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Eye On Boise archive for June 2010


Merlyn Clark, center, attorney representing the state Land Board, greets Deputy Attorney General Melissa Moody, who argued on behalf of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, at left, in today's oral arguments before the Idaho Supreme Court on state cabin site rents. (Betsy Russell)

Cabin rent issue hits high court 

Here's a link to my full story at and to links to briefs from both sides in today's oral arguments at the Idaho Supreme Court in the Land Board case, in which Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is suing the board - on which…

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Rammell mulling move north 

Here's a news item from the Lewiston Tribune, via The Associated Press: GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) — For erstwhile Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell, home may be where his voters are. Rammell, a veterinarian who ran second in May 25's Republican gubernatorial primary to Gov. C.L.…

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The justices' questions... 

Interestingly, Idaho Supreme Court justices allowed Deputy Attorney General Melissa Moody, speaking for Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's side, to give her entire presentation before asking her questions during arguments on the Land Board case today, while they interrupted attorney Merlyn Clark, representing the Land Board,…

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Is Ben Ysursa a 'demented genius'?

One light moment in today's Idaho Supreme Court arguments on the Land Board case came when Justice Roger Burdick, who asked by far the most questions today, asked Deputy Attorney General Melissa Moody for an explanation of the new "premium rent" plan for state-owned cabin…

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Idaho’s state Board of Examiners, including acting Gov. Bob Geddes, who is the Senate president pro-tem; Secretary of State Ben Ysursa; and state Controller Donna Jones meet on Tuesday. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden participated by phone. (Betsy Russell)

More money transferred for tax refunds

Idaho's state Board of Examiners voted unanimously today to transfer another $11 million from the state's general fund to the tax refund account, to make sure Idaho income taxpayers' refunds go out on time (and to avoid the state having to pay interest, which would…

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Boise airport to keep TRACON system

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Boise Airport will keep an air-traffic control system that federal aviation officials had once aimed to relocate to Salt Lake City. The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement Tuesday that it has abandoned plans…

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Lucky Peak Lake just after sunrise Tuesday, where a lone windsurfer skimmed across the water. (Betsy Russell)

A day without rain...

The early light kisses the hills around Lucky Peak Lake this morning, just after sunrise, as a lone windsurfer skims across the lake. Boise's cool, rainy spring has put a crimp on the usual spring recreation for this time of year, so today - forecast…

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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010

New wilderness filming rules generate debate 

The Forest Service has issued new temporary guidelines on filming in wilderness areas under its jurisdiction, but they're kicking off even more controversy in a debate that began when Idaho Public TV was first refused permission to film a student conservation project in the Frank…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010

Jobless rate drops for 3rd straight month

Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped for the third straight month in May, after 31 straight monthly rate increases going all the way back to August of 2007. May's rate was down a tenth of a percentage point to 9 percent, which compares favorably to the…

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Otter: 'Working for more prosperous future' 

Gov. Butch Otter is touting a national fiscal survey of states as proof that this year's legislative budget-setting decisions for 2011, including deep cuts to schools and other state programs, were the right ones, as other states are facing large shortfalls. "We are doing our…

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Campaign attack groups fined for Sunshine Law violations 

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa has announced fines against two groups that launched last-minute campaign attacks against an Idaho Supreme Court candidate without following the disclosure requirements of the state's Sunshine Law. "Idaho Citizens for Justice" is being fined $1,300, and "Idaho Citizens for…

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AP: Partial settlement in prison violence case

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The ACLU has reached a settlement with the Idaho Department of Correction in a potentially class-action lawsuit over violence at a privately run prison near Boise. Under the agreement, the Idaho Department of…

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Weekly: Inmate assaults increase at ICC

The Boise Weekly reports today that violent assaults on inmates at Idaho's privately-run Idaho Correctional Center increased in April and May after a drop in March, with six incidents in April and 11 in May through the 26th of the month. The Weekly obtained the…

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