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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

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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SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016

Eye on Boise: Sen. Steven Thayn calls on conservatives to ‘do something,’ not just complain 

Idaho state Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, had a booth at the state GOP convention over the weekend, where he was handing out copies of his latest book, “Reprogramming Government, A Conservative Approach.” Like his previous books, it’s published in a small format, about the size of a pocket U.S. Constitution. The thesis? “That libertarian conservatism is ineffective,” Thayn said. Instead, he’s calling for a “win-win” approach, defined as “empowering the citizens with local control over resources and choices.”

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Idaho GOP convention smoother this time around

Two years after the Idaho Republican Party’s state convention degenerated into chaos, the party wrapped up a surprisingly smooth confab in Nampa Saturday with much talk of party unity, though little enthusiasm for presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016


Heather Livergood was born in a Montana hotel room in 1946 and sold on the black market for $100. Last year she tracked down her birth mother’s family using and DNA testing, and has recently discovered who her birth father was. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Ancestry puzzle complete for Coeur d’Alene woman 

Heather Livergood considered herself lucky when she discovered who her birth mother was last year. She never thought the other half of the mystery - her father’s identity - would be solved so quickly. The Coeur d’Alene woman was sold as a newborn for $100 – one of possibly dozens of babies whose fates were orchestrated by Gertrude Pitkanen, a notorious Montana abortionist and midwife who arranged black market adoptions. No records were kept of who Livergood’s birth parents were, leading her to a 45-year search for where she came from.

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Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White speaks during a news conference Monday, March 7, 2016, with a photo of Kyle Andrew Odom in the background in Coeur d’Alene. (Kathy Plonka)

Judge declines to lower bond for defendant in shooting of church pastor

Kyle Odom’s attorney asked a judge Thursday to lower the bond for the man charged with shooting Pastor Tim Remington six times outside a Coeur d’Alene church. The bond, set at $500,000, is excessive for the charge of aggravated battery, argued Kootenai County Deputy Public Defender Lisa Chesebro. It also is set just high enough to require the county jail staff to keep Odom in maximum security at the county jail, which isn’t necessary, Chesebro told 1st District Judge James Stow.

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Panel urges review of Idaho legislators’ pension perk 

After two Idaho citizens, a retired math teacher and a CPA, urged a state panel to do away with the 1990 law that grants big boosts in state retirement pensions to longtime, part-time state legislators who late in their careers take high-paying, full-time state jobs, the panel voted unanimously to call on the Legislature to revisit the issue.

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Idaho primary turnout: Just 23% of registered voters

BOISE – Turnout in Idaho’s May 17 primary election was just 23 percent of registered voters statewide. That figure was released Wednesday as the state Board of Canvassers met to officially certify the election results. “It could’ve been worse,” said ...

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

Tribe gives $1.3 million in education grants 

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has awarded $1.38 million in education grants to 104 area schools and nonprofit organizations. The grants pay for musical instruments, art supplies and art therapy programs, as well as laptops, tablets and classroom projection systems. The tribe also pledged $100,000 to North Idaho College’s Technical Education Campus.

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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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