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Wine Industry of Idaho


While traveling Interstate 84 recently I saw a billboard for the Carmela Vineyards and wondered just how big the wine/grape industry has become on Idaho. Not that I'm a big wine drinker or have an itch to start a Mountain Home winery I was just curious. So I set out and investigated the Idaho grape and wine scene. I was surprised by the numbers.

Number of wineries in the pacific northwest statisic

* Wines Northwest
** Idaho Wines.Org

The Pacific Northwest Numbers

State/Province Number of Wineries 2008
Washington * 550
Oregon * 358
British Columbia * 138
Idaho ** 58

Did You Know – Idaho Wine
An Idaho Vineyard

  • The first winery in the Pacific Northwest was located in the Lewiston area of Idaho.
  • Idaho had some world renowned wines prior to the US Prohibition era.
  • Prohibition wiped out the wine industry until 1970.
  • In the 1970's, the wine industry returned to Idaho but this time in the Snake River Valley.
  • Approximately 58 wineries now call Idaho their home.
Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2008 00:26

Middle Fork of the Boise River Trip


Sunday was a day for either NFL Football or the USAF Thunderbird Demonstration Team at Mountain Home AFB right? Wrong! For me it was an opportunity to check out the Middle Fork of the Boise River near Atlanta, Idaho. So off I went. The temperature was hovering around 46 degrees as I left Mountain Home and bottomed out at 36 degrees near Featherville, Idaho. At one point on this September 14th, 2008 fishing trip the temperature hit 78F along side the Middle Fork.

The Middle Fork of the Boise River Road
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My route of travel took me from Mountain Home through Pine, Featherville, Rocky Bar and finally to the Middle Fork Road near Atlanta, Idaho...


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:44

How Long at Mountain Home AFB


With the The Gunfighter Skies 2008 Air Show being held on September 13 and 14, 2008 on Mountain Home Air Force Base, I decided to include some base statistics. As a retiree from the USAF, I often wondered how long Airmen stayed at any one place. I found the answer for our Enlisted members:

How long do they stay at Mountain Home AFB

The Numbers


Years on Station How Long Have They Been at Mountain Home AFB %
0-1 Years 1902 52.5%
2-3 Years 978 27.0%
4-5 Years 441 12.2%
6-7 Years 153 4.2%
8-9 Years 88 2.4%
10-11 Years 37 1.0%
12-13 Years 19 0.5%
14-15 Years 8 0.2%
Total 3626 100.0%

Air Force Personnel Center

As you can see by the graph and raw data, military personnel seen to move away from Mountain Home AFB starting around their third year. It appears that only a lucky few get to remain in Idaho 6 years or longer.

I wonder how many Airmen come back to MHAFB for a second or even third tour. I have talked to a number of folks who have come back to Mountain Home at least once. I guess the only way assure a longer stay is to do what I did. Retire and move here permanently.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2009 09:42

Boise River Fishing Trip Video


I caught the fishing bug real bad after a recent trip to Glacier National Park. I made a promise to myself to buy that darn old Idaho fishing license and get out on some of those world famous trout streams we have.

On Tuesday September 9th, 2008 I headed up to the South Fork of the Boise River after work and tried to catch some trout. While the 2 hours of fishing didn't result in any food for my table, it certainly did wonders for my mind, boy and soul. As they say, “a bad day fishing is better than a great day at work”.

Here is the 55 second video of just a small section of the South Fork of the Boise River on September 9th, 2008.

Can't see the YouTube Video???? Try clicking HERE.

See a Map of the South Fork of the Boise River
Boise River Map Link - South Fork

Mountain Home: 26 miles.
Boise: 75 miles but depends on your route.
Twin Falls: 110 miles.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:45

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