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  • March 31, 2011 8:27 AM | Sandy Anderson

    Trevor Schaefer's story is one of survival. As a young teen, he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Discovering he was one of several in his hometown of McCall, Idaho, Trevor and his mother Charlie Smith, began the long trek to identify  a chemical-related cancer cluster.

    Trevor founded the Trevor's Trek Foundation for cancer victims with the goal to educate others about toxic environments and its effect on communities. Trevor testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Washington DC this past week. One voice speaking on behalf of cancer victims whose diagnoses are related to toxic environments.

    Buy Idaho is proud to partner with Trevor's Trek Foundation to help educate others regarding cancer found in concentrated areas in specific time periods. Thank you, Trevor, for the courage to be the voice of experience and educating the rest of us because knowledge is the best ammunition to fight with. To read more about Trevor and his cause, go to

  • March 29, 2011 8:52 AM | Sandy Anderson

    Buy Idaho member, Idaho Magazine, just loves to tell Idaho history stories and

    feature Idaho cities and landmarks.


    Publisher Kitty Fleishman writes; Our May 2006 issue, our ninth to go online, has

    been up for a couple of weeks now. I hope you've had a chance to go online and

    read it. The Spotlight City is Homedale In Owyhee County on the beautiful Snake River 

    with deep roots and lots of hometown spirit! There's a terrific story about 

    some of the Peruvian sheepherders who are working up in the Sawtooths, 

    and you'll laugh when you read the story about "How Walter Got Under the 

    Bear." There's the story about the Teddy Bear Lady of Challis, and lots more! 

    If you haven't read it yet, I hope you will. It will help you to see how our

    stories don't age, so information in older issues is just as valuable and 

    entertaining as it was the month it first appeared in print.

    Thanks Idaho Magazine for supporting Buy idaho! To read more go to


  • March 28, 2011 3:13 PM | Sandy Anderson

    Tutor Doctor Difference:

    At Tutor Doctor, we offer free consultations to understand the needs of each student and their family. Our goal is to perfectly match our students with the right tutor possessing the knowledge, expertise and passion for teaching. We also match the personality of the tutor with the student to maximize the learning process. We believe that learning should not be a chore- but something that is fun.

    Tutor Doctor offers our clients flexible scheduling that will allow our families the ability to work tutoring sessions into their busy lives. We work with our families and the local schools to understand the expectations in the classroom. Students are tutored based on the curriculum and content standards that are used in their everyday classroom. In addition, we utilize the unique Tutor Doctor building block learning process to fill in the gaps that students are missing to equip them to be successful in the classroom.

    Buy Idaho welcomes new member Tutor Doctor! To learn more go to

  • March 24, 2011 1:40 PM | Sandy Anderson

    It is said that one of the reasons Idaho cannot keep our young people home, is because of limited transportation opportunities.

    Valley Regional Transit is prepared to move ahead with building an 11.9 million transit hub in downtown Boise. This includes a multi-modal hub of 12 busses, a taxi center, parking garage, bicycle racks, restrooms, retail and office space. The City of Boise and Capital City Building Development will contribute approximately 2.4 million matching funds with federal funding supplying 9.5 million. If all things stay on schedule, building will begin the fall of 2012.

    Will this meet the transit needs for our young people who rely on other modes of transportation besides owning their own vehicle? Under VRT's Executive Director Kelli Fairless and Project Manager Rhonda Jalbert's leadership, it is a start in the right direction. Buy Idaho is proud to partner with Valley Regional Transit in promoting the Buy Idaho message: To Keep Idaho's Economy Strong...Buy Idaho Products and Services. To read about Valley Regional Transit, visit their website at  

  • March 23, 2011 10:36 AM | Sandy Anderson

    Idaho has some of the fascinating Idaho company stories around. Did you you know that your favorite tea, Bigelow Tea is packaged in Boise, Idaho?

    The Bigelow Tea Company was founded over 60 years ago. It is still a family owned operation that expanded their love of tea to include three plant operations, with one located here in Idaho. Plant Manager Tony Greer gave Barbara and me a tour of his operation located in Boise. They employ approximately 60 people and package over 100 tea varieties, shipping to customers all over the world. Their "on the Web" gift store carries over ninety gift items for the tea lover.

    The Bigelow Tea Company has been a Buy Idaho member for 22 years and Buy Idaho is proud to partner with them to promote the Buy Idaho message: To keep Idaho's Economy Strong...Buy Idaho Products and Services. To visit Bigelow Tea's website go to


  • March 23, 2011 9:52 AM | Sandy Anderson

    Idaho resident Dorthy Tobin creates beautiful art with fused glass. "I love it's versatility; it can be cut at sharp angles or manipulated into loose, gravity-defined shapes" says Dorothy. Her creative talent manifests itself into contempory jewlery, decorative wall art, pendant lighting and other gifts. Raised in Nampa and currently residing in Boise, Dorothy thanks everyone who shops and supports local artists. 

    When you Buy Idaho, it's a win win for everyone. Come to the Buy Idaho Showroom located at 8th Street Marketplace and see Dorothy's beautiful creations.

  • March 21, 2011 2:05 PM | Sandy Anderson

    We are very excited to welcome Air St. Luke's. They service southern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada with helicopters that are 'airborne critical care units'. Along with highly trained, professional personnel and state of the art equipment, they provide the best care available for medical emergencies.

    I live an hour north of Boise and many people ask me if I'm concerned with living so far from medical facilities. My response has always been "Not when I can be air-flighted to a hospital in 20 minutes, and that being a shorter time than when I lived in the Treasure Valley"!

    Thanks Air St. Luke's for providing such a critical service that can make the difference between life and well, serious medical issues. And thanks for supporting the Buy Idaho message: That to keep Idaho's economy strong...Buy Idaho! To read about Air St. Luke's go their website

  • March 18, 2011 3:57 PM | Sandy Anderson
    Idaho Pale Ale Brewed Only with Idaho Malt, Hops.
    VICTOR, ID -- Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional craft brews, has created what might be the first-ever all-Idaho beer, named “Idaho Pale Ale.” This exceptionally flavorful India Pale Ale (IPA)-style brew was crafted only with hops grown in Southwest Idaho, high country barley grown and malted in Southeast Idaho, and pure Teton mountain spring water.
    The hops are the highlight of this beer, providing a big resinous flavor and a persistent bitterness. A light body and clean malt character allow the hops to shine through with tremendous clarity. Hop heads across the country will be delighted to see that the brewers in Idaho can craft an IPA every bit as hoppy as their west coast counterparts.
    “We’ve long maintained that Teton Valley, Idaho is the best place in the world to craft beer,” said Brewmaster Rob Mullin.  “For the first time ever we’ve been able to prove it with an exclusively Idaho-sourced beer. “  
    All of Grand Teton Brewing Company’s beers are made with barley grown in Southeastern Idaho and malted just down the road in Pocatello, Idaho.  “The farmers in Teton Valley, Idaho grow the best malting barley in the world,” said Mullin, “and we’re quite proud of the barley grown by our neighbors ‘out down below’undefinedat lower elevations in Southeastern Idaho--as well.”
    “This beer is now possible because Idaho hop farmers are no longer tied to exclusive contracts with the world’s largest brewery,” Mullin continued.  “We’ve been extremely impressed with the quality of these local hops and are inspired to use more and more of them.”  
    For this inaugural Idaho-only brew Grand Teton Brewing Company’s Head Brewer Marks Lanham chose the hops Zeus and Bravo, both relatively new varieties well suited to the IPA style.  “Zeus are high-alpha hops with an intense lemony-citrus flavor, and Bravo contributes a wonderfully pleasant, pungent aroma,” enthused Lanham.
    Grand Teton Brewing Company has always brewed with pure Teton mountain spring water. “For my money, ours is the best water on Earth,” claimed Brewmaster Mullin.  “We’re brewing with pure, clean Teton mountain glacier water, filtered over the course of 300-500 years by Teton mountain limestone and granite before it surfaces at a spring a half mile from the brewery.  We don’t treat our brewing water or add anything to it.  It’s been our passion over the years to create the best-possible beers to showcase our special Victor, Idaho water.”
    Idaho Pale Ale will debut the week of March 21 at several of the best craft beer bars and restaurants in and around San Francisco, home of the 2011 Craft Brewers’ Conference (March 23-26.) It will also make limited draft-only appearances at Grand Teton Brewing Company’s Victor, Idaho brewpub.  
    “This beer is already a favorite of the brewers.  If it gets a positive response, we promise to brew it again in the future,” concluded Mullin.  “In fact, we’ve already started talking about a fresh-hop version for the fall.”
    The first batch of Idaho Pale Ale is available on draft at select locations in California and at the Grand Teton Brewpub in Victor, Idaho.  Other Grand Teton Brewing Company beers can be found in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming!  Call the brewery at 1-888-899-1656 for information and availability on this exciting new product.

  • March 16, 2011 11:03 AM | Sandy Anderson
    Beginning Memorial Weekend, gift stores at Idaho State Parks will focus products made in Idaho. According to an article written by Audrey Dutton in the Idaho Statesman, the state parks are embracing the opportunity to showcase and sell quality Idaho products. Since the state parks are an "Idaho" product too; they want to sell Idaho candy, wine, potato chips, salsa, other food items, souvenirs and clothes. Buy Idaho is proud to partner with Idaho State Parks in sharing the message that to keep Idaho's economy strong, Buy Idaho products and services.For more information on Buy Idaho, go to our website
  • March 07, 2011 1:23 PM | Sandy Anderson

    Buy Idaho member Treasure Valley Coffee is the Cheers of the Coffee World according to Retail manager Cecelia Zangria. Customers come from all over the valley to have their favorite coffee. In addition to their retail shop, they roast 40,000lbs coffee beans and deliver to more than 6000 businesses. Talk about a recipe for success! Read about them in Buy Idaho member, Idaho Business Review's, March 4th edition. It's a great article. And check out Treasure Valley Coffee's website 


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