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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 3, 2010

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2010


Panhandle Health to rethink sewer rule

The Panhandle Health District has decided to start work on revisions to its rule limiting expansion of North Idaho cabins on old, non-compliant sewer systems, but the move won't help a Pullman resident who built a big new home on Lake Coeur d'Alene and now…

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Lawmakers enjoy homemade pie at the annual "Pie Day" sponsored by the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators on Wednesday. Home-schooled students also displayed their studies and projects and played music. (Betsy Russell)

And it's pie day... 

Today is the annual "Pie Day" at the state Capitol, when the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators fills the fourth-floor rotunda with displays manned by home-schooled students, showcasing their studies and projects, and hands out a wide and tasty array of homemade pie to lawmakers…

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Parks board backtracks on Dworshak closure

Here's a news item from the AP: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Parks and Recreation Board unanimously voted to reconsider its decision to close Dworshak State Park in northcentral Idaho. The board said Wednesday it was reversing course and no longer considers closing state…

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Claims roll in for North Idaho adjudication

There have been about 4,000 claims filed so far in the North Idaho water adjudication from water-rights claimants in the Coeur d'Alene-Spokane River basin, interim Idaho Water Resources Director Gary Spackman told JFAC this morning. He said he estimates 13,000 claims will be filed as…

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Solution to 'tax gap': More staffing

Royce Chigbrow, chairman of the state Tax Commission, asked how he plans to address the "tax gap" of uncollected taxes, said, "Our plan is to work with the Legislature and to work with the governor's office, because we truly feel that our solution is to…

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Tax audit staff has shared in budget cuts

Questioned on how the state Tax Commission has coped with budget cuts and holdbacks, Tax Commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow said the Tax Commission has eliminated 10 positions, held open about 30 vacancies, and is imposing 20,000 unpaid furlough hours on remaining employees. "Were any of…

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