2014 Spirit of Boise Balloon Festival

Yesterday was an eventful day for me!

After serving as a crew member for the RE/MAX balloon at our annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Festival for the past two years, I finally got my long-promised ride on the balloon yesterday morning.

We arrived at 6:30 a.m (still dark) and learned that the RE/MAX balloon had been chosen to honor two hot air balloon pilots who had passed away since last year’s event.

We took off before sunrise with the sun just starting to peek over the Boise foothills and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd as we lifted off with all of the other balloons lying on the ground in silent tribute to our fallen balloonists.

It was truly an honor to be a part of this memorial ceremony.

Here are a few photos of our incredible hour-long flight from Ann Morrison Park as we floated above the beautiful Boise skyline at sunrise with my good friend and pilot, Darren Kling.

Jan and I ~ Ready To Go!

Jan and Me - Resized

Lifting Off

Liftoff

Drifting Over Northwest Boise

Northwest Boise

Trying To Land ~ Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park

Mommy! Mommy! Look At the Big Balloon!

Kids - Bust Stop

Our Beautiful Big Balloon!

Above The Crowd

Simplot To Build New Downtown Boise HQ

The Simplot Company has grown from humble beginnings to a 900-employee company with employees scattered around the Treasure Valley in multiple locations.

The company will soon begin construction on its new downtown Boise nine-story headquarters.

The new building will be built adjacent to the new JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place) project that’s currently under construction.

When completed, the new building will allow the company to consolidate its employees into one location.

The JUMP projected is scheduled for completion in 2015.

The new Simplot headquarters building should be completed sometime in 2015.

Downtown Boise continues to grow up!

 

Idaho Unemployment Rate Drops Again

We’re putting people back to work in Idaho!

Idaho’s unemployment dropped to 5.2% in March, the lowest rate in the past  5½ years.

Much of the drop can be attributed to our robust construction industry with residential and commercial construction sprouting all around the Treasure Valley.

The national unemployment rates was 6.7% in March.

Idaho’s unemployment rate has remained below the national unemployment rate for the past 12 years.