Eye On Boise archive for Aug. 2010

TUESDAY, AUG. 31, 2010

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force meets Tuesday in a "garden level" (basement) hearing room at the state Capitol. (Betsy Russell)

Otter, Allred on car-truck fee study 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today's meeting of Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force, which voted unanimously to accept a new state-commissioned cost-allocation study showing car owners are overpaying for Idaho roads while heavy trucks underpay, but expressed strong...

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Helicopter crash victims identified

The two Idaho Fish & Game fisheries biologists who were killed in a helicopter crash this morning in Kamiah have been identified as Larry Barrett, 47, of Lewiston, who's worked for Fish & Game since 1985; and Dani Schiff, 34, of Lewiston, who's worked for...

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Toddler handled police gun that injured three

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: EMMETT, Idaho (AP) — A 3-year-old child was handling an Emmett Police Department officer's weapon that discharged and injured three people on Aug. 6. The Idaho Statesman reports the agency has been accused of a cover-up in...

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Local-option taxes identified as best way to fund transit 

A subcommittee of Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force on public transportation has come back to the full panel with recommendations for allowing local-option taxes, including local sales taxes, an expanded resort tax for larger cities or counties, property tax options and impact fees....

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Road work to be suspended for holiday weekend

With all the road construction going on around the state right now, don't worry about it causing traffic tie-ups over the Labor Day holiday weekend - ITD has announced that all its highway construction projects will be suspended for the holiday weekend, excepting only those...

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Members of the Idaho governor's transportation funding task force meet Tuesday in Boise. (Betsy Russell)

Keough: 'Mine are on the record' 

As the governor's transportation funding task force opened its meeting this morning, one member, Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, took the opportunity to formally disclose a possible conflict of interest. She both made a statement and submitted a written notice, noting, "My private sector employer is...

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MONDAY, AUG. 30, 2010


ITD joins wide-loads appeal 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Transportation Department joined an oil refiner in asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a judge's decision that's halted shipments of oversized equipment over U.S. Highway 12. ConocoPhillips has already appealed...

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Wyoming won't change stance on wolves 

Wyoming has no plans to alter its stance on wolf management - classifying the animals as predators that can be shot on sight across most of the state - despite a court ruling that Wyoming's position means wolves are again on the endangered list and...

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Superintendent's race in the spotlight

The first non-educator to head Idaho’s public school system is running for re-election, and he’s being challenged by one of the state’s most respected educators: the just-retired superintendent of the Boise School District, the state’s second-largest district. The race between state Superintendent of Schools Tom...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010



Crapo: Support growing for craft-beer tax cut 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo says his bill to cut taxes for small breweries is gaining support, as evidenced by the addition of 24 co-sponsors. Crapo has joined Democratic Sens. John Kerry of...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 26, 2010


Evacuations ordered in wildfire near Tamarack

Here's a news item from the AP: CASCADE, Idaho (AP) — The Valley County sheriff's office is ordering an immediate evacuation of some subdivisions near the Tamarack Resort as strong winds fan the flames of the Hurd Creek fire. The sheriff's office issued a Level...

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Conoco: Highway 12 residents' claims 'speculative'

Here is the notice of appeal filed by ConocoPhillips of 2nd District Judge John Bradbury's ruling revoking its ITD permits to move four giant loads over Highway 12 from Lewiston to Montana, starting immediately. The appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court includes notice that the...

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Otter response: 'It takes experience like mine' 

Gov. Butch Otter's campaign issued this response to Democratic challenger Keith Allred's comments this morning regarding the state budget and school funding. It's a statement from Otter: “Mike Ferguson’s economic forecast this morning was very positive news for our state. This is a prime example...

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Lewiston Trib: Conoco appealing Hwy 12 decision

The Lewiston Tribune reports that ConocoPhillips filed a notice of appeal at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the 2nd District Court office in Grangeville. So far this morning, the Idaho Supreme Court has not received a notice of appeal of 2nd District Judge John Bradbury's...

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Hot-air balloons to return to Boise skies 

For the first time in several years, and eight years after the demise of the Boise River Festival, dozens of colorful hot air balloons will fill the sky over Boise the weekend after next, as part of the "Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic." The event,...

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