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Human skeletal remains found in southern Idaho

ROGERSON, Idaho – The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s office said it’s working to identify a human skeleton found in south-central Idaho The Times-News reported that a hiker found the skeleton on Monday in a remote region of the South Hills recreation area south of Twin Falls. The bones were found near a creek amid pine trees.

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Idaho farmer sentenced to 3 years in prison for seed fraud

BOISE – A farmer in south-central Idaho who passed off conventional seed as organic has been sentenced to three years in prison. The U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson’s office announced Tuesday that Bliss Seeds LLC owner Bernard Saul, of Bliss would also be sentenced to three years of supervised release, to forfeit the $1.9 million and an additional $7,500 fine. Saul made $1.9 million more in seed sales than he would have selling non-organic alfalfa seeds.

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Former lawmaker from Hayden dies

Former Idaho state Rep. Jeff Alltus, R-Hayden, died Saturday after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service is scheduled for June 16 at Candlelight Fellowship in Hayden. Alltus, 61, an insurance agent, was an outspoken Christian conservative first elected to the House in 1994. He served three terms and was a backer of abortion restrictions and term limits. He also sponsored legislation to change a region-based formula to allow North Idaho residents to get lower health insurance rates, pushed for broad latitude for off-road-vehicle riders and gun enthusiasts, and advocated a law making divorces harder to obtain.

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Idaho candidate withdraws after GOP convention 

A Republican legislative candidate in North Idaho said he is no longer running for a state Senate seat after facing pressure from other GOP officials to pull out of the race. John Freeland, 22, announced Tuesday he would no longer pursue challenging three-term incumbent Sen. Dan Schmidt, a Democrat from Moscow, in the upcoming November election.

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Idaho Sen. Crapo calls on Trump to withdraw comments on judge 16 

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, pressed by Democratic challenger Jerry Sturgill to disavow presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s statements that a federal judge presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University can’t be fair because of the judge’s Mexican heritage, is now calling on Trump to retract his comments.

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

Crop duster pilot killed in northern Idaho crash 

DE SMET, Idaho – Authorities in northern Idaho say a crop duster pilot died Monday morning after his plane struck power lines and crashed into some trees. The Benewah County Sheriff’s Office says the man was thrown from the craft ...

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Rep. Raul Labrador addresses a criminal justice reform conference at Concordia University School of Law in Boise on Monday, June 6. (Betsy Z. Russell / SR)

Raul Labrador says momentum building for bipartisan sentencing reform

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says momentum is building in Congress for major criminal justice reforms, aimed at reversing decades of focus on long prison terms, even for non-violent and first-time offenders. “I believe that we’re going to see some of the greatest reforms in a generation,” Labrador told a criminal justice reform conference Monday in Boise.

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Deal in sex abuse case prompted by lawsuits

NAMPA, Idaho – Prosecutors in southwestern Idaho agreed to amend a former juvenile correction nurse’s sex crime charge largely because of pending lawsuits against the state. According to court recordings obtained by the Idaho Press-Tribune, a Nampa newspaper, the lawsuits ...

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Idaho woman fined for trying to rescue wild horse 

APNewsNow. IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management has fined an Idaho woman who attempted to rescue an emaciated wild horse. The Post Register reported that the BLM fined Cynthia Stoetzer $275 for attempting to move the animal ...

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Eye On BoiseTaking a few days off…

I’ll be off for the next few days, and will be back and blogging again next Wednesday. Let me know what I miss, and I’ll catch up then…

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