’s not just because of COVID-19 patients. But the more infectious delta variant now spreading through Idaho isn’t helping, a local hospital administrator said. State data show a rise in hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The number of patients statewide with the coronavirus had […]

More than $150 million still available to Idahoans for COVID rental assistance

BY: - July 20, 2021

Of the $175 million in emergency rental assistance funds available to the Idaho Housing and Finance Association through federal coronavirus relief funding allocated in March, a little over 5% — or $9 million — has been distributed to Idahoans outside of Ada County so far. The program is meant to help individuals who need help […]

Brad Little meets with firefighters

As unprecedented fire risk looms, Gov. Little calls on Idahoans to use extreme caution

BY: - July 13, 2021

Gov. Brad Little issued a dire warning about the nearly unprecedented fire risk in Idaho as he toured the Great Basin Smokejumpers base Tuesday at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.  Tuesday’s visit to the fire center and the public warnings followed the emergency declaration Little issued Friday. That order authorizes Idaho National Guard […]

Job seeker and interviewee shake hands

30-plus employers participating in Boise job fair Tuesday

BY: - July 12, 2021

More than 30 employers are partnering with the Idaho Department of Labor for a free job fair set for Tuesday in Boise.  The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 3050 S. Shoshone St., in Boise.  Participating companies include Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Amazon, Holiday Inn Express, the […]

A family on the Greenbelt in Boise

ACHD’s new bike lane policy should even make drivers happy. Here’s why.

BY: - July 6, 2021

As the valley has boomed, you may have noticed that traffic on our roadways has only gotten worse. No one likes to sit in it, but solutions are hard to come by. Building more roads only gets you more of the same congestion, and the Idaho Legislature refuses to allow cities like Boise to vote […]

Downtown Boise

New housing hotline now available for those facing homelessness in Ada County

BY: - July 2, 2021

A new option is available for people in Ada County facing homelessness or a housing crisis to connect with local services. Our Path Home, the public-private partnership working to end homelessness in Ada County, launched its Housing Crisis Hotline on Thursday, according to a press release. The hotline will serve as the single contact point […]

Downtown Boise from the Boise Depot

Post-COVID, let’s build neighborhoods that value human connection in the Treasure Valley

BY: - June 29, 2021

Now that we’re (mostly) on the other side of the pandemic, we need to make different choices around how we build housing and create connected neighborhoods across the Treasure Valley. It’s no secret frenetic growth and a lack of housing supply is driving up the cost to own a home. In Ada County, the median […]

Halima Hamud was born in a refugee camp in Kenya.

‘Thankful to God, I’m safe.’ Three refugees became Idahoans. Here are their stories

BY: - June 20, 2021

Idaho has welcomed thousands of refugees, from dozens of countries, for decades. That tradition slowed in recent years, as the Trump administration placed record-low caps on refugee admissions and temporarily banned travel from Muslim countries, and last year as the COVID-19 pandemic halted travel. President Joe Biden has lifted the cap, but warned that it […]

Bungalow court in the North End of Boise

As cities, counties change zoning codes, let’s consider how ‘lovably nonconforming’ housing may help

BY: - June 18, 2021

I have a special place in my heart for a type of buildings that might best be called, “Lovably Nonconforming.”  These are buildings that wonderfully add to the fabric of our neighborhoods — and likely could not be built under today’s zoning codes.  When we talk about how to preserve neighborhood character and create amazing […]

Boise schools were sole ‘target’ of lawmaker’s indoctrination search

BY: - June 16, 2021

Originally posted on on June 16, 2021 As of Monday, Rep. Priscilla Giddings’ $100,000-plus public records request for Boise school curriculum was the only one she made in her search for public school indoctrination throughout Idaho, an EdNews records request showed. Co-chair to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on the “Task Force to Examine Indoctrination […]

Downtown Boise park rendering

Boise naming new downtown park in honor of Cherie Buckner-Webb

BY: - June 7, 2021

A new park under construction in downtown Boise is being named in honor of former state Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, the first Black woman elected to the Idaho Legislature.  Boise Mayor Lauren McLean made the announcement Friday afternoon, calling Buckner-Webb a political trailblazer. “Naming this park for Cherie Buckner-Webb honors this trailblazing Boisean who, while making […]

Saint Alphonsus hospital bill for a childbirth in August 1926. The bill shows charges of $59.50 for 14 days in the hospital at $4.25 a day, $85 for the medical doctor, $5 for the delivery room, $3 for dressings and $2 for laboratory fees.

The cost to deliver a baby in Boise? 10 times more than 100 years ago

BY: - May 24, 2021

Margaret Ertter gave birth to her daughter, Mary, in March 1922. The bill was $92. Ertter delivered twin boys four years later. They were born prematurely, and only one baby survived. The bill for Ertter’s 14-day hospital stay and medical care for her preemie newborns? $154.50. Ertter’s granddaughters in Boise discovered the documents this year: […]