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  • Harwood: Idaho should tell feds to ‘back off’

    One North Idaho legislator wants Idaho to tell the federal government to “back off” and let the state run its own affairs, saying the state could save “millions of dollars” …


  • Stimulus could fund Idaho cleanup

    BOISE – Thanks to the federal economic stimulus bill, there could be 70 new seasonal jobs in North Idaho’s Silver Valley this summer and next as part of the Bunker …


  • Lawmaker warns federal tax breaks could mean revenue loss for Idaho

    BOISE – Under the federal economic stimulus, people who buy new cars, pickups or RVs between Feb. 17 and the end of the year can get a tax break on …


  • Stimulus promises jobs for Silver Valley

    Thanks to the federal economic stimulus bill, there’ll be 70 new seasonal jobs in North Idaho’s Silver Valley this summer and next as part of the Bunker Hill cleanup.


  • Stimulus may pay to repair roads

    BOISE – Idaho may be able to use federal economic stimulus money for high-priority needs like paving roads, state lawmakers learned Friday, rather than just for big “shovel-ready” construction projects. …


  • Minnick prods action on Highway 95

    BOISE – Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has jarred the Army Corps of Engineers into speeding up its work on an environmental impact statement that had been holding up the giant …


  • Bill would let records be expunged

    BOISE – Athol Rep. Phil Hart wants Idaho to allow all evidence of past arrests or trials that didn’t result in convictions to be erased, including trial records and national …


  • Minnick gets North Idaho road project moved up

    Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has jarred the Army Corps of Engineers into speeding up its work on an environmental impact statement that had been holding up the giant Garwood to …


  • Idaho must change stimulus spending plan for roads

    It appears that Idaho will be able to replace the Dover Bridge in North Idaho, purchase a much-needed maintenance management software system for the Idaho Transportation Department, and pour millions …


  • Stimulus will boost weatherization

    BOISE – Hundreds of poor North Idaho families could see their homes weatherized and made more energy-efficient thanks to the federal economic stimulus bill, Idaho lawmakers learned Thursday. “We can …


  • Stimulus won’t stop school cuts

    BOISE – Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna returned from Washington, D.C., Thursday with good news and bad news for Idaho schools. The good news: Federal funding for special education …


  • Vote brings help closer for cops injured on duty

    BOISE – After five years of trying, a North Idaho lawmaker Thursday persuaded the state Senate to approve legislation that would help permanently disabled law enforcement officers pay for their …


  • Idaho Senate passes Kralicek bill

    After five years of unsuccessful tries, a North Idaho senator on Thursday persuaded the Idaho Senate to approve - near-unanimously - legislation to help permanently disabled law enforcement officers like …


  • Beer, wine tax bill turned down

    BOISE – After three days of hearings and an intense lobbying campaign, Idaho lawmakers Wednesday rejected legislation to raise the state’s beer and wine tax. House Bill 140 would have …


  • Panel leaders say Idaho schools cuts needed next year

    BOISE – The chairmen of Idaho’s House and Senate education committees – both of whom are Coeur d’Alene Republicans – called Wednesday for cuts in the state’s public schools budget …


  • Idaho rejects beer tax increase

    After three days of long and intense hearings and an even more intensive lobbying effort, Idaho lawmakers have rejected legislation to raise the state’s beer and wine tax. The measure, …


  • Now or later, cuts are coming

    BOISE – Idaho faces a stark choice: Impose unprecedented budget cuts on public schools next year, or stave off those cuts but risk deeper ones the following year. “I think …


  • Idaho facing stark choice on school cuts

    Idaho faces a stark choice: Impose unprecedented budget cuts on public schools next year, or stave off those cuts but risk deeper ones the following year. “I think it depends …


  • $1 billion in federal stimulus aid may not prevent Idaho budget cuts

    BOISE – Idaho still will have to make substantial cuts in state agency budgets, despite the help it will receive from federal economic stimulus funds, state lawmakers said Monday. “There’s …


  • Beer and wine tax debated

    BOISE – Should Idaho nearly triple its beer and wine taxes – the first increase in four decades – to raise money for substance abuse treatment? Those who turned out …


  • Beer and wine tax debated in Idaho

    BOISE – Should Idaho nearly triple its beer and wine taxes – the first increase in four decades – to raise money for substance abuse treatment? Those who turned out …


  • Bill targets shooting in state parks

    Restrictive legislation that Idaho lawmakers passed last year is keeping the state Parks Board from banning campers from shooting at each other in state parks, so now legislation is moving …


  • Idaho headed for budget cuts despite stimulus

    Idaho still will have to make substantial cuts in state agency budgets, despite the help it’ll receive from federal economic stimulus funds, state lawmakers said today. “There’s somehow this feeling …


  • Idaho beer, wine tax prompts debate

    Should Idaho nearly triple its beer and wine taxes - which haven’t been increased in four decades - to raise money for substance abuse treatment? Those who turned out at …


  • Park guns bill OK’d despite Harwood opposition

    Restrictive legislation that Idaho lawmakers passed last year is keeping the state Parks Board from banning campers from shooting at each other in state parks, so now legislation is moving …


  • Gay rights push fails

    BOISE – State senators rejected a move Friday to extend the Idaho Human Rights Act’s anti-discrimination provisions to cover sexual orientation, despite a heartfelt plea from the only openly gay …


  • Reps treat lobbyists to night out

    BOISE – Each year, three North Idaho state representatives – Reps. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, and Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake – take the lobbyists out to …


  • Idaho senators reject anti-discrimination protection for gays

    Idaho state senators have rejected a move to extend the Idaho Human Rights Act’s anti-discrimination provisions to cover sexual orientation.


  • Measure saves bingo at Greyhound Park

    BOISE – The bingo operation should be allowed to continue at the Coeur d’Alene Greyhound Park in Post Falls, state senators declared Thursday, voting to save it from being outlawed. …


  • Our View: Vote against septic rule endangers public, waters

    It’s as clear as water. Idaho lawmakers aren’t interested in bringing the state’s rules for septic systems more in line with the rest of the nation. That means that the …


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