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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2016

THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016

Otter on PAC, session length, lawsuits... 

Here are some more topics Gov. Butch Otter addressed at this morning’s AP Legislative Preview: OTTER PAC: “I have had tremendous support from folks in the Legislature, at the local level, at the county precinct level. My effort is to help those folks in operations...

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter at the AP Legislative Preview on Thursday at the Idaho state Capitol (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Otter on Planned Parenthood, tax cuts, Burns protest... 

Here are some more issues Gov. Butch Otter has addressed this morning in response to questions from reporters at the AP Legislative Preview: PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Otter acknowledged that lawmakers have called for moves against the organization, including an investigation. “We have had legislators and a...

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Otter names Megan Ronk as next Commerce director 

Gov. Butch Otter has announced that Megan Ronk will be the new director of the Idaho Department of Commerce. “She’s been there a long time,” he said. “She’s prepared to hit the ground running. I have every confidence, because of her past performance, that I...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2016

Petition asks feds to extend wolf monitoring

Conservation groups are asking the federal government to continue keeping a close eye on gray wolf populations throughout the northern Rocky Mountains because states are aggressively seeking to kill more wolves. According to the petition filed Tuesday, the five groups are seeking an additional five years of monitoring from the U.S. Fish and Wild...

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Idaho delegation blasts Obama's executive action on guns 

Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation today blasted President Obama’s executive action on gun control, which includes expanding background checks, hiring more ATF agents and expanding research. 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador said Obama has “subverted our Constitution,” and Sen. Jim Risch branded the move “unconstitutional lawmaking.”...

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MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2016

Landmark home of the late J.R. Simplot is demolished in Boise on Monday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Simplot home demolition moving quickly...

It didn't take long today for much of the distinctive Simplot home atop its prominent green hill in Boise to disappear, as the Simplot family moves to demolish the long-vacant structure, once targeted to be Idaho's official governor's mansion. The family of the late billionaire...

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Idaho population grows, exceeds national growth rate

Idaho’s population growth outpaced the national rate from mid-2014 to mid-2015, the Idaho Department of Labor reports today, though it’s still well below the 2 percent-plus rates from the mid-2000s. The latest U.S. Census data shows that Idaho’s population grew 1.2 percent during the time...

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Simplot house to be demolished 

The Simplot family has just announced that it will demolish the late J.R. Simplot's longtime hilltop home, starting today. "The home has been vacant for more than a decade, and the family has decided that it's in the best interest to remove the home rather...

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