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Karl Rove to speak in Boise in December 

Karl Rove, the political consultant and former top advisor to President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at the Idaho Association of General Contractors annual convention in December in Boise. The banquet at which Rove will speak on Dec. 10 at the Boise...

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Ybarra proposes 7.5 % increase for schools budget  

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's public schools chief is seeking a 7.5 percent increase in education spending for 2016, revealing her own budget proposal for the first time since taking office. Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra...

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Ada County looks to fly drones to survey landfill

Ada County is launching a new effort to use aerial drones to photograph parts of the county and provide “an inexpensive way to make data-driven decisions.” The effort started with the county commissioners this week directing their information technology department to submit an application to...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2015

Labrador says after reviewing it, he'll oppose Iran nuke deal 

Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador announced today that he’ll oppose the nuclear agreement that President Obama negotiated with Iran. In mid-July, when the deal first was announced, Idaho Sen. Jim Risch immediately came out against it, calling it “horribly flawed,” while Labrador, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson...

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Lucky Peak Lake before sunrise on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 (Betsy Z. Russell photo)

A magical morning on the water... 

It was a pretty magical morning up at Lucky Peak today; since this was forecast to be the hottest day of the week, I figured I’d better get up there early to sneak in a windsurfing session before work. I was a little surprised, though,...

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MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2015

This photo shows the fire near the Salmon River and Manning Bridge on Saturday morning (Inciweb)

Wildfire jumps the Salmon River in ferocious run 

The Tepee Springs Fire jumped the Salmon River on Saturday morning in a several-mile-wide run driven by high, gusting winds in the Allison Creek area; the wildfire’s advance was so ferocious that firefighters had to leave the area until the wind died down. “It was...

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Parks Board hits brakes on park-naming rules

After promising that new corporate sponsorship programs for Idaho’s state parks wouldn’t lead to renaming state parks for Coca-Cola or Doritos, state parks board members were faced with new administrative rules last week that actually didn’t rule that out. The proposed rules put lots of...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2015

THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015

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