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Eye On Boise archive for June 2006


TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2006

BSU's Weatherby to retire

Boise State University political scientist Jim Weatherby – a well-known authority on Idaho politics who’s been following Idaho’s political scene for decades – will retire from Boise State this week after 17 years. Weatherby, 63, will become a professor emeritus, and still plans to follow…

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MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2006

That's a whole lot of blue and orange

Boise State University’s bookstore reports that it generated $1 million in proceeds for the university in the past year – in large part because of the popularity of BSU “Bronco” merchandise. The bookstore, which receives no state funding, sends its proceeds back to the university…

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Idaho teacher is Utah's best

It’s often been said that Idaho has three capitals – Boise, Spokane and Salt Lake City. Here’s proof: A history teacher at Preston High School in Preston, Idaho, has been named Utah History Teacher of the Year by the Utah chapter of the Daughters of…

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It's all in the perspective

It seems it’s all a matter of perspective – the huge American flag hanging in the state Capitol these days isn’t really bigger than the flag that flies atop the former Simplot house – it’s actually smaller. Ric Johnston, facilities manager for the state, said…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006

That's one big set of stars and stripes

Hard as it may be to imagine a bigger American flag than the one that flies over the Idaho House – formerly the Simplot home, which sits on a high-profile Boise hilltop and now is the official state governor’s residence, though it’s awaiting remodeling –…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2006

Idaho, a lot like Mongolia

Here’s a little-known fact: The Bulgan Aimak Province of Mongolia is “similar to Idaho in geography, topography and climate.”That factoid is brought to you by the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor, in honor of the visit this weekend to Boise of Mongolia’s ambassador to…

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Oil and gas in Idaho?

Idaho made $290,426 last month, just from oil and gas companies bidding for the right to lease state land for oil and gas exploration. Several bidders snapped up exploration rights on 87 parcels of state land in four southern Idaho counties – even though no…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006

Candidates doing their homework

At today’s state Land Board meeting, the Democratic and Republican candidates for state controller were both there – right in the front row, each holding a stack of documents and following along closely. They also happened, by luck, to be sitting right next to each…

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MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2006

Mass. guv rakes in money from – Utah?

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the featured speaker at this week’s Idaho Republican Party convention in Idaho Falls, has been raising lots of money for his leadership political action committees as he prepares for a possible run for president. According to Sunday editions of the Deseret…

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A long history to look at

Asked today at the Boise City Club if their two tribes get along, officials of the Coeur d’Alene and Nez Perce Indian tribes said yes. The two North Idaho tribes have much in common, they said, including new, young leadership. Coeur d’Alene Tribal Chairman Chief…

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Kempthorne tabs Bogert for Interior post

After only 10 months as the northwest regional administrator for the EPA, Michael Bogert is stepping down to take a job as counselor to new Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne – his former boss when Kempthorne was governor of Idaho and Bogert was the…

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MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2006

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2006

‘A lot easier than property tax relief’

Legislators who attended new Gov. Jim Risch’s inaugural ceremony today were buzzing afterward about Risch’s property tax relief talk, and the possibility of a special session this summer on the topic. House Speaker Bruce Newcomb, a rancher from Burley, noted that he’s been castrating calves…

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Budget analyst moves up

Cathy Holland-Smith, a numbers whiz and a respected member of the non-partisan legislative budget staff, has been named the new head of the legislative budget office. Jeff Youtz, the longtime budget director, is moving up to become the new director of legislative services, overseeing budget…

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