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Downtown parking garages see usage grow from last fall, but remain below pre-pandemic level

The utilization of Downtown Boise's public parking garages is perking up this fall, though it remains below pre-pandemic levels. Parking garage data provides a proxy...

Growth brings increased complaints about traffic. But cities like Meridian say they can’t just stop new construction

Like many cities in the Treasure Valley, the City of Meridian has seen significant growth. According to the U.S. Census, in 2010, Meridian had...

Idaho Power lights up more customers as Idaho grows

Growth in Idaho has been impacting everything from education to the economy. Idaho is the second fastest-growing state in the country according to data from...

Construction cost hikes push new Ada County coroner’s office completion date to 2023

Ada County has a while longer to wait before its new coroner facility comes online.  In August, Ada County staff put the long-planned coroner’s office...

Deep Dive: PUC to decide if Suez can purchase Eagle Water Company after court settlement

After years of talks and a court dispute, the state will now decide if Suez can purchase Eagle Water Company.  The Idaho Public Utilities Commission...

You Asked: Can the city use impact fees or federal grants instead of sewer bond?

Boise's $570 million sewer bond is a big ask for voters on November 2, raising questions from the public of how else the city...

Developers, big Idaho businesses powering PAC promoting sewer bond

A political action committee funded by developers and some of Idaho's largest employers encourages voters to approve a bond funding sewer system improvements.  Yes for...

‘Paramount concern’: Meridian fire chief talks decreasing response times & solutions

Right now, the average fire department response time in Meridian is six to ten minutes. Though for a while, the city and department have...

Boise considering legal protections for parks and open space

Boise City Council is looking to lock in legal protections for the city’s parks and open spaces.  This week, council members started discussing a new...

Major road projects to add N-S, E-W links in Ada, Canyon

The first two major road projects funded under a new transportation bonding program approved by lawmakers this year should have major impacts on traffic...

You Asked: Why can’t some Boise residents vote in the city’s sewer bond election?

If you live in part of west Boise or the Boise Bench, there’s a chance you won’t get to weigh in on the city’s...

Boise could expand program to help low-income residents with utility bills

Low-income Boiseans could soon get more of a leg up on their utility bills.  Boise city staff is working on a slate of proposals to...

You asked: What’s the construction in the Idaho Statehouse rotunda for?

The Idaho State Capitol is getting a touch-up before its halls fill up again for the 2022 Legislative Session.  For the last few months, the...

City of Boise cancels water recycling contract with Farmer’s Union Ditch Company

Boise’s Public Works Department terminated a years-old contract with a canal company it once proposed to collaborate with on a water recycling project.  In August,...

Boise brings in national panel of experts to advise on water recycling

The City of Boise enlisted a national panel of experts to weigh in on its plans for a recycled water program.  Earlier this month, a...