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  • February 13, 2018 2:29 PM | Sandy Anderson (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    CONTACT: Craig Bartschi, Owner Idaho Springs Water Co., 208-318-1540, craig@idahospringswater.com

    Nampa, Idaho. (February 12, 2018) – Idaho Springs Water has been a locally-owned and operated beverage distribution company in Idaho since 1993. The company services commercial and residential customers throughout central and southeast Idaho, with manufacturing and distribution facilities in Nampa and Twin Falls. In addition to water delivery, Idaho Springs Water offers water treatment solutions and Keurig Coffee brewing systems. Recently, the company added small batch, fresh roasted coffees from Idaho Roasting Company.

    In 2005, Idaho Roasting Company was founded locally in Meridian, Idaho by owner Ron Paul. Paul built a reputation in Idaho for providing high quality, hand-crafted coffee blends using only 100% Arabica coffee beans from coffee growing regions around the world.

    The two locally-owned, Idaho brands merged in November 2017. “The transition was a natural fit,” said Idaho Springs Water owner, Craig Bartschi. “We shared many of the same accounts, so it was seamless for current customers and gave us the opportunity to provide a new high-quality, coffee delivery option to potential customers.”

    As Idaho Springs Water expands, it has not lost sight of its’ Idaho beginnings. Their delivery vehicles display an award-winning graphic wrap depicting the mountains and rivers of Idaho. The company prides themselves on creating a family-friendly culture that employs about 14 local employees. Craig’s wife Pam serves as office manager, son, Brandon Bartschi, is the route sales manager and son Jason is the service manager.

    Idaho Springs Water and Idaho Roasting Company have both been long-time supporters and members of Buy Idaho. Sandy Anderson, Executive Director of Buy Idaho said, “We are proud to promote these two local, Idaho companies. It is always exciting to see Idaho companies collaborate to succeed and grow. We look forward to continuing our partnership under this new marketing model”.


  • February 07, 2018 2:25 PM | Sandy Anderson (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Ashten Goodenough, a.goodenough@dcidaho.org

    Boise, ID - Spring is near and water, water, will soon be everywhere. Back by popular demand, H 2 Whoa! is making another splash in Idaho’s only hands-on science center starting February 10, 2018.

    Have you ever wondered which household item uses the most water? Or which animal can survive months without a single drop of it? Did you know a giant water pump can move 150,000 gallons of water per second? Or that the United States alone consumes over 50 billion bottles of water each year, and only about 13% of these bottles are recycled?

    Water is precious, scarce, fascinating, and essential for life. With a dozen unique interactive exhibits, the Discovery Center’s immersive exhibition keeps water science fresh and fun.

    Discover more at H 2 Whoa! Disclaimer to parents: Kids will not walk out of this exhibition soaking wet. No change of clothes required. But they will walk out with a smile and a better understanding of how water impacts nearly everything in our daily lives.

    Sponsors

    H2Whoa is made possible by our presenting sponsor, SUEZ, and our exclusive media partner, KBOI 2.

    About the Center

    The Discovery Center is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization. The -museum is an interactive science center featuring exhibits and educational programs that offer authentic, sensory experiences making science, technology, engineering, and math tangible for people of all ages and from all walks of life.

    Admission Prices & Hours

    Admission prices will be FREE for members, $12 for adults 18+, $11 for seniors 65+, $10 for youth 2-17, FREE for children under 2. $1 discounts for active military and veterans. We’re open 10am to 5pm Monday-Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sundays.

    For more information: dcidaho.org | 208.287.4220 | 131 Myrtle St. Boise, ID 83702


  • January 17, 2018 2:15 PM | Sandy Anderson (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Kyra Gray, Wood River Naturals, info@woodrivernatrals.com, 208-720-2328

    Local small business in Twin Falls, Idaho seeks supporters for their Kickstarter campaign to bring their new all natural, mineral sunscreen to market. Twin Falls, ID: Today, Wood River Naturals, a small business that handcrafts natural home & body products, announced the launch of their Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for SPF testing and approval for their new natural sunscreen formula. The sunscreen is formulated with natural oils and butters that also soothe, nourish, and moisturize the skin. It is simply made and safe for all ages (even pets)! It is also coral-reef safe and biodegradable. They will be sending in samples of their sunscreen to the lab to get tested and approved according to FDA regulations and need the community’s help to raise funds as the price is significant. Kickstarter campaign runs until February 20, 2018 at the following weblink:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1787696525/100-natural-sunscreen-by-wood-rivernaturals 

    Raffle tickets for a $100 gift card to the Wood River Naturals online store will be given out to those who “share” the campaign on Facebook. One ticket given for every share. Drawing takes place Feb 21, 2018.

    About: Wood River Naturals handcrafts natural home & body products in small batches, as ordered. They have a wonderful product line that is simple and effective, using pure, premium ingredients. You can find out more information about Wood River Naturals on their website www.woodrivernatural.com or on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/woodrivernaturals


  • September 27, 2017 2:13 PM | Sandy Anderson (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Hannah Mae Schaeffer h.schaeffer@dcidaho.org

    Discovery Center of Idaho to host MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition from October 21, 2017 – January 21, 2018

    BOISE, IDAHO – MythBusters, the Discovery Channel’s Emmy® nominated TV series first launched in 2003, is coming to life at the Discovery Center of Idaho with MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. The original TV series inspired a generation to inquire, interact and get involved with science using experimentation to prove or disprove popular myths, misconceptions, or legends. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition will provide the community an opportunity to do the same.

    Co-hosts Adam Savage and Jaime Hyneman were heavily involved throughout the development of the exhibition to ensure guests experience a true mythbusting encounter. "It's exciting to see fans take on some of our favorite experiments from the show while drawing their own conclusions and data," said Savage. "Although they are tackling the same myths and questions, each guest can have a unique experience within the exhibit."

    Guests of the Discovery Center will learn about myths, MythBusters the series, and what experimenting is all about by participating in a series of fun, hands-on experiences. Experiments cover topics such as flight, friction, gravity, speed, and combustion. The exhibition showcases:

    · Blueprint Room – Based on the real-life operations room of the MythBusters’ iconic set, this room acts as an introduction to mythbusting and is filled with gadgets, props, video and, of course, blueprints used by the hosts to explore myths on the show.

    · Workshop – This is the place where guests turn into investigators and use real science to test myths. Guests discover whether they get more wet running versus walking in the rain and find out if toast really does always land buttered-side down.

    Discovery Center’s Educator, Robert Klusaw, says, ‘We are excited to host this exhibition because it introduces kids and families to the Scientific Method while exploring and testing your favorite myths from the show.’ The Discovery Center of Idaho is ready to throw cards, dodge bullets, and run in the rain with Idaho’s community in this exciting exhibition opening October 21st!

    VIP & Media Party

    On October 20th from 7pm to 9pm, the Center will host an exclusive VIP & Media Party for Discovery Center members, invited donors and local press to mingle with the people who helped develop the exhibition.

    Discovery Center of Idaho

    The Discovery Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 interactive science center featuring exhibits and educational programs that offer authentic, sensory experiences making science, engineering, math, and technology tangible for people of all ages and from all walks of life.

    Admission Prices & Hours

    Admission prices during MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition will be FREE for members, $18 for adults 18+, and $14 for youths 2-17. $1 discounts for active military and veterans. Open 10am to 5pm Monday-Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sundays.

    Local Sponsors

    The Discovery Center of Idaho would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Idaho STEM Action Center and supporting sponsors, Lamar Advertising and KBOI Channel 2 News.

    About MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition

    MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition was created by Discovery Communications and Exhibits Development Group (EDG), in partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) and Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates (GMC+A). MythBusters, the series, is developed and produced by Beyond Entertainment Limited. Financing for this exhibition has been made possible by Olympus Capital Investments, LLC, a unit of Olympus Holdings, LLC.

    About Discovery Communications

    Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than two billion cumulative subscribers in 223 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 162 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of 20 television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is the leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of digital textbooks, and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

    About Exhibits Development Group (EDG)

    EDG is dedicated to the development, production, marketing and distribution of traveling museum exhibitions and cultural projects. EDG also serves as a partner to other exhibition organizers, museums, foundations and collection owners in the U.S. and abroad in the care and stewardship of their exhibitions and collections. EDG’s mission is to initiate and promote international cultural and intellectual exchange by bringing high-quality traveling exhibitions of art, science, and history to broad and diverse audiences. For more information, please visit exhibitsdevelopment.com.

    About Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates (GMCA):

    GMCA is an innovative consulting company to support the development and execution of new and vibrant educational, hands-on, minds-on experiences. GMC+A’s goal is to integrate new, cutting-edge technologies, environmental design and emotional storytelling with tantalizing visual audio and tactile experiences making exhibitions more personal artistic, fun, educational and memorable. For more information, please visit gmcurley.com.


  • August 30, 2017 2:07 PM | Sandy Anderson (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: beermail@grandtetonbrewing.com

    VICTOR, ID – Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional craft brews, is proud to announce two new product releases for Fall 2017: Black Cauldron Imperial Stout and American Sour 2016. 

    After a two year hiatus, Black Cauldron Imperial Stout makes its return as part of Grand Teton’s seasonal lineup and will be available in 12 ounce six packs and both one-half and one-sixth barrel kegs beginning in September. The flavor of Black Cauldron is velvety smooth and roasty with dark chocolate and a hint of smoke. The aroma is full of biscuit, toffee, coffee and smoke.

     

    The brewers at Grand Teton recommend pairing Black Cauldron with full-flavored grilled or roasted meats. Rich desserts like chocolate cake, truffles, fruit tarts, caramel flan or crème brûlée are also excellent matches.

    American Sour 2016 is Grand Teton Brewing’s third release of American Sour in their Brewers’ Series. The brewers hand-selected each barrel for blending to create a truly one of a kind Grand Teton Brewing sour beer. By aging this beer in a wide range of barrels, the brewers know that they selected and blended the highest quality beer. Like all beers in their theiour Brewers’ Series, they expect this beer to robustly stand the test of time. If stored properly, American Sour 2016 should continue to develop its sour characteristics for years.

    The previous releases of American Sour have been highly awarded, including medals in the North American Beer Awards, US Open Beer Championship and the esteemed Festival of Barrel Aged Beers. With this year’s version created as a blend of their base pale sour aged in oak barrels, the brewers at Grand Teton expect the our 2016 version to be equally exceptional.

    American Sour 2016 will be released October 3, 2017 in 11.2 ounce bottles and one sixth barrel kegs.

    Grand Teton Brewing was founded in 1988 as the first modern craft brewery in Wyoming. Their premium handcrafted beers include the 15x Gold Medal Winning Bitch Creek American Brown Ale; 2014 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner 208 Session Ale; 2009 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner Sweetgrass APA; and, favorites of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Old Faithful Ale, Teton Range and Teton Amber.  From their production facility in Victor, Idaho, Grand Teton Brewing beers are handcrafted from only the finest ingredients, including locally grown grains, Idaho grown hops and pure Teton Mountain spring water.  Discriminating beer drinkers can find their favorite Grand Teton Brewing brews on tap and in bottles throughout Northern California, Colorado, Idaho, northern Illinoiss, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming.


  • May 26, 2017 1:38 PM | Sandy Anderson (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Hannah Mae Schaeffer, 208-287-4223, hschaeffer@dcidaho.org

    The Most Comprehensive Shark Exhibit to Ever Tour the World Comes to Discovery Center Idaho June 10th! Read all of the Details HERE.


  • May 10, 2017 1:32 PM | Sandy Anderson (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: tracy.williams@grandtetonbrewing.com

    VICTOR, ID – Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional craft brews, is proud to announce the release of Grapefruit Gose.

    Grand Teton Grapefruit Gose (say, “gose-uh”) is the ideal summer beer: light-bodied, low in alcohol, very flavorful, and thirst-quenching. This beer is the little brother to Grand Teton Brewing’s gold medal winning Gose released in Summer 2016. They brewed it following traditional German practices and added their own flair: the right amount of natural Yellowstone Mineral Salt and one half-pound of Ruby Red Grapefruit puree per gallon of beer. The brewers at Grand Teton Brewing masterfully blended these important ingredients to make Grapefruit Gose the perfect summer beer.

    Alcohol by Volume: 4.0% • International Bitterness Units: 6

    Grapefruit Gose will be available beginning in May 2017 in 12 ounce 6-packs and 1/6th and 1/2 bbl kegs.

    Grand Teton Brewing was founded in 1988 as the first modern craft brewery in Wyoming. Their premium handcrafted beers include the 15x Gold Medal Winning Bitch Creek American Brown Ale; 2014 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner 208 Session Ale; 2009 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner Sweetgrass APA; and, favorites of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Old Faithful Ale and Teton Amber. From their production facility in Victor, Idaho, Grand Teton Brewing beers are handcrafted from only the finest ingredients, including locally grown grains, Idaho grown hops and pure Teton Mountain spring water. Discriminating beer drinkers can find their favorite Grand Teton Brewing brews on tap and in bottles throughout California, Colorado, Idaho, northern Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming.


  • February 06, 2017 1:21 PM | Sandy Anderson (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Louise OldenKamp, www.EvenStevens.com, loldenkamp@evenstevens.com

    Just a year after opening their Boise location, Even Stevens Boise has been able to donate one hundred thousand sandwiches to four local non-profit organizations with the buy-one-give-one model, these four non-profits include: The Idaho Foodbank, Boise Rescue Mission, Corpus Christi House, and St. Vincent de Paul. Samuel Grenny, 

    Engagement Director for Even Stevens Sandwiches notes “When our team made its first trip to Boise in late 2015 to consider it for a future home for Even Stevens we fell in love at first site. Downtown Boise was everything we dreamed of in a community partner – a progressive culinary scene, thriving craft brewers and roasters, and an absolutely astounding commitment to local art (Freak Alley… need I say more?). What sold us on Boise initially was that it is just so damn cool. So it comes as no surprise to us that Even Stevens Boise just set the record for fastest location in company history to reach 100 thousand sandwiches donated. “Even Stevens remains an inspiring community partner! We truly appreciate the wide scope and positive impact Even Stevens continues to have on our community. Be assured that the essential and high quality food supplies you provide are being put to good use and meet the foundational needs of our hungry and homeless guests on a daily basis. Thank you for your commitment to quality and community!” – Jason Billester, Boise Rescue Mission

    What we do each day depends on our community, “we are grateful. We are speechless. We cannot do what we do without our customers – or rather, our contributors – and we are overwhelmed by the number of Boiseans who helped make this possible. We literally cannot wait to see what the future holds.”-Grenny

    Even Stevens Boise will celebrate hitting this milestone on May 1st by handing out commemorative T-shirts, dancing to beats from a DJ, and engaging guests in conversation about the amazing non-profit partners they work with every day. Even Stevens, a Salt Lake City craft-casual restaurant, serves up sandwiches, salads, bites and local fair (beer, specialty coffee, bread, bakery sweets) unique to each store’s location. By offering fresh perspectives on nostalgic recipes, the “anti-cookie cutter” brand honors tradition while leaving an open door for creativity.

    Beyond creating a craft dining experience for guests, the brand donates a sandwich to a local non-profit partner for every sandwich sold. Since their conception in 2014, they are now donating more than 10,000 sandwiches per month within each market. Allowing non-profit partners to save cash on feeding clients and instead direct their resources towards life-changing programs."


  • January 25, 2017 1:17 PM | Sandy Anderson (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Guest Post by Koby Conrad via Green Majority

    If there's something that we can all agree on, it's that Idaho is a pretty amazing state. I grew up in Idaho & have been here my whole life. I went to Hillside, Boise High, and the University of Idaho. Over the last 4 years I've started three separate six figure companies that have provided over ~20 jobs to local Idahoans. I'm a native Idahoan who loves my state. I love my community. I love my neighbors.

    The mission of Buy Idaho is pretty simple (and amazing) in my opinion. It's to keep Idahoans spending their money in Idaho.

    I know how important our local economy is, because as a small business owner my companies depend on the local economy. If people weren't spending their money locally, myself and many other business owners would simply go out of business. We wouldn't be able to continue to provide jobs for our community.

    It's a funny concept. Our economy is kind of like a bathtub holding water, and there's only a certain amount of money that's in it.

    If people are spending their money outside of our state, our bathtub has holes in it. Money starts to pour out, draining the resources from the people who live in Idaho.

    And this concept of buying locally is why I want to talk to you about Cannabis. It's the year 2017. Idaho is an island of prohibition surrounded by states that have legalized Cannabis. This may not seem terribly important, especially if you do not consume Cannabis yourself.

    But I beg you to consider a very, very important fact. Idahoans are driving over the border to buy legal Cannabis. It's not just "a few" people who are doing this. Idaho is spending over $100 MILLION dollars every single year on legal Cannabis - in Oregon and Washington.

    Over the next 10 years, there is going to be over $1 BILLION dollars that leaves our economy from Idaho Cannabis enthusiasts spending their money outside of our great state. And this is going to have a real, devastating effect on our economy.

    Our bathtub isn't just leaking. The money is gushing out of our state.

    Now whether you think consuming Cannabis is "right" or "wrong" I beg you to consider a second fact. Idaho has already legalized medical meth & heroin. You can literally be prescribed these drugs from a doctor. The difference is that when you legalize a substance medically, you start regulating the industry.

    We need to regulate Medical Cannabis within Idaho. We can't let drug dealers & criminals be the people who decide whether or not Cannabis ends up in the hands of our youth. We can't let our economy collapse because we are the only state who is unwilling to regulate the industry.

    Medical legalization does not mean as a society we are "accepting" drug abuse. Addiction is bad, it doesn't matter if it's Cannabis, alcohol, heroin, or meth. Medical legalization simply means regulation. It means taxation. It means keeping our money in Idaho.

    That is why I started Green Majority. We are campaigning to legalize Medical Cannabis so we can have a real, honest, discussion about addiction, and so we can keep over $100M+/year from leaking out of the Idaho economy.

    Over the next 10 years, we can keep over a billion dollars in Idaho's economy through legalization, regulation, and taxation.

    It's time to plug the leaks in our bathtub. To learn more visit Magazine.GreenMajority.com.


  • January 19, 2017 1:13 PM | Sandy Anderson (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release: January 19, 2017

    Contact: Michelle Wallace, (208) 891-7617, michelle.wallace@ishs.idaho.gov

    Secondary Contact: Ryan Gerulf, (208) 258-5905, ryan.gerulf@ishs.idaho.gov

    Secretary of State Lawerence Denney Celebrates Event at Idaho State Capitol

    Boise, ID – Idahoans across the state celebrated Idaho Day, recognizing Abraham Lincoln signing the act that made Idaho a territory. Secretary of State Lawrence Denney read a proclamation announcing the event to a crowd of over 150 at the Idaho State Capitol, followed by performances from local school children.

    Former Legislator and Idaho Day Founder Linden Bateman said, “We love Idaho. Her name conjures images of wide open spaces, lovely winding rivers, and mountain skies fading into sunsets. Romance lies in her name. Freedom lies in her name.”

    In addition to the proclamation and school performances, Wade Vagias, Superintendent of the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve delivered a keynote address on the importance of partnerships between national and state parks to enhance the visitor experience. Students from the Boise School District also had their Idaho Day themed work on display in the Capitol Rotunda. “The Idaho Day celebrations have been an opportunity for all students in the Boise School District to honor Idaho’s heritage, and the district will continue to celebrate this special day in our schools,” said Chris Taylor, Social Studies and Science Supervisor for the Boise School District.

    Idaho Day was celebrated by numerous state agencies in several locations across the state to provide all Idahoans an opportunity to come together to celebrate our past. All Idahoans have a chance to share their “beautiful Idaho” with hashtags #myidaho, #beautifulidaho, and #idablue. For more information, contact Michelle Wallace at (208) 891-7617.


 

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