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Independent Bookstores in Boise Do More Than Just Sell Books

There had been concern for years that print books would fly away like the now-extinct dodo bird. E-book readers such as Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and others were gaining popularity, and as more books became available in e-book formats, the compounding effect took charge. It seemed as if Amazon was coming out with a new model of its industry-leading Kindle every few months. It wasn’t quite that often, but it sure seemed that way.
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What’s Your Go-To Take Home & Bake Pizza? Here’s Mine

I typically prepare all the meals at our house, with our daughter making a couple per week. But even though I have created a nice list of entrees that we usually have all the ingredients here in the house, there are times when I just don’t feel like cooking. Have you ever felt that way? If you said no, then you’re not the primary food preparer.
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Golden Wok Has Been Feeding Boise for Decades

I don’t know exactly how long the Golden Wok Restaurant on Chinden Boulevard has been in business, but it was a known mainstay when we moved to Boise over twenty-seven years ago. I remember seeing cars driving around with the plastic signs sitting on the car’s roof as deliveries were being made. It’s not the best known, or maybe not even the highest-rated Chinese food restaurant in the area, but we like the food, the service, the portions, and the value.
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Boise State Football Goes to the NFL

The Boise State Broncos football team has THE best winning record in all of football since 2000. With that in mind, does the headline still surprise you? With their perfect seasons and their upset Bowl Victories (a la 2007 Fiesta bowl over Oklahoma), it would not that much of a leap of faith to think the Broncos could hold their own against other professional teams. A few decades ago, when I lived in the San Diego area, there were even calls for the San Diego State Aztecs to play an exhibition game against the San Diego Chargers. Most people thought the Aztecs would win. Why? They were that good, AND the Chargers were that … uh … not so good.
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There’s a Shortage of Workers in Boise on International Worker’s Day

It’s Saturday, the first of May, and the weather in Boise, Idaho, is rather pleasant. We had near-record warm temperatures on Thursday and Friday, but it’s about ten degrees cooler today. Aside from being a Saturday, the nice weather we are having is not what makes today a special day. Today is International Worker’s Day. It’s also just called May Day in Nordic countries where celebrations are held to celebrate Spring and the “first fruits” from the seasonal plantings.
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Why Hollywood is Quietly Wooing Boise for Settings, Plots, Musicians

It’s a secret, but then it’s not really a secret that Hollywood film executives are looking at Boise, Idaho, for future movies. It’s not just because of the famous people who either live in , or have lived in, Idaho’s capital city and neighboring areas. So, why then are the producers and directors of movies with eight- and nine-figure scripts roaming around the Treasure Valley?
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Why Does the Mail to and from Boise Take Such Mysterious Routes?

Do you remember last year, in the last few months leading up to the November elections, when there was such a furor over the U.S. Postal Service and its mail delivery? Without going into all the details (which I don’t have) of the policies and procedures that the generous donor-turned Postmaster General had recently put into place, it was clear that the delivery of letters and packages had slowed down. Service was definitely declining.
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It’s Wednesday: That Means Boise Churches Hand out Food

The massive growth of the population in Boise has also led to an increase in the number of people who are “food insecure.” While the Idaho Food Bank is the most well-known outlet for food, it’s not always easy for everyday people to access those items. That’s where some Boise churches come into play. Here are two West Boise churches that provide meals and boxed food to anyone who shows up.
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With Boise’s Growth, Where Will All the Trash Go?

The population growth in Boise and in Ada County has had some unexpected -- or at least some unplanned -- results. One that most people don’t think about is the landfill, where the contents of our weekly trash pickup go. When the current landfill location was opened for operations in 2007, the concept was that it would be sufficient for nine decades, taking us through 2097.
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Boise: the “City of Trees” and the “City of Stray Animals”

(image from Daniil Khudiakov on unsplash.com) Boise -- the capital city of the Gem State of Idaho -- is known as one the friendliest cities in the nation. While that is wonderful news to its [two-legged] residents, it’s not great news to the four-legged animals, whether they are cats or dogs, that are left to roam the streets and alleys of this fine city.
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Are Micro-Apartments the New Rental Trend in Boise?

I wrote an article three weeks ago titled, “Affordable Housing is Moving out of Boise” (https://www.newsbreak.com/n/0Z8R8fQg?s=influencer). In that article, I cited a study by rentcafe.com that showed that the average 883 square foot two-bedroom apartment in Boise was renting for $1,324 a month. That’s a lot of money for that small size of a living unit.
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Boise, Idaho: “Growth Too Much; Barricade the Borders!”

(image courtesy of Tim Mossholder on unsplash.com) The growth of Boise, Idaho, and the resulting backlash from its long-time residents isn’t a new phenomenon. When I moved from Southern California in 1993 to Boise to take a job with Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), the anti-California sentiment was extremely strong. I had been warned of how locals would “key” cars with California plates. Some drivers even took it to the extreme of forcing drivers [of cars with California plates] off the road.
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NEWS FLASH: Longtime Boise Residential Care Facility Facing Forced Closure

(image from John Sowell, Idaho Statesman) A rumbling effect could be heard through the assisted living and residential care facility industry on Wednesday afternoon, April 21st, as one of Boise’s long-time long-term care facilities received notice that it would not receive reimbursement payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after May 20th. That was a thirty-day notice that the Good Samaritan Society Boise Village was given, much to the shock of staff and residents.
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Idaho Legislature: “No Mask Mandate” in Boise or Other Cities

(image courtesy of the author) Most of us don’t think for even a moment when we’re entering a store or other establishment and we see a sign that says, “No Shirt - No Shoes - No Service.” While those signs are especially popular in beach communities where many patrons do walk the boardwalks and the sand barefooted, I’ve also seen similar signs throughout the USA, even here at home in Boise, Idaho. We don’t think anything about it because it seems like common courtesy or even common sense to be decently attired to enter a business.
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Will the Boise Housing Boom Bubble Burst?

(image by Tierra Mallorca on unsplash.com) Perhaps the question shouldn’t be “Will the Bubble Burst?” but “When Will it Burst” and whom will it hurt the most? As I’ve previously reported, affordable housing is becoming harder and harder to find in Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley area. The rise in rental rates is outpacing that of the national average, to say nothing of the rapidly rising housing prices.
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Affordable Housing is Moving out of Boise

(photo by Google on zillow.com) The talk in Boise for the past thirty years had been about “all those out-of-staters” moving into Boise and driving up housing prices. The focus of those sentiments usually had been at Californians who had sold their homes, moved to Boise, paid top dollar for houses, thus driving up the prices.
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Boise -- Don't Make These Retirement Mistakes -- part deux

(Photo by Adeolu Eletu on Unsplash) This is part 2 of my articles on potential "retirement mistakes" people might make in Boise, Idaho. Here is a link to the first article: https://www.newsbreak.com/n/0Z1rReKS?s=influencer. I live in Boise, and have for the past 27+ years. Many of the locals have lived here their entire life, and many are new transplants, as I once was. What we all have (or will have) in common is the desire to have a pleasant retirement. Having talked with many retirees and those planning to retire, I distilled their "mistakes" into the following.