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Eye On Boise archive for July 2007

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2007

Coeur d’Alenes come to aid of Shoshone-Paiutes

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has sent $25,000 to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes after the Shoshone-Paiutes’ Duck Valley Reservation was hit hard by the Murphy Complex fire on the Idaho-Nevada border, which burned 200 power poles and left the reservation without power. “The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council…

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SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007

Sali on Congress: 'Things do not make sense'

Bill Sali says he arrived in Congress to find a system that's "goofy." Congressmen debate bills in an empty chamber. Testimony at committee hearings is by invitation only. Votes are noisy, messy affairs. Bills have multiple issues tucked into them, and the only choices are…

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Where the fires are

Most of the wildfires in the country are clustered in a big clump in the center of Idaho, while another semicircle of them wraps around the southern edge of the state. Click here to see a NIFC map of the country on which the numbered…

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Two federal magistrates to retire next year

Both Chief Magistrate Judge Mikel Williams and Magistrate Judge Larry Boyle will retire in 2008, the U.S. District Court in Boise announced today. Williams has served on the federal court for 24 years, and will retire March 29, 2008. Boyle will retire on Sept. 27,…

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007

It's official - it's a disaster

If the ugly brownish-grey gloom hanging over Boise wasn’t hint enough, Gov. Butch Otter has now declared disaster emergencies in five Idaho counties due to wildfires. The five, Cassia, Idaho, Nez Perce, Owyhee and Twin Falls counties, are the ones that have officially contacted the…

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SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007

Changing the system

Idaho has made a big change in how it approaches substance abuse treatment, moving from a fragmented system that had various agencies doing their own thing with no particular coordination, to one in which they're forced to work in concert."You can just see this new…

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Two youthful inmates blow it

Two 18-year-old inmates at the North Idaho Correctional Institution escaped last night by climbing over a fence, but were recaptured this morning. Both were serving time for grand theft; both had just recently arrived at the Cottonwood facility for “riders,” or retained jurisdiction sentences. That’s…

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The naming of a college

The new community college in the Treasure Valley is being called the College of Western Idaho, or CWI. Considering that the two existing community colleges are the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) in Twin Falls and North Idaho College (NIC) in Coeur d’Alene, how did…

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007

Crapo says Iraq surge ‘remains best option’

As the U.S. Senate prepares for all-night debate on U.S. troops in Iraq, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo says it’s “a good opportunity for discussion, but the timetable for decision-making should remain the same.” In a news release issued this afternoon, Crapo said he’s standing by…

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2007

Otter: Looking for a revenue stream, not pond

Here’s Gov. Butch Otter’s reaction to state Controller Donna Jones’ press release today urging against a tax increase for roads, and instead calling for spending the state’s surplus on road needs: “We appreciate the state controller’s suggestion, because we know she recognizes, as we do,…

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Some reactions to the election lawsuit

Some interesting reactions to the filing of the lawsuit by 72 Idaho Republicans who want the state’s GOP primary closed to all but registered Republicans:From Keith Allred, Harvard professor and head of The Common Interest, a citizens group: “There’s obviously a schism within the party…

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2007

A process that isn't pretty

Idaho’s state capitol, as part of its ongoing renovation project, has been shorn not only of the grand old trees that once stood on its grounds, but also of the graceful steps that formerly adorned the east side of the building. The demolition is necessary…

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New law leads to first abuse lawsuit

It took years for Ron Morgan to muster the strength to go public with the story of how a volunteer scout leader sexually abused him as a young teen. But this morning, standing on the courthouse steps in Boise, Morgan spoke out - and filed…

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2007

One thing we've got: Wind

Idaho has so much wind that tumbleweeds pile up along its fence lines and windsurfers careen across its lakes. Yet the 13th-windiest state in the nation lags in wind energy development, even as neighboring Washington, which ranks 24th, has become a leader in capturing power…

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And the new trustees are – still unknown

The state Board of Education had a special meeting scheduled this morning to name the five trustees who will serve as the founding board of the new Western Idaho College, the newly approved community college to serve the Boise area, Ada and Canyon counties. But…

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Water war headed off for now

Idaho Water Resources Director David Tuthill has accepted mitigation plans submitted by the Idaho Ground Water Appropriators and the Idaho Dairymen’s Association, and rescinded the threatened curtailment of junior water rights in the Thousand Springs area for 2007. He also set a hearing on the…

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Field-burning talks set

Idaho farmers who in the past have annually burned their fields and a clean-air group that opposes field-burning on public health grounds will meet separately with a dispute resolution expert on Friday. “These are preliminary discussions to see if there’s any room for dialogue to…

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