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Eye On Boise archive for Nov. 2010

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

'It's not all a state responsibility'

Here's a link to my full story at on how Idaho’s Medicaid program is facing such a big potential shortfall next year that officials are suggesting turning to volunteers to help out the disabled and poor who now rely on its services. State Health…

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Idaho F&G seeks taunting poacher

Idaho Fish & Game is seeking help to identify a poacher who's been taunting the agency; here's the AP's report: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Fish and Game is seeking help in identifying the person who wrote to the agency bragging about recently poaching a…

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Otter faults CdA basin cleanup plan

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has sent a letter criticizing the federal government's proposal for the next phase of cleanup in Idaho's Silver Valley region. Otter sent a letter Monday to the Environmental…

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Land Board OKs Tamarack ski season plan

Idaho’s state Land Board voted today to keep Tamarack Resort’s lease for state land alive through next June, opening the door to a possible ski season at the ailing Valley County resort this winter. "My only comment would be 'bravo,'" Secretary of State Ben Ysursa…

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

The Idaho Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee holds its interim meeting in Boise on Monday; the meeting continues on Tuesday (Betsy Russell)

Budget writers: 'It's going to be hard' 

You can read my full story here at on today’s JFAC discussions, in which state lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee got a grim glimpse of the decision-making that awaits them when they convene in January, including a possible budget shortfall for next year…

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Student data system could bring savings

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state budget analyst says Idaho could bank hefty savings from a new system designed to collect and monitor student test scores, attendance and other data from the time they enroll in kindergarten.…

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Rumors of PERSI demise all false 

Idaho’s public employee retirement system has been deluged by calls, email and visits from worried state retirees who are concerned that it’s going to be eliminated or cut back, but PERSI Director Don Drum said there’s no truth to the rumors driving those concerns. “I…

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Idaho tax revenues beat forecast again

Gov. Butch Otter’s Division of Financial Management is presenting its latest revenue figures to JFAC; in October, state tax revenues were up $8.8 million over projections, for a year-to-date total of $22.8 million ahead of projections. Both individual and corporate income taxes are running well…

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JFAC reviewing grim budget figures

JFAC, the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, is holding its interim meeting in the state Capitol today, as lawmakers begin looking ahead to the budgeting task they’ll face in January when they convene. Among the figures reviewed thus far: One-time money used in setting the fiscal…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 13, 2010

FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010

Library summer reading programs swell

The number of Idaho children and teens participating in this year’s Summer Reading Program at their public libraries was up 9 percent to a record 69,000. The Idaho Commission for Libraries reports that since it launched its “Bright Futures” program in 2004, which includes a…

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Business group backs megaloads 

A business group called “Drive Our Economy” was launched this week – actually within moments of the ITD’s announcement that it was issuing but staying permits for four U.S. Highway 12 mega-loads - to promote plans to move gigantic loads of oil refinery equipment along…

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Big loads not rolling yet...

The permits that ITD issued this week for the first four mega-loads on U.S. Highway 12 may say they're valid as of 10 p.m. tonight, but at this point ITD says the ConocoPhillips loads won’t be moving tonight. The permits were stayed while a hearing…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2010

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