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  • Otter underestimates wilderness use to Congress

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter greatly underestimated the number of people who visit a central Idaho wilderness when telling members of Congress how little wilderness means to residents in the state, …


  • Substance abuse treatment saves state money, study finds

    BOISE – Idaho now has the data to show that its substance abuse treatment services directly save the state money. But the news comes as the state is preparing to …


  • Waste shipments concern Andrus

    BOISE – Former Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus said he’s troubled by a new deal that would allow even small amounts of nuclear waste to be shipped to eastern Idaho. Andrus …


  • Lawmakers begin tough sessions

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter worked some budget magic to trim the state’s shortfall for the coming year down to manageable size and avoid calling for any tax increases. …


  • Otter says frugality to become state norm

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter pledged Friday to turn the emergency measures the state has taken to cope with a huge economic downturn into “standard operating practices” for his …


  • Otter says he’ll make cuts ‘standard practice’

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter pledged Friday to turn the emergency measures the state has taken to cope with a huge economic downturn into “standard operating practices” for his administration, as …


  • Land Board’s PR agent well known among GOP

    BOISE – Idaho’s state Land Board has paid more than a quarter-million dollars since 2007 to one of the state’s top Republican operatives for a public relations campaign, but officials …


  • Tax commission chief under conflict cloud

    BOISE – Idaho Tax Commission employees say commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow intervened on behalf of his son’s accounting firm over objections from agency workers, according to e-mails and other documents …


  • Idaho panel suspends wolf management

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday endorsed a decision by Gov. Butch Otter to halt state management of wolves.


  • Wolf talks at impasse, Schweitzer says

    BILLINGS – Montana’s governor said negotiations to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list have hit an impasse after Wyoming and Idaho refused to go along with an Interior …


  • State, federal leaders continue wolf talks

    BILLINGS – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and governors from three Northern Rockies states resumed negotiations Thursday to remove the region’s wolves from the endangered list, but reached no conclusions. Western …


  • Wolf negotiations resume, but no consensus

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and governors from three Northern Rockies states resumed negotiations today to remove the region’s wolves from the endangered list, but reached no conclusions.


  • Salazar, states discuss wolf management

    After years of legal wrangling over wolf management, the Obama administration and the governors of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming on Monday discussed crafting an end-game – including whether Congress should …


  • Governors meet with Salazar on wolf management

    After years of legal wrangling over wolf management, the Obama administration and the governors of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming on Monday discussed crafting an end-game - including whether Congress should …


  • Idaho roads need $543 million more

    BOISE – Idaho needs to spend $543 million more a year on its roads, Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation task force decided Tuesday, and the top ways it should raise the …


  • Crèche won’t find home in rotunda

    OLYMPIA – Thanksgiving is still nearly a week away, but the annual Christmas controversy over religious displays in the Capitol has begun. A tree will go up in the Rotunda …


  • Idaho panel predicts shortfall as budget lacks stimulus, reserves

    BOISE – State lawmakers got a grim glimpse of the decision-making that awaits them when they convene in January, as the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee gathered Monday to go …


  • Feds delay decision on Idaho wolf killing

    LEWISTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service won’t be able to respond to Idaho’s petition to kill wolves in the upper Clearwater River Basin as soon as hoped, an …


  • GOP gains mean more of the same at Idaho Statehouse

    BOISE – While much of the nation endorsed a sharp change in political direction Tuesday, Idaho went its own way – the same way it’s headed for the past four …


  • GOP incumbents finding easy wins in Idaho

    A tumultuous election in Idaho led to high turnout and strong feelings, but the most-Republican-voting state in the nation was left little changed. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter rallied to win …


  • Caldwell: Bigger in Texas? Maybe just its budget deficit

    Select Washington businesses got a letter this month from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who like Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, aims to poach anyone disaffected by a possible state individual income …


  • Allred plans campaign stops

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred and some of his supporters will roll through North Idaho on Monday for a series of “mini-rallies.” Allred, a former citizen activist and founder of …


  • National group fuels ads targeting Allred

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter likes to say he doesn’t go negative – all his TV campaign ads are positive and are about him, not his opponent. But there …


  • Budget at issue in final governor debate

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter defended his cuts to education and his track record as governor Thursday night, as he met four rivals in the final debate before Tuesday’s …


  • Glitch at Otter’s office leaves farmers lacking aid

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state’s congressional delegation have contacted federal authorities to try to get some $10 million in disaster relief money for northern Idaho farmers possibly lost …


  • Gridlock on wolves alienates key allies

    An impasse over wolf management in the Northern Rockies is alienating hunters and ranchers, groups whose support is crucial to the canny predators’ long-term success in the region, experts say. …


  • Job creation tops Idahoans’ concerns

    With the election less than a week away, Idaho voters are worried about their state’s economy, wary of plans to run huge trucks across scenic U.S. Highway 12, and averse …


  • Incumbent Otter faces mediator, activist Allred

    BOISE – Butch Otter’s long-awaited turn as Idaho’s governor – he first ran for the post in 1978 and served as lieutenant governor for 14 years – hasn’t turned out …


  • Otter and Allred on election issues

    Here’s a look at how Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred differ on big issues in the race: • SCHOOL FUNDING: Otter approved an unprecedented 7.5 percent …


  • Allred wants to retain state control of wolves

    BOISE – Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, announced Thursday that he opposes Gov. Butch Otter’s decision to pull Idaho out of wolf management, and that if elected, …

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