Monday, January 11, 2016

Rich Broadcasting adds frequencies to boost KID's reach

In a major expansion of its broadcasting reach, Rich Broadcasting has added three more frequencies to carry the KID Radio’s programming and advertising.

Company President and CEO Richard Mecham said KID programming (590 AM & 92.1 FM) now will be heard also on Idaho Falls station 106.3 FM (KQEZ), as well as Jackson, Wyo., stations KSGT (1340 AM) and 96.3 FM.

On the air since 1928, KID is eastern Idaho’s oldest radio station.

In a news release General Manager DeLyn Hendricks underscored the business-related and commercial significance of the expansion. “We are now able, to deliver our advertisers’ messages more effectively to an expanded range of consumers in eastern Idaho and the Upper Valley, as well as in Jackson Hole. We’re confident this will provide a terrific opportunity for business owners who truly understand the power of their advertising investment on radio.”

Program director and morning news host Neal Larson said the station's expanded broadcast reach will have a big social impact.

"With this year's major presidential election season underway there's no better time to expand the reach of our incredibly successful news and talk programming, including our regional morning show with Cala Curtis and me, along with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Michael Savage. KID's rich heritage across this region just gets bigger and better with these changes.”

Rich Broadcasting is a broadcast group of 19 radio stations specializing in small-market radio. Prior to founding the company, Mecham managed Bonneville International’s flagship Salt Lake City stations KSL Television and KSL Newsradio.

Short Stop offers free delivery to seniors

You can get this as a refrigerator magnet.
From its base of operations across West Elva Street from Melaleuca Field, Short Stop Market has been making home deliveries for more than a year. In a new development, however, owners Jason and Jennifer Anderson have decided to waive delivery fees to seniors.

Ordinarily, if you’ve got a hankering for Cheetos, Ho-Ho’s or a six-pack of Rolling Rock, there is no charge only when an order is more than $45. For an an order of between $10 to $14.99, the delivery charge is $4. This is still pretty good considering what it would cost you in time and gas to get off the sofa and go to the store, possibly missing a key play in a must-see game.

The Andersons bought the Highland Park convenience store and laundromat two years ago. Anderson said he did his homework before the purchase, and that he knew what he was in for.

“With a convenience store, you’ve got to put in 50, 60, 70 hours a week,” he said. “You gotta be here.” Nevertheless, the experience has exceeded his hopes for the business.

When she was with Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, Jennifer Anderson saw that no grocery was making deliveries, to seniors or anybody. Jason Anderson had gained some experience with the concept, having worked for Broulim’s in Rexburg when it was making deliveries to college students.

Although there is a lot of out-of-town business in the summer when people are coming to ball games, most of the year the store’s business is geographically limited. “We wanted to see if we could expand,” he said.

Although there is no way to order other than over the phone, a PDF version of the store’s catalogue is available for download on its Web site, shortstopmkt.com. Anderson isn’t sure whether they will ever get to having an app like Domino’s. “That would be great, but something like that is way too expensive,” he said.

Seniors make up a big part of the delivery service’s customers. “People who have a hard time getting around, group homes, people who just don’t want to go out,” Anderson said. As for what’s being delivered, “Beer is probably our biggest category.”

The store has expanded its delivery area to Ammon and Lewisville. Delivery hours are noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Anderson prides himself that he and his wife came up with the home delivery idea the same time 7-Eleven started its service. He is under no illusions that operators with bigger marketing budgets may move in.

“It’s a trend in the industry,” he said. “We’ve got to build the brand now.”

For more information, call 716-6538.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Longtime EIRMC executive Lou Fatkin retiring

Lou Fatkin
After 36 years of service, Lou Fatkin, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center’s executive director of risk management, is retiring.

During his career, which dates back to the days of Idaho Falls Consolidated Hospitals, Fatkin has held positions in Medical Staff Relations and served as the hospital’s ethics and compliance officer.

In November 1979, Idaho Falls had two hospitals, Parkview and Riverview. Fatkin had offices and worked in both facilities. In all, he has been associated with five hospital management companies, including Intermountain Healthcare, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), HealthTrust, Columbia, and again HCA.

“Lou is one of the most passionate and dedicated people I've ever worked with,” said Brenda Baumgartner Stanley, a former EIRMC colleague. “He truly loved his job and the people he worked with. I also don't ever remember him not being happy. He just always seemed to have this upbeat and positive attitude. I am sure he will be missed.”

Cindy Smith-Putnam, another former EIRMC colleague, said Catkin’s office was called “The Confessional.”

“Doctors, employees, patients, families ... everyone trusted Lou as a guy you can really talk to,” she said. “And he loved the hospital. The throb of the days, no two ever alike. Several times, we laughed so hard we cried. There will be a gaping hole at EIRMC when he cycles, skis or runs off into his retirement.”

Fatkin said he feels grateful for his career. “Over the years, I have been fortunate to have worked with a number of hospital administrations,” he said. “In all, I will miss the whole EIRMC staff, who I consider my family.”

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sunnyside Road Popeyes set to open Monday

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Ammon is scheduled to open Monday.
Here we go, the first big restaurant news of the year: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Ammon's Sandcreek Commons Shopping Center is scheduled to open Monday, Jan. 11.

This is the fourth in Idaho, but part of a six-restaurant expansion into the state. Norcal Cajun Foods, a company in Concord, Calif., has the rights to franchise Popeyes in Idaho.

Norcal has opened Popeyes in Nampa, Caldwell and Boise. In addition to Ammon, it also has plans for Pocatello and Twin Falls. The company has 17 Popeyes in Northern California.

Popeyes dates back to 1972, when Alvin C. Copeland, Sr. opened a restaurant called Chicken on the Run in the New Orleans suburb of Arabi, serving traditional Southern fried chicken. After several months of mediocre sales, he changed the menu to spicy, New Orleans-style chicken and renamed the restaurant Popeyes, after the character Popeye Doyle in the movie “The French Connection.”

The menu features Cajun-style fried chicken and seafood that is typically served with buttermilk biscuits and a variety of sides, including Cajun rice, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, or french fries.

Today, there are more than 2,000 Popeyes in the United States and 25 foreign countries. Only 40 Popeyes locations are company-owned, according to the business profile on Hoovers.com.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Idaho places fourth in 2015 moving destination study

Idaho has placed in the top 5 as “Top Moving Destination,” as Americans continue to pack up and head West and South. Those are the results of United Van Lines' 39th Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers' state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.

Oregon was the most popular moving destination of 2015, with 69 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound. The state has continued to climb the ranks, increasing inbound migration by 10 percent over the past six years.

With 61 percent moves inbound, opposed to 39 percent outbound, Idaho ranked No. 4, behind Oregon, South Carolina and Vermont.

The Southern states also saw a high number of people moving in with 53 percent of total moves being inbound. In a separate survey of its customers, United Van Lines found the top reasons for moving South included company transfer/new job, retirement and proximity to family.

The Northeast continues to experience a moving deficit with New Jersey (67 percent outbound) and New York (65 percent) making the list of top outbound states for the fourth consecutive year. Two other states in the region — Connecticut (63 percent) andMassachusetts (57 percent) — also joined the top outbound list this year. The exception to this trend is Vermont (62 percent inbound), which moved up two spots on the list of top inbound states to No. 3.

"For nearly 40 years, we've been tracking which states people are moving to and from, and we've also recently started surveying our customers to understand why they are making these moves across state lines," said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications at United Van Lines. "Because of United Van Lines' position as the nation's largest household goods mover, our data is reflective of national migration trends."

"This year's data reflects longer-term trends of people moving to the Pacific West, where cities such as Portland and Seattle are seeing the combination of a boom in the technology and creative marketing industry, as well as a growing 'want' for outdoor activity and green space," said Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. "The aging Boomer population is driving relocation from the Northeast and Midwest to the West and South, as more and more people retire to warmer regions."

United has tracked migration patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. For 2015, the study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. United classifies states as "high inbound" if 55 percent or more of the moves are going into a state, "high outbound" if 55 percent or more moves were coming out of a state or "balanced" if the difference between inbound and outbound is negligible.

Moving In

The top inbound states of 2015 were:
1. Oregon
2. South Carolina
3. Vermont
4. Idaho
5. North Carolina
6. Florida
7. Nevada
8. District of Columbia
9. Texas
10. Washington

The Western U.S. is represented on the high-inbound list by Oregon (69 percent), Nevada (57 percent) and Washington (56 percent). Of moves to Oregon, a new job or company transfer (53 percent) and wanting to be closer to family (20 percent) led the reasons for most inbound moves. Nevada remained on the high inbound list for the fifth consecutive year.

Moving Out 
The top outbound states for 2015 were:
1. New Jersey
2. New York
3. Illinois
4. Connecticut
5. Ohio
6. Kansas
7. Massachusetts
8. West Virginia
9. Mississippi
10. Maryland