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Eye On Boise archive for June 2009


The Idaho Transportation Board meets Thursday in Boise. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

No change at the top at ITD

The Idaho Transportation Board wrapped up a two-day board meeting this afternoon, which included two executive sessions on personnel issues, without taking any action. That means they're not making any change in directors; ITD Director Pam Lowe, who drew political flak this legislative session as…

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Tweets chronicle State Board meeting

The State Board of Education is meeting today in Hailey, and thanks to spokesman Mark Browning's "tweets" on, anyone can keep up on just what they're doing. So far, Browning has reported that Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, presented his constitutional amendment to allow "tuition"…

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State controller to seek another term

Idaho state Controller Donna Jones is running for a second term in her post. In her announcement, Jones noted that she was the first woman elected to the office; earlier, as a six-term legislator, she was the first woman to chair the House Revenue &…

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Caine Center head relieved of duties

The University of Idaho announced today that as it continues its investigation into testimony by the head of its Caine Center for Veterinary Medicine that there's no evidence of disease transmission from domestic sheep to bighorn sheep - despite research at the center showing such…

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New USFS chief started in Idaho

Tom Tidwell has been named chief of the U.S. Forest Service by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, replacing Gail Kimbell, who has headed the service since 2007. Tidwell, currently the head of the USFS Northern Region based in Missoula, started his career 32 years…

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Gov. Butch Otter announces the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, which will take place in Boise in July and address cross-border issues in the region between the U.S. and Canada that affect the region's global competitiveness. At left is Roy Eiguren, co-chair of the conference host committee, and Rep. Bert Stevenson, R-Rupert; at right is PNWER Executive Director Matt Morrison. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Boise confab to address U.S.-Canada issues

The Pacific Northwest Economic Region, a consortium of state and provincial officials from the U.S. and Canada along with government and business leaders from both nations, will hold its 19th annual "summit" meeting in Boise this year, July 12-16, the first time the organization has…

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In our delegation's words... 

A new project that tracks word usage in the Congressional Record shows that the most-used word by our current senior senator, GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, in the past year was "energy," followed by, in order, "Idahoans," "stories," and "prices." For 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike…

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Flowers and mementos mark the spot where 37-year-old Kevin Pavlis of was struck and killed by a turning motorist while riding his bicycle along Hill Road in Boise, which has a bike lane. Pavlis was the third cyclist struck and killed on Boise-area roads in the past month. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Be careful out there...

I returned today from my furlough/vacation of a week and a half to the troubling news that a third experienced adult bicyclist has been struck and killed on Boise-area roads, this time in a bike lane just blocks from my home. That's three in a…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell's colorful campaign RV was parked for two weeks near a Boise freeway recently, serving as a campaign billboard instead of vehicle. Rammell's been busy coping with a bankruptcy and legal problems. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Rammell: 'The gall to criticize me...' 

Gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell, who's been in the news for his bankruptcy filing and court losses over fines regarding his former elk ranch, had his colorful campaign-emblazoned RV parked near the freeway just west of Boise for close to two weeks, prompting some speculation over…

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Delays in store for boat stickers 

New invasive species stickers that are now required on all boats that launch in Idaho, motorized or not, have sparked such demand that the state Parks Department is now reporting big delays in getting all the orders filled. “The sheer number of orders that IDPR…

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Record unemployment for Idaho in May 

The jobs news from May isn't good - nearly 5,600 more Idaho workers lost their jobs, driving the May unemployment rate to a 22-year high of 7.8 percent. It's a time of year when typically there are seasonal employment increases, and there were, but they…

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With all the thunderstorms and clouds floating around Boise this week, the weather has been changeable and mysterious. In this photo taken late Thursday afternoon, the sky appears to show right through this downtown high-rise, thanks to the reflections.
 (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

See-through building?

With all the thunderstorms and clouds floating around Boise this week, the weather has been changeable and mysterious. In this photo taken late yesterday afternoon, the sky appears to show right through this downtown high-rise, thanks to the reflections.

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Legislative task force sets first meeting 

The eight-member legislative task force that was created this year as part of a session-ending transportation funding deal between Gov. Butch Otter and lawmakers has set its first meeting for June 30 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol Annex. The panel is charged with identifying…

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A little lemonade from Chrysler troubles?

Fiat and the new Chrysler Group LLC will honor car buyers' rights under Idaho's "Lemon Law," Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today, when the new company takes control of the auto maker. That includes those who bought or leased their vehicles from the "old"…

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Longer session led to fewer new laws... 

This year's legislative session , at 117 days, was the second-longest in state history, but resulted in the enactment of only 338 bills - the lowest number in the past 10 years. The highest number of bills enacted into law in the past 10 years…

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Developing new school standards - again 

A decade-plus process that involved more than 375 volunteers putting in 35,000 volunteer hours, statewide public hearings, and lots more resulted in Idaho's current "content standards" for public schools, which define what kids are supposed to learn in each grade, kindergarten through high school, in…

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MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009

Fischer leaving Idaho 

Christian activist Bryan Fischer announced today that he's leaving Idaho to move to Tupelo, Miss. to host a talk show for the American Family Association. His Idaho Values Alliance, as a result, will "go into whisper mode on July 1," Fischer said. Fischer, former pastor…

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