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Eye On Boise archive for July 2004

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2004

Chartering a perfect score

Though recent state test results show 10th graders lagging in math across the state – on the same test they have to pass to graduate – boosters of the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy are pointing proudly to their 10th grade scores.On this spring’s Idaho Standards…

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Legislative comeback?

Gino White was one of the Legislature’s youngest members when he represented the Silver Valley from 1987 to 1994. Now, White’s making another bid for a comeback from Boise.The Democrat ran two years ago against moderate Republican Sen. Cecil Ingram of Boise, getting 46.4 percent…

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2004

The scene in Riyadh

When Sami Al-Hussayen arrived in Saudi Arabia, “There was a big crowd at the airport - friends, family, kids running everywhere, flowers, TV cameras, people yelling in joy - apparently total bedlam,” said David Nevin, Al-Hussayen’s Boise attorney, who received a happy call from his…

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In the dark of night

The Canyon County Jail confirms that Sami Al-Hussayen was released this morning - at 3:36 a.m. It’s apparently not uncommon for immigration authorities to pick up their detainees in the middle of the night. The jail generally has no advance notice of such movements.

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2004

Remembering a governor

It was with great ceremony that the body of three-term Idaho Gov. Robert E. Smylie was brought to lie in state in the Capitol this evening. First, a huge cannon in the park across from the Statehouse fired a deafening 19-gun salute, the prescribed number…

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MONDAY, JULY 19, 2004

Pain in the governor

There’s some déjà vu in the Idaho state capitol, as Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s recent back surgery has cleared up intense pain the governor had been suffering and left him far more comfortable. It’s a reminder of the previous administration, when then-Gov. Phil Batt had surgery…

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Right all along?

North Idaho Rep. Wayne Meyer says a series of court decisions, including Friday’s appeals court decision invalidating Idaho’s parental-consent abortion law, prove he was right all along. Meyer opposed the consent law when it passed in 2000, but he said the vote that brought him…

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TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2004

It's worth how much?

Let’s say the state endowment is earning $10 a year from a lease for sheep grazing on a parcel of state-owned land. The endowment, of course, benefits public schools and other state institutions. Now, let’s say that land happens to lie near Sun Valley, in…

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MONDAY, JULY 12, 2004

The state most affected

So why did U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman travel all the way to the Idaho state capitol in Boise today to announce the Bush Administration’s new version of the roadless rule?“This is a state that is the most affected state by the roadless rule…

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