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Eye On Boise archive for July 2016

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016


Idaho Rep. Labrador is 6th-poorest member of Congress 

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is the sixth-poorest member of Congress, according to a comparison by, with an average net worth, based on his federal financial disclosures, of minus $216,000. That’s far eclipsed by the poorest member, Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., whose $25 million-plus in...

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Plane drops retardant on Pioneer Fire on Thursday (Inciweb)

Pioneer Fire crosses state Highway 21

A southwest Idaho wildfire burning timber in rugged terrain on Thursday crossed a state highway fire officials had hoped to use as a firebreak. Officials say the 20-square-mile blaze burning west to east crossed state Highway 21 about 5 miles south of Lowman. About 23 miles of the highway are closed from north of Idaho City to south of Lowman...

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Workshops set for Idaho transition to 2nd area code

Idaho officials have announced workshops throughout the state to help telephone customers transition to a second area code and the resulting need for 10-digit dialing. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission says voluntary 10-digit dialing begins in November and mandatory 10-digit dialing starts in August 2017...

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Labrador, Crapo set meetings around state 

1st District Congressman Raul Labrador has launched a “Conversations with the Congressman” tour that he says will hit all 19 counties in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District; he’s in Wallace at the Books Hotel this morning, and started out in McCall yesterday at Moxie Java. “My...

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Wildfires, smoke affect Boise's air quality 

Smoke is affecting air quality in Boise, as multiple wildfires burn. The Mile Marker 14 fire near Lucky Peak was declared 100 percent controlled on Monday, but a new fire, the Mile Marker 52 fire near Avimor on Highway 55, ignited on Tuesday, and as...

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Idaho Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong addresses lawmakers on Wednesday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Armstrong on why PCAP failed... 

Rep. John VanderWoude, R-Nampa, asked state Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong why the governor’s PCAP primary care proposal died last year. Amid some laughter – Armstrong was the plan’s chief architect and proponent – he told the Legislature’s joint interim working group on the...

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Idaho Legislature's interim working group on the state's health coverage gap convenes its first meeting on Wednesday at the state Capitol (Betsy Z. Russell)

Legislative panel on health coverage gap opens first meeting 

The Legislature’s joint working group on Idaho’s health coverage gap has convened its first meeting. Co-Chair Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, talked about “the resistance that we’re having among members” in the House. “I think mistakenly or otherwise, we thought that we were talking about a pure Medicaid expansion." That was never intended, he said...

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

Crane: 'We're so Republican that...' 16 

As the national GOP convention runs through its formal roll call of states to nominate Donald Trump, state Treasurer Ron Crane, who’s chairing Idaho’s delegation, made the announcement for Idaho. Here’s what he said: “My name is Ron Crane, and I’m from the state of...

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