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Eye on Boise: Hart tax drama extended yet again

BOISE - Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has asked for and received 30 more days to respond to federal authorities’ move to foreclose on his Athol home. The action …


Eye on Boise: Seminars on open meetings, public records draw well

More than 230 people throughout North Idaho attended open government seminars last week in Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow and Lewiston. Each of the sessions, sponsored by Idahoans for Openness in …


Eye on Boise: Put lifetime of hunting, fishing under tree

BOISE – Need a whopper of a gift idea for the outdoors enthusiast on your list? Idaho Fish and Game has one: A lifetime of Idaho hunting or fishing – …


Eye on Boise: Seminars coming on public records, open meetings

BOISE – Everyone in Idaho should know what is covered – and what’s not – by the state’s public records and open meetings laws. That’s the premise behind a series …


Eye on Boise: 4 counties in lawsuit offer own district map

BOISE – The four Idaho counties that are suing to challenge Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan – which include Kootenai County – have drawn up and submitted to the Idaho …


Eye on Boise: State revenues fall just shy of predictions

BOISE – Idaho’s general fund revenues for October are in, and they’re almost exactly on target, missing state economists’ forecast by just 0.7 percent. At $209.9 million, the month’s tax …


Eye on Boise: Idaho’s dimmer economic outlook mirrors nation’s

BOISE – Idaho’s new economic forecast is out, and it’s a gloomier outlook than the state’s last forecast in July – though it still predicts growth. The change comes mainly …


Eye on Boise: Risch no longer among 15 richest lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has dropped one spot on Roll Call’s list of the 50 richest members of Congress, to 16th. The Capitol Hill newspaper analyzes congressional financial …


Post your thoughts on education reform

BOISE – Public comments on the State Board of Education’s proposed new online class graduation requirement – requiring every Idaho high school student to take two online courses to graduate …


Eye on Boise: Redistricting whirlwind continues

BOISE – Idaho’s new citizen redistricting commission crisscrossed the state last week, holding hearings in Idaho Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Boise, all in the course of three days. “We’ve gotten …


Eye on Boise: New redistricting panel to visit CdA

BOISE – Idaho’s new citizen redistricting commission is coming to town – the commission has scheduled a public hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Coeur d’Alene City Hall. …


Eye on Boise: Zions offices would complete Boise core

BOISE – It’s big news for Boise that Zions Bank is planning new headquarters at the corner of Eighth and Main streets downtown. That’s the site of the infamous Boise …


Eye on Boise: Libraries in Idaho adding pep to the Net

BOISE – Although Idaho achieved the dubious distinction last week of being declared the state with the slowest Internet by the New York Times – some Idahoans apparently are having …


Eye on Boise: Statesman editor takes helm of ‘Idaho Reports’

BOISE – Idaho Public Television announced that Greg Hahn has been hired as the new producer and host of “Idaho Reports,” the weekly program that reports on happenings in the …


Eye on Boise: Recruiting letter leans heavily on Otter’s name

BOISE – Of all the odd things to find in my mailbox, there was a letter from Gov. Butch Otter addressed to Ben Ysursa, who happens to be Idaho’s secretary …


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 …


Eye on Boise: Senator apologizes, evades being deposed

Idaho state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, came under fire at a Canyon County Republican Party Central Committee meeting last week for a recent drunken driving conviction but succeeded in heading …


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 …


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 …


Eye on Boise: Redistricting panel applauds public input

BOISE – Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission has now held 10 public hearings around the state, including four in North Idaho last week, and members say it’s going well – …


Eye on Boise: Simpson relishes sticking fork in rule curbing potatoes

Idaho congressman Mike Simpson is hailing the demise of what he called a “biased anti-potato rule,” saying a proposed USDA rule to limit potatoes, corn, green peas and lima beans …


Eye on Boise: Redistricting panel hears border tales

BOISE – Imagine a legislative or congressional district line that runs through someone’s house – really. Idaho has those now, according to testimony at the first public hearing on redistricting, …


Eye on Boise: North Idaho representation on redistricting panel down

BOISE – Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission is gearing up to draw new legislative and congressional district lines, and this time around there’ll be just one North Idaho member: businesswoman …


Eye on Boise: Six receive state Medal of Honor

It was an evening last June when an EMS crew from the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department was dispatched to a scene where a vehicle had crashed into a home. Firefighters …


Eye on Boise: Luna aide says reform plan isn’t bringing new staffers

BOISE – Although rumors are rife that the Idaho State Department of Education has added highly paid staffers to implement the new Students Come First school reform plan, Luci Willits, …


Eye on Boise: Teachers union finds Luna losing support

BOISE – The Idaho Education Association has released partial results of a statewide poll it commissioned both last year and this year, showing that likely voters in Idaho continue to …


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: 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 …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers’ deeds are done, so it’s time for some poetic fun

BOISE – As Idaho’s legislative session lumbered into its final week and April Fools’ Day arrived and went, I was pushed, as they say, from bad to verse. So here’s …