Eye On Boise


Texas oil company asks Idaho officials to begin integration process over oil, gas drilling 

A state commission took a step Wednesday toward beginning the integration process that would allow a Texas oil company to move forward with plans to drill for natural gas or oil in western Idaho, while clarifying rights of the surrounding mineral rights owners who aren't part of the initial drilling lease. The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission...

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Fulcher endorses Crapo for re-election 

Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who ran unsuccessfully against Gov. Butch Otter in the GOP primary last year as Otter sought his third term as governor, has endorsed GOP U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo for re-election. Fulcher said in a statement, “For America to survive...

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Idaho gas tax referendum effort falls short 

A North Idaho retiree’s push to force a voter referendum on this year’s Idaho transportation funding bill – which includes a 7-cent gas tax increase that takes effect July 1 – has fallen far short. Alan Littlejohn of Athol needed to gather 47,432 signatures by...

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015

Cathy Silak, dean of Concordia University School of Law in Boise (Betsy Z. Russell)

Silak: 'It's been a very exciting day'

Cathy Silak, dean of Concordia University School of Law in Boise, was celebrating today as the Boise law school received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association, allowing its graduates to take the bar exam in any state. She said the school’s first graduating class...

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May revenues increase boosts to transportation, state savings 

With the additional $9.5 million surplus Idaho’s state general fund tax revenues built up in May, the estimates for the amounts that this year’s transportation bill – which splits a “surplus eliminator” between additional transportation work and the Budget Stabilization Fund, the state’s main rainy-day...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015

Idaho GOP to vote on resolution calling for relaxing PAC contribution reporting rules 

The Idaho Republican Party’s central committee will vote Saturday on a resolution calling for relaxing Idaho’s requirements for disclosing contributions to political committees or PACs. Under current law, political committees with expenditures that exceed $5,000 must report individual annual contributions exceeding $50, and all individual...

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Three vying for Idaho Dems state party chair 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three candidates are tossing their hat in to be the new chair of Idaho's Democratic Party. The list of candidates who have declared as of Friday include party spokesman Dean Ferguson, retired Pocatello...

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State Board of Ed to host 'STEM Summit'

A day-long STEM Summit is being planned June 10 at Boise State University, hosted by the state Board of Education, to bring together educators, administrators, students, industry leaders, policymakers, and other STEM advocates to focus on how to “expand Idaho’s STEM talent pipeline from education...

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