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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2009

FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 2009

This view shows the inside of Idaho's state capitol dome, viewed from the rotunda. The Capitol has been closed for renovation for two years; it reopens in January. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

A day of contrasts...

Yesterday was a day of sharp contrasts for me, when I went from photographing Idaho's maximum security prison - likely the least accessible of all our public buildings in the state - to the state Capitol, which traditionally has been the most accessible, but has…

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Guv: 'Turning parking lot into a real highway again'

Gov. Butch Otter celebrated today at a ceremony marking the completion of a project to widen the most-traveled section of I-84 in Idaho, between Meridian and Garrity Road. "Finally we’re turning this twice-a-day, six-and-a-half-mile-long parking lot into a real highway again,” Otter said. “Now it’s…

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It's not just us...

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa notes that the law that permits candidates for federal office to run as long as they're a resident of the state they'll represent on the day of the general election is the U.S. Constitution - and the rule applies…

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, joined by legislators and state elected officials, announces his re-election campaign Friday in Boise's Capitol Park. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Little launches re-election campaign

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little launched his re-election campaign today under a fine drizzle in Capitol Park in Boise; now, he's off to Idaho Falls and Coeur d'Alene for additional announcements. "Government should only be there to protect and create opportunity for individuals and businesses,…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2009

The Idaho Maximum Security Institution, south of Boise (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Housing prisoners in tough times

Idaho’s maximum security prison marked its 20th anniversary on Thursday, with two of its units sitting vacant. It’s not that Idaho doesn’t have enough prisoners — it’s short on money. Inmates have been shifted to the cheapest beds available, like those down the road at…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

IDWR: Report abandoned wells

The Idaho Department of Water Resources is asking for the public's help to identify improperly abandoned wells, after a hunting dog fell 270 feet into one near Twin Falls, an accident the dog barely survived. "Wells that have not been properly abandoned can be deadly…

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Burke takes national court post

Cameron Burke, who has served as court executive for the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts in Idaho for the past 18 years, has accepted a new position working with federal courts across the country. Burke will become a federal court financial management liaison, working for…

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Holocaust survivor Rose Beal, left, joins Don and Susan Curtis at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise, which will receive a sapling from the chestnut tree that grew outside Anne Frank's hiding place in a hidden attic in Amsterdam.  (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Boise to get sapling from Anne Frank tree

Idaho's Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise has been selected as one of 11 locations to receive a sapling grafted from the chestnut tree that grew outside the secret annex in Amsterdam where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis, which Anne frequently wrote about…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2009

Flu impacts Idaho schools

Idaho education officials are bracing for a raft of waiver requests from school districts that have seen student attendance suffer from the flu - and don’t want the drop in attendance to hurt their district’s state funding. Idaho bases its funding allocation to districts for…

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

SUNDAY, OCT. 25, 2009

FBI agents honored for work on Duncan case 

Six FBI special agents and support personnel from Idaho also have been awarded the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement for their work on the Joseph Duncan case, joining five from the U.S. Attorney's office prosecution team. The six from the FBI:…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 2009

THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2009

Doctor: Otter's surgery went 'exceptionally well' 

Gov. Butch Otter's surgeon reports that his shoulder surgery today went "exceptionally well." Dr. Michael Curtin of Intermountain Orthopaedics, an orthopedic surgeon, said, "Surgery went exceptionally well, and in contrast to the injury he had earlier this year, and the surgery he had earlier this…

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Governor out for shoulder surgery 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter underwent rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder this morning, according to his office, to repair an injury that occurred several weeks ago while he was clearing brush on his ranch near Star. “Fortunately it is not as serious as the…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2009

Minnick makes point with pocketknife 

Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick is being lauded by the National Rifle Association for his work to protect spring-assisted pocketknives from being reclassified as switchblades, an issue that prompted Minnick to display his own such pocketknife at a congressional committee hearing last summer. The change has…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2009

Little schedules election announcement

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little has scheduled his "official announcement tour" to announce his candidacy for re-election as lieutenant governor, but when I looked at the tour announcement, I only saw "Brad Little for Idaho." It named his campaign co-chairs, who are the state's last…

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