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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

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About Idaho Business News:
This section deals mainly with Mountain Home business but I also expand my horizons and cover news from Boise or other areas of Idaho.  Business news items I like to cover are store openings, closings and opinions.


Moved to Bondy Blogs

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The BondyWeb.Com is moving to a new domain, website and platform on 01 January, 2014.  The new website won't be any better for you, the reader.  But it will be better for me, the author, writer and maintainer of my personal website. 

This website, BondyWeb.Com, will remain active, readable and full of old great content but you'll not see any updates.
All updates, new posts and new stories can be seen on the BondyBlogs.Com website where my traditional rock hounding, gold panning and outrageous adventures will be chronicled.

So head on over to the website too see what's new:


Tim Bondy

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 14:29

Hope You Had a Great Halloween 2013

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Addie enjoyed Halloween 2013.  Thanks to all the parents and children who came by, got some treats and petted my knuckle-headed dog.  She loved it!

Hopefully we'll see you next year.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 08:01

Views From the Fall Harvest Fest 2013

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Mt Home Harvest Festival

Mountain Home, Idaho celebrates the end of the harvest season with an annual festival every October. The 17th Annual Fall Harvest Festival was held on October 5th, 2013. The BondyWeb.Com went to it and this my review.
The Great, the Bad and the Ugly Harvest
I parked in downtown Mountain Home around 12:15PM or about 2 hours after the Harvest Festival kicked-off. The crowds didn't appear to be as big as last year but what would they expect without any true local promotion on the internet?
My 1st stop was the new fly fishing shop in town called Off The Hook Fly Fishing. Always fun to stop in to get some tips on where the trout are biting. I wasn't disappointed but will let you stop in this shop to get the latest info. No really, do it!
Address: 310 E 2nd N St, Mountain Home, ID 83647
Musicians from Harvest Festival













I walked all the streets where booths and vendors were set up. Maybe it was the cool weather or maybe no one knew about the 2013 Harvest Festival but there were very few booths and vendors this year. Really disappointing for me as I enjoy all these entrepreneurs selling their stuff.

There were a few new and memorable booths but for the most part, the vendors were either the same as last year or the usual "farmers market" vendors. I was asked a number of times if I knew where the Dinner with a Farmer and scarecrow contest was located. I didn't and neither did most people. Never a good sign when "the crowd" cannot find events in our downtown area.
Food For "Scarce-Crows?
Food is one of those things people look forward to when going to any festival but when it's a "harvest festival", I envision foods of all kinds, especially with a local flavor. But that wasn't the case at this festival...Food vendors were scarce. Obviously not the organizers fault but you'd think local restaurants would make an strong showing. And where was that "Dinner for a Farmer" event anyway?
Cacicia’s Old World Sicilian Food Truck
The highlight of the day was my second food truck experience ever. The first food truck I ever ate at was a mobile taco stand in downtown Boston, MA back in 2007 and it was excellent. With the lack of food vendors at the 2013 Mountain Home Harvest Festival, I decided to splurge and eat at Cacicia's (Kah-She-Shuhs) Old World Sicilian Food Truck that was here for the event. ( I had their Festival Special Called "Blu Cheese Philly Steak Sandwich". It was tasty but a little more Philly steak would have made it worth the $8.50 price tag.
Been Here Before and Reviewed It Before
I complained the City of Mountain Home didn't promote the October 5th 2013 Fall Harvest Festival in my previous post. So I decided someone should care enough to review this event I reviewed back in 2010 at this link:
Chamber of Commerce Fails Too
Chamber of Commerce Mountain Home Idaho
The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2013 Fall Harvest Festival and their local on-line promotion was almost as underwhelming as that found on the city website. F.A.I.L
The Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
Festival Food: 1 Star
Festival Entertainment: 4 Stars
Festival Booths or Vendors: 2 Stars
Overall 2013 Harvest Festival Rating: 2 Stars
Thanks for reading and come back soon.
Tim Bondy / BondyWeb.Com
Last Updated on Sunday, 06 October 2013 10:22

Advertise Your Business on the BondyWeb Website

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(Last Updated: 20 January 2012)

Want people in Idaho to see your business? I have a good opportunity for you. Advertise your business on the BondyWeb and see if you get any business from it. The cost is rather high at $40.00 but you get a banner prominently displayed on every page of my website.

This is how it works
1. We agree to the $40 fee for the 1st month.
2. I create a small banner like you see on the front of this website. Or you can create it and send it to me.
3. The banner will be linked to:
- A “business highlight page”. This is a webpage that contains basic information about your business. This information will be provided by you but formatted for the Internet by me. Or...
- A link to your current business website.
4. An article published on the front page of this website. I would prefer to come to your business, interview you, take some video and pictures and then write up a story.
5. After 1 month, the ad will end but can be republished each month at $55.
6. This is an all cash offer only to defray the costs maintaining this website for the last 4 years.

The Banner You Get

Sample Banner Ad on the BondyWeb for Boise and Mountain Home

(size 220 px by 120 px)

Why Would You Do This?
I really don't know why you would do this. In reality you should already have a business website and be marketing it to its fullest. But if you would like to give this a try, I believe your business will gain some benefits from advertising on the BondyWeb. I make no promises or guarantees other than your advertisement will be there 24 hours a day 7 days a week for 30 straight days.

Who Visits the BondyWeb website?
A fair number of people visit this website each day. During the 1st 19 days of January 2012, I had over 1,400 unique visitors and almost 3,000 total readers. Google tells me about 80% of my visitors come from the Boise and Mountain Home, Idaho area.

The Truth is Out There
So, there you have it. I don't have a huge number of visitors but the people who would see your ad are pretty local and have an interest in the local area. You could probably do better at the Mountain Home News website but I offer a loyal following of people interested in outdoor activities and to a lesser extent political issues.

Get Your Exclusive Ad
Just contact me using my Contact Us form. I will get back to you and will start the whole process of getting you noticed on the Internet.


Tim and Toni Bondy
Owner/Operator of the BondyWeb

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2012 22:13

Event Review - Brian Bateman Blend Concert in the Park

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(Friday July 13th, 2012) The Mountain Home Arts Council hosted their first "Summer Concert in the Park" event featuring the Brian Bateman Blend Band. Being Friday the 13th, I was a little concerned about attending but I'm glad I did. Look for the link for the video I took.

Brian Bateman Blend Band plays event in Mountain Home Idaho

See the video taken and produced by "The Bondyweb" from this concert at

A Little Ditty About It
The concert was held in the usual spot at Carl Miller Park right off American Legion Blvd. We got lucky there was a break in the weather as the days leading up to this event were extremely hot and smoky. And Friday afternoon gave us a light refreshing off and on rain that kept temperatures in the "great for a concert range".

The Brian Bateman Blend Band played some very good music. It was a little harder rock music than I've come to expect from these "Concerts in the Park" and for me that's a good thing. The eclectic crowd of about 300 or so folks seemed to really enjoy the music.

About the only thing I was disappointed about was the "local business booths". Usually a bunch of local businesses set up shop in the back part of the park offering food, drinks and cool and unusual local products. Instead only 2 businesses showed up…Common Ground and the Snowcone People.

Hear More, See More and Support Them
The Brian Bateman Blend played their heart out for us. I don't think they got paid for this so if would like to "give back" consider buying some music from them. Find out more about this band and how to get your very own copy of at:

Next Concert is Soon
I'm sure the marketing folks in Mountain Home and Elmore County will get the word out on the next concert. Find them on the web somewhere but I do know The Sweetback Sisters will be playing soon.
See their website at:


This "blog post" dedicated to the friendly and forward thinking folks in Fairfield, Idaho

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 09:38

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