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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  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.


New Businesses Found in Mtn Home

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Two new businesses have opened recently in Mountain Home and I thought I'd point them out to my readers.

Jackson Street Sweets
 Jackson St Sweets
Located at the corner of 2nd East and Jackson
Website: No website found for this candy Store.

View New Businesses Discovered 12/29/2009 in a larger map

Wingers Restaurant
Wingers Restaurant
Located between the Best Western and Hampton Inn on Foothill Ave near Interstate 84

Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year!

Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com webmaster

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 December 2009 21:09

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes Idaho Style

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I was interested in what types of taxes, both upfront and also "hidden taxes" we pay to our State. 

Kind of nice to see where our money goes.  The Illegal Drug Stamp Act below has me baffled but not enough to investigate.  If anyone out there wants to enlighten me on this tax, I'll be glad to listen.

Idaho Tax Rates on Specific Items
Type What is Taxed Rate
Beer and Wine Tax Beer
$0.15/gallon $0.45/gallon
Boise Auditorium District Hotel/Motel Room Sales Tax Hotel/motel occupants in the Boise metropolitan area 5.00%
Cigarette Tax Package of 20 $0.57
Corporate Net Income Tax Idaho taxable income 7.60%
Electricity Tax Water-generated electricity 1/2 mill per kilowatt hour
Fuels Tax Gasoline
Biodiesel (B00)
Ethanol Blends (E01-E99)
Natural Gas
Aviation Fuel
Jet Fuel
$0.25/gallon $0.25/gallon $0.25/gallon $0.25/gallon $0.181
$0.197 $0.07/gallon $0.06/gallon
Illegal Drug Stamp Act Marijuana Controlled substances sold by weight Controlled substances sold by dosage $3.50/gram $200/gram $200 per 50 dosages
Individual Income Tax Idaho taxable income 1.6% to 7.8%
Mine License Tax Value of ores mined or extracted 1.00%
Sales/Use Tax Retail sales and rentals of tangible personal property; admission fees and fees for recreation or hotel/motel rooms (except stays of more than 30 days). Use tax applies if sales tax was not paid at the point of purchase. 6.00%
Severance Tax Market value of oil and gas produced or sold in Idaho 2.00%
Tobacco Tax All tobacco products except cigarettes 40% of wholesale price
Travel & Convention Hotel/Motel Tax Hotel/motel occupants and campground users 2.00%


Tim Bondy webmaster

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 11:30

Buck Knives Founded in Mtn Home

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 Buck Knives of Mountain Home, Idaho

I was reading a news article about Buck Knives, Inc today and discovered that this company was started by Hoyt Buck right here in Mountain Home, Idaho. Maybe I'm slow on the uptake or don't know much about my town but I find this interesting.

News article about Buck Knives
This can be found in the 7th page of the article from the New American

The first knife I bought with my very own money was a Buck Knife. I was in high school and thought it would be nice to buy locally. At that time (late 1970's) Buck Knives, Inc was headquartered in San Diego, California and I also lived in this area. I still have my trusty Buck Knife and it goes with me every time I head out to hike, bike and on each ATV trip.

Since the time I bought my trusty old Buck knife, they have moved back to Idaho. While we all know they are no longer creating their legendary knives in Mountain Home, do you know where their main factory is located? In Post Falls, Idaho in the northern part of the State.

I highly recommend reading the entire article about Buck Knives from the New American website found at: .   As occasionally happens though, links like these tend to fade away and are no longer accessible so I took the liberty of making a copy of this cool article and you can download it by clicking on the following pdf link.

PDF of Buck Knives Buck Trend article from the New American.

And if you would like to take a look at the Buck Knives, Inc website it can be found at:

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2009 12:16

Pictures of You – Fairfield, Idaho

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The weather remained rather gray and dismal in Mountain Home so I decided to "go to the sun" instead of letting it come to me. I heard the mountains were suppose to be bright, sunny and relatively warm so I headed up Highway 20 on January 17, 2009.

The Top of the inversion near Tollgate Idaho

 You can see the top and edges of the fog and low clouds that have plagued Mountain Home for a week.

Once I got just past Tollgate, Idaho I popped out of the fog and grayness into brilliant blue skies and full sun. The sunshine and snow pack made the drive north and east of Mountain Home quite wonderful as I've hardly seen the sun in the last 6 days.

I continued eastward stopping to take in the scenery near the Little Camas Inn, Castle Rock and then an extended stop in Fairfield Idaho. The last time I was in Fairfield was in October 2007 and it didn't impress me very much. But now it appears that this little town wants to let the world know where it is and why you should visit it. They have a small but prominent sign on Main Street (Soldier Road) that indicated Fairfield is the "Gateway to the Sawtooth Mountains". They also seem to be playing up the "Ski Town" aspect with Soldier Mountain Ski Resort less than 20 minutes from "downtown". Good for you Fairfield and I wish you great success in building a name for yourself.

Pictures of Fairfield Idaho - If you cannot see the slideshow below, try the following links:

More about Fairfield, Idaho:
2007 Population: An estimated 410 people and slowly increasing.

Fairfield, Idaho is the County Seat of Camas County.

Zip Code for Fairfield:

Predominant Ancestry of Citizens: English, Irish and German ancestries make up well over half the population of Fairfield, Idaho.

Camas County High School Statistics:
9th Grade Enrollment : 11
- 10th Grade Enrollment : 17
- 11th Grade Enrollment : 15
- 12th Grade Enrollment : 20

Fairfield is the only incorporated city in Camas County, Idaho.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:17

Soldier Mountain Lodge is Gone

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No Mountain Biking at Soldier Mountain Today

Mountain Biking Washout
The last two weekends have been rather wet in southern Idaho and summer cabin fever is worse than winter cabin fever in my opinion. Even though the weather forecast indicated there was a very good possibility of rain and thunderstorms, I had to take a chance and get into the mountains. My plan was to park near the Soldier Mountain Ski Area and mountain bike along the North Fork of Soldier Creek.

I had intermittent rain showers most of the way to Fairfield, Idaho but the last 12 miles into the mountain the rain stopped and some blue skies showed through the clouds. The dirt road was rather wet so I decided to walk a little way up the road to see if it wasn't too muddy to ride my bike. In the 15 minutes it took to walk up the dirt road past the Soldier Campground and back, rain started falling. By the time I got ready to ride, thunder and lightning were crackling around me. Then the skies opened up and the rain came down in buckets. I waited about 30 minutes before deciding my biking trip would be a complete washout.

Soldier Mountain Ski Resort Lodge is Gone
I knew something was missing when I drove past the ski area. That something is the ski lodge. The lodge burnt down at the end of March 2009 ...burnt to the ground I guess. Below you will see pictures from before and after except they are taken from different sides of the now missing building.

Soldier Mountain Ski Area Lodge during better times
January 17th, 2009
 Soldier Mountain after the fire
June 14th, 2009

  • Before Picture was taken on January 17th, 2009 at 2:40PM from the south side of the lodge.
  • After Picture was taken on June 14th, 2009 at 12:05PM from the north side of the "lodge".
  • Photographer: Tim Bondy from Mountain Home, Idaho.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:18

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