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  • Editorial: Otter wise to lead on health care exchanges

    Score one for logical over ideological. Though he’s no fan of national health care reform, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is taking a pragmatic stance in telling legislators that the state …


  • Gov. Otter weighs in on grizzly bear shooting

    Gov. Butch Otter has penned a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in defense of Jeremy M. Hill, the Boundary County man who shot a grizzly bear that had entered …


  • Montanan picked as new Idaho lands chief

    Idaho’s state Land Board has voted unanimously to hire Tom Schultz, current administrator of trust land management for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, as Idaho’s new state …


  • Otter touts state exchange

    BOISE – Idaho stands to lose big if it doesn’t apply for a $40 million federal grant by Sept. 30 to set up a state-run health insurance exchange, Gov. Butch …


  • Eye on Boise: State endowment land may be restaurant site

    The recent brouhaha over operation of a mini-storage business on Idaho state endowment land is expanding a bit. Now, a report has surfaced about the state Lands Department seeking proposals …


  • Eye on Boise: Otter touts Idaho’s upgrade by S&P

    BOISE - Gov. Butch Otter took to the national airwaves last week to tout Idaho’s budget management as a “model for what the nation ought to do,” from Medicaid cuts …


  • Idaho gets big boost in revenue

    BOISE – The final numbers are in, and after anguishing over deep budget cuts, Idaho ended the fiscal year well ahead of projections for state tax revenues, with an $85.3 …


  • Idaho revenues up, Otter loses bet to Andrus

    The final numbers are in, and after anguishing over deep budget cuts, Idaho ended the fiscal year well ahead of projections for state tax revenues, with an $85.3 million year-end …


  • Eye on Boise: New tax official breaking old ties

    BOISE – Idaho’s newest tax commissioner, longtime certified public accountant and prominent Republican Rich Jackson, says he’s going above and beyond legal requirements to step away from professional and political …


  • Huckleberries: Barflies, bull kept cops hopping at Car d’Lane

    Car d’Lane has been tame since the 1999 riot in downtown Coeur d’Alene. But that doesn’t mean it has been without incident. CPD Blues were busy after the cruise this …


  • Spin Control: Study the issues, candidates – like Dick’s vs. Ron’s

    People who want to be elected to statewide office in 2012 are already wandering around the state, announcing their campaigns and trying to establish their bona fides with the good …


  • Eye on Boise: Megaloads may take both route options

    It’s possible that megaloads of oil equipment bound for the Kearl oil sands development in Canada could take both identified routes through Idaho – scenic U.S. Highway 12, where the …


  • Gregoire takes reins of Western governors group

    On the same day that Washington eliminated its tourism promotion funding and shut down its state tourism office, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, in her new role as chairwoman of the …


  • Governors focus on guardsmen

    The leaders of several Western states are interested in following Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire’s lead in tracking National Guard members returning from deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, checking on everything …


  • Face Time: Otter talks about Western Governors’ goals

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, chairman of the Western Governors Association, will hand over the gavel to the incoming chairwoman – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire – at the close of this …


  • Otter to fight school referendum

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vowed Wednesday to personally campaign against the voter referendum to overturn this year’s school reform legislation, even as the tally of Idahoans signing petitions …


  • Otter on school reform referendums: ‘I hope they fail’

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vowed Wednesday to personally campaign against the voter referendum to overturn this year’s school reform legislation, even as the tally of Idahoans signing petitions to place …


  • Otter requests federal disaster aid

    LEWISTON – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has requested more than $5 million in federal money for six northern Idaho counties to pay for fixing roads damaged by flooding and landslides …


  • Eye on Boise: Deadline’s today to remove studded tires

    BOISE – It may seem like it’s been awfully wintry lately, but the Idaho Transportation Department is sticking to the calendar – studded snow tires must be removed in Idaho …


  • Eye on Boise: Idaho endowment fund sees nice earnings bounce

    BOISE – It’s been a good year so far for Idaho’s permanent endowment fund, with earnings on investments through March 31 at 23.1 percent. Larry Johnson, investments manager, said the …


  • Last bill becomes law, making 335 for Idaho session

    BOISE – The final piece of legislation from this year’s Idaho legislative session has become law without the governor’s signature, adding a one-year phaseout to a funding cut for school …


  • Otter lets final school bill take effect without signature

    The final piece of legislation from this year’s Idaho legislative session has been allowed to become law without the governor’s signature, adding a one-year phaseout to a funding cut for …


  • Otter vetoes health measure

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed legislation that sought to block federal health reforms in Idaho but directed state agencies to take steps to avoid most of the White …


  • Despite reservations, Otter signs wolf measure

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law a measure to allow the state to declare a disaster due to wolves and take emergency measures to combat the …


  • Eye on Boise: Otter says closed primary an imperfect compromise

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law historic changes in Idaho’s election system, requiring, for the first time, that all Idahoans declare their party affiliation to vote in …


  • Otter, officials to discuss wolf hunt

    LEWISTON – Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game plan to meet with Gov. Butch Otter on Monday to discuss a public wolf hunting season. “We will be …


  • Otter calls just-finished legislative session ‘very successful’

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has declared this year’s contentious Idaho legislative session “very successful,” saying, “I’d give them an A.” The GOP governor’s assessment was far sunnier than …


  • Otter gives Idaho legislative session an ‘A’

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has declared this year’s contentious Idaho legislative session “very successful,” saying, “I’d give ‘em an A.”


  • Otter signs jobs bill

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a tax incentive bill for new hires Wednesday that’s winning bipartisan praise as a bright spot in addressing the state’s biggest issue this …


  • Idaho jobs bill wins praise, but one of few

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a tax incentive bill into law Wednesday for new hires that’s winning bipartisan praise as a bright spot in addressing Idaho’s biggest issue this year …


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