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FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2007

Wildfires bring health advisory for smoke

With wildfires still raging across the region – Idaho and Montana now have 18 large wildfires each – the Idaho departments of Health & Welfare and Environmental Quality have issued a health advisory for “potentially unhealthy and even hazardous air quality conditions from wildfire smoke.”...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2007

'Space travel is risky, but we have confidence'

Idaho Public TV’s Marcia Franklin asked teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan about the damage to tiles on the Space Shuttle Endeavor during her live interview with Morgan and fellow astronaut Al Drew today. Here’s what Morgan said: “The word we are getting is that this is more...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2007

The Idaho-to-space connection continues

Idaho Public Television producer and host Marcia Franklin will be conducting an uncommon interview tomorrow – she’ll be interviewing teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan and one of her crewmates on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Franklin will be in Boise, but thanks to phone and satellite hookups, her...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2007

Making the space-to-Idaho connection

What a cool thing! There was teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan on the screen, her dark hair floating around her head in waves, while kids quizzed her and three fellow astronauts on everything from the speed of a baseball thrown in space (very, very slow, as the...

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Stewart's Constitution 101

North Idaho College political scientist Tony Stewart says he’s a student of the U.S. Constitution – he’s also been teaching it to college students for 38 years. And he’s saddened by the lack of understanding of the nation’s founding document’s groundbreaking provisions on religious freedom.There...

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MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2007

What it takes

Here’s what it takes to be eligible for either of the two U.S. Magistrate Judge positions that will open in Idaho in 2008: “To be qualified for appointment an applicant must:(1) Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 2007

Stallings calls for Sali resignation or apology

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Richard Stallings is calling for GOP Rep. Bill Sali to either “take back the anti-religious freedom comments he made this week to an online religious fundamentalist organization web site, or get out of Congress.” Stallings said in a statement, “I call...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2007

Kempthorne 'most popular' cabinet secretary

The Seattle Times today has an interesting look at how our former governor, Dirk Kempthorne, is doing as U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The Times, in an article by reporter Alicia Mundy, reports:“After more than a year on the job, Kempthorne, the former Idaho governor...

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Follow the launch

Today is the day that Idaho’s own Barbara Morgan, the teacher-turned-astronaut from McCall, is set to launch on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and you can follow along live at NASA’s launch blog here. To see more about the mission, click here for NASA’s website.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2007

New college names first president

The newly approved College of Western Idaho has named an interim president: Dennis Griffin, who formerly was executive director of the Boise State University West Campus. That makes some sense, as that campus is the location of the new community college. “Dennis is already on...

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2007

Edmunson leaves Legislature for guv's office

State Rep. Clete Edmunson, R-Council, is resigning from the Legislature in his third term to join Gov. Butch Otter’s staff as a field representative for central Idaho. Edmunson, 41, was vice chairman of the House State Affairs Committee and is a former teacher and coach...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2007

Republicans vs. Republicans

The state of Idaho has filed a motion to dismiss the federal lawsuit that 72 Republicans filed to close Idaho’s GOP primary election, saying the individual party members lack legal standing to bring the suit. Its backup for the argument? An affidavit from J. Kirk...

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Otter to meet with Utah, Wyoming guvs re fires

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will meet Monday by phone with Utah Gov. John Huntsman and Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, along with federal officials, regarding “responses to wildfires and other disasters.” Otter, along with Idaho GOP Sens. Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, has been critical of...

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‘Open minds’ on re-examining tax breaks

A 14-member legislative committee, including members of both the House and Senate tax committees, convened this morning to start a long and hard look at Idaho’s tax system – and specifically at all exemptions, deductions and credits, what they accomplish and whether they’re justified. All...

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TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2007

Coeur d’Alenes come to aid of Shoshone-Paiutes

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has sent $25,000 to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes after the Shoshone-Paiutes’ Duck Valley Reservation was hit hard by the Murphy Complex fire on the Idaho-Nevada border, which burned 200 power poles and left the reservation without power. “The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council...

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SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007

Sali on Congress: 'Things do not make sense'

Bill Sali says he arrived in Congress to find a system that's "goofy." Congressmen debate bills in an empty chamber. Testimony at committee hearings is by invitation only. Votes are noisy, messy affairs. Bills have multiple issues tucked into them, and the only choices are...

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Where the fires are

Most of the wildfires in the country are clustered in a big clump in the center of Idaho, while another semicircle of them wraps around the southern edge of the state. Click here to see a NIFC map of the country on which the numbered...

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Two federal magistrates to retire next year

Both Chief Magistrate Judge Mikel Williams and Magistrate Judge Larry Boyle will retire in 2008, the U.S. District Court in Boise announced today. Williams has served on the federal court for 24 years, and will retire March 29, 2008. Boyle will retire on Sept. 27,...

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007

It's official - it's a disaster

If the ugly brownish-grey gloom hanging over Boise wasn’t hint enough, Gov. Butch Otter has now declared disaster emergencies in five Idaho counties due to wildfires. The five, Cassia, Idaho, Nez Perce, Owyhee and Twin Falls counties, are the ones that have officially contacted the...

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SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007

Changing the system

Idaho has made a big change in how it approaches substance abuse treatment, moving from a fragmented system that had various agencies doing their own thing with no particular coordination, to one in which they're forced to work in concert."You can just see this new...

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Two youthful inmates blow it

Two 18-year-old inmates at the North Idaho Correctional Institution escaped last night by climbing over a fence, but were recaptured this morning. Both were serving time for grand theft; both had just recently arrived at the Cottonwood facility for “riders,” or retained jurisdiction sentences. That’s...

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The naming of a college

The new community college in the Treasure Valley is being called the College of Western Idaho, or CWI. Considering that the two existing community colleges are the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) in Twin Falls and North Idaho College (NIC) in Coeur d’Alene, how did...

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007

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