Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 31, 2014

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television on Friday (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of the events of the legislative session’s tumultuous fourth week; also, Davlin and Kunz interview outgoing state schools Superintendent Tom...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 2014

Water call issued on thousands of rights 

Idaho Department of Water Resources' director Gary Spackman signed an order Wednesday telling 2,300 water-right holders they'll have to shut down irrigation if they can't reach a compromise with Rangen Inc, a Hagerman-based fish farm and feed producer, AP reporter Katie Terhune reports. The water...

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Optum hearing: 'They added a ton of people' 

Emotions ran high today as Optum Idaho, a contractor with the state Department of Health & Welfare that's managing outpatient behavioral health services under Medicaid, was called before both the House and Senate Health & Welfare committees to respond to major complaints from Idaho care...

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Senate confirms insurance exchange board members

The Idaho Senate voted today, with no debate on any of them, to confirm the first five of 12 appointees to the state's health insurance exchange board, Your Health Idaho. Among those confirmed today were Chairman Stephen Weeg and former state Rep. Margaret Henbest. The...

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Chief deputy state superintendent quits

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho official responsible for fixing a troubled school software system is leaving the state Department of Education. Roger Quarles, hired only in August as chief deputy superintendent, quit the agency earlier this...

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Lawmakers: 'We don't keep track of the federal money?' 

Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, asked state Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna, “I heard you say that we don’t keep track of the federal money?” Lawmakers are now being asked to approve a $14.45 million supplemental appropriation for the IEN to replace federal e-rate funds...

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JFAC members 'very, very concerned' over $14M IEN request 

Members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee appear much taken aback this morning at the request for $14.45 million to bail out the Idaho Education Network, the broadband service run by contractor Education Networks of America that provides broadband connections to every Idaho high school. The...

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