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Eye On Boise archive for Aug. 2010

MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2010

Residents sue to block huge truck shipments

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three Idaho residents are asking a state judge to block the first wave of oversized shipments of oil equipment planned along scenic U.S. Highway 12 in northern Idaho. The lawsuit filed Monday seeks…

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U.S. FWS to add Boise employee on wolves

Idaho Fish & Game Commission Chairman Wayne Wright said on wolves, "Idaho's plan didn't fail, but yet the process did fail us." He questioned whether the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service bore some "responsibility" or "culpability" for that. Robin Thorson, FWS regional director, said the…

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No decision yet on possible wolf appeal

Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner Tony McDermott of Sagle said he's been hearing from "frustrated sportsmen," and he told Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director Robin Thorson, "I'm not sure your federal rule failed, I think it was maybe the federal justice system and one…

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Fish & Game opens wolf meeting

Idaho's Fish & Game Commission was supposed to meet today to set wolf-hunting seasons, but since a federal judge re-listed wolves on the endangered species list, that's off the table; instead, the commission's agenda at its Idaho Falls meeting today includes a proposal to kill…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010

U.S. Highway 12 runs through the scenic Clearwater/Lochsa River canyon (Courtesy photo / Clearwater National Forest)

Idaho scenic byway targeted for huge trucks

A scenic Idaho river canyon dotted with campgrounds, hiking trails and historic sites is the target for hundreds of mammoth truck shipments of Korean-built equipment for the Alberta oil sands project in Canada, a prospect that's raising an outcry from residents, recreationists and tourist businesses…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 12, 2010

Realtors endorse Minnick, Simpson, Crapo 

The Idaho Association of Realtors has announced its endorsement of the re-election bids of Idaho Congressmen Walt Minnick and Mike Simpson and Sen. Mike Crapo. Julie DeLorenzo, the group's president, said, "Our congressional delegation has consistently demonstrated their pro-business, pro-private property rights beliefs in Congress.…

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Crapo wins small-biz endorsement

The National Federation of Independent Business announced today that it's endorsing Idaho's senior center, Mike Crapo, in his re-election bid, noting that it's rated Crapo as a "Guardian of Small Business" since his first term in Congress for his voting record on the group's issues,…

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Eyes on Idaho's 1st CD race... 

There's more speculation nationally about whether or not the Republicans see Idaho's 1st Congressional District as winnable or not, with the New York Times suggesting in a recent story that they don't, and a CQ Politics story today disputing that. The district, in which freshman…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11, 2010

Utah firm wants to buy Tamarack Resort 

A Salt Lake City real estate investment company that's had issues of its own over an eastern Idaho real estate development says it's put in an offer to buy the bankrupt Tamarack Resort, the AP reports. Pelorus Group owner JT Bramlette told the AP he…

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Minnick to help Baker's widow attend burial 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick is donating his frequent flyer miles to the widow of Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker so she can attend his burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Baker, who belatedly…

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Labrador confident despite Minnick boosts 

Despite high-profile boosts for incumbent Rep. Walt Minnick in the past week, from an Associated General Contractors endorsement to being the first Democrat since 2006 named a "Taxpayer Hero" by the Citizens Against Government Waste, Minnick's underfunded GOP challenger, Raul Labrador, is confident. "It's a…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 10, 2010

Idaho could get $51M under fed jobs bill 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state Department of Education says Idaho is expected to receive $51 million as part of a $10 billion job saving measure that has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation is…

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New Orleans judge gets BP lawsuits

A federal judge in New Orleans will handle more than 300 lawsuits filed over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal court panel ruled today - a move sought by many of those suing, but opposed by BP, which favored hearing the cases in…

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