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‘Great urban exodus’ heads West to rural communities

This week’s Best of the West roundup explores the “great urban exodus” that has seen urbanites leaving cities behind in favor of rural western communities.

We have a crisis on our hands. ‘Close the Divide’ aims to provide Idaho’s low-income students with laptops, internet ahead of school year

200,000 Idaho students need computers by August.

Surfers hang ten on the expert wave in the Boise, Idaho whitewater park

“It is very powerful and fast, it’s a different animal,” said surfer John Brown. “It takes a little bit of getting used to we are using the tiniest boards ever to stay in control, but it is a lot of fun.”

How Companies Get Hacked (and What You Can Do About It) – 8/12 – Online

All it takes is one person in your organization to click on a link and your files could be locked up for good.

Native PTAC and Amazon Collaboration – How to Become a Seller on the Amazon Business Marketplace Webinar – 7/29 – 11AM MST

Amazon has recently added 2 new certifications that allow government and business buyers the ability to search and buy from Sellers with these certifications: IEE/ISBEE Indian Economic Enterprise and SBA Certified-Native American Owned Business

Idaho needs stay-home order to deal with surge in COVID cases, Harvard risk model says – Idaho lawmakers seek options for calling special sessions

“Idaho. Their case numbers are up 1366% since June 15.”

Keeping Rural Businesses Open Across Generations

Selling a company to its employees could be a way to preserve small town and rural businesses with generations of tradition behind them. Rob Brown from Business Ownership Solutions has some advice on how to do it.

Buyers make offers sight unseen within minutes as Boise-area home market defies virus

“People have been waiting for three or four months because of the COVID-19 to get out there and buy a house,” Gehrke said. “And when you combine low interest rates with pent-up demand and no inventory, we’re looking at a perfect storm.”

This is Why You Need to Visit the Dark Sky Reserve in Idaho

The Dark Sky Reserve spans over three communities in Central Idaho: Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Stanley. That means that in these places and the wilderness of the Sawtooth Mountains, light pollution is almost completely nonexistent.

Western Governors approve new resolutions on Broadband Connectivity, Rural Development

Recommendations to address broadband data and mapping, investments in scalable infrastructure, and strategies to help connect tribal communities across the region’s vast distances and unforgiving terrain.