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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2010

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 2010





Joy Wilson of the National Conference of State Legislatures addresses the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference in Boise on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Lawmakers, others gather at tax confab

Hundreds of state lawmakers, local officials, lobbyists, business people and others are gathered for the annual Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference today, which will feature Lt. Gov. Brad Little as the luncheon speaker on Idaho's priorities as the 2011 legislative session and the new budget…

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Two Idaho lobbying firms merge

Two prominent Idaho lobbying firms are merging: Sullivan & Reberger is merging with Eiguren Public Policy, and the new firm, Sullivan Reberger Eiguren, will represent the clients of both firms. Sullivan & Reberger is Pat Sullivan and Phil Reberger, while Eiguren Public Policy is Roy…

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Snow blankets Boise on Wednesday morning; schools are closed (Betsy Russell)

It's a snow day in Boise...

Boise schools are closed for a snow day today, with the school district reporting that "the significant amount of snow that fell during the day and evening of November 30 and into the morning hours of December 1 have made for dangerous traveling conditions for…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Picking legislative leaders...

AP reporter John Miller has this overview of GOP leadership battles in the House and Senate, which will be decided in party caucuses on Wednesday night: "Secret balloting on Wednesday evening is set to determine if Idaho Senate Republicans will turn to conservative newcomers for…

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Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, right, questions Office of Performance Evaluations Director Rakesh Mohan, second from right, during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Tuesday; at left is Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, and Rep. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise. (Betsy Russell)

Lawmakers look to reform EMS mess

The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee voted unanimously today to work with the chairs of the House and Senate health and welfare committees to introduce legislation in January to reform Idaho's emergency medical services, which a new performance evaluation found are now a disjointed patchwork of…

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FBI investigating Idaho's private prison 

Associated Press reporter Rebecca Boone reports that the FBI is investigating Idaho's private-run state prison. Here's her report: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson says the U.S. Department of Justice is looking into allegations of criminal conduct among the staff at Idaho's only…

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

Prosecutor: Secret tax deals not a crime 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho prosecutor has declined to pursue a criminal case stemming from allegations that Idaho State Tax Commission leaders gave politically connected taxpayers inappropriate settlements. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press,…

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Wolf meeting: 'A path forward'

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter joined Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at a meeting this morning in Lakewood, Colo. to discuss the status of wolf management in the three states - a meeting Salazar called. Afterward, the…

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New congressman still paying off student loans 13 

Idaho’s newest congressman-elect is a 42-year-old attorney and former state lawmaker, but he’s also still paying off thousands in student loans. “It’s how I got through law school,” said Idaho Rep.-elect Raul Labrador. The Project on Student Debt, a nonprofit research group funded by the…

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Idaho Congressman-elect Raul Labrador, left, and wife Becca in Washington, D.C. during the orientation for new members of the U.S. House of Representatives (Courtesy photo)

Labrador in D.C.: 'Such a privilege' 

Idaho Congressman-elect Raul Labrador, after a week of new member orientation in Washington, D.C., pronounced the experience "amazing." "I just felt the entire week like it was such a privilege to be there, and I was just in awe that the people of Idaho had…

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Idahoans can now legally sell the skins of a limited number of rattlesnakes like this one, something that previously was strictly illegal, thanks to new Idaho Fish & Game rules. (Courtesy photo / Idaho Fish and Game Department)

Rattlesnakes and roadkill... 

Thanks to concerns from Idaho state legislators, Idahoans now may legally sell up to six rattlesnake skins a year, and the state’s Fish and Game Department is looking into whether to allow Idaho hunters to salvage some road-killed animals. “I’m all for it,” said Rep.…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2010

Bogus Basin ski area on Nov. 25, 2010 - its first Thanksgiving Day opening since 1994 (Betsy Russell)

Feeling thankful... 

Today was the first time since 1994 that Bogus Basin ski area has opened on Thanksgiving Day, and it was a particularly nice one. It was c-c-cold, the powder was fresh, the sun was peeking out and snowflakes were sparkling in the air. Eager skiers…

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