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Eye On Boise archive for Aug. 2017

THURSDAY, AUG. 31, 2017


Tracy Andrus, daughter of the late Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, talks about her father at a public memorial service at Boise State University on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Andrus remembered...

The public memorial service for the late Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus has wrapped up, in a standing-room-only ballroom that seats 1,300 people at Boise State University. Among the highlights: Andrus’ daughter, Tracy Andrus, told the crowd, “You know, growing up an Andrus kid, you learned...

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Hot-air balloons fill the skies over Boise on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, as part of the annual Spirit of Boise balloon classic. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Balloons over Boise...

It is so cool to see the brightly colored hot-air balloons lift off from the park and fill the skies over Boise. There are at least two dozen up right now, some drifting lazily toward the east, others slowly rising and seemingly just hanging there,...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 30, 2017



Flags are flying at half-staff today at the Idaho State Capitol in memory of the late Cecil Andrus, Idaho's longest-serving governor, elected four times, and former U.S. secretary of the interior. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Andrus commemorations at the Capitol today

Preparations are under way now for the commemorations for the late Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, who died last week on the eve of his 86th birthday. Idaho's longest-serving governor will lie in state in the Capitol rotunda from noon today until noon tomorrow; there'll be...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 29, 2017



Idaho officials decline to ban toxic landscaping shrub 

The toxic landscaping plant blamed for more than 100 wildlife deaths in the past two winters in Idaho will remain a legal option for homeowners. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture on Monday completed its negotiated-rulemaking process for a proposed rule banning certain species of yew plants as noxious weeds. The department declined to...

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Controller Woolf names Whitworth chief of staff

State Controller Brandon Woolf has named Joshua Whitworth as his new chief of staff; Whitworth has been with the office five years and most recently was deputy controller. A former executive director of the Idaho Republican Party, Whitworth holds an MBA from Boise State University...

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Rabid bat found in Ada County

Health officials say a rabid bat was found in Ada County. Officials with Central District Health Department said Tuesday the dead rabid bat was brought into a home by a family cat in the Eagle area. Officials say the rabid bat made contact with the cat, but not the family. Officials say the bat tested positive...

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Luke Malek (Betsy Z. Russell)

Malek, wife escape serious injury in Highway 95 crash 

Idaho Rep. Luke Malek is feeling very lucky that he and wife Tara are alive and escaped serious injury in a horrific crash on Highway 95 north of Moscow on Saturday afternoon that totaled his pickup. “We’d be dead if we hadn’t been wearing our seatbelts,” said Malek, 35, R-Coeur d’Alene, who is running for Congress...

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MONDAY, AUG. 28, 2017


New path sought for high-voltage transmission lines in Idaho

Federal officials on Monday reopened public comments on proposed routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho intended to modernize the Pacific Northwest's energy grid. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced it will take comments through Sept. 27 for two segments of the Gateway West project proposed by Idaho Power...

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McGrane: 'Have everybody report into the same space' 

Phil McGrane, chief deputy clerk for Ada County, addressed the Legislature’s work group on ethics and campaign finance reform today, and demonstrated some data visualizations using free online tools based on campaign finance reports that lawmakers on the committee found fascinating – things like who...

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This is the lakefront at one of the Priest Lake cabin sites that was auctioned off on Aug. 19, 2017. This particular site, at 44 Pinto Point Rd., was unleased but had an existing cabin; it sold for its starting bid of $538,604. (Idaho Department of Lands)

Another 59 Priest Lake cabin sites auctioned off by state of Idaho – this time for $29.1 million

The state of Idaho auctioned off 59 more properties on Priest Lake, and once again most of the buyers already own cabins on the land. The sites were auctioned off Aug. 18 and 19, and attracted no competitive bidding – all sold for their appraised value. “I think it went well,” said George Nethercutt, the former Washington congressman who’s the...

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