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McCall’s hospital gets big upgrades with $40-million project

St Luke’s McCall is undergoing a major expansion with half of the hospital not seeing major improvement in 60 years. COVID-19 slowed down construction for a bit, but St. Luke’s Chief Nursing Officer,  Amber...

How busy was McCall this summer? Tax data shows boom, despite pandemic

McCall’s Local Option Tax report for the summer is in. The LOT receipts help paint a picture of tourism in the area during the COVID-19 pandemic.  McCall has two different local option taxes that...

Tamarack Resort announces pass options and changes ahead of 2020-21 season

Tamarack Resort has announced its pass options and changes for the upcoming winter season.  Passes Tamarack has created the Boundless Pass, essentially an all-season pass with benefits...

Photo tour: Idaho 55 work zone down to one lane with machinery, rock in narrow canyon

Late last week, we drove through the Idaho Highway 55 canyon between Smith's Ferry and Round Valley. The Idaho Transportation recently started a two-year project to revamp a stretch of the road. Crews will widen the...

Motel goes through remodel & makes COVID-safe changes

Almost two years ago, Kyle Enzler bought the Scandia Inn Motel. It started out as a hand-built motel in McCall in the ’70s. Though he liked the charm of the place, Enzler knew it was time for...

Restaurants look for find COVID-safe solutions with colder weather quickly approaching

With colder weather on the horizon in Valley County, officials and business owners got together for a “restaurant roundtable.” The intention of the roundtable was to see how different business owners in the area...

Brundage Mountain Resort announces 2020 preliminary winter season plans

Brundage Mountain Resort announced its preliminary plans for the upcoming winter season.  Plans for the winter season After a busy summer, general manager Ken Rider says he...

Apparent glitch leads to 2+ hour delays in Idaho 55 project

The first weekend of a multi-year project to improve a key portion of Idaho Highway 55 led to long delays for travelers. As BoiseDev first reported last month, the Idaho Transportation Department started work...

Get ready: Big project to revamp link between Boise & McCall starts today

Last month, BoiseDev broke news of a major construction project that will impact drivers between the Boise area and greater McCall in the next few years. Crews started work on the major revamp of...

Unemployment rates rise but some business owners can’t find employees

Unemployment affected millions of Americans during the coronavirus. However, some business owners in the resort town of McCall continue to struggle to find employees.  The preliminary July unemployment numbers for Valley County show that...
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Growth & Ada elections: Homebuilders, developers weigh in with cash and ads

Ada County’s local elections raked in big donations, with homebuilders and an...
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Ketchum could see new 4-star hotel along Main St.

Ketchum's Planning and Zoning met Tuesday to consider a proposal to add a new four-star hotel to the main gateway to the...

Saint Als opens clinic for COVID patients who don’t need to be in the hospital

Saint Alphonsus Health System opened a new clinic on the Boise Bench for COVID-19 patients who need medical care -- but don't...

Boise discussing housing incentive for ‘extremely low-income’ units

Boise is launching another effort to encourage developers to build affordable housing.  Mayor Lauren McLean is resurrecting an old...

Building demolition will wait so Boise & nonprofits can open winter homeless shelter

A warm place to go is opening for those experiencing homeless in Boise during the pandemic. On November 1,...