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Eye On Boise archive for July 2010

MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010

Why not to cut off a big truck...

Leadfoots beware: The Idaho State Police plans to crack down on aggressive driving, from tailgating to quick lane changes to speeding, in or around trucks on I-90 through North Idaho all week. Sgt. Jim Eavenson of the Idaho State Police said 70 percent of crashes…

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'Everyone who's anyone' headed to Boise? 

The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog reports that "everyone who’s anyone in the world of personal injury and product liability lawyering is making their way to Boise," for this Thursday's Multidistrict Litigation Panel hearing on litigation over the BP oil spill. "Why Boise, you may…

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SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010

Christina Schaeffer loads croquettes into plastic bags on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in preparation for the Jaialdi festival at the Basque Market in Boise, Idaho. The Basque community celebrates Jaialdi every five years with cultural events and traditional foods. (Jessie L. Bonner / AP Photo)

Jaialdi organizers: It's not about politics

As one of the largest Basque communities in the United States prepares for the traditional Jaialdi festival in southwestern Idaho, a not-so traditional Basque president is expected to be among the visitors, the AP reports. Patxi Lopez was elected last year, ending nearly 30 years…

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Sandpoint drops water fluoridation 

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — The Sandpoint City Council has voted to quit adding fluoride to the municipal water system that also serves communities from Kootenai to Dover. The 4-2 vote last week followed comments by more than…

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010

Immigration raids nab 22 in Magic Valley 

A federal immigration "enforcement surge" across the Magic Valley area has resulted in the arrest of 22 immigration violators, including two who now face federal charges in Idaho. One of those two had previously been deported four times, and also had been convicted of cocaine…

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Crafting the next state revenue forecast...

Idaho House Minority Leader John Rusche is calling on Gov. Butch Otter to consider a broader than usual call for economic expertise in August when the state revises its 2011 budget revenue projection. “These are unusual and somewhat volatile times,” Rusche said. “I know legislative…

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RNC: Idaho part of 'D2H' strategy 

The Republican National Committee and the Idaho Republican Party announced today that the previously announced funding the RNC is sending to the Idaho party for two staffers to run a parallel campaign against Congressman Walt Minnick is part of the party's "Delaware to Hawaii," or…

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Rasmussen: Otter leads Allred 53-36 

Rasmussen Reports has released its latest automated poll in Idaho election campaigns, and it shows incumbent Gov. Butch Otter leading Democratic challenger Keith Allred, 53 percent to 36 percent. The same group's May poll showed a 54-32 Otter-Allred lead, and in March, 60-32. Rasmussen reported…

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Syringa decision being reconsidered

The court decision that tossed out a lawsuit over the state's award of the multimillion-dollar Idaho Education Network to Qwest is being reconsidered, after a 4th District judge said he forgot to consider a component of the case. Click below for a full report from…

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010

Idaho the 'point of the spear' 

Idaho is the "point of the spear" as conservatives work to reshape the GOP agenda across the nation, writes AP reporter John Miller, as he examines the outcome of this year's Republican state convention in Idaho Falls last month. Click below to read his full…

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MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010

Minnick rejects Tea Party Express nod 

Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick has decided to decline an endorsement from the Tea Party Express group - he was the only Democrat the national Tea Party group endorsed - in the wake of the group's spokesman posting a controversial blog about the NAACP that Minnick…

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Case proceeds, contract grows...

Here's a link to my full story at on developments in the Pam Lowe case today, in which the former ITD director is suing the state in federal court, alleging wrongful firing; meanwhile, the Idaho Transportation Department acknowledged that a controversial management contract that…

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