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  • TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2013

    Volunteers keep Idaho parks open, director tells lawmakers

    BOISE – Idaho state parks are staying open thanks in part to thousands of volunteers, the state parks chief told lawmakers Monday. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation now …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 27, 2013

    Eye on Boise: Scholarship programs need revamp

    BOISE – Idaho’s state scholarship programs for college students lag far behind most states in the region. In response to a question from Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, Mike Rush, director …


  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

    Funding formula for NIC gets look

    BOISE – Lawmakers brought up a longtime sore spot during North Idaho College’s budget hearing at the state Legislature on Tuesday: Why does the Coeur d’Alene community college get so …


  • THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013

    Idaho lawmaker equates abortion rights to prostitution

    BOISE – A lawmaker from North Idaho drew audible gasps Wednesday morning when he asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho if their pro-abortion-rights stance also means …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2013

    Eye on Boise: Unallocated money in school budget may stay put

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who’ve been hoping to raid Idaho’s public school budget now that voters have rejected three school-reform laws had a setback last week: Doing so would require …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 9, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Ed funding ‘probably not’ up to snuff

    BOISE – Idaho is “probably not” meeting the state constitution’s requirements to provide for education, Gov. Butch Otter told a crowd of more than 400 people last week. The implications …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

    Idaho House deposes Speaker Denney

    BOISE – Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post Wednesday night to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012, 8:34 P.M.

    Idaho House speaker Denney ousted

    Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post tonight to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in a dramatic political …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Lawmaker wants teacher bonus option

    BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, says he doesn’t want teachers to lose the $38.8 million in performance-pay bonuses that the state is scheduled to send out to school …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012

    Otter says he, Luna ready to talk about fixing education

    BOISE – After Idaho voters decisively rejected the Students Come First school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reform. …


  • WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012, 4:17 P.M.

    Idaho school reform foes call for new start

    After Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, …


  • WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012

    Idaho voters push back on school reform issues

    BOISE – Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012, 10:48 P.M.

    Idaho voters appear to turn down school-reform plan

    BOISE - Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school-reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. Butch …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 4, 2012

    School reform propositions in Idaho will be ‘catalyst for turnout’

    BOISE – Idaho voters are riled up and ready to vote, with a contentious school-reform debate reverberating in the state’s airwaves and decisions looming on every seat in the Legislature, …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 4, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Student laptop ‘buyout’ math doesn’t add up

    BOISE – It turns out that the “buyout” clause in the state’s $182 million laptop contract is not what the state Department of Education originally described – a cost that …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012

    Otter appears in pro-reform ad

    BOISE – The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message. “Education in Idaho is …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2012, 10:04 A.M.

    Otter steps forward in latest school reform ad

    The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message.


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2012

    NYC mayor big donor in Idaho vote

    BOISE – A secretive campaign group that claimed to be providing Idaho parents a voice in the state’s school reform referendum fight actually was bankrolled in large part by an …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012, 2:08 P.M.

    NY mayor among secret donors to Idaho school campaign

    A secretive campaign group that claimed to be providing Idaho parents a voice in the state’s school reform referendum fight actually was bankrolled in large part by an Idaho grocery …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012, 9:54 A.M.

    Former Idaho official would play key role under laptop contract

    A former Idaho state official now with Education Networks of America would play a key role under the state’s $182 million, eight-year contract for laptop computers for high school students.