Around Idaho: January Economic Activity

Information provided in this article has been gathered from various sources throughout the state, including professional sources, news releases, weekly and daily newspapers, television and other media.

Northern Idaho
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Southwestern Idaho
South Central Idaho
Southeastern
Eastern Idaho

NORTHERN IDAHO – Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai & Shoshone counties

Bonner County

  • The Lake Pend Orielle school district approved hiring an architect in the first step toward replacing or renovating five school district buildings. Full details of the project have not been decided, but school officials expect roughly $55 million in total expenses. Costs are expected to be clearer once the architect completes the design for a new Sandpoint Middle School. Source: Bonner County Daily Bee
  • Bonner County Commissioners unanimously approved an application by the Alpine Cedar Mill to expand its hours of operation. The decision was delayed after opponents of the expansion protested that the mill violated noise pollution regulations. A study by the commissioners found the mill was not in violation of the county’s 70-decibel limit. The mill will now operate from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays. Source: Bonner County Daily Bee

Kootenai County

  • The city of Rathdrum is developing 557 acres of city property on Rathdrum Mountain for recreational services. The city will build a network of roadways, parking lots, gates, trails and shelters before opening the property to the public. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press
  • The University of Idaho is using a $463,026 Idaho Workforce Development Training Fund grant from the Idaho Department of Labor to develop its new state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center in Post Falls. The professional development and technical education program is aimed at students and professionals with previous computer science education and experience. The center includes a new laboratory to simulate cyberattacks, offering a unique opportunity for participants to practice response in real-time. Source: Spokesman Review
  • Molpus Woodlands Group, a timber management group from Mississippi, purchased 27,000 acres of timberland in northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Molpus now owns approximately 163,000 acres in Idaho, which it plans to manage for timber production. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press
  • Two centrally located real estate sites in Post Falls – owned by Idaho Veneer –  were designated as heavy industrial lots and held in contingency for potential expansion of Idaho Veneer’s milling operations in Post Falls. Idaho Veneer no longer needs the lots and has requested Post Falls Planning and Zoning commission re-designate them as commercial and residential so they can be sold. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press

Sam.Wolkenhauer@labor.idaho.gov, regional economist
(208) 457-8789 ext 4451

NORTH CENTRAL IDAHO – Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce counties

Clearwater County

  • Bald Mountain Ski Area near Pierce opened for the season in late December. Ski hill operators plan to build two communications huts that will support cellular service expansion. The Clearwater County Economic Development Council is helping facilitate this development. The hut and tower will be owned by Weiss Tower. Inland cellular will be the first provider. The goal is provide coverage for Weippe and along Highway 11 to the divide. Source: Clearwater Tribune
  • Clearwater County Commissioners on Jan. 11 approved a conditional use application by Weiss Towers LLC to construct a cell tower on Sunnyside Bench Road, which will serve customers from Lewiston to just past Orofino along Highway 12. After the tower is completed, Weiss wants to build another tower above Lenore. As well as providing cell service to the public traveling in the area, it also will provide better contact with 911. Source: Clearwater Tribune
  • The Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy is flourishing in Pierce. In December, 101 cadets graduated from the boot-camp-style program. The cadets came from 27 of Idaho’s 44 counties. Since the school started two years ago, its cadets have averaged academic improvement of more than two grade levels during their residential stays. In addition, 333 cadets contributed almost 20,000 hours of community service in and around Pierce. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is recommending an additional $97,300 in funding in his 2017 budget, which would allow the school to increase staffing during the first two weeks of the program when students are struggling to adjust to their new environment and are most likely to drop out. The academy receives state funding as an alternative school and receives no additional funding from the state. Federal dollars cover most of the program costs. Source: Gov. Otter news release; Lewiston Tribune
  • Clearwater County Economic Development Association welcomed back Chris St. Germaine as director. She held that position for six years until 2000 when she left to work for the Nez Perce Tribe, building a regional telecommunications network and noncommercial radio station. Loren Whitten-Kaboth, served as director during the interim and left in October to become the economic development professional for the Silver Valley. St. Germaine moved her office into the previous Chamber of Commerce office in Orofino’s city hall. Creating more opportunities to draw youth back to the area is one of the economic organization’s priorities. CCED’s role is connecting the dots by building relationships and improving infrastructure capacity where needed. Source: Clearwater Tribune

Idaho and Lewis Counties

  • Zippia, an online career resource, recently named Grangeville as the seventh best city in Idaho for a good work-life balance. Using data from the Census Bureau’ s most recent American Community Survey, it named these cities as the best: Ucon, Lewiston, Ammon, Idaho Falls, McCall, Hailey, Grangeville, Tyhee, Sugar City and Ketchum. Criteria included commute time, hours worked per week, size of household, things to do per capita, unemployment rate and poverty rate. Source: Idaho County Free Press
  • Cottonwood Butte hosted 110 skiers and snow boarders at its season opening the day after Christmas. The ski hill, including a café, employs about six people, while volunteers help out in many places. Source: Cottonwood Chronicle
  • The Idaho Transportation Board in December approved funding for a $1.19 million passing lane project for Idaho County and 16 other road and bridge projects across the state. It will construct two continuous uphill lanes on U.S. Highway 95 for the entire northbound length of White Bird Hill. That will allow additional passing opportunities and provide slow-moving trucks with a longer distance to accelerate before merging back into the main flow of traffic near the top of the hill, which should reduce accidents. Source: Idaho County Free Press

Latah County

  • Macy’s in Moscow is one of the 40 stores Macy’s Inc. will close before April. After a disappointing Christmas season, largely because of shoppers relying more on Internet sales, Macy’s is tightening its belt. The 41,000-square-foot store, an anchor tenant at the Palouse Mall for 37 years, employs 47 people. Source: Lewiston Tribune
  • A University of Idaho economics professor Steve Peterson estimates the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport provides the region with 300 jobs and adds $17.4 million in gross regional product. The area’s largest private employer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, relies on the airport to serve customers all over the world. Of the 300 jobs added by the airport, 212 are held by people who work at the airport in various capacities. The $100 million runway realignment and other improvements are projected to provide 93 jobs during the next five years. Use of the airport continues to rise, with 20 percent more enplanements between 2014 and 2015. Source: Moscow-Pullman Daily News
  • Austin Powder Co., a business that provides explosives for construction work and rock quarrying, plans to open a mixing and storage site northwest of Moscow later this year. The operation will employ four or five workers. Source: Moscow-Pullman Daily News
  • Colter’s Creek Vineyards and Winery plans to open a tasting room and retail facility in downtown Moscow pending renovation. No opening date has been set.  Eventually, the winery space will also contain an event center. Colter’s Creek will continue to operate its tasting room in downtown Juliaetta. Source: Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Nez Perce and Asotin, Washington, Counties

  • The Port of Lewiston is installing a fiber optic network that will pave the way for improved access to high-speed Internet. Fiber optic lines will be open access, which means any Internet provider can lease fiber lines from the port and provide services to its customers. The $950,000 infrastructure project will provide redundancy, increase bandwidth and ultimately help local businesses reliant on fast and efficient technology stay competitive in the global marketplace. Source: Lewiston Tribune
  • The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics will keep its national baseball tournament in Lewiston through 2019 after extending its contract with Lewis-Clark State College another three years. The final year will mark 20 consecutive series at Lewiston. The competition for college baseball teams is a 10-team, double-elimination tournament that starts Memorial Day weekend. The tournament fills hotels and restaurants with teams and spectators. Source: Lewiston Tribune

Opening

  • Red’s River Café opened in January in the building that used to house Lonnie’s Corner Deli in White Bird.

Kathryn.Tacke@labor.idaho.gov, regional economist
(208) 799-5000 ext. 3984

SOUTHWESTERN IDAHO – Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley & Washington counties

Boise Metro Area

  • The Reel Theatre is planning to build two new movie theaters in Kuna and Caldwell. The 11-screen Kuna Reel Theatre will be built on Ridley family property next to the Ridley’s Family Market on Meridian Road. The 11-screen Caldwell Reel Theatre is part of a Gardner Company redevelopment project involving the downtown Trolley Square building and a building formerly occupied by Southwest District Health. It’s the first two-story Reel Theatre. Source: Idaho Business Review
  • A round of new school construction and school remodels has begun with the recent passage of several school bonds:
    • Victory Middle School – West Ada School District; 1,000 students; expected opening fall 2016.
    • Hillsdale Elementary School – West Ada School District; 650 students; expected opening fall 2016.
    • Meridian High School – West Ada School District; remodel and expansion; increased capacity of 250 students; timeline unknown.
    • Second Vallivue High School – Vallivue School District; expected opening fall 2016.
    • New Vallivue Elementary School – Vallivue School District; 800 students; expected opening fall 2017.
    • New Plymouth School District – additions to elementary, middle and high schools; construction is ongoing; most improvements are complete
    • New Melba Elementary School – Melba School District; 40 student growth in each of last five years; expected opening fall 2016. Source: Idaho Business Review

Ada County

  • The Kuna School District has received 100 acres of land as a donation from Kuna residents Wilma and LaVar Thornton. The land is on East Kuna Road, east of Meridian Road. Source: Idaho Press-Tribune
  • The Idaho Youth Ranch plans to build a new ranch site on 258 acres near Middleton and has received a $7.5 million anonymous donation. The Youth Ranch hopes to break ground by spring 2016. Source: Idaho Statesman
  • The Boise-based Women’s and Children’s Alliance will start construction on eight transitional housing units this spring after they were awarded a $50,000 grant from the John F. Nagel Foundation. The housing units will be built on the WCA’s 5-acre campus and are expected to be completed by fall 2016. Source: Idaho Business Review
  • Employees at Norco, a Boise-based company that sells medical supplies and welding, safety and industrial equipment and gases around the Northwest, are now part owners of the company under a new employee stock ownership plan. Employees now own 35 percent of the company. Source: Idaho Statesman
  • Boise Cascade will purchase two southern Idaho engineered lumber facilities. The Boise-based company will purchase the facilities from Georgia-Pacific for $215 million. Source: Idaho Business Review
  • American Semiconductor, a producer of flexible memory chips, announced plans to begin manufacturing its product in the Treasure Valley. Previously, the manufacturing process was undertaken in Arizona, California and Minnesota. The new facility in Boise is about 25 percent complete, with plans for an additional 18,000 square feet of space. The company plans to double its current staff of 20. Source: Idaho Business Review
  • Boise-based virtual reality company IonVR has paired its MotionSync technology with Intel to build a cellphone capable of rendering the physical world into virtual graphics, allowing for more movement and interaction within the virtual world. Intel is one of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers. Source: Idaho Business Review
  • Dallas-based Freeman has acquired the Eagle startup Klowd.com for an undisclosed price. The six-person group will continue creating the software in Eagle for event attendee engagement as Klowd.com has done since Ken Holsinger founded the company in 2011. Source: Idaho Business Review
  • Southwest Airlines started nonstop service between Boise and Sacramento Jan. 6 with one flight a day, six days a week between the two state capital cities. Source: Idaho Business Review
  • American Airlines will begin nonstop service between Boise and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in June. The flight will leave Boise at around 7 a.m. and will return around 7 p.m. Source: Idaho Business Review
  • Site work has started on the 150-room Hyatt Place project at 10th and Bannock streets in downtown Boise. Hyatt Place is the third hotel to start construction in downtown Boise since September, along with a 186-room Residence Inn by Marriott and 113-room Inn at 500 Capitol. The developer, PEG Development, expects Hyatt Place to open first, sometime in March 2017. Source: Idaho Business Review
  • LocalConstruct, the company that renovated downtown Boise’s Owyhee Hotel, has started construction on the The Fowler, a 159-apartment building in Boise’s Central Addition neighborhood. LocalConstruct expect the work to be complete by the end of May 2017. Source: Idaho Statesman
  • This summer, an Idaho architect and developer are planning to use shipping containers to build a 17-home subdivision in Garden City. The units will each be made of four containers stacked two containers high and two wide, and will have about 1,400 square feet of living space. There will be a garage below, making each structure three stories. Source: Idaho Business Review

Canyon County

  • A 256-unit apartment complex is under development at the corner of Happy Valley Road and Stamm Lane in Nampa next to the Nampa Gateway Shopping Center. The development is a joint project between Hawkins Companies and Bach Homes of Salt Lake City. The developers anticipate they will start leasing the apartments by fall 2016. Source: Idaho Press-Tribune
  • Nelson’s RV plans to build a new, 16,000-square-foot facility at its current Caldwell location. The new building will include six service bays for RV repair and maintenance, a truck bay, a wash bay, showroom and a new waiting room. There will also be increased parking and more landscaped areas. Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

Gem County

  • Woodgrain Millwork Inc., which makes doors, mouldings and windows, bought the Emmet Sawmill from Gem Forest Products. Woodgrain Millwork will start processing the mill’s existing inventory in February. The company will spend several more months renovating the mill before it begins operating full time later in 2016. Source: Idaho Statesman

Valley County

  •  Valley County and Meadows Valley have made it to the next round in the quarterfinals in the America’s Best Communities contest, where the top prize is $3 million for economic development. The community received $50,000 to create an economic development plan. Fifteen communities nationwide will advance to the semifinal round in Durham, North Carolina, in April. Source: McCall Star-News

Openings

  • Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on the corner of Ustick Road and 10th Ave. in Caldwell, expected fall 2016
  • Mother Earth Brew Co., a brewery in Nampa, expected June 2016
  • Bella Brewing replaces Haff Brewing on Chinden Blvd. in Boise, expected February 2016
  • Canyon County Co-op in downtown Nampa
  • Hyde Perk, a coffee shop in Hyde Park in Boise
  • Slow by Slow Coffee Bar in BoDo in Boise
  • Boss Wireless, a Boost Mobile retail wireless store, in Homedale

Closures

  • Jim’s Coffee Shop in Boise’s North End
  • Kmart at the corner of Fairview Ave. and Five Mile Road in Boise, expected in March 2016; there have already been several offers to purchase the building.
  • Thunder Mountain Line, a tour train company in Horseshoe Bend

  Ethan.Mansfield@labor.idaho.gov, regional economist
(208) 332-3570 ext. 3455

SOUTH CENTRAL IDAHO – Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties

Blaine County

  • The Syringa Mountain School in Hailey is piloting a Farm to School Lunch Program. The Wood River Sustainability Center is preparing and serving nutritious meals of locally sourced food at the school five days a week. The produce is from farms within a 200 mile radius of Hailey, and the cost for each lunch is $3.50. The average full price for lunch at one of the Blaine County School District’s elementary, middle or high schools is $2.65 or about 25 percent less. Source: Idaho Mountain Express
  • The Ketchum Innovation Center is moving to the former Ketchum post office location that should accommodate its future growth and provide a more central venue. The KIC’s incubator currently has five businesses using its services and 80 more that use its services on a limited basis, including educational offerings and pitch night.

Twin Falls County

  • Everton Mattress Manufacturing, doing business as Therapedic Mattress Idaho, has expanded production and distribution routes, investing $500,000 in new manufacturing equipment. Its space in Filer has expanded from 40,000-square-feet to 49,000 with the addition of warehouse space. Source: Times-News
  • Southern Idaho Rural Economic Development Director Julie Oxarango-Ingram is spearheading efforts to salvage historic materials from the Rogerson Hotel and Banner Buildings in downtown Twin Falls. The Banner Building will transition into the new Twin Falls City Hall during 2016. At the same time, the Rogerson Building will be razed to create an outdoor event area to be called the Downtown Commons, with a fountain, splash park and public event area for concerts and gatherings. The Urban Renewal Agency is partnering with the city to finance renovations. Source: Times-News
  • Robert Stuart Middle School is the recipient of a $3,000 grant from celebrity author James Patterson. Of the 28,000 schools that applied, only 467 were awarded the grants. Source: Times-News
  • The first McDonald’s restaurant in Twin Falls, the fifth in the state, will be torn down and rebuilt starting this month. There will be a twin entry drive-through and an interior playground. Source: Times-News
  • Kimberly School District is currently assessing its facilities due to high growth. Over the past 20 years, school enrollment has doubled, and last year it grew by four percent and is up to 1,800 students. The elementary school has the largest enrollment in the state at 900 and students are spread among seven buildings that include some modular classrooms. The school district has hired a design-build team consisting of CTA Architects and Starr Corporation to begin the initial stages of planning a new school. Source: Times-News
  • City of Twin Falls single family residence building permits for 2015 were reported at 225, an eight-year high. The record of 664 occurred during the real estate bubble year of 2005. Source: City of Twin Falls

Minidoka County

  • Rupert’s YMCA is scheduled to begin operations this April. In a partnership between the city and the Y, two buildings that comprised the former Pershing Intermediate School have been renovated. The total square footage is 13,500 and the cost is estimated around $377,000. Source: Times-News
  • The MH King Company awarded $1,000 to St. Nicholas Catholic School in Rupert. This will allow the school to buy additional apps for classroom iPads, along with a printer. Source: Times-News
  • D.L. Evans Bank is opening a branch in Paul in the former Key Bank. It will be the bank’s first branch in Paul and the city’s only bank. D.L. Evans has over $1.2 billion in assets and branches in 15 cities throughout Idaho. It was founded in Albion in 1904. Source: Idaho Business Review

Openings

  • Used Tire King in Twin Falls, selling used and new tires

Under Construction

  • LunchBOX waxing salon in a new strip mall in Twin Falls
  • St. Luke’s Outpatient Surgery Center near the hospital in Twin Falls

Jan.Roeser@labor.idaho.gov, regional economist
(208) 735-2500 ext. 3639

SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO – Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida & Power counties

Bannock County

  • Beans & Brews Coffee House will open 20 locations in southern Idaho. The region’s second location will be in the current Snake River Coffee in Pocatello. The coffee house will undergo a $150,000 makeover and reopen Feb. 11. The makeover will include the addition of a cooking area to prepare new food items. Snake River’s transformation will be the first of three Beans & Brews coffee houses to enter the Pocatello-Chubbuck market. Source: Idaho State Journal
  • Hobby Lobby is coming to Chubbuck. The Pine Ridge Mall announced that the retailer is expected to open its doors in the fall. This will be Hobby Lobby’s second addition to the area after opening a location in Idaho Falls last August. Source: Idaho State Journal
  • Sears Holdings announced in a press release that the Pocatello Kmart will be closing in mid-April. The store currently has 65 employees. All employees will be eligible to transfer to other Kmart or Sears locations. If customers currently have a layaway contract at the store they will need to either pay it off before the store closure, or transfer it to another store location or the online system. Source: Idaho State Journal
  • Idaho State University recently announced the College of Engineering and Science will merge its physics, nuclear engineering, health physics and electrical engineering programs into a single department. The goal is to create opportunities for additional collaboration and make the programs more efficient. The new department will be housed in the Physical Science Complex. Source: KPVI News
  • Portneuf Health Trust plans to purchase and demolish the old Bannock Hospital property, commonly referred to as the West Campus. The trust already owns part of the real estate and has arranged to take full ownership. The site will be available for development after demolition. Source: KPVI News

Bingham County

  • The City of Shelly has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to conduct a drinking water planning and feasibility study. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the current system and address distribution deficiencies. Source: Shelly Pioneer
  • Bingham Academy has been approved for its accreditation candidacy allowing students to receive credit for classes they attend during the 2015-16 school year. The school now has two years to achieve full accreditation. If the school fails to reach accreditation within two years students will lose credit for any classes taken after the current school year. Source: Shelly Pioneer

Caribou County

  • A $3 million project is underway by Last Chance Canal Company to replace a 108-year-old dam across the Bear River north of Grace. The dam provides water to 150 shareholders who farm some 30,000 acres with the water diverted from the dam. The old structure was a wooden-cribbed dam filled with rock. The project is anticipated to be completed by May 4, just in time for the irrigation season. Source: Shelly Pioneer

Power County

  • Valley Agronomics LLC will soon be constructing and operating a fertilizer distribution and retail center on a portion of the former FMC site west of Pocatello. The plan is pursuant to an agreement among the Power County Development Authority, FMC Corporation and Valley Agronomics that will allow redevelopment to proceed in conjunction with construction of the FMC remedial action. The Valley Agronomics facility will serve the agricultural economy of southeastern Idaho by providing products and services to farmers and ranchers, including custom fertilizers for maximum crop yields. The project reflects a capital investment of $12 million and at full scale will employ 60-70 people. The initial phase of the operation will encompass approximately 15 acres and use rail service provided by the Union Pacific Railroad. A second development phase will encompass an additional 12 acres where warehousing and retail operations will be located. Source: Idaho State Journal

Openings

  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Pocatello
  • Tractor Supply Co., Pocatello
  • Burger King, Pocatello
  • Discount Tire, Chubbuck
  • Fun Unlimited Books, Pocatello
  • Jump In, Pocatello

 Christopher.StJeor@labor.idaho.gov, regional economist
(208) 557-2500 ext. 3077

EASTERN IDAHO – Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison & Teton counties

Bonneville County

  • Idaho Falls Regional Airport officials are working to add a daily non-stop route to Seattle. As Idaho Falls continues to grow, the airport is making sure it makes updates to keep in line with that growth. With Idaho Falls’ connection with the energy sector, airport officials have said there is an increasing need to add Pacific Northwest routes. Source: KIDK News
  • Idaho Falls has agreed to an initial contract with Hunt Design for $750,000 to implement the city’s new wayfinding and signage program. The contract covers all new city signage including parking signs, directional signs and attractions. The project was approved after two years of stakeholder meetings. Source: KIDK News
  • In its first year of operation the Idaho Falls Behavioral Health Crisis Center has saved Idaho $764,000 by taking patients who otherwise would have been hospitalized or treated in emergency rooms. The center also saved police and other agencies nearly 1,200 hours of work by accepting 259 referrals from local law enforcement. Idaho plans to open six additional centers around the state to help accrue additional savings statewide. Source: Idaho Statesman
  • Discussions about starting a community college in Idaho Falls garnered some additional attention when Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced his support — including the possibility of financial help with start-up costs — during his State of the State address. Otter pointed out the success of the College of Western Idaho, which he noted has grown faster than any community college in American history.  Source: Idaho State Journal

Butte County

  • Idaho National Laboratory representatives recently gave the legislature’s Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee an update on its strong growth over the past year. INL’s total business volume grew from $832 million in fiscal year 2014 to $917 million in 2015, 10 percent year-over-year growth. The lab also hiked its payments to local subcontractors from $125 million to $130 million, increased its average salary from $87,500 to $88,600 and generated $58 million in state and local taxes. The lab hired 503 new employees in 2015, up substantially from 354 in 2014. Source: Post Register
  • Idaho National Laboratory will team with X-energy, a Maryland company, to develop a next-generation nuclear reactor that relies on tennis ball-sized uranium pebbles as its fuel source. The U.S. Department of Energy said X-energy’s reactor design was one of two reactor projects selected to be part of a five-year, $80 million public-private cost sharing agreement with DOE. INL will help with fabrication of the Xe-100 Pebble Bed Advanced Reactor’s fuel source and with computer modeling used to design the unit. The helium-cooled pebble bed reactor design is smaller — and thought to be safer in the event of an accident — than the current generation of U.S. reactors. Source: Post Register

Custer County

  • A 487-acre conservation easement was recently donated to the Wood River Land Trust. The new easement will permanently keep the land free from development and will protect a two-mile stretch of fish and wildlife habitat along the Salmon River near Ellis. No federal funds were used to purchase the easement. Source: Challis Messenger

Fremont County

  • Maverik Inc. recently announced plans to begin construction on a new facility in St. Anthony. The new 3,000-square-foot gas station and convenience store will be the company’s largest facility in eastern Idaho and is expected to open in mid-summer. Source: Standard Journal
  • Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative and Lower Valley Energy of Wyoming announced plans to merge. Two separate studies indicate that a consolidated operation between the two coops could save members nearly $4 million annually, or an estimated $38 million over a 10-year period. A final vote by the companies’ owner-members is expected later this year. Source: Standard Journal

Madison County

  • Walmart has teamed up with Salt Lake Express to give students and community members reliable transportation to its Rexburg locations. The shuttle service will make eight stops which are located around BYU-Idaho’s campus. Salt Lake Express has also created an app for the Walmart shuttle with stops, routes and times at rexburgwalmartshuttle.com. The shuttle will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Source: Standard Journal

Openings

  • Baker’s Country Market in Baker
  • Raleigh’s Rentals in Rexburg
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Ammon

Christopher.StJeor@labor.idaho.gov, regional economist
(208) 557-2500 ext. 3077