Meridian man faces child porn charges

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BOISE, ID – A Meridian man has been booked into the Ada County Jail after investigators say he downloaded child pornography over a peer-to-peer computer network.

Investigators with his Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Dana Messenger, 39, Thursday morning. He now faces five felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office website. Continue reading “Meridian man faces child porn charges”

Boise Hawks and Concordia University School of Law Announce Salute to Soldier Program

BOISE, ID: The Boise Hawks, Northwest League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, and Concordia University School of Law are excited to announce the return of their “Salute to Soldier” program for all Thursday, Friday and Saturday Hawks’ home games.

“Our partnership with Concordia University School of Law allows us to thank those who serve and protect us on our homeland and abroad,” said Hawks’ General Manager Bob Flannery. “We started this program to honor those brave individuals and are thrilled to continue it this season.” Continue reading “Boise Hawks and Concordia University School of Law Announce Salute to Soldier Program”

Are Californians taking over Idaho?

BOISE — The secret is out: The hidden gem is no longer hidden.

Idaho’s appeal is drawing out-of-staters here in droves – particularly Californians. It might seem more apparent now for a number of reasons, but we’ve been talking about whether Californians are taking over Idaho for years.

KTVB’s Morgan Boydston went out into the community to get a feel of what Idahoans and California transplants think about Californiacation. Continue reading “Are Californians taking over Idaho?”

Boise developer finds a strong apartment market in Twin Falls

Boise apartment developer Dave Scaggs expects to finish his first Twin Falls project by early July and he already has two more Twin Falls projects in mind. The 80-unit Canyon Falls Townhomes, comprised of 20 four-plexes, sits in the Canyon Crest area, behind the Hilton Garden Inn and near the touted Elevation 486 restaurant that overlooks … Continue reading “Boise developer finds a strong apartment market in Twin Falls”

America’s Housing Crisis Is Spreading To Smaller Cities

“Have you considered the racket and the lights and the crowds and the traffic, and everything that’s going to happen to those of us who live here?”

It is a familiar sight in America: the public meeting, the angry residents, the housing developer trying to explain himself over the boos.

“Take the money you’ve got and get out of here,” one person shouts. A chant begins: “Oppose! Oppose! Oppose!” Continue reading “America’s Housing Crisis Is Spreading To Smaller Cities”

State of 208: Is Boise growing up, or out?

Boise has a good problem.

It’s a popular place to call home, but the challenge facing the city now is keeping pace with the rapid growth. The Capitol City seems to consistently pop up on top ten lists for great places to live, but at what cost?

With property being gobbled up by residential developers, this week’s “State of 208” looks at how the city is being forced to weigh sprawl versus tall. Boise City Councilman TJ Thomson says the “city of trees” is the worst kept secret in America right now. As far as which direction to go, Thomson points out that the foothills are a limiting factor: “As you can see behind me, there’s not a lot of space to go in that direction. We have to continue to look at areas of opportunity such as the south and southeast. I think it’s the best opportunity if we tag along with improvements to transportation and folks being able to get around.” Continue reading “State of 208: Is Boise growing up, or out?”

Intermountain Fair Housing Council holds Vision Summit

(l-r) IFHC investigator Monica Fabbi, Brian Dale of HUD, IFHC Executive Director Zoe Ann Olson, and keynote speaker Kristen Jeffers of the Black Urbanist blog attend the IFHC Vision Summit on April 18. Photo courtesy of the Intermountain Fair Housing Council.

The Intermountain Fair Housing Council celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act with a Vision Summit on April 18 at the Boise Centre. The event featured educational panels about the future of housing and civil rights in Idaho. The event also featured presenters from Strong Towns, the ACLU of Idaho, Cosho Humphrey LLP, Idaho Housing and Finance, the Idaho State Independent Living Council, the Jackson Hole Community Land Trust, and more. Continue reading “Intermountain Fair Housing Council holds Vision Summit”

First official step taken for downtown Boise stadium

Developer Chris Schoen considered moving his proposed downtown stadium to the College of Western Idaho site near the river, but he has now shifted back to his original Americana Boulevard/Shoreline Drive site. Atlanta-based Greenstone Properties, where Schoen is managing partner, will have a neighborhood meeting on the proposal April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the parking … Continue reading “First official step taken for downtown Boise stadium”

ID: Lewiston Losing Horizon Air Service

March 27–Lewiston is losing Seattle and Boise commercial passenger flights as Horizon Air withdraws from the only airport it serves in north central Idaho.

Alaska Airlines, the parent company of Horizon, is ending its services because its Lewiston flights typically are 60 percent full, compared with 85 percent full system-wide, said Candice Payne, regional manager of sales and community marketing, in an email Monday. Continue reading “ID: Lewiston Losing Horizon Air Service”