Eye On Boise archive for Dec. 2010

THURSDAY, DEC. 30, 2010


Bogus Basin ski resort, backside, 12/30/10 (Betsy Russell)

A day on the slopes...

Sun, clouds, sparkling cold fresh air and a couple feet of fluffy powder right in Boise's backyard made Bogus Basin a great place to be while on staycation this week - especially today.

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Bank still wants Tamarack lifts

The Bank of America still wants two of Tamarack Resort's ski lifts back as part of bankruptcy proceedings, and is accusing the troubled resort of holding the lifts hostage to extract more money for its assets. Click below for a full report from AP reporter...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2010

Ruling favors ConocoPhillips megaloads 

A state hearing officer has ruled in favor of granting permits to ConocoPhillips to transport its four proposed megaloads of oil refinery equipment across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, denying the appeal of 13 residents and business owners along the twisting, scenic route who...

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MONDAY, DEC. 27, 2010

Allred: 'Common Interest' group not done 

Though unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred says he'll be focusing on business consulting work for the next two to three years, Allred says the "Common Interest" citizen lobbying group he formed isn't done, and he still hopes to expand it nationwide. You can read...

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Land Board's PR agent well-known among GOP

Idaho's state Land Board has paid more than a quarter-million dollars since 2007 to one of the state's top Republican operatives for a public relations campaign, but officials say the state's getting a great deal. "We're very happy with the results so far," said Idaho...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 23, 2010

Hart backer targets Anderson in complaint 11 

A North Idaho political activist and backer of embattled Rep. Phil Hart is trying to file a House ethics complaint against Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake - though only House members can file such complaints. Anderson filed an ethics complaint against Hart last month, charging...

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No megaloads decision before Xmas

State hearing officer Merlyn Clark confirmed today that the decision on ITD permits for ConocoPhillips' four proposed megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 won't be out before Christmas as earlier planned, and instead likely will be out before the New Year holiday. Clark is weighing two...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22, 2010

Boise firm to take over Labrador's law practice 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Attorney T.J. Angstman says his Boise-based law firm will acquire U.S. Rep.-elect Raul Labrador's immigration practice in a deal expected to close this week. Labrador, an immigration attorney with offices in Boise and...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010

Census: Idaho 4th fastest-growing state 

Idaho is the fourth-fastest-growing state, according to 2010 Census results released today, even though the state's population growth in the past decade was slower than the previous decade. Idaho gained 21 percent more residents for a 2010 population of 1,567,582, which is 273,629 more than...

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One-year lease extension approved

With the state facing an injunction against proposed new cabin-site lease terms, the state Land Board has just voted 4-1 to approve a one-year extension of current lease terms for state endowment land cottage sites on Priest and Payette lakes. That leaves rents at 2.5...

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Ysursa: 'A step in the right direction'

The proposed plan before the Land Board to dispose of leased-out lakefront cottage sites anticipates current lessees having three options: Join in an exchange, enter a voluntary public auction with credit for the value of their improvements and the opportunity for installment payments, or continue...

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Report: Idaho should 'dispose of the cottage sites'

Idaho should "dispose of the cottage sites in an orderly and expeditious manner," according to a report now being presented to the state Land Board. However, Lands Department staffer Kate Langford said first, the department is recommending opening a 90-day public comment period - starting...

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Endowment fund 'experience leads to caution' on payouts

The state Endowment Fund Investment Board is recommending that the state stick with its current distribution rate of 5 percent for payouts to endowment beneficiaries, including public schools, rather than increase it. "Our past experience leads to caution," endowment manager Larry Johnson told the Land...

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Land Board convenes in state Capitol

The state Land Board has convened in the Idaho Capitol Auditorium this morning, with agenda items including addressing the issue of the "split estate" - the situation in which the state owns lakefront cabin sites, but private owners own the cabins they build and use...

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