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Eye On Boise archive for June 2016


Nampa, Payette mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus

Officials say mosquitoes in the cities of Nampa and Payette have tested positive for West Nile virus. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the infected mosquitoes in Nampa were from a trap collected Tuesday south of Lake Lowell in the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge area. The Payette mosquitoes were collected Monday in the Willow Creek...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

Harney County, Ore. voters reject Grasty recall bid 

Voters in Harney County, Ore. have overwhelmingly rejected an attempt to recall the county’s top elected official, County Judge Steve Grasty, in a special election today, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. Grasty was an outspoken critic of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge....

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In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo Hank Johnson displays his handgun. (Al Behrman / AP)

Idaho's new permitless concealed-carry gun law takes effect Friday 15 

Starting Friday, Idaho will become the eighth state in the nation to allow most residents age 21 or older to carry concealed guns without a permit – even inside cities, in bars and in government buildings. The new law is the latest result of decades of efforts to liberalize gun laws in Idaho, a gun-loving state that already had some of the most...

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Idaho SAT scores beat national averages 

The latest round of SAT scores places Idaho above the national averages across the board, Idaho EdNews reports, and the State Board of Education is encouraged. “Overall, this is a positive for Idaho and the work being done in our schools,” state board Executive Director...

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016

Three of 6 top Idaho chief execs took pay cuts in 2015

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Five of the top executives at the six Idaho companies that trade on major stock exchanges took home multimillion-dollar compensation packages in their companies' latest fiscal years. The Idaho Statesman reports ( )...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

U.S. Attorney urges calm in Twin Falls case 14 

Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson has issued a statement about the June 2 sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl involving three other children at a low-income apartment complex in Twin Falls that led to false stories, circulated nationally on the internet, about a supposed knifepoint...

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Idaho reminds paddleboard operators to have safety gear 

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is reminding paddleboard users that the increasingly popular crafts are considered vessels when operated outside of marked swimming areas and are required to have safety equipment. The state agency says a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket must be on board as well as...

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New presidential-only primary in March cost state $1.9M 

Idaho's Republican presidential primary election cost taxpayers $1.9 million this year, coming in just slightly under what state officials originally estimated. Idaho lawmakers agreed to move the GOP presidential primary from May to March in 2015. The conservative-dominated Statehouse argued that doing so would allow the Gem State to play...

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