Micron Technology is a major part of the area's economy. I remember when it was started, with potato magnate J.R. Simplot backing the idea that Boise would be a major producer of computer chips. The company has had its ups and downs, and mostly downs over the past few years. The main product is DRAM, and competition from overseas is keen. I was working in media and interviewed Mr. Simplot for a story on his ideas about Micron and dreams he had of building a giant coal-slurry pipeline through the desert, and hardly any of the interview was usable. I had to do serious editing, and that was back when editing was done with a razor blade, editing tape and reel-to-reel machines. It's not that what he said wasn't interesting, it was just laced with profanities. What a funny character!