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Eye On Boise archive for Nov. 2010

TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

Task force: 'We can't do it now'

Rather than come up with specific proposals to raise gas taxes, registration fees or other revenue sources, the governor's transportation funding task force has opted to simply send along a matrix it agreed to earlier in which it defined and prioritized the various ways the…

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No decisions yet, but plenty of disagreement 

No decisions yet. House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, noted that if Idaho were to raise its gas tax enough to fund the whole $540 million-plus need the governor's transportation funding task force has identified, "We'd be facing a 66 cent a gallon fuel tax…

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Little: 'Now things get more interesting'

The governor's transportation task force has been wordsmithing by committee various "whereas" clauses in its proposed resolution, on things like how funding for local highway jurisdictions should fit needs, rather than just follow a distribution formula. Some districts have dozens of bridges, for example, while…

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Road needs: $543 million

The total figures being tossed around by the governor's task force on transportation funding are big: $262 million to operate, preserve and restore the current road system, both at the state and local level; plus $281 million needed for "capacity and safety enhancement" at both…

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The Idaho governor's transportation funding task force begins debating how to increase road funding in the state. (Betsy Russell)

Road funding: How to fill in the blanks

The governor's transportation funding task force has begun working through a proposed resolution - which currently contains lots of blanks - on what it should recommend for future road funding in Idaho. Among its clauses: One saying that federal funding likely "will remain essentially flat…

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Road funding debate to start at 12:45 

The governor's transportation funding task force has been kicking around some questions about how it should fashion its recommendations, but hasn't yet begun debating the specifics - that'll happen this afternoon. Lt. Gov. Brad Little, the task force chairman, is passing out a draft resolution…

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Bogus opens Thursday for season

Here's some news: Bogus Basin ski resort will open for the season on Thursday - Thanksgiving Day. "Recent storms have delivered 2-feet of snow for a 'front side' opening," the resort just announced on its website. Chairs 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, Easy Rider and…

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H&W closes 8 offices for day due to weather

Severe winter weather and hazardous driving conditions in central and eastern Idaho have prompted the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to close all of its offices in regions 5, 6 and 7 for the day - that's Burley, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Pocatello,…

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Missoula extends fee on megaloads

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Missoula City Council has voted to make permanent a $200 fee for companies seeking permits to haul oversized loads through the city. Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil is seeking permits from Idaho and Montana to…

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ITD Deputy Director Scott Stokes briefs the governor's transportation funding task force on Tuesday (Betsy Russell)

New ITD management system set to go live

ITD Deputy Director Scott Stokes is briefing the governor's transportation task force on efficiency moves at ITD. The agency's goals are safety, mobility and economic vitality, Stokes said. Its new computerized management systems - a key recommendation from a legislative audit - "begin going live…

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Hilde Kellogg dies at age 92

Longtime Idaho state Rep. Hilde Kellogg, R-Post Falls, died Monday at the age of 92. She served in the state Legislature until age 88; she died of natural causes at Kootenai Medical Center and services are pending. You can read the Coeur d'Alene Press's full…

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Immigration sweeps round up 13

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Federal immigration officers arrested 13 illegal immigrants across southern Idaho last week and all but one are expected to be immediately deported. The Post Register reports the Boise office of the U.S.…

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Cameron's not running for pro-tem

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, isn't running for president pro-tem of the Senate. "From my perspective, either Bart Davis or Brent Hill would be an excellent choice for being pro-tem," Cameron said. "As long as those guys are considering running, then I'm in full support of…

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Tamarack offer one of five

Today's new offer to buy Tamarack Resort for $40 million cash is one of five being considered by Jean-Pierre Boespflug, the French-born co-founder of the ski and golf resort, the Associated Press reports. "Obviously we're happy that they're interested," Boespflug said. The five include a…

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The race for pro-tem is on... 

The race is on for the Idaho Senate's top leadership post. Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, already has notified other senators that he's running for Senate president pro-tem. Fulcher currently is the Senate majority caucus chair, the No. 4 position in the majority leadership; a commercial…

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Geddes won't seek another term as pro-tem 

Longtime Idaho Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes has decided not to seek another term in the Senate's top leadership post, and his decision already has prompted two senators to seek the post - Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, and Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg.Geddes distributed an embargoed…

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New firm says it'll buy Tamarack

Green Valley Holdings has called a press conference for 10 a.m. today to announce its intent to purchase Tamarack Resort, the bankrupt Valley County ski and golf resort. Green Valley Holdings is a newly established limited liability company based in Boise and headed by Matthew…

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Boise awoke Monday to several inches of snow on the ground, after a weekend of snow falling but not sticking. (Betsy Russell)

Snow day in Boise...

It snowed all day yesterday in Boise without sticking, but today's a different story, as the city awoke to a fluffy white blanket of snow a couple of inches thick. It's the first driveway-shoveling day of the season, and for schoolkids, it's time for snowman-building…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

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