Boise Area Irrigation Canals

The numerous irrigation canals throughout the Treasure Valley were originally constructed to bring irrigation water to the prairie areas to encourage settlement and farming.

Those farms have now been transformed into subdivisions that enjoy the abundant irrigation water for their landscaping.

It’s that time of year again when irrigation water begins to flow into the irrigation canals.

It’s nice to have an abundance of irrigation water for our lawns and crops, but those canals are dangerous with their slippery walls and swiftly moving water.

If someone falls in, it’s extremely difficult to get out.

We lose several people each year when they swim in irrigation canals or fall into them.

It’s best to avoid any type of activities near irrigation canals.

Educate your children and make sure they understand the dangers of playing near an irrigation canal.

It’s also a good idea to keep your dogs away from canals!


Idaho Wines Come of Age

When Idaho’s first winery opened its doors in 1976, no one imagined that Idaho’s wine industry would grow to 50 wineries today.

In 2009, 3,200 tons of grapes were harvested and turned into 327,000 gallons of wine.

In 2012, those numbers grew to 3,800 tons of harvested grapes and 434,000 gallons of wine produced.

Much of Idaho’s wine comes from the beautiful rolling hills south of Nampa and Caldwell.

Idaho’s wine industry provides 700 full-time jobs and contributes $73 million to the Idaho economy.

The Idaho wine industry is in its infancy with substantial growth expected in the next 15 years.

Resource: Idaho Wine Commission


Idaho Population Trends

There’s an interesting article on this morning about Idaho’s population.

It’s all about who’s coming to Idaho, who’s leaving, where they’re going, and why.

In 2013, the top five sources of in-migration were California, Washington, Oregon, Utah, and Arizona.

That doesn’t surprise me because it mirrors what I see all the time in the Boise real estate market.

The article also says that most Idaho residents who left moved to other western states.

That also correlates to my own real estate experiences.

It’s interesting to note that, for unknown reasons, there was a dip in the in-migration numbers for 2012.

I also found it interesting that we’re losing people in their 20s and gaining people in their 60s.

That reminds me of my 20s when I left Indiana for California (pretty girls and better jobs, in that order). :)

And, after doing my time (in a manner of speaking) in California, I too ended up in Idaho.

I’m here to stay.

This is my last best place.

Sources: and Idaho Transportation Department


Boise Area Named Secure Place To Live

A new study, released by Farmers Insurance, has named the Boise-Nampa area as the 11th most secure place to live in the U.S.

Compiled by Sperling’s Best Places, the study considered economic stability, crime, weather, natural disasters, and other criteria to arrive at its conclusions.

The Boise-Nampa area has previously been named in the top twenty most secure places to live five times in the past few years.

All of which is not surprising to those of us who live here! :)

Source: Idaho Press-Tribune article


Idaho’s New Opportunity Fund For Businesses

Governor Butch Otter has signed a bill into law that creates the state’s new “Opportunity Fund” to help businesses relocate or expand in Idaho.

The new $3 million  fund will provide money for infrastructure and other projects that could also be matched by local funds.

Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer has indicated that his department is currently working on projects that could create 2,000 new jobs in Idaho.

Other states, most notably Texas, actively promote business relocation through the use of similar funds.

It’s good to see Idaho get into the game!