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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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Facts, Stats and Info about Mountain Home Idaho

Statisics dealing with Idaho but have a general relationship with Mountain Home.

Idaho History Website to Explore

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The South Fork Revue Website

South Fork Revue website

I admit it!  I knew nothing about the history of Idaho but that is slowly changing, thanks in part, to the "South Fork Revue" website.  The author, Evan Filby, gave up is day job as a scientist and teacher to explore his other interests.  History is one of these interests.   Here are some of the subjects he covers and some snippets:

1.  Lewis and Clark:  "Two days later, they gazed at the Bitterroots and realized that they were stuck. Lewis noted that the mountains "were perfectly covered with snow. The Indians inform us that the snow is yet so deep on the mountains that we shall not be able to pass them untill the next full moon or about the first of June;"

2.  The Fur Trade Era:  "The HBC's long honeymoon finally ended in the fall of 1824, when Alexander Ross led the Snake Brigade. They had camped near where the Pahsimeroi River empties into the Salmon. Then a "pilaged and destitute" band of his trappers straggled into camp ... and they were not alone. "

3.  Gold! Rush & Settlement:
  "On August 2, 1862, a party led by George Grimes discovered gold in the Boise Basin, deep in the rugged wilderness around the upper forks of the Boise River."

If you have any interest in Idaho history give this website an hour of your time to get a feel of how we grew into the 43rd State.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this story.

Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 February 2010 00:17

What Do You Drive Idaho?

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Top 5 Vehicles Idahoan's Drive
Chances are you are driving some kind of Ford, Chevy, Dodge or Toyota if you live in the Gem State according to the Idaho Department of Transportation. As a matter of fact there is a 70% chance that if you are reading this post you are driving one of the above makes of cars or trucks.

Here are some Idaho statistics from 2007 showing what we drive...or at least what we register at our local DMV office.

Top 10 Idaho Vehicles Total Number
FORD 243,968
DODGE 118,301
TOYOTA 105,932
GMC 64,351
HONDA 59,992
PONTIAC 44,201
NISSAN 41,756
JEEP 36,030
SUBARU 33,831

Graphing the Idaho Vehicle Preference

Vehicle statistics for Idaho

I found some interesting numbers when it comes to the type of cars and trucks we buy. In 2007 there were:
  • 1,025 Hummers lumbering down our roads.
  • 23 Desoto's registered in Idaho.
  • 22 Rolls Royce's cruising down the street while drinking champaign?
  • 11 sporty Maserati's speeding past you at some time or another.

What kind of car or truck do the readers of this website drive? Leave Tim Bondy a comment and we'll all know.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2009 09:27

Costly Idaho Races

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Quick Stats

So, you want to be a US Congressperson or Senator from Idaho? Better have deep pocket and rich friends. And if you really want to win that race you better outspend your opponents by a significant amount.

Here is the election spending as of approximately the middle of October 2008.

Idaho District 1 House Seat
Winner:  Democrat Walt Minnick: $2,298,776
Loser:  Republican Bill Sali : $982,442
Yearly Salary of US Congressmen: $169,300
Terms of Office: 2 Years

Idaho's US Senate Seat
Winner:  Republican Jim Risch $3,042,892
Loser:  Democrat Larry Larocco $1,324,039
Yearly Salary of US Senator $169,300
Term of Office: 6 Years


Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2008 23:04

Idaho is a Cheesy State – The Stats

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Cheese Statistics - Idaho

Idaho is cheesy and so is Wisconsin and California. But it not what you think. Idaho is the third “cheesiest” state in the United States. I was surprised to find out from the Department of Agriculture that Idaho ranks 3rd in the US for the total production of cheese for September 2008.

Mountain Home's Marathon Cheese Corp

The Idaho Cheese City?
Could Mountain Home, Idaho be considered the “Cheesehead Capitol” of Idaho? Why not! We have the Marathon Cheese factory located right here. Can you think of any other city in Idaho that has a the cheesy resources we have?

When I Think Cheese
When I think of “cheese”, I use to think of Wisconsin, Vermont, and New York cheeses. I don't think that anymore. Here are the cheese statistics.

Third Place
As you see above, Idaho ranks third in total cheese production but I wouldn't expect us to jump in the Cheese Rankings any time soon. We'll have to settle for being the third cheesiest state. But I can live with that.


Last Updated on Sunday, 09 November 2008 00:23

Idaho Wildlife Recreation – The Statistics

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When I think of Idaho I think of hunting, fishering, hikeing and outdoors people. Something I never thought
of are the numerous people who head out into the mountains or desert just to view wildlife. I'm one of those
people who will take off at a moments notice and explore, hoping to see some wildlife. But how many people
in Idaho actually are “wildlife watchers”?

Who hunts, fishes and watches wildlife in Idaho

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service did a survey on this subject...Wildlife watcher, hunters and people
who fish for recreation purposes. And the numbers may surprise you.

Who's Who
Before you can understand the numbers you'll have to understand the categories:

  • Anglers/Fishers are people who set out for the sole purpose of recreational fishing in Idaho.
  • Hunters are just that...hunters who hunt for the sole purpose of recreational hunting.
  • Wildlife Watchers include people who took trips or outings of at least 1 mile from their home for the primarypurpose of observing, feeding, or photographing fish and wildlife in Idaho.

How Many Participate in Idaho Wildlife Recreation?
The First Graph: this shows the total numbers of people who set out to hunt, fish or watch wildlife in Idaho.
These numbers include residents and tourist to Idaho. As you'll see, people who watch wildlife make up
almost 50% of the total numbers in Idaho. In other words the total numbers of hunters and fishers combined
almost equals the numbers of wildlife watchers.

The Second Graph (above): The numbers and graph above show a surprising fact. Hunting and fishing is becoming
less popular with time while the wildlife watching numbers have greatly increased in Idaho.

The third graph and more can be read by click "Read More" below

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2008 22:58

How Many Canadians Cross Our Border

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I was talking to a local business owner and he said he has seen more Canadians visitors in the last 6 months than he had in the last few years combined. This got me thinking. Why are Canadians now coming to Mountain Home in bigger numbers recently. My guess is the exchange rate between the Canadian and US Dollar has made the difference.

Below you will find the statistics for all vehicle traffic entering the two Canadian ports of entry into Idaho. I also included the State of Montana number as a comparison. You'll see the number of vehicles entering Idaho from Canada has steadily increased starting in 2005.

What I didn't Know

  • There are only two border crossing location into British Columbia, Canada from Idaho. These are at Porthill and Eastport Idaho. Montana has 14 border crossing location with 3 different Canadian Providences
  • Idaho's border with Canada is only about 45 miles long. Montana shares a 550 mile border with Canada.
  • Border crossings in the western US are predominately open during daylight hours. Border crossings from Michigan and eastward are, for the most part, open 24 hours a day.



Last Updated on Sunday, 28 September 2008 00:52

Wine Industry of Idaho

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While traveling Interstate 84 recently I saw a billboard for the Carmela Vineyards and wondered just how big the wine/grape industry has become on Idaho. Not that I'm a big wine drinker or have an itch to start a Mountain Home winery I was just curious. So I set out and investigated the Idaho grape and wine scene. I was surprised by the numbers.

Number of wineries in the pacific northwest statisic

* Wines Northwest
** Idaho Wines.Org

The Pacific Northwest Numbers

State/Province Number of Wineries 2008
Washington * 550
Oregon * 358
British Columbia * 138
Idaho ** 58

Did You Know – Idaho Wine
An Idaho Vineyard

  • The first winery in the Pacific Northwest was located in the Lewiston area of Idaho.
  • Idaho had some world renowned wines prior to the US Prohibition era.
  • Prohibition wiped out the wine industry until 1970.
  • In the 1970's, the wine industry returned to Idaho but this time in the Snake River Valley.
  • Approximately 58 wineries now call Idaho their home.
Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2008 00:26

Heavy Traffic Leads to Population Graph

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I was coming back from Yellowstone National Park recently and ran into some pretty heavy traffic on Highway 20 and Interstate 15. Of course heavy traffic is a relative term. I'm not talking about Los Angeles or New York City traffic jams but heavy traffic for “outside of Boise” traffic. Being a newbie to Idaho, I wasn't aware that the Rexburg/Idaho Falls/Pocatello area was so big and apparently growing rapidly.

I found this article post statingMost people should not be surprised to see Boise be the 13th fastest growing metro in the U.S. However, what many people don't necessarily know, is in the new census numbers released last week, Idaho Falls (Bonneville County) is the 15th fastest growing metro”.

This lead me to wondering what are the biggest cities in Idaho. Here are the results.

Top 10 cities in Idaho

Population Statistics - 20 Most Populated Cites in Idaho

City 2007 Population
1. Boise 202,832
2. Nampa 79,249
3. Meridian 64,642
4. Pocatello 54,572
5. Idaho Falls 53,279
6. Coeur d'Alene 42,267
7. Twin Falls 41,510
8. Caldwell 39,889
9. Lewiston 31,794
10. Rexburg 27,575
11.Post Falls 25,358
12. Moscow 23,223
13. Eagle 19,254
14. Ammon 12,872
15. Kuna 12,785
16. Hayden 12,640
17. Mountain Home 12,236
18. Garden City 11,562
19. Chubbuck 11,550
20. Blackfoot 10,867

I'm almost embarrassed to admit but I had no idea where the following cities are located.
# 14. Ammon is just to the southeast of Idaho Falls. (
# 16. Hayden is just north of Coeur d'Alene. (

Click Here to see a Map of the Top 10 Cities in Idaho

Population Map of Idaho

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 September 2008 11:41

Mountain Home AFB and Singapore

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I'm sure most people in the area know by now the Singapore Air Force is coming to Mountain Home Air Force Base. But what you might not know is how much trade and commerce is conducted between Idaho and the country of Singapore. I looked up some general facts and this is just one set of statistics I found.

Exports from Idaho to Singapore by Year – Computer and Electronics

Exports from Idaho to Singapore - Computers and Electronics

The Raw Numbers

  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Computers & Electronic $165,169,000 $192,976,000 $361,176,000 $226,145,000 $459,052,000 $1,052,506,000

It appears as if Singapore likes the computer and electronics produced in Idaho. As you can see, 2007 was a great trading year for Idaho. This is good new for both Idaho and Singapore.

Links to Singapore Air Force
- Mountain Home News article from August 23, 2008 highlighting what the city, Elmore County and Mountain Home AFB is expecting as the Royal Singapore AF stands up a squadron of F-15 fighters.

- The Oregonian News from May 21, 2008 has a few more details about the Singapore F-15 Squadron at Mountain Home AFB.

- The Spokesman News from Spokane, WA has an article dated in May 2008 about the Singapore Air Force plans at MHAFB.

- Defense News website has some guesses about the Singapore AF buying the new generation F-35 Fighter.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2008 22:06

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