Eye On Boise archive for Dec. 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 31, 2013

MONDAY, DEC. 30, 2013

Idaho reports first flu death of the season

Idaho has reported its first flu death of the season, an elderly south-central Idaho resident. “Our condolences go out to the family of the person who died from complications of the flu,” said Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, deputy state epidemiologist with the Idaho Department of Health...

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Catching up on a holiday week's news...

There’s not usually a lot of news over the holidays, but there was some last week while I was gone. Here’s a quick roundup: Wolf derby: A federal judge on Friday declined to block a “Predator Derby” scheduled over the weekend in Salmon targeting wolves...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 27, 2013

Malek decides against run for Secretary of State

Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, who had been considering running for Idaho Secretary of State - in part because there's currently no one from North Idaho among the state's top elected officials - has decided against a run. Here's his statement: After careful consideration over...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013


Frank and Bethine Church in a 1962 campaign photo (BSU Bethine Church Collection)

Bethine Church dies at age 90

Bethine Church, Idaho Democratic icon and widow of the late Idaho Sen. Frank Church, died Saturday at age 90; this campaign photo shows Frank and Bethine Church in 1962. Her son, Chase, posted this announcement on Facebook: My mother Jean Bethine Church 2-19-1923 to 12-21-2013...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 20, 2013


Otter appoints Ward-Engelking to Senate

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, to the Idaho Senate, to replace former Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise, who resigned to move to the Seattle area; Ward-Engelking was the top choice of the Democratic Party committee for the legislative district. “Rep. Ward-Engelking was...

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Endorsement wars: 'Pete liked and trusted Mitch' 

It’s become something of an endorsement war this week among the GOP candidates for Idaho Secretary of State, with Mitch Toryanski introducing Freda Cenarrusa, widow of longtime Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, as his campaign chair; Evan Frasure touting endorsements from an array of lawmakers...

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Idaho unemployment falls to 6.1% 

Unemployment in Idaho dropped to 6.1 percent in November, posting the largest one-month decline on record; it was 6.7 percent in October. The Idaho Department of Labor reports that the drop in jobless numbers in Idaho was twice the national drop; the national seasonally adjusted...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013




Special assistance approved for laid-off Simplot workers

More than 1,000 laid-off workers at Simplot Corp. potato processing operations in Nampa, Caldwell, Aberdeen and Heyburn are now eligible for special assistance in finding new jobs, under a union petition approved by the federal government under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The benefits, similar...

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Idaho ranks 3rd in nation for volunteerism

Idaho ranks third in the nation for volunteerism, according to the latest research by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship, while Washington ranks ninth. Only Utah and Minnesota beat Idaho, where more than one in three residents volunteered...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013




Brundage opens for skiing on Friday

Brundage Mountain Resort has announced that it will open for skiing on Friday, with three of its five chairs running and lift tickets discounted to $36. The McCall ski resort said, “Favorable temperatures have allowed us to pack our snow base and open three of...

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