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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2007

Otter: Looking for a revenue stream, not pond

Here’s Gov. Butch Otter’s reaction to state Controller Donna Jones’ press release today urging against a tax increase for roads, and instead calling for spending the state’s surplus on road needs: “We appreciate the state controller’s suggestion, because we know she recognizes, as we do,...

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Some reactions to the election lawsuit

Some interesting reactions to the filing of the lawsuit by 72 Idaho Republicans who want the state’s GOP primary closed to all but registered Republicans:From Keith Allred, Harvard professor and head of The Common Interest, a citizens group: “There’s obviously a schism within the party...

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2007

A process that isn't pretty

Idaho’s state capitol, as part of its ongoing renovation project, has been shorn not only of the grand old trees that once stood on its grounds, but also of the graceful steps that formerly adorned the east side of the building. The demolition is necessary...

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New law leads to first abuse lawsuit

It took years for Ron Morgan to muster the strength to go public with the story of how a volunteer scout leader sexually abused him as a young teen. But this morning, standing on the courthouse steps in Boise, Morgan spoke out - and filed...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2007

One thing we've got: Wind

Idaho has so much wind that tumbleweeds pile up along its fence lines and windsurfers careen across its lakes. Yet the 13th-windiest state in the nation lags in wind energy development, even as neighboring Washington, which ranks 24th, has become a leader in capturing power...

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Water war headed off for now

Idaho Water Resources Director David Tuthill has accepted mitigation plans submitted by the Idaho Ground Water Appropriators and the Idaho Dairymen’s Association, and rescinded the threatened curtailment of junior water rights in the Thousand Springs area for 2007. He also set a hearing on the...

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Field-burning talks set

Idaho farmers who in the past have annually burned their fields and a clean-air group that opposes field-burning on public health grounds will meet separately with a dispute resolution expert on Friday. “These are preliminary discussions to see if there’s any room for dialogue to...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007

Elk rancher wants to take on Risch in primary

Controversial eastern Idaho elk rancher Rex Rammell says he’ll announce on Tuesday that he’s going to run for the U.S. Senate – Larry Craig’s seat, to be exact. “Guess who is my likely opponent? Jim Risch,” he chortled over the phone. “We’re gonna go head-to-head...

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Micron reports big loss

The rumors have been swirling for a while, and today the news came out: Micron Technology has posted a net loss of $225 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2007, and Steve Appleton is stepping down as president, though he will remain as CEO...

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The news I missed

While Gaza exploded into violence and the woodsy neighborhoods where the locals live at South Lake Tahoe (my old stomping grounds from way back when) turned into a fiery inferno, it appears that not much happened here in Boise in the past two weeks while...

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Back in a blink

My eye on Boise will be turned elsewhere for the next two weeks – helping chaperone my daughter’s high school Latin Club trip to Italy. Let me know what I miss. Ciao!

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2007

Four nominated for Idaho Supreme Court

The Idaho Judicial Council has forwarded four names to the governor for the opening on the Idaho Supreme Court that’s coming up at the end of July when Chief Justice Gerald Schroeder retires. The four nominees: Michael Gilmore, deputy attorney general; Joel D. Horton, 4th...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2007

Aggressively targeting aggressive driving

Starting this Sunday, Idaho law enforcement agencies will launch an enforcement campaign against aggressive driving, which contributes to more than half of all car crashes in the state. The campaign will run June 10-23, and then again from July 15-28. “More than 36,000 people in...

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More evidence that Idaho's booming

Idaho has picked up a couple more economic distinctions in the past week – the state Commerce & Labor Department reported that Idaho led the nation for its increase in gross state product in 2006, and the Idaho Housing and Finance Association reported that U.S....

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Otter names Gwartney to head Admin

Gov. Butch Otter has named his transition director and longtime friend, Mike Gwartney, to head the state Department of Administration, now that former state Controller Keith Johnson has left that post to work for Oracle. Gwartney is a former Boise Cascade executive who headed Otter’s...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2007

You could help run new community college

Want to run a community college? Here’s your chance. The new College of Western Idaho is accepting resumes and cover letters from Canyon or Ada County residents who are interested in serving on the board of trustees for the newly approved community college. “We’re looking...

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Another Idahoan for a top national resource post?

We’ve already got our former governor, Dirk Kempthorne, serving as the Bush Administration’s Secretary of the Interior. Now comes word from Sen. Larry Craig that President Bush has chosen Jim Caswell, head of Idaho’s Office of Species Conservation and a former forest supervisor here, to...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2007

'It really took everybody'

When Ada and Canyon county voters chose last week, by a two-thirds supermajority, to raise their own taxes to create the state’s first new community college district since the early 1960s, it turned conventional wisdom on its ear. Even though top Republicans and Democrats, from...

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