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UI ends subsidies

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho officials say they are ending a nearly free tuition program for employees and spouses of other state schools due to a sharp reduction in state funding.

“We’ve got fee-paying and tuition-paying students subsidizing the education of spouses and faculty at the other colleges, which didn’t sit well with the provost,” said Ron Smith, vice president for Finance and Administration.

He said Provost Doug Baker also said the policy was unfair.

The program allowed those eligible to pay a $25 fee and then $5 per credit to take traditional or online courses at the University of Idaho. Read more.

Right move on UI's part?

Bookstore Owner Opposes Griz Stand

Boundary County Commissioners were among many to receive an email Friday from John O'Connor, ower of Bonners Books, criticizing the “shrill” letter county commissioners sent to the Idaho Congressional Delegation and Governor Butch Otter August 22. “I became immediately irritated when I read this email,” commission chair Ron Smith (pictured) said. “He showed absolutely no compassion for Jeremy Hill or his family.” Titled “An open letter to Senator Jim Risch,” O'Connor's letter begins, “You were recently sent a shrill letter from our Boundary County Commissioners, dated August 22nd, having to do with the shooting of a grizzly bear by local resident Jeremy Hill. O'Connor continues: “”The letter was sent without the full support of the community, and obviously before the commissioners bothered to gather important facts about the case”/Mike Weland, News Bonners Ferry. More here.

Question: I'd say book store owner John O'Connor is the loneliest man in Boundary County, wouldn't you?

CdA Hopeful Has Deep BF Roots

Amber Copeland grew up here and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1999. Growing up here, she says, her world consisted of people she knew and would come to know. She grew up with two parents in her home, who had a handful with she and her brothers and sisters, Casey, Sean, Jody, Sarah and Billie Jo.  Her house, overseen by her parents, Pam and Larry  Copeland, wasn’t her only place of haven; she could always visit her grandparent’s homes, either Tom Copeland’s or Ron and Evelyn Smith’s. “Oh, don't call him grandpa … he hates that,” Amber said, referring to former sheriff and long-time county commissioner Ron Smith. “He prefers grandaddy, guess it's his southern roots!”/Mike Weland, News Bonners Ferry. More here. (News Bonners Ferry photo/Mike Weland: Amber Copeland & her 4 daughters Abigail, Gracie, Lillian and Baylee.

Question: Seems to me that newcomer Copeland has political pedigree. What do you think?

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