Eye On Boise

MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2015

SUNDAY, AUG. 2, 2015

Vacation time… 

I’m off this week, doing my annual week of windsurfing in the Columbia River Gorge. Let me know what I miss; I’ll be back on Monday Aug. 10th.

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Onati Basque dancers go airborne as they perform Basque traditional dances while making their way to the front of Saint Mark's Catholic Church, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Boise, for an annual mass conducted in Basque and English that’s part of the Jaialdi festival. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Kyle Green)

'Basque values are plural'

Idaho has 7,900 residents who claim Basque heritage, 2,000 of them in Boise. Those numbers are self-reported on government surveys, so the actual Basque population could be much greater. What Idaho Basques lack in raw numbers, they more than make up for in concentration, visibility...

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Idaho's state computer network 'constantly under attack' 

Idaho’s state computer network is “constantly under attack,” according to Gov. Butch Otter’s office, and that’s why Otter has named a new Cybersecurity Cabinet Task Force, chaired by Lt. Gov. Brad Little, to strengthen the state’s protections against computer hackers. “Every day we’re being probed...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 1, 2015

Marley elected state Democratic Party chairman

Former state Sen. Bert Marley of McCammon has been elected the new chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party. Marley defeated current IDP Communications Director Dean Ferguson; two other candidates had initially entered the race as well, but dropped out when Marley announced. “I am honored...

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FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015

Patrick O’Halloran, director of the North Idaho College Aerospace Center in Hayden, is offering the college’s first FAA-approved aircraft maintenance program starting in late August. He talked about the program at the center on Tuesday. (Kathy Plonka)

NIC comes full circle with new aerospace program

During World War II, North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene trained hundreds of pilots, aircraft mechanics and aviation technicians as part of the nation’s war effort. By 1947 NIC had the nation’s only combination watchmaking and aviation instrument repair program, operating at Weeks Field, now...

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Idaho Dems to elect new state chair on Saturday

The Idaho Democratic Party announced today that its state central committee will elect its next party chairman this Saturday, at simultaneous meetings in three locations around the state in Lewiston, Pocatello and Boise. “It’s hard for people to all get to Boise,” said acting Chair...

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UI President Chuck Staben, wife buy Boise home 

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben has purchased a home in the east end of Boise, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports, but the university says there’s no change in his residency or plans for him to spend more time in the state capital. Instead, the...

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Lawmakers seek input from Idaho broadband vendors 

A special legislative committee studying broadband access in Idaho is seeking input from vendors who provide broadband services who’d like to address the committee. “We both definitely see the value in having the testimony of those who know the industry and who are innovating new...

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TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015

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