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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at http://bondyblogs.com  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

 
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About Idaho Business News:
This section deals mainly with Mountain Home business but I also expand my horizons and cover news from Boise or other areas of Idaho.  Business news items I like to cover are store openings, closings and opinions.




 

Idaho Jobs and the Stimulus, Recovery, Reinvestment Act

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Recovery.Gov Website

The White House and President Obama have published the numbers! The much discussed and widely publicized $789 billion monetary package called "The Stimulus Package" or more recently, the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" is forecasted to create or save a total of 17,000 Idaho jobs. While the "17,000 new Idaho jobs" number sounds impressive and I certainly am happy our government is helping, what does it really mean...statistically speaking.

Questions, a Bad Answer and Waiting
Will this solve Idaho's climbing unemployment rate? Is it a cure all? Or is it just a band-aid that will lead to economic ruin? My answer to these questions is "Only time will tell". Anyone who tells you that they know that the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" will solve our problems or make them worse is just plain lying to you.

2008 Unemployment Figures

Period -2008 Idaho Number of Unemployed Workers -2008 Net Change per Month Unemployment Rate (%)
Jan 21,097   2.8
Feb 21,510 413 2.8
Mar 22,320 810 3
Apr 23,031 711 3.1
May 26,923 3,892 3.6
Jun 28,679 1,756 3.8
Jul 30,867 2,188 4.1
Aug 34,383 3,516 4.6
Sep 37,731 3,348 5
Oct 40,238 2,507 5.3
Nov 43,355 3,117 5.7
Dec 48,961 5,606 6.4
Total Increase in 2008   27,864 3.6

Idaho Unemployment is steadily rising in 2008 - What about 2009?

 Idaho's Unemployment 2008

Extra, Extra..Read All About It
As you can see, Idaho has shed almost 28,000 jobs in 2008. Statistically speaking if all the promised (really just guess work) 17,000 new or saved jobs magically materialized way back on January 1st of this year, this would bring us back to only the September/October 2008 time frame in terms of unemployment. I urge you to look at the above chart, graph and numbers. Use your own brain power, research this plan, listen to what your heart tells you and some good old common sense to analyze the situation. I suspect the entire population USA will also need to get out their magic rabbits feet for some added hoping power.

Fence Sitting Thoughts
One could assume that this post is the Bondyweb's indictment of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" but it's not. I think our government needs to do something to help us climb out of this economic mess. Do I think this stimulus package is the right plan? I doubt this plan will solve many problems but there were a lot of very smart people advising our leaders on what they thought would help our country. On the other hand way back in May 2008 I started telling people that the price of gasoline would come way down...down to below $2.00 a gallon. Did the "experts" agree with me? No! There were plenty of these experts saying we were heading for $6.00 a gallon and even $10.00 a gallon gas by the end of 2008.

Bondy is sitting on fence about Stimulus Package

Should I (and you) have a reason to be concerned that the current plan will be a total failure? Just keep your fingers crossed, your wallet and credit cards firmly locked in your back pocket. We'll know soon enough if the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" will do what it has been advertised to do.

Your thoughts and comments are welcome.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:16

What's Wrong With This Ad

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Does anyone see anything wrong with this advertisement?

pedialyte has bad ad

"Half the sugar and two times the electrolytes of the leading sports drink"?  And you really want your toddler to drink Gatorade or this Pedialyte product?  Are there are actually pediatricians who would give this product to their children?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:17

Catch a Train to Portland? Seattle? Ogden, Utah?

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I looked into taking a train from Boise to Seattle about two months ago. Much to my dismay, there are no passenger trains that run through Southern Idaho. None! But that could all change in the future...I said “Could”.

Passenger trains coming to Mountain Home, Idaho?

Signed, Sealed but Not a Sure Thing for Idaho
As the ink dries from President Bush's pen on a $13 Billion Funding Bill for passenger train services, the hopes are CEO Alex Kummant from Amtrak will agree to bring back a route similar to the Amtrak Pioneer Route closed down in 11 years ago. This is not a sure thing as our lawmakers will have to do some fancy talking to get this plan firmly settled on the old train tracks.

The Pioneer Route (http://www.trainweb.com/routes/route_25/rg_25a.html) ran from Seattle, Portland, Boise [Nampa], and on to Ogden Utah and major cities further east. “If” Amtrak decides to reopen the passenger rail line through Southern Idaho, you can expect to see their trains passing through Mountain Home.

Map out Amtrak Route in Idaho

Route, Whistle Stops and Ticket Prices – The Guessing Game
The Idaho tracks this new passenger train service would likely take generally follows Interstate 84. I'm guessing, but it would make sense for Amtrak to route the train through Nampa and then head towards towards the Boise Air Terminal. From there the tracks head eastward straight through Mountain Home, Hammett and Glenns Ferry. At Bliss the tracks split away from Interstate 84 and head towards the cities of Gooding, Shoshone, Kimama, Minidoka, American Falls and Pocatello. From Pocatello, the tracks head south into Ogden, Utah.

Guessing again, I'd say people from Mountain Home would have to head to the Boise area to get on this train. Unless we'd wanted to travel the 75 miles to Shoshone, Idaho for the whistle stop in this town of 1,600 people.

shoshone train station in idaho
Waiting in Shoshone, Idaho?

The price of a round trip ticket from Boise to Portland, Oregon would likely be in the $125-$400 range???? It's hard to say what the price of a ticket would be if the Pioneer Route was to be revived but it would be great to have another option.

If you are interested in this, watch for when President Bush signs H.R. 2095 and then contact your State and Federal representative to find out what they are doing to make passenger train travel a reality in Southern Idaho.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:31

The Idaho Wolf – Two Websites

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Are you wolf Pro or Con in Idaho

Like it or not the wolf is alive and well in Idaho. We've even had wolves sighted very close to Mountain Home recently. Wolves are an extremely controversial issue in Idaho it seems. I'd even go so far as saying there doesn't seem to be many people in Idaho who don't have a strong opinion about these animals. By this I mean you either support the idea of protecting the wolf or you want wolves to disappear completely.

Two Sides to Every Story – Maybe Three?
On one side of the fence Idaho has a huge ranching industry and their viewpoint is that wolves are not too good for their business. On the other side of the fence there is a relatively large and growing conservation community living in Idaho who would like nothing better than to see the wolf not only survive, but thrive.

While I've never seen a three sided fence, I'd say there is a small minority of folks in Idaho that could be considered fence-sitters. This third group thinks there is room enough for a limited number of wolves to be allowed to roam wild and free.

Wolf Websites for YOU to Browse
I suspect there isn't much anyone can say that can change the minds of either camp in this wolf controversy. Both sides are active in advocating their viewpoint and trying changing minds and hearts in various ways. Today I bring you two websites that take opposing sides to the wolf issue.

Wolf Crossing Website

Wolf Crossing Website
The owner/maintainer of the Wolf Crossing website advocate, at a minimum, highly regulating the Idaho and US population of wolves. This website has some stories and documentation about the negative sides of wolves.
http://wolfcrossing.org/

Ralph Maughan Pro Wolf Website

Ralph Maughan's Wildlife News Website
The webmaster/maintainer of this website is quite vocal about his position of growing and protecting the wolf population in the US. I might even go so far as saying “Wildlife News” takes an almost militant viewpoint and attitude when it comes to advocating his pro-wolf viewpoint.
http://wolves.wordpress.com/

How the Bondyweb.Com Stands on the Wolf Issue
This issue is pretty hot in the State of Idaho but that shouldn't stop me from taking a side. But I'm one of those few fence sitters. On one hand the ranching community provides a large number of jobs and income for Idahoans. On the other hand, a healthy ecosystem cannot be truly healthy without all of the native species involved and that includes the wolf.

As it stands as of post time of this article, it may not matter what you think. The Idaho Statesman ran an article telling us the Federal Government has just asked the the wolf be put back on the Endangered List.

I guess I will keep on reading the Wolf Crossing and the Wildlife News now and into the future. Maybe once I have lived here long enough I will see which side of the wolf issue I will support. Until then, I will continue learning and gathering facts.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:32

River City – Boise Bakery Ad

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Found this rather old but certainly eye catching item and thought I'd pass it on.

The following picture is an ad that ran in the "Boise Weekly " newspaper from the River City Bagel and Bakery.

 

Vagina Monologue Ad from Boise Idaho

This was a real ad ran in 2007 in support of the Vagina Monologues. The Vagina Monologues is a movement to help stop violence against women and girls.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:43

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