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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2016

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016

Idaho single-sex elementary classrooms violated federal law

Officials with the U.S. Department of Education say an Idaho school district violated federal law when it segregated elementary students into single-sex classrooms. Several years ago, Middleton Heights Elementary was among the dozens of public schools targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union over whether single-sex learning...

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Cortney Liddiard, CEO of Ball Ventures in Idaho Falls, addresses the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho on Wednesday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Ball Ventures CEO: Consider lowering 2/3 supermajority for bonds 

A businessman addressing the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho had a surprising recommendation today: Lower the two-thirds supermajority requirement for general-obligation bonds, which school districts and local governments now must get to invest in major infrastructure like new buildings. “Please don’t throw anything at me, don’t...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016

Racing Commission faces funding woes after track closes

The Idaho Racing Commission is scrambling to avoid a funding crisis after its primary revenue source evaporated earlier this year with the closing of the largest horse racing track in the state. By law, a portion of the money bet on horse racing in Idaho is diverted to the commission, which relies on that money, as well as revenue from license...

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New Rep. Priscilla Giddings, center, talks with other new Idaho lawmakers during a break in orientation sessions at the state Capitol on Monday. (Betsy Z. Russell)

New Idaho lawmakers start orientation at Capitol

Idaho’s 18 newest legislators are at the Capitol today for orientation, four of them new senators and 14 of them new representatives. Among the 18, just two have served in the Legislature before, new Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, as a representative; and Rep. Thyra Stevenson,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2016

Massive project proposed to remove juniper trees in Idaho 

Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse and might also benefit cattle ranchers. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday announced it's taking public comments through Jan. 3 on the plan to eliminate the trees from 940 square miles in Owyhee County...

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Otter names new State Appellate Public Defender 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has named a new state appellate public defender: Eric Fredericksen, who current serves as the chief of the SAPD’s appellate unit. Fredericksen, who holds a law degree from the University of Idaho, first joined the office in 2002; left in 2012...

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