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Posts published in “Day: April 23, 2015”

Getting smarter cheaper

frazier DAVID


It may not have blue turf, but CWI is moving to Boise along with about every other institution of higher learning. The school is growing faster than a seal pup and the trustees voted to buy the old Bob Rice Ford land along the Boise River at Main Street.

The financing for construction will require approval of two-thirds of voters, but given the success of the school we see it as a good bet to pass. The secret will be a straight forward proposal asking permission to sell bonds.

Here is the release from College of Western Idaho:

Today, College of Western Idaho (CWI) Board of Trustees approved entering into an agreement to purchase approximately 10 acres of land at 3150 W. Main St. which is located at the intersection of Main and Whitewater Park Blvd. adjacent to the Boise River. The site which was previously the home of the Bob Rice Ford car dealership is planned for future development of programs to support the educational needs of the surrounding communities.

Since its first class offering in January 2009, College of Western Idaho’s enrollment has skyrocketed. This fall 10,217 credit students and an additional 10,480 non-credit program students enrolled across the College’s campuses in Nampa and Boise, community locations, and online. This record enrollment included more than 7,000 students attending classes at various leased Ada County locations including the current Ada County Campus at Overland and Maple Grove in Boise.

CWI is forming a steering committee and will look to engage the community and surrounding neighbors as part of the planning discussions scheduled later this year. The intent is that the new site will enable the College to move from existing leased locations and expand the programs offered including, general academic transfer programs, business, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and expand its workforce and technical education programs. (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

CWI buys new Boise lot (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Taking a look at some of the new school tests (IF Post Register)
Review board named for NNU (Nampa Press Tribune)
Federal sage grouse plan expected in next 2 months (TF Times News)

Eugene city likely will have more revenue (Eugene Register Guard)
Concerns raised over candidates in debates (Eugene Register Guard)
Speakers talk about pot, kids (KF Herald & News)
Credit transfers considered at Klamath schools (KF Herald & News)
Bill hits left lane abusers (Medford Tribune)
Medford charter school's terms reconsidered (Medford Tribune)
Gray wolf may fall from the endangered (Medford Tribune)
Major solar power array planned near Umatilla (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Hot debate over gun background check bill (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)

Kitsap teachers consider joining school walkout (Bremerton Sun)
Georgia Pacific in labor talks (Longview News)
School fund plan would rely more on state (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
CenturyLink dinged $16m for 911 outage (Olympian)
Speed limit study would precede raise (Spokane Spokesman, Yakima Herald Republic)
Clark Co may pass e-cigarette regulations (Vancouver Columbian)