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Chamber Members 'chill' out together at Chamber Day at Bogus Basin

For the fifth year, the Boise Chamber teamed up with Bogus Basin to host our members for a snow day! More than 200 members attended the event and enjoyed the mountainsides on skis, snowboards, and snowshoes. 

Meet Collin Rudeen, a Local Brewer with National Recognition

What makes Boise Brewing so unique to our city? It's not just about beer, it's also about you. They provide a one-of-a-kind experience for every person and member that walks through their door. 

It's a Wonderful Life with Downtown Boise Association's Executive Director

In a city where there's "so much to do and only one place to be," we're thankful to have the Downtown Boise Association as the leader of our vibrant downtown community.

Meet ACHD Director Bruce Wong - a man who lives by 'service before self'

You might expect Ada County Highway District Director Bruce Wong to tell you about the important trends in his industry – and he will. But he’ll also tell you his favorite hobby in the summer is to ride his Harley. Did you know?

Day Eight: This Blog's Caboose

Last night the Empire Builder dropped us and two other Idaho souls off just before midnight at the Sandpoint station. We walked about 100 yards back to the faithful Best Western Edgewater Hotel, which we left in the middle of the night a couple of days ago.  Despite the strange hours we kept at this accommodation, I don't think they thought we were shady Mr. and Mrs. Smith types.  Indeed, they where most gracious.

Day Seven: West to Idaho

Pancakes were served in the dining car this morning at 8:00am as the Empire Builder approached Minot, ND.  There are 34 stops between Chicago and Sandpoint. A handful of these are slightly extended stops where you can hop off the train take a short walk, or try and find a newspaper box.  Minot is one such stop.  I scored three newspapers today at each of our hop offs: The Minot daily, The Williston Daily, and The Great Falls Daily, which I picked up in Havre, MT.  A different high school sports story headlined all three papers today, which I thought was cool.

Day Six: On The railRoad Again

We appreciated our time on terra firma, and Chicago is always a great town to visit, even if it's just for a day and a half.  This morning we had breakfast at the Palmer House and stocked up on famous Garrett's Popcorn for the long trip home. Popcorn, in various fatty flavors, seems to be one of the four major food groups here in Chicago along with pizza, hot dogs and beer.

Day Five: Let's Play, Too

Sleeping in is one of the great pleasures in life, and felt just fine today in a big bed that does not fold up like something in a Transformers movie.  Yes, we were spoiled by the Palmer House bed, breakfasts, and bathrooms that don't move when you use them.

Day Four: The Sixth State

This morning came with a wakeup call stating that we were nearing the Twin Cities, and would be pulling into Union Depot St. Paul.  I was eager for this stop, as the train stays at the station for about 45 minutes there and you can get off and walk around for more than a couple minutes.

Day Three: All Aboard!

Our wakeup call came at 1:00am today, and we checked out and said goodbye to the friendly folks of the Sandpoint Best Western Edgewater Hotel, and staggered our way across the train tracks to Sandpoint's Grand Central Station.  According to the Amtrak Website and App, which was great to use to check Train #28's status, Sandpoint supposedly has no station shelter, rest rooms, or existence.  Thankfully, there is now a newly remodeled little station house which we camped out in awaiting our 2:35am train.

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