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Eye On Boise archive for Aug. 2010

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25, 2010

State rejects Rep. Hart's tax appeal 

Idaho's state Board of Tax Appeals has rejected Rep. Phil Hart's bid to appeal an order to pay $53,000 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest, saying his appeal wasn't timely. Hart argued that he should have months extra to file his appeal because…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 24, 2010

More on Highway 12: Full ruling, ITD response, more 

Here's a link to 2nd District John Bradbury's decision on the Highway 12 oversize shipments today. And here's the response from the Idaho Transportation Department: "The department received the ruling at about 5:15 p.m. (Mountain time) today. The deputy attorney general is reviewing the ruling…

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Highway 12 decision still pending...

Here's a update from the Lewiston Tribune: "Second District Judge John Bradbury is still working on his decision in a case where the court has been asked to block four mega-truckloads from traveling on U.S. Highway 12 from Lewiston to a refinery in Billings, Mont.…

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State to dedicate Lombard ATV Trail

Idaho's state Department of Parks & Recreation will dedicate a new ATV/motorbike trail on Sept. 11 from the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park Interpretive Center to Bayhorse. The new 9-mile trail is named in honor of Ernie Lombard, a Boise architect and longtime…

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Goedde named to NCSL education post

State Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, has been appointed co-chairman of the education committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures, one of 12 standing committees of NCSL, the bipartisan organization serves legislators and staffs of all states with research, technical assistance and more. Goedde…

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Risch, Crapo urge U.S. wolf appeal

Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo have sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar urging him to appeal a federal court decision placing wolves back on the endangered species list, which they call a "most unfortunate decision." The two ask…

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Broncos, Vandals talk...

Here's a news item from the AP: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Athletic officials from Boise State and Idaho are talking about options for keeping the rivalry alive after the Broncos switch conferences. Boise State is moving from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West…

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A new anti-hunger mural is unveiled in downtown Boise on Tuesday (Betsy Russell)

Art with a message in downtown Boise... 

Art with a message went up in downtown Boise today, as a new anti-hunger mural was unveiled on the south wall of the infamous big hole in the center of downtown. The mural proclaims "HUNGER AFFECTS EVERYONE," and features striking 3-D images of an empty…

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MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010

The Idaho 2nd District courtroom at Lewiston, Idaho, was full Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, as Judge John Bradbury heard arguments on both sides of permitting large truckloads of oil refining equipment to traverse scenic, winding U.S. Highway 12 from Lewiston across Lolo Pass to Montana. Bradbury says he will take a day before deciding whether ConocoPhillips can begin hauling massive loads of oil equipment along U.S. Highway 12 in northern Idaho. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune / Barry Kough)

Arguments in Lewiston on Highway 12... 

During more than two hours of arguments today in the Highway 12 lawsuit, the AP reports, the attorney for the scenic byway residents, Natalie Havlina, told 2nd District Judge John Bradbury that ITD officials narrowly focused their review of oversize truck shipments along the route…

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NYT, WSJ take notice of Idaho's guv race 

The New York Times took notice of Idaho's governor's race on its political blog today, referencing a Wall Street Journal story over the weekend headlined, "In Idaho, GOP Incumbent Sees Wide Lead Erode." That story, datelined Idaho Falls, where the WSJ reporter caught the first…

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Why no backup for new Medicaid billing system...

Idaho state Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong says the new computerized billing system for Medicaid, which the federal government required Idaho to develop after its old system was declared obsolete, originally was supposed to begin operating in November, long before Molina Healthcare Inc. acquired…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010

Schools get word on money from jobs bill 

The Boise school district will get $4.6 million, Meridian nearly $6 million. St Maries schools: $225,000. Coeur d'Alene schools get nearly $1.8 million. West Bonner County: $285,000. Idaho's state Department of Education has released the breakdown of how much money will go to each Idaho…

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