Eye On Boise archive for Sept. 2005

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2005

A very busy woman

Boise religious activist Brandi Swindell, who has spearheaded the “Keep the Commandments Coalition” to battle unsuccessfully over the city’s move of an old 10 Commandments monument from a city park to a local church, announced today that she’s running for the Boise City Council.Here’s the...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2005

What happened last time

Now that a federal judge has ordered Idaho to remove 200 inmates from its prisons by Oct. 28 due to extreme, impermissible and unconstitutional overcrowding, it’s worth remembering what happened the last time Idaho sent hundreds of inmates out of state due to overcrowding here....

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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2005

Cloudy with a chance of conspiracy

The eastern Idaho TV weatherman who claimed Hurricane Katrina was a man-made plot by Japanese mobsters to take revenge for Hiroshima is off the air now at KPVI Newschannel 6, but the station management insists that Scott Stevens wasn’t forced out. “Scott advised me several...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2005

Silence between rivals

At today’s Idaho High School Redesign Summit, two likely GOP candidates for state superintendent of schools – Tom Luna and Steve Smylie – found themselves at the same table, separated only by House Education Chairman Jack Barraclough, R-Idaho Falls. Yet, nary a word passed between...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2005

Idaho weather guy thinking big

This one is so weird I had to check the calendar, but no, it’s not April Fools Day – it’s still September. And the Idaho Falls Post Register is reporting that a local TV station meteorologist over there is gaining national notoriety for his theory...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2005

He's out of there

The executive director of the state Board of Education, Gary Stivers, is retiring effective Oct. 1, the state board announced today. Stivers, who has been at the state board for four years, previously was director of the state Industrial Commission for 11 years. He’s worked...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2005

Hear the whole thing

The Idaho Supreme Court has posted the full audio from yesterday’s arguments in the school funding lawsuit on the Internet, so you can hear the whole thing – including these gems:Deputy Attorney General Jim Carlson: “The Legislature wants this case to end…”Justice Linda Copple Trout,...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2005

Brady calls Otter vote 'outrageous'

Jerry Brady, the Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, blasted GOP candidate Butch Otter’s vote against a federal aid package for hurricane relief Friday, calling it “outrageous.”“In the future, if Idaho ever had a catastrophic event, we could very well need urgent aid from our...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 8, 2005

Otter's campaign is working it

1st District Congressman Butch Otter made it clear where he’s looking when he announced that he was running for governor in 2006 – before he was even sworn in for his current two-year term in Congress. Now, here’s evidence of what Otter’s been up to:...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2005

Plenty of property tax talk

Idaho Senate Majority Caucus Chair Brad Little, R-Emmett, says there’s “critical mass” now to do away with a loophole that lets real estate speculators pay almost no tax on million-dollar development land by taxing it as farm property until they actually build on it. Little...

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