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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2009

TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

Another term for Otter?

So why would it be that a top priority for Gov. Butch Otter in his selection of a new lieutenant governor was a candidate who would run for that office in two years? Otter said that was key. There had been some speculation that the...

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Risch applauds Little appointment

Jim Risch, who took office as a U.S. senator today, had this statement on the appointment of Brad Little to his former job, lieutenant governor of Idaho:“I am very pleased with the selection of Brad Little as my successor to the office of Lt. Governor....

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Idaho's new lieutenant governor, Brad Little, left, with Gov. Butch Otter, as Otter announces the appointment 1/6/09. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Otter names Little to Idaho's No. 2 post 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter made big political news just now with his announcement of his pick for the state's new lieutenant governor: Sen. Brad Little, R-Emmett. Little is a rancher and Senate majority caucus chairman. "Nobody understands the issues, the personalities or the possibilities better...

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009


W's nickname for Kempthorne?

He's not telling. Among the many questions Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne received from the audience at the Boise City Club/Idaho Environmental Forum today was what nickname President George W. Bush had for Kempthorne as a member of his cabinet. After much laughter, including plenty from...

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U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne speaks in Boise, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Kempthorne: 'And she said, 'Sweetheart...'

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, former governor of Idaho, U.S. Senator and mayor of Boise, gave what he said was likely his last formal speech as interior secretary today, speaking to a large audience at a forum sponsored by the City Club of Boise and the...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 4, 2009

Otter crafts targeted budget cuts

Under the budget Gov. Butch Otter is crafting to present to state lawmakers, Idahoans next year would face longer waits for state services, some state field offices would be open just four days a week, and about 100 state workers would face layoffs. With the...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 3, 2009

Prison riot wrecks unit

Idaho prison officials are weighing their options, after a late-night riot at the Idaho State Correctional Institution last night wrecked a newly opened temporary housing unit that was scheduled to house 300 Idaho inmates the state hoped to return from out-of-state prisons. "At 11:30 p.m....

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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2009


Coach is Idaho's highest-paid worker

Idaho's highest-paid state employee isn't the governor, a university president or a key scientist - it's Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen. Petersen heads the list of a record 310 Idaho state employees who now out-earn Gov. Butch Otter. The list has swelled...

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