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Eye On Boise archive for April 2007

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2007

Lawmakers launch mental health reforms

Just days after state lawmakers approved "monumental" reforms in Idaho's approach to treating mental health and substance abuse problems, a troubled young man was driving from state to state, allegedly hunting down and killing former high school buddies from Boise whom he blamed for stealing…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2007

'You're on the air with the governor'

How many Idahoans had questions for Gov. Butch Otter when he went on live TV last night? Plenty. I counted 15 people who asked him questions live on Idaho Public TV (and they didn't get to everyone), plus another dozen or so whose e-mailed questions…

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Journalist switches to politics

John Foster, the dynamic young managing editor of the Idaho Business Review and a former professional bike racer, has been named the new executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party. Foster, 33, is an Idaho native who previously worked in journalism in New Mexico, and…

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Vasquez’ withdrawal statement

Former Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez issued this statement withdrawing from the U.S. Senate race, in which he had originally planned to challenge current GOP Sen. Larry Craig next year:“It is with heavy heart that I announce I am withdrawing from the race for the…

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Virginia Tech prof to speak on Boise tech

Heike Mayer, a professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria Center, will speak in Boise on Monday on what makes Boise unique among other growing technology centers. That includes how Boise’s high-tech business sector has grown and driven the local university to…

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Everyone stops for the ducks

Driving down busy Warm Springs Avenue this morning, long lines of traffic in both directions stopped and waited patiently as a couple of ducks made their way across the road. The green-headed mallard followed the brown-speckled female as the couple slowly crossed the road, taking…

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007

Former state prison chief gets national role

Tom Beauclair, Idaho’s state corrections director from 2001 to 2006, has been named deputy director of the National Institute of Correction in Washington, D.C. Brent Reinke, current Idaho director, had praise for Beauclair. “Tom moved the agency forward significantly during his tenure. Because of his…

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Got questions for the governor?

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will speak and take calls and e-mails from viewers on live statewide TV this Thursday night. Otter will appear with host Jim Peck on a special, hour-long “Idaho Reports” program, which will be broadcast live on Idaho Public Television at 8…

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Who wants to be an Idaho Supreme Court justice?

With the upcoming retirement of current Chief Justice Gerald Schroeder on July 31st, the race is on among those who want to replace him. Among them: Three judges, the Senate majority leader, three deputy attorneys general plus one other state lawyer, one county prosecutor, one…

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Otter names director as water summit opens

Gov. Butch Otter told his Water Summit in Burley today that he’s making Dave Tuthill, who’s been serving as interim director of the state Department of Water Resources, the permanent director. “We can’t achieve long-term solutions with temporary, interim initiatives. And we can’t achieve long-term…

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2007

Not just life, but life plus 60

A sex offender who was cited as an example of an “epidemic” of sexual exploitation of children that’s being aided by the Internet has been sentenced to life in prison plus another 60 years. Jerry L. Banks Sr., 54, of Boise was sentenced this morning…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2007

Idaho's eye on Havana

Eastern Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot’s thoughts on Cuban communism, Gov. Butch Otter zooming off in a black Mercedes with two Cuban police officers trailing on motorcycles, and former Idaho House Speaker Bruce Newcomb’s impressions of how hard Cuban import officials negotiate all can be found…

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Idaho, Montana publishers to trade jobs

Here’s a bit of news industry news: The publishers of the Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa and the Bozeman, Mont. Daily Chronicle are going to switch jobs in July. Stephanie Pressly, who’s been the Press-Tribune’s publisher for the past three and a half years, will move…

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Boise journalist reports in from Cuba

Reporter Nathaniel Hoffman of the Boise Weekly reports that Idaho’s trade delegation spent Tuesday morning meeting with representatives of Cuba’s state-run import agency to find out what Idaho products they could use, and then called home to see which of those needs Idaho could meet.…

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Idaho has another special license plate

We already know that fewer pieces of legislation were drafted, introduced and passed by this year’s Legislature than in any recent year, even though the session was one of the longer ones. Here’s more proof that this year’s load of legislation was light: Only one…

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