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Eye On Boise archive for Aug. 2010

FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010

More on the I.F. debate... 

Here's another detailed account of the first debate between Gov. Butch Otter and challenger Keith Allred on Thursday in Idaho Falls, this one from Times-News reporter Ben Botkin. Here's an excerpt: "Allred took Otter to task for not giving voters an answer as to what…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 2010

ITD fails to disqualify Judge Bradbury

Why did the Idaho Transportation Department try to disqualify 2nd District Judge John Bradbury from the Highway 12 truck shipments case? ITD gave no reason in its court filing, arguing it could automatically remove the judge without cause. The plaintiffs in the case disagreed, saying…

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Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred, left, and incumbent Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter debate issues presented by the City Club of Idaho Falls during their first debate Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (AP Photo / The Post Register/Robert Bower)

A spirited debate in Idaho Falls...

In their first face-to-face debate of the campaign, Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred faced off in Idaho Falls before a sellout crowd of 300 today, with Allred painting himself as a citizen activist fighting a career politician whose three decades in office…

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Highway 12 hearing delayed

The hearing that 2nd District Judge John Bradbury had set for tomorrow morning in Grangeville on a possible injunction to block the Idaho Transportation Department from issuing permits to ConocoPhillips for four huge truck shipments from Lewiston to Lolo Pass over U.S. Highway 12 has…

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Allred, Otter get into it in Idaho Falls

Wow. In a very lively, issue-oriented debate in Idaho Falls, Gov. Butch Otter and challenger Keith Allred departed from the set format just now, with Otter using his final rebuttal to a question about the Republican Party platform to ask Allred about his view of…

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Gov's debate about to start 

The first debate between Gov. Butch Otter and challenger Keith Allred is about to begin at the City Club of Idaho Falls. KPVI-TV has its live stream up here. When you first click on it, you'll have to endure an ad for "smart lipo" that…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18, 2010

Guv candidates have first debate tomorrow 

The first head-to-head debate between GOP Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred will take place tomorrow in Idaho Falls, at the Idaho Falls City Club. New University of Idaho political scientist David Adler, who recently left ISU after 25 years, will moderate. The…

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1st CD campaigns respond to new poll 

Here's reaction from the two campaigns to the new independent poll that shows Congressman Walt Minnick with a 23.3-point lead over GOP challenger Raul Labrador:"I think it's another example of the support that Walt has and the support that continues to come," said John Foster,…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 17, 2010

Of trucks and courts and fees... 

Here's a link to my full story at on the temporary restraining order issued today by a Grangeville judge to block ITD from issuing permits for four giant truckloads of oil refinery equipment to travel Highway 12 from Lewiston to Lolo Pass. The judge…

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Dems react to federal ed funds

Yesterday Gov. Butch Otter announced that Idaho will qualify for $51.6 million in federal aid for its ailing schools, and said he'll apply for the funds, and state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna hailed Otter's decision in a statement posted here yesterday. Later the same…

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ITD on restraining order: 'Will fully comply'

The Idaho Transportation Department, through spokesman Jeff Stratten, issued the following statement today in response to 2nd District Judge John Bradbury issuing a temporary restraining order against four oversize truck shipments on U.S. Highway 12 proposed by ConocoPhillips: "The transportation department will fully comply with…

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Idaho's state Land Board, including Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, left, listens to a presentation from state endowment investment manager Larry Johnson on Tuesday. The board voted unanimously to set public school distributions from the endowment fund for next year at this year's level, less a special $22 million boost schools are getting this year. (Betsy Russell)

Land Board sets school distribution for 2012

Idaho's state Land Board has voted unanimously to set distributions from the state's permanent endowment to public schools and other endowment beneficiaries for next year at this year's level, less the special, one-time extra distribution of $22 million to public schools this year. That means…

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MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2010

ITD was about to issue Conoco permits 

The Idaho Transportation Department was poised to issue four oversize permits to ConocoPhillips for mammoth shipments on U.S. Highway 12 tomorrow, but now will hold off due to the filing of a lawsuit in 2nd District Court in Grangeville today by local residents seeking to…

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Otter calls for $10M bond on huge shipments 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has decided to require a $10 million bond from both ConocoPhillips and Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil for their huge, oversize shipments of oil equipment over Idaho's scenic Highway 12 corridor along the Lochsa and Clearwater rivers. "We have asked for and the companies…

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Idaho will apply for fed school aid

Idaho will qualify for $51.6 million in aid to its hard-hit public schools under the new federal jobs bill, and Gov. Butch Otter has announced that he'll apply for the money, a decision welcomed by state schools Supt. Tom Luna. Click below to read Otter's…

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F&G Commission: 'Pursue all options'

Fish & Game commissioners have approved a resolution to call for an appeal of the federal court decision putting wolves back on the endangered species list; calling for working with the governor and Idaho's congressional delegation on legislation addressing the issue; pursuing all available management…

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FWS to Idaho: 'We're in this with you'

Robin Thorson, regional director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, closed her presentation to Idaho's Fish & Game Commission on wolves today with this comment: "It's not just words. We are in this with you, until you're back to delisting - you earned it."

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