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John Sowell


Boise, ID, United States

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Past articles by John:

Come loaded with extra cash to win a deal for a Boise-area home

Cash offers are taking priority in the Boise, Idaho, area, shutting out homebuyers who need a conventional mortgage. → Read More

Boise-area home prices set another record

Home prices just set another record in Ada County, Idaho, with the median sale price rising to $354,405 in June. That's $11,415 higher than May's figure, also a record, and 10% higher than in June 2018. → Read More

The top U.S. retailers were just ranked by sales. Boise’s Albertsons made the top 10.

Albertsons maintained its position in 10th place among U.S. retailers. The Boise company was ranked ahead of Apple Stores/iTunes, McDonald’s, Best Buy and Macy’s. Walmart topped the list, followed by Amazon. → Read More

The Centennial Job Corps in Nampa quietly closed and sent its students away. Here’s why

At the same time the Trump administration sought to use private contractors to operated Job Corps centers across the U.S., Idaho agreed to a three-year demonstration project to run Nampa’s Centennial Job Corps. → Read More

Might rogue Oregon GOP senators leave Idaho? Top Dem says climate change bill is dead

11 Oregon GOP senators who fled to prevent a vote on an emissions bill aren’t ready to leave Idaho. They worry Democrats have a ploy to get them to return home just to pass the controversial bill anyway. → Read More

First it was Smoky Davis. Now this landmark restaurant may be forced off State Street

Merritt’s Country Cafe, known as “home of the scones” for more than four decades, says the Ada County Highway District’s widening of State Street may force it to move. The project would remove parking in front. → Read More

11 Oregon GOP senators walkout to avoid vote. They’re believed to be hiding in Idaho

11 Oregon Republican senators walkout to prevent a quorum on a climate change bill vote. They’re in Idaho. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asks law enforcement to help find them. Idaho State Police has no jurisdiction. → Read More

Businesses embrace LGBTQ festival, rights even in conservative Idaho. Here’s why

Twenty years after the Stonewall riots in New York City, participants in the first Boise Pride Festival hid their identities. Thirty years later, they’re out in the open and joined by companies large and small. → Read More

Seattle developer plans to convert rooms at a Downtown Boise hotel into apartments

Revolve Development has built small apartment buildings in Seattle and is renovating one of the city’s oldest downtown buildings into a hotel. It plans to convert rooms at Boise’s Safari In into apartments. → Read More

Idaho house prices are so high that this Wall Street firm warns of ‘sharp slowdown’

Fitch Ratings, a Wall Street analyst, found Idaho home prices to be overvalued by 20% to 24%. That ties with Nevada for the highest rate in the nation. High home prices and low income gains contribute. → Read More

Apartments. Change at Whole Foods. What’s coming in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Caldwell

Downtown Boise apartments. Renovations at Whole Foods. See what’s coming near you in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Kuna and Caldwell. Our latest weekly roundup of new construction, development and businesses. → Read More

Ada homes prices set another record as buyers fight over scarce homes

The median price of a home in Ada County has jumped nearly $50,000 since early 2018. New-home buyers are pressed to find anything under $250,000. → Read More

Jerry’s Market operated for six decades. On Tuesday, it was demolished. For this.

Jerry’s 27th Street Market, which served Boise’s West End for 64 years, and the former Islamic Center were torn down to make room for a four-building complex of townhouses to be named the Corner at Whitewater. → Read More

There’s a grassy lot next to Boise Towne Square that could get a hotel like this soon

The Fairfield Inn, a Marriott brand proposed for Boise, would be the farthest hotel west for Brandt Hospitality Group of North Dakota. It would have 4 floors and 106 rooms. La Quinta operates a nearby hotel. → Read More

Could finger steaks make a comeback at The Torch Lounge? That’s where they originated

Milo Bybee sold iconic Idaho finger steaks for decades at The Torch Lounge on Main Street. The food was later replaced by bikini dancers. The Boise club and a second location are now for sale. → Read More

William Dunkley, purveyor of pianos and founder of Idaho’s Dunkley Music, dies

William Dunkley wasn’t satisfied with customers coming into his store, Dunkley Music, in Boise. He regularly hopped into his plane and landed on farm fields so he could knock on doors in smaller communities. → Read More

The Cole School site has stood vacant for a decade. Now it may be developed at last.

A Boise developer is seeking a zone change to bring retail, commercial uses and possibly housing to the old Cole School lot at Cole Road and Fairview Avenue. The site is one of the few open lots along that stretch. → Read More

Prolific Idaho winemaker is selling his Koenig brand. No, not to a California company

Greg Koenig built Koenig Vineyards into one of Idaho’s leading wine producers. He resisted selling to a corporation or California buyer and found a nearby winery to take on his Sunnyslope operation. → Read More

Canyon County, Idaho, home prices just set another record

They can't afford Ada County, Idaho, so they're flocking to its less expensive neighbor to the west. → Read More

Apartments in downtown Meridian. A Boise school upgrade. See what’s coming near you

A renovated gym and performing arts addition at Boise High School, and a Boise Airport parking garage, are among new developments in construction and businesses in Boise, Meridian, Garden City, Nampa and Kuna. → Read More