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Rafting company owner reflects on taking people on vacation during a pandemic & status of business

“Surreal” is the word Heidi Armacost used to describe running a small business during a pandemic.  “It’s something that I can’t even really explain,” she said. “It’s so weird to take people on vacations...

’Love is not canceled:’ Wedding business looks ahead after major slowdown in 2020 events

Wedding season is a joyous time, it is a time of the year that people look forward to. Normally. But, in the middle of a pandemic, for some, the wedding season has become a time of uncertainty...

Two restaurants to close at Tamarack Resort

Two restaurants are slated to close at Tamarack Resort.  This summer the resort has been moving restaurants and other businesses housed in the temporary domes to the Village at Tamarack. However, Seven Devils Pub...

COVID-19 task force promotes prevention and provides resources

When COVID-19 reached Idaho, people in Valley County knew they had limited medical facilities. With intentions to limit the spread, the idea of a COVID-19 task force was born.  The COVID-19 task force formed...

Big road project will remake winding, dangerous part of Boise-McCall route

Drive between McCall and Boise often? Get ready for the orange barrels. And delays. Years of them. The Idaho Transportation will start work next month on a major project to...

‘Moral dilemma:’ How one Idaho rafting company dealt with the pandemic

Co-owners Lauren and Chris Demo, of Salmon Raft in McCall, faced one of the biggest decisions for their business and the greater good of their community: To stay open or close for rafting season. 

Tamarack ramps up bike park, adds new jumps and tracks

From novice to expert, mountain bikers will soon be able to try the new features at Tamarack's bike park. The pump track and jump park were designed for all levels of rides by...

Hotel McCall manager talks travel changes. For visitors ‘more to it’ than they first might think

Most businesses have made adjustments to follow various rules placed by officials to stay open.  David Carey, the general manager of Hotel McCall, believes that many people overlook other factors when they see businesses...

Deep Dive: What’s the future of the Payette Lake region? Huge land swap proposal spurs action

The future of a large portion of Valley County is at play, with a proposal to transfer more than 28,000 acres of land from the Idaho State Land Board's endowment to private ownership. The...

‘Quarantine by the lake:’ Amidst pandemic, cabin rental company sees business increase

Four months ago, Joel Hellerman, the owner of McCall Cabins, thought everything would take a turn for the worse within his business. He did not foresee many tourists coming to Valley County and renting a cabin. 
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Meridian Costco opening pushed back from October 15th date

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Boise State Public Radio receives million-dollar gift to help support local news

Boise State Public Radio announced it recieved the largest gift in station history - $1.1 million. The money came...

Eagle arcade closes, game machines sold and moved out

After seven years in business, Grinkers Grand Palace in Eagle will no longer welcome classic game players. The 80s-style...

You asked: Why is the Egyptian Theater boarded up?

If you've driven through Downtown Boise lately you might have noticed that the doors to the Egyptian Theater are boarded up.

Les Schwab Tires, Idaho town staple, gains large new owner

The stores in Les Schwab country have a new owner. The Oregon-based tire chain went on the block last...