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  • BOISE

  • ABERDEEN

  • AHSAHKA

  • ALBION

  • ALMO

  • AMERICAN FALLS

  • ARBON

  • ARCO

  • ARIMO

  • ASHTON

  • ATHOL

  • ATLANTA

  • ATOMIC CITY

  • AVERY

  • BANCROFT

  • BANKS

  • BASALT

  • BAYVIEW

  • BELLEVUE

  • BERN

  • BLACKFOOT

  • BLANCHARD

  • BLISS

  • BLOOMINGTON

  • BONNERS FERRY

  • BOVILL

  • BRUNEAU

  • BUHL

  • BURLEY

  • CALDER

  • CALDWELL

  • CAMBRIDGE

  • CAREY

  • CAREYWOOD

  • CARMEN

  • CASCADE

  • CASTLEFORD

  • CATALDO

  • CHALLIS

  • CHESTER

  • CLARK FORK

  • CLARKIA

  • CLAYTON

  • CLIFTON

  • COBALT

  • COCOLALLA

  • COEUR D ALENE

  • COLBURN

  • CONDA

  • COOLIN

  • CORRAL

  • COTTONWOOD

  • COUNCIL

  • CRAIGMONT

  • CULDESAC

  • DAYTON

  • DEARY

  • DECLO

  • DESMET

  • DIETRICH

  • DINGLE

  • DONNELLY

  • DOVER

  • DOWNEY

  • DRIGGS

  • DUBOIS

  • EAGLE

  • EASTPORT

  • EDEN

  • ELK CITY

  • ELK RIVER

  • ELLIS

  • EMMETT

  • FAIRFIELD

  • FELT

  • FENN

  • FERDINAND

  • FERNWOOD

  • FILER

  • FIRTH

  • FISH HAVEN

  • FORT HALL

  • FRANKLIN

  • FRUITLAND

  • GARDEN CITY

  • GARDEN VALLEY

  • GENESEE

  • GENEVA

  • GEORGETOWN

  • GIBBONSVILLE

  • GLENNS FERRY

  • GOODING

  • GRACE

  • GRAND VIEW

  • GRANGEVILLE

  • GREENCREEK

  • GREENLEAF

  • HAGERMAN

  • HAILEY

  • HAMER

  • HAMMETT

  • HANSEN

  • HARRISON

  • HARVARD

  • HAYDEN

  • HAZELTON

  • HEYBURN

  • HILL CITY

  • HOLBROOK

  • HOMEDALE

  • HOPE

  • HORSESHOE BEND

  • HOWE

  • HUSTON

  • IDAHO CITY

  • IDAHO FALLS

  • INDIAN VALLEY

  • INKOM

  • IONA

  • IRWIN

  • ISLAND PARK

  • JEROME

  • JULIAETTA

  • KAMIAH

  • KELLOGG

  • KENDRICK

  • KETCHUM

  • KIMBERLY

  • KING HILL

  • KINGSTON

  • KOOSKIA

  • KOOTENAI

  • KUNA

  • LACLEDE

  • LAKE FORK

  • LAPWAI

  • LAVA HOT SPRINGS

  • LEADORE

  • LEMHI

  • LENORE

  • LETHA

  • LEWISTON

  • LEWISVILLE

  • LOWMAN

  • LUCILE

  • MACKAY

  • MACKS INN

  • MALAD CITY

  • MALTA

  • MARSING

  • MAY

  • MCCALL

  • MCCAMMON

  • MEDIMONT

  • MELBA

  • MENAN

  • MERIDIAN

  • MESA

  • MIDDLETON

  • MIDVALE

  • MINIDOKA

  • MONTEVIEW

  • MONTPELIER

  • MOORE

  • MORELAND

  • MOSCOW

  • MOUNTAIN HOME

  • MOUNTAIN HOME A F B

  • MOYIE SPRINGS

  • MULLAN

  • MURPHY

  • MURRAY

  • MURTAUGH

  • NAMPA

  • NAPLES

  • NEW MEADOWS

  • NEW PLYMOUTH

  • NEWDALE

  • NEZPERCE

  • NORDMAN

  • NORTH FORK

  • NOTUS

  • OAKLEY

  • OLA

  • OLDTOWN

  • OROFINO

  • OSBURN

  • PARIS

  • PARKER

  • PARMA

  • PAUL

  • PAYETTE

  • PECK

  • PICABO

  • PIERCE

  • PINEHURST

  • PINGREE

  • PLACERVILLE

  • PLUMMER

  • POCATELLO

  • POLLOCK

  • PONDERAY

  • PORTHILL

  • POST FALLS

  • POTLATCH

  • PRESTON

  • PRIEST RIVER

  • PRINCETON

  • RATHDRUM

  • REUBENS

  • REXBURG

  • RICHFIELD

  • RIGBY

  • RIGGINS

  • RIRIE

  • ROBERTS

  • ROCKLAND

  • ROGERSON

  • RUPERT

  • SAGLE

  • SAINT ANTHONY

  • SAINT CHARLES

  • SAINT MARIES

  • SALMON

  • SANDPOINT

  • SANTA

  • SHELLEY

  • SHOSHONE

  • SHOUP

  • SILVERTON

  • SMELTERVILLE

  • SODA SPRINGS

  • SPENCER

  • SPIRIT LAKE

  • SPRINGFIELD

  • STANLEY

  • STAR

  • STITES

  • SUGAR CITY

  • SUN VALLEY

  • SWAN VALLEY

  • SWANLAKE

  • SWEET

  • TENDOY

  • TENSED

  • TERRETON

  • TETON

  • TETONIA

  • THATCHER

  • TROY

  • TWIN FALLS

  • UCON

  • VICTOR

  • VIOLA

  • WALLACE

  • WARREN

  • WAYAN

  • WEIPPE

  • WEISER

  • WENDELL

  • WESTON

  • WHITE BIRD

  • WILDER

  • WINCHESTER

  • WORLEY

  • YELLOW PINE
  • Does Phone Answering USA provide Automated Reception Services in Idaho?

    Phone Answering USA provides Automated Reception Services in Idaho. This package is simple and cost effective. This package includes a local phone number, unlimited calls, unlimited local & long distance minutes (in the continental US), unlimited call forwarding and up to 7 extensions.

    This package can be purchased on our website or by calling 702.943.0315

    Does Phone Answering USA provide Live 9am to 5pm Live Answering in Idaho?

    Phone Answering USA provides a Pay Per Call Live 9-5 Answering Service in Idaho. These call packages are designed for the company that does not need 24/7 phone answering and wishes to pay per call not per minute. It is a simple way to understand what your monthly cost will be month in and month out.

    Live 9am – 5pm Standard and Premium Package Differentiated:

    Standard Live Answering

    Calls personally answered/ Live Message Receiving/ forwarding call to voice mail, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

    Premium Live Answering

    Calls personally answered/ screened/ forwarded per your instruction, allowing you to decide whether to accept the call, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

    Find-Me / Follow-Me: Live efforts to forward your calls, allowing you to not miss that important call.

    Both Standard and Premium packages provide:

    • Off-hour automated reception with up to 7 extensions – Auto-attendant answering of calls in your company’s name with up to 3 dialing options for callers external client number(s). Unlimited Long Distance Continental U.S.
    • Custom greeting for Off-hours – Your company branding when your line is answered.
    • Flat Rate Monthly Call Bundles – You choose the amount of bundled calls monthly for your services and receive one-set price.
    • Local Number – Local Number that is uniquely yours while employing our services.
    • Voice-mail Message to Email – Receive Voice-mails to email and hear it as a .wav file, saving long-distance charges in lieu of calling in to check your messages.
    • Music on Hold – Callers hear music when on hold or while waiting to connect.
    • Text Message Notification to Cell Phone – Receive your messages taken live by receptionist and sent by text to your mobile phone.
    • Call Time Scheduler – Calls can be routed a certain way during business hours (9-5) and a different way after-hours.

    This Package can be purchased on our website or by calling 702.943.0315

    Does Phone Answering USA provide 24/7 Phone Answering services in Idaho?

    Phone Answering USA provides a suite of Phone Answering 24/7 Services in Idaho. All the service packages are custom to fit any companies’ needs.

    Categories:

    • Answering Services
    • Live Receptionist
    • Order Entry
    • Scheduling
    • Call Center
    • Help Desk

    24/7 Service Defined:

    • Absentee Reporting – Agents can answer your employee reporting line and document employee absences at a minimal cost of hiring full or part-time staff.
    • Ad Response – Agents can service and manage the responses to targeted advertising campaigns, website advertising, newspapers, radio, and direct mailings.
    • Answering Service – Experienced agents can answer your line 24/7; collect the information you require; and promptly forward it to you.
    • Directory Service – Provide your callers with the nearest location of your store, service center, or dealer.
    • Disaster Recovery Back-up – Prevent your phones from being unanswered during crisis by utilizing our answering service.
    • E-Mail Read & Response – Agents ca read and respond to your e-mail in a prompt and professional manner using your templates or scripted guidance.
    • Help Desk – Utilizing the information you provide, agents will answer your line and help the caller get the right information for their questions or concerns.
    • Insurance – Professional Agents will answer your line and collect the claims information you require.
    • Marketing Collateral Request Service – Professional agents will answer your line and record the name and address of the caller requesting your catalog, literature, or other information.
    • Medical Answering – Courteous Agents will provide answering for doctors, clinics, and hospitals. HIPAA compliant.
    • Order Entry – Professional agents can take orders for your products and services.
    • Overflow – Outsource your office phones to relieve overburdening your in-house resources.
    • Property Management Services – Agents can handle property inquiries and maintenance dispatching 24/7.
    • Scheduling – Agents will answer your line and schedule appointments and/or provide reminder follow-up calls. Agents can answer your line to schedule your seminar, class, conference, or event.

    These packages can be purchased by contact us through our website or calling 702.943.0315

    State of Idaho

    Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. Idaho is the 14th most expansive, the 39th most populous, and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States. The state’s largest city and capital is Boise. Residents are called “Idahoans”. Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, as the 43rd state.
    Idaho is a mountainous state with an area larger than that of all of New England. It is landlocked, surrounded by the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and the Canadian province of British Columbia. However, the network of dams and locks on the Columbia River and Snake River make the city of Lewiston the farthest inland seaport on the Pacific coast of the contiguous United States.
    Idaho’s nickname is the “Gem State”, because nearly every known type of gemstone has been found here. In addition, Idaho is one of only two places in the world where star garnets can be found in any significant quantities, the other being India. Additionally Idaho is sometimes called the “Potato State” owing to its popular crop. The state motto is Esto Perpetua (Latin for “Let it be forever”).

    Etymology

    The exact origin of the name remains a mystery. In the early 1860s, when the United States Congress was considering organizing a new territory in the Rocky Mountains, eccentric lobbyist George M. Willing suggested the name “Idaho,” which he claimed was derived from a Shoshone language term meaning “the sun comes from the mountains” or “gem of the mountains”. Willing later claimed that he had made up the name himself. Congress ultimately decided to name the area Colorado Territory when it was created in February 1861. Thinking they would get a jump on the name, locals named a community in Colorado “Idaho Springs”.
    However, the name “Idaho” did not go away. The same year Congress created Colorado Territory, a county called Idaho County was created in eastern Washington Territory. The county was named after a steamship named Idaho, which was launched on the Columbia River in 1860. It is unclear whether the steamship was named before or after Willing’s claim was revealed. Regardless, a portion of Washington Territory, including Idaho County, was used to create Idaho Territory in 1863.
    Despite this lack of evidence for the origin of the name, many textbooks well into the 20th century repeated as fact Willing’s account that the name “Idaho” derived from the Shoshone term “ee-da-how”.
    The name “Idaho” may be derived from the Plains Apache word “idaahe'” which means “enemy.” The Comanches used this word to refer to the Idaho Territory.
    An excerpt from a 1956 Idaho history textbook:
    “Idaho” is a Shoshoni Indian exclamation. The word consists of three parts. The first is “Ee”, which in English conveys the idea of “coming down”. The second is “dah” which is the Shoshoni stem or root for both “sun” and “mountain”. The third syllable, “how”, denotes the exclamation and stands for the same thing in Shoshoni that the exclamation mark (!) does in the English language. The Shoshoni word is “Ee-dah-how”, and the Indian thought thus conveyed when translated into English means, “Behold! the sun coming down the mountain”.
    According to local knowledge the name Idaho originated from the Nez Perce language and stands for “the Land of many Waters”, a kidney shaped drainage area in North Central Idaho in which a multitude of rivers come together. These rivers include the Snake, the Salmon, the Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater, the Selway, and more. The famed steamboat was probably named Idaho because it voyaged along the Columbia river to “the Land of many Waters”.

    Geography

    Idaho borders six states and one Canadian province. The states of Washington and Oregon are to the west, Nevada and Utah are to the south, and Montana and Wyoming are to the east. Idaho also shares a short border with the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north. The landscape is rugged with some of the largest unspoiled natural areas in the United States. For example, at 2.3 million acres (9,300 km2), the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area is the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness in the continental United States. Idaho is a Rocky Mountain state with abundant natural resources and scenic areas. The state has snow-capped mountain ranges, rapids, vast lakes and steep canyons. The waters of the Snake River rush through Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in the United States. Shoshone Falls plunges down rugged cliffs from a height greater than that of Niagara Falls. The major rivers in Idaho are the Snake River, the Clark Fork/Pend Oreille River, the Clearwater River, the Salmon River. Other significant rivers include the Coeur d’Alene River, the Spokane River, the Boise River, and the Payette River. The Salmon River empties into the Snake in Hells Canyon and forms the southern boundary of Nez Perce County on its north shore, of which Lewiston is the county seat. The Port of Lewiston, at the confluence of the Clearwater and the Snake Rivers is the farthest inland seaport on the West Coast at 465 river miles from the Pacific at Astoria, Oregon.
    Idaho’s highest point is Joseph Plains, 12,662 ft (3,859 m), in the Lost River Range north of Mackay. Idaho’s lowest point, 710 ft (216 m), is in Lewiston, where the Clearwater River joins the Snake River and continues into Washington. The Sawtooth Range is often considered Idaho’s most famous mountain range. Other mountain ranges in Idaho include the Bitterroot Range, the White Cloud Mountains, the Lost River Range, the Clearwater Mountains, and the Salmon River Mountains.
    Southern Idaho, including the Boise metropolitan area, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Twin Falls are in the Mountain Time Zone. (A legislative oddity (15 U.S.C. ch.6 S264) theoretically placed this region in the Central Time Zone, but this error was corrected with a 2007 Amendment.) Areas north of the Salmon River, including Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Lewiston, and Sandpoint are in the Pacific Time Zone.

    Climate

    Idaho has much variation in its climate. Although the state’s western border is located about 350 miles (560 km) from the Pacific Ocean, the maritime influence is still felt in Idaho, especially in the winter when cloud cover, humidity, and precipitation are at their maximum extent. This influence has a moderating effect in the winter where temperatures are not as low as would otherwise be expected for a northern state with predominantly high elevations. The maritime influence is least prominent in the eastern part of the state where the precipitation patterns are often reversed, with wetter summers and drier winters, and seasonal temperature differences more extreme, showing a more semi-arid continental climate.
    Climate in Idaho can be hot, although extended periods over 100 °F (38 °C) for the maximum temperature are rare, except for the lowest point in elevation, Lewiston, which correspondingly sees very little snow. Hot summer days are tempered by the low relative humidity and cooler evenings during summer months since, for most of the state, the highest diurnal difference in temperature is often in the summer. Winters can be cold, although extended periods of bitter cold weather below zero are unusual. This is what led the railroad tycoon Harriman family to develop the most famous ski resort, Sun Valley. Idaho’s all time highest temperature of 118 °F (48 °C) was recorded at Orofino on July 28, 1934; the all time lowest temperature of -60 °F (-51 °C) was recorded at Island Park Dam on January 18, 1943.

    History

    Humans may have been present in the Idaho area as long as 14,500 years ago. Excavations at Wilson Butte Cave near Twin Falls in 1959 revealed evidence of human activity, including arrowheads, that rank among the oldest dated artifacts in North America. American Indian peoples predominant in the area included the Nez Perce in the north and the Northern and Western Shoshone in the south.
    An early presence of French-Canadian trappers is visible in names and toponyms that have survived to this day: Nez Perce, Coeur d’Alene, Boise, Payette, some preexisting the Lewis and Clark and Astorian expeditions which themselves included significant numbers of French and Metis guides recruited for their familiarity with the terrain.
    Idaho, as part of the Oregon Country, was claimed by both the United States and Great Britain until the United States gained undisputed jurisdiction in 1846. From 1843 to 1849 present-day Idaho was under the de facto jurisdiction of the Provisional Government of Oregon. When Oregon became a state, what is now Idaho was in what was left of the original Oregon Territory not part of the new state, and designated as the Washington Territory.
    Between then and the creation of the Idaho Territory on July 4, 1863, at Lewiston, parts of the present-day state were included in the Oregon, Washington, and Dakota Territories. The new territory included present-day Idaho, Montana, and most of Wyoming. The Lewis and Clark expedition crossed Idaho in 1805 on the way to the Pacific and in 1806 on the return, largely following the Clearwater River both directions. The first non-indigenous settlement was Kullyspell House, established on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille for fur trading in 1809 by David Thompson of the North West Company. In 1812 Donald Mackenzie, working for the Pacific Fur Company at the time, established a post on the lower Clearwater River near present-day Lewiston. This post, known as “MacKenzie’s Post” or “Clearwater”, operated until the Pacific Fur Company was bought out by the North West Company in 1813, after which it was abandoned. The first attempts at organized communities, within the present borders of Idaho, were established in 1860. The first permanent, substantial incorporated community was Lewiston in 1861.
    After some tribulation as a territory, including the illegal and chaotic transfer of the territorial capital from Lewiston in December 1864 to Boise in January 1865, disenfranchisement of Mormon polygamists upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1877, and a federal attempt to split the territory between Washington Territory which gained statehood in 1889, a year before Idaho, and the state of Nevada which had been a state since 1863, Idaho achieved statehood in 1890. The economy of the state, which had been primarily supported by metal mining, shifted towards agriculture, forest products and tourism.
    In recent years, Idaho has expanded its commercial base as a tourism and agricultural state to include science and technology industries. Science and technology have become the largest single economic center (over 25% of the state’s total revenue) within the state and are greater than agriculture, forestry and mining combined.
    The Idaho State Historical Society and numerous local historical societies and museums preserve and promote Idaho’s cultural heritage.

    Demographics

    The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Idaho was 1,595,728 on July 1, 2012, a 1.8% increase since 2010.
    At the 2010 Census, 89.1% of the population was White (84.0% non-Hispanic white), 0.6% Black or African American, 1.4% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 2.5% of two or more races. 11.2% of Idaho’s population was of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin (they may be of any race).
    As of 2011, 27.2% of Idaho’s children under the age of 1 belonged to minority groups.
    Idaho had an estimated population of 1,429,096 in 2005, which was an increase of 33,956, or 2.4%, from the prior year and an increase of 135,140, or 10.4%, since 2000. This includes a natural increase since the last census of 58,884 people (that is 111,131 births minus 52,247 deaths) and an increase due to net migration of 75,795 people into the state. There are large numbers of Americans of English and German ancestry in Idaho. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 14,522 people, and migration within the country produced a net increase of 61,273 people.
    This made Idaho the sixth fastest-growing state after Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Georgia, and Utah. From 2004 to 2005, Idaho grew the third-fastest, surpassed only by Nevada and Arizona.
    Nampa, the state’s second largest city, has experienced particularly strong growth in recent years. According to census estimates Nampa has grown 22.1% to nearly 65,000 residents between 2000 and 2003. As of 2007, the population in Nampa was estimated at 84,000. Growth of 5% or more over the same period has also been observed in Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene, Meridian, Post Falls and Twin Falls.
    From 1990 to 2010, Idaho’s population increased by over 560,000 (55%).
    The Boise Metropolitan Area (officially known as the Boise City-Nampa, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area) is Idaho’s largest metropolitan area. Other metropolitan areas in order of size are Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Lewiston.
    As of 2006, six official micropolitan statistical areas are based in Idaho. Twin Falls is the largest of these.
    The center of population of Idaho is located in Custer County, in the town of Stanley.
    The most common reported ancestries in the state are: German (18.9%), English (18.1%), Irish (10%), American (8.4%), Norwegian (3.6%), and Swedish (3.5%).

    Economy

    Gross state product for 2004 was $43.6 billion. The per capita income for 2004 was $26,881. Idaho is an important agricultural state, producing nearly one-third of the potatoes grown in the United States. All three varieties of wheat, Dark Northern Spring, Hard Red, and Soft White are grown in the state. Nez Perce County is considered a premier Soft White growing locale.
    Important industries in Idaho are food processing, lumber and wood products, machinery, chemical products, paper products, electronics manufacturing, silver and other mining, and tourism. The world’s largest factory for barrel cheese, the raw product for processed cheese is located in Gooding, Idaho. It has a capacity of 120,000 metric tons per year of barrel cheese and belongs to the Glanbia group. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), a government lab for nuclear energy research, is also an important part of the eastern Idaho economy. Idaho also is home to three facilities of Anheuser-Busch which provide a large part of the malt for breweries located across the nation.
    Locally, a variety of industries are important. Outdoor recreation is a common example ranging from numerous snowmobile and downhill and cross-country ski areas in winter to the evolution of Lewiston as a retirement community based on mild winters, dry, year-round climate and one of the lowest median wind velocities anywhere, combined with the rivers for a wide variety of activities. Other examples would be ATK Corporation, which operates three ammunition and ammunition components plants in Lewiston. Two are sporting and one is defense contract. The Lewis-Clark valley has an additional independent ammunition components manufacturer and the Chipmunk rifle factory until it was purchased in 2007 by Keystone Sporting Arms and production was moved to Milton, Pennsylvania. Four of the world’s six welded aluminum jet boat (for running river rapids) manufacturers are in the Lewiston-Clarkston, WAvalley. Wine grapes were grown between Kendrick and Juliaetta in the Idaho Panhandle by the French Rothschilds until Prohibition. In keeping with this, while there are no large wineries or breweries in Idaho, there are numerous and growing numbers of award winning boutique wineries and microbreweries in the northern part of the state.
    Today, the largest industry in Idaho is the science and technology sector. It accounts for over 25% of the state’s total revenue and over 70% of the state’s exports. Idaho’s industrial economy is growing, with high-tech products leading the way. Since the late 1970s, Boise has emerged as a center for semiconductor manufacturing. Boise is the home of Micron Technology, the only U.S. manufacturer of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips. Micron at one time manufactured desktop computers, but with very limited success. Hewlett-Packard has operated a large plant in Boise since the 1970s, which is devoted primarily to LaserJet printers production. ON Semiconductor, whose worldwide headquarters in Pocatello, is a widely recognized innovator in modern integrated mixed-signal semiconductor products, mixed-signal foundry services, and structured digital products. Coldwater Creek, a women’s clothing retailer, is headquartered in Sandpoint. Sun Microsystems (now a part of Oracle Corporation) has two offices in Boise and a parts depot in Pocatello. Sun brings $4 million in annual salaries and over $300 million of revenue to the state each year.

    Wheat harvest on the Palouse
    A number of Fortune 500 companies started in or trace their roots to Idaho, including JC Penney (as The Golden Rule) in Twin Falls, Safeway in American Falls, Albertsons in Boise, JR Simplot across southern Idaho, and Potlatch Corp. in Lewiston. Zimmerly Air Transport in Lewiston-Clarkston was one of the five companies in the merger centered around Varney Air Lines of Pasco, Washington, which became United Airlines and subsequently Varney Air Group that became Continental Airlines.
    The state personal income tax ranges from 1.6% to 7.8% in eight income brackets. Idahoans may apply for state tax credits for taxes paid to other states, as well as for donations to Idaho state educational entities and some nonprofit youth and rehabilitation facilities.
    The state sales tax is 6% with a very limited, selective local option up to 6.5%. Sales tax applies to the sale, rental or lease of tangible personal property and some services. Food is taxed, but prescription drugs are not. Hotel, motel, and campground accommodations are taxed at a higher rate (7% to 11%). Some jurisdictions impose local option sales tax.
    Idaho has a state gambling lottery which contributed $333.5 million in payments to all Idaho public schools and Idaho higher education from 1990 to 2006.

    Transportation

    The Idaho Transportation Department is the government agency responsible for Idaho’s transportation infrastructure, including operations and maintenance as well as planning for future needs. The agency is also responsible for overseeing the disbursement of federal, state, and grant funding for the transportation programs of the state.

    Highways

    Idaho is among the few states in the nation without a major freeway linking the two largest metropolitan areas of Boise in the south and Coeur d’Alene in the north. U.S. 95 links the two ends of the state, but like many other highways in Idaho, it is badly in need of repair and upgrade. In 2007 the Idaho Transportation Department stated that the state’s highway infrastructure faces a $200 million per year shortfall in maintenance and upgrades. Interstate 84 is the main highway linking the southeast and southwest portions of the state, along with Interstate 86 and Interstate 15.

    Airports

    Major airports include the Boise Airport serving the southwest region of Idaho, and the Spokane International Airport (located in Spokane, Washington), which serves northern Idaho. Other airports with scheduled service are the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport serving the Palouse; the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, serving the Lewis-Clark Valley and north central and west central Idaho; The Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls; the Idaho Falls Regional Airport; and the Pocatello Regional Airport.

    Railroads

    Idaho is served by three transcontinental railroads. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) connects the Idaho Panhandle with Seattle, Portland, and Spokane to the west, and Minneapolis and Chicago to the east. The BNSF travels through Kootenai, Bonner, and Boundary counties. The Union Pacific Railroad crosses North Idaho entering from Canada through Boundary and Bonner, and proceeding to Spokane. Canadian Pacific Railway uses Union Pacific Railroad tracks in North Idaho carrying products from Alberta to Spokane and Portland, Oregon. Amtrak’s Empire Builder crosses northern Idaho, with its only stop being in Sandpoint. Montana Rail Link also operates between Billings, Montana and Sandpoint, Idaho. The Idaho Panhandle remains the railway center of the Northwest.
    The Union Pacific Railroad also crosses southern Idaho traveling between Portland, Oregon, Green River, Wyoming, and Ogden, Utah and serves Boise, Nampa, Twin Falls, and Pocatello. There has been a recent call to return Amtrak service to southern Idaho.

    Ports

    The Port of Lewiston is the farthest inland Pacific port on the west coast. A series of dams and locks on the Snake River and Columbia River facilitate barge travel from Lewiston to Portland, where goods are loaded on ocean-going vessels.