“Listen to the sadness, the echoes in my mind, the place where I usually hide, but now I cannot find…” Anthony T. Hincks Short synopsis: One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with […]
Although justifiably known for its world-renowned potatoes, Idaho has much more to offer than just its leading agricultural export, writes Jim Hoehn in Eight Reasons to Move to Idaho.
Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. It borders the state of Montana to the east and northeast, Wyoming to the east, Nevada and Utah to the south, and Washington and Oregon to the west. To the north, it shares a small portion of the Canadian border with the province of British Columbia. With a population of around 1.6 million and an area of 83,569 square miles (216,440 km2), Idaho is the 14th largest, the 12th least populous and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. The state’s capital and largest city is Boise.
Nestled against the Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon, Idaho offers a scenic mix of rivers, jagged peaks and farmland with the lowest cost of living of the 11 western states. Although the 11th-largest state in terms of size, Idaho ranks 39th in population. Boise, the state capital, has a population of 218,281, but is the only city with a population of more than 100,000.
Idaho prior to European settlement was inhabited by Native American peoples, some of whom still live in the area. In the early 19th century, Idaho was considered part of the Oregon Country, an area disputed between the U.S. and the United Kingdom. It officially became U.S. territory with the signing of the Oregon Treaty of 1846, but a separate Idaho Territory was not organized until 1863, instead being included for periods in Oregon Territory and Washington Territory. Idaho was eventually admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, becoming the 43rd state.
Forming part of the Pacific Northwest (and the associated Cascadia bioregion), Idaho is divided into several distinct geographic and climatic regions. In the state’s north, the relatively isolated Idaho Panhandle is closely linked with Eastern Washington, with which it shares the Pacific Time Zone – the rest of the state uses the Mountain Time Zone. The state’s south includes the Snake River Plain (which contains most of the population and agricultural land), while the south-east incorporates part of the Great Basin. Idaho is quite mountainous, and contains several stretches of the Rocky Mountains. Additionally, around 38 percent of Idaho’s land is held by the United States Forest Service, the most of any state.
BOISE, ID: In what ways could we come together and have a positive impact in our community? What could we accomplish together that we could not do alone? Those questions and others were discussed and answered at a recent meeting of the NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group. The coalition of nine auto services providers, including Garry’s Automotive, Christian Brothers, State Street Auto Repair, Dr. Floyd’s Garage, Maz-Tech Automotive, and Heritage Auto Repair, has participated in Wishing for Wheels projects in the past.
These projects look different each time, but have a common thread. “We combine our resources to reach beyond what any one of us could do alone, to help a person or group in need that could not afford the repairs required to stay on the road,” wrote Tony Zanders of Heritage Auto Repair in Meridian. Zanders was recently presented with such an opportunity. Travis Culver is a local media personality who worked for a time at 89.5FM KTSY. He was a worship pastor at a local church, and recently has been developing a cable TV program called Love Where You Live. His livelihood is directly connected to his skills as a communicator. In September, at 39 years old, he heard these words, “It doesn’t look good. It appears you have cancer.”
“As a young father and husband, Culver is now faced with the traumatic realization that the tumors found in his brain after multiple MRI’s will affect his career, his family and his very life. He has been diagnosed as Stage 4,” Zanders said. “He has been subjected to extensive procedures, chemotherapy, and surgeries; as well as the resulting physical challenges each of those present. Last week Culver brought his truck over for service with these instructions: Let’s go ahead and fix all those things you mentioned a while ago.”
Culver’s vehicle had multiple maintenance concerns and necessary repairs. “He wants to fix them all,” Zanders said. “Having a personal relationship with him, I asked him what his goal was for this repair.” Through tears, Culver said he just wants to take his family camping again, and not have to worry about his truck. The cost was more than $4000, and members from NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group donated all of the necessary work.
The community is also pitching in to help the Culver family:
How can you help? Donate today at the GofundMe page for Travis Culver at: https://www.gofundme.com/2s4mjpx8?ssid=805926671&pos=1. The Boise NAPA AutoCare Centers are a group of independent and family owned businesses. They co-op the cost to market together and bring you special offers available at their select autocare centers. More information about NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group is available at http://napaautorepairboise.com/
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“I want to share with you all a little bit about this initiative that I am working on throughout the year,” writes Virginia Treat in an update on Facebook. “We are now in process of planning out Theme #5 for the Nature Conservation Initiative (ALMOST HALF WAY THERE!!), that will be happening at the end of this month.”
Virginia Treat with Treats Photography is working on a Nature Conservation initiative. She has put together a team and over the course of the next year is putting together a photo book. The book will contain photographs combining nature with high fashion. In addition, the book will contain an written piece related to each image, highlighting the park or facility the image was taking at or representing. The funds during this prepurchase opportunity will go towards various costs associated with making and publishing the book. Cost include materials for costuming, publishing costs, travel expenses to various locations in Idaho. Anything above and beyond will be added to the proceed donations as stated below:
The book, once published, will be available for online purchase. The team is also working with various facilities to have the book available in visitors centers, local shops and more. 100% of the proceeds from sales of the books will be distributed to the various nature conservation facilities.
The team consists of Amanda Woods with Woods on Fire Innovative Beauty, handling all aspects of hair and make up; Holly Taylor and Unique Irish who are assisting with the costuming of the project; Danielle Solberg and Abby Dee, who are assisting with location, communication and other key items vital to the project. Additional members of the team include Tiffany Larocque, Samantha Chapman, Chante Thornton Hamann, Susan Moore, Michael Strickland, and Cheryl Whale Blauer.
Visit: http://youcaring.com/natureconservation to order.
Virginia’s update continues:
Models have been chosen, location is secured, and the costuming is in the works. Here are some of the prints from theme #4 that are available for purchase. visit :http://youcaring.com/natureconservation to order. I will soon be posting all the available prints as we move forward. There you can also pre-purchase other items. The main item that will be available is the book. The book will include some really amazing photographs that we put together as well as information on why, the relationship with art and nature, and the wonderful facilities and organizations that help make #Idaho great and maintain that beauty for us all to enjoy and thrive. 100% of proceeds from the sales will be donated to a variety these organizations.
From his website: “We offer one on one coaching as well as group coaching to individuals, business owners, business/corporate executives, beginning and seasoned entrepreneurs. We have a developed sales training series of workshops as well as management development and team development programs. We are often called upon to develop custom sales training programs specific to our clients needs including specific product sales presentation development and training. We can facilitate weekly or monthly business leadership trainings or events.”
“I have had the great pleasure and benefit of working with Frank on a continuing basis. Frank has brought tremendous value to our organization and continues to do so. He is an excellent strategic planner, organizer, leader, negotiator and mentor. Frank has great ability to look at a company from several angles and find a clear path to significant improvement. I am honored to work with him.”
– Brett Labit, CEO Local Impact Zone
Frank is the founder of F.A. White & Associate and Frank White International, originally founded in 1985 in San Francisco, California. Frank became a Forum Master Trainer and Coach 1989. He was a Founding Member of Impact, International Association of Consultants, Trainers and Coaches and is a member of National Association of Accountants.
Frank successfully opened and assisted in the opening of over 400 businesses in 14 industries, throughout the United States and Asia. He has trained and coached over 2000 executives, managers, entrepreneurs as well as trained over 10,000 sales people, sales leaders, sales managers in a variety of industries.
As a nationally recognized and sought after Motivational Speaker and Trainer, Frank has a national reputation for business turn arounds as well new business start-ups. Frank’s programs include workshops, paid master mind groups, and seminars that include sales training, management development, leadership training, sales performance excellence, motivational management and leadership as well as customized workshops. He has had an extensive corporate career where he was key in the development of 5 regional and national retail chains, serving as President for 4 of the 5.
In his spare time he is involved in theater and various charities. Frank currently resides in Boise, Idaho.
For the 4th year in a row, Troy McClain of AXS was invited to attend the prestigious Business Analysis and Project management association conference in Winnipeg.
“I am honored to be presenting my approach to business and project management” said McClain before his classic talk.”
He delivered a keynote address called EQ vs. IQ.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know people make decisions based on their emotions, the conference website reads. Just look at politics, religion and retail purchases across the world. Furthermore, we know marketing experts have learned the best way to motivate a person, group or company is through their emotions. Yet over the years, the basic belief and standard for defining and choosing a strong leader within a company has always been to measure ones IQ, which in fact, measures logical reasoning, word comprehension and math skills rather than their creative potential or ability to relate to a person, group or company team.
Troy McClain, season one Apprentice finalist, shared his story of how he developed a leadership role and successful business by focusing on EQ rather than IQ. This session took the audience on an eye opening journey of discovering yourself, how to manage your emotions, learn how others think, and how to process these emotions to work more efficiently with others in your organization. Mark Twain once said, “Common sense ain’t so common” This session aims to bring it back into the workforce.
The conference offers Focused Symposium Conference Tracks where attendees learn from the real-world experiences of industry experts and practitioners who will show you how to achieve outstanding business results, according its official website.
Troy McClain is the CEO of The McClain Companies, a full-service marketing, communications and business management firm focused on growing people and businesses to great heights.
As a seasoned entrepreneur with over 14 years experience in the financial industry, Troy has learned how to create budgets, manage costs and cost-effectively market and communicate products, services and causes. Using innovative techniques and strategies, he has been instrumental in providing successful growth concepts to companies and professionals working toward a higher level of achievement.
Today, Troy is an international speaker on a variety of topics, such as entrepreneurism, finance, advertising, marketing and communications, personal growth, and giving back to one’s community. He has been honored by numerous high-profile figures and organizations, such as Governor of Idaho C.L. “Butch” Otter, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Donald Trump, the Kellogg Innovation Network, and Special Olympics International.