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Eye On Boise archive for June 2005


The campaigning is on

Longtime Kootenai County Clerk Dan English, a Democrat, was a little surprised to get a phone message at his Twin Lakes home reminding him about the 4th of July parade in Coeur d’Alene – courtesy of former state Sen. Sheila Sorensen, who’s running for the…

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They're on their way

The legislative interim committee on property tax relief is coming to a location near you – for 12 public hearings around the state in the next two months. First stop will be Sandpoint on July 27 at 1 p.m., followed by Coeur d’Alene the same…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005


Scrolling through pent-up email after a week’s vacation, I was surprised to come upon this missive from the Idaho Attorney General’s office: “AGREEMENT REACHED TO ELIMINATE TOBACCO.”Wow – I was only gone a week, and the lawyers found a way to make tobacco disappear? Not…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2005

Sagebrush and tumbleweeds

En route from Pocatello to Boise, I passed the Garden of Eden – it’s a truck stop in Eden, Idaho, who knew? And then I drove right by the road to Bliss. As the landscape gradually became drier, browner and more dominated by sagebrush near…

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Where's that fund?

Members of the Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee were hearing an update on the state budget today, including the good news that Idaho’s structural deficit is shrinking and now looks likely to be virtually gone by the end of fiscal year 2007, if current trends hold.…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2005

What a day

Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d’Alene, isn’t letting a little rain up north dampen his parade today: Today is his birthday, it’s the last day of school, and he’s now retired after a long teaching career. His summer, he said, “just got off to a great…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2005

Fireworks ahead: Vasquez joins 1st District race

Controversial Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez announced today that he’ll run for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat – the seat that represents all of North Idaho, as well as a swath of southern Idaho, including Canyon County. Vasquez is an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration…

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It's a green, fragrant, leafy drought

Things couldn’t be looking more lush in Boise – the hills are uncharacteristically green, flowers are blooming all over the place, nearby Lucky Peak Reservoir is full and sparkling, and frequent spring rains keep causing mini-flash floods in the streets and leaving standing water here…

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2005

Caldwell woman latest Guard casualty

Specialist Carrie L. French, 19, of Caldwell, Idaho, died yesterday in Kirkuk, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit her convoy vehicle. French was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 145th Support Battalion, based in Boise. The young soldier is survived by her parents, Paula…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2005

If I had a million dollars, or $10 mil.

There's a lot of "if I won the lottery" talk in Boise these days, what with an unidentified, 30-something Boisean holding a $220.3 million Powerball jackpot ticket. The unnamed winner has to decide whether to take his winnings as a single, $125 million payout (before…

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