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Eye On Boise archive for Sept. 2010

MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2010

Labrador hires Hardy from state GOP

GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador today announced two changes in his campaign staff: He's hired Phil Hardy, who had been serving as the Idaho GOP's "state victory director" staffer working on behalf of Labrador's campaign and other GOP campaigns, as his new communications director; and…

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A windsurfer and several kitesailors glide across Lucky Peak reservoir near Boise on a summer-like early fall morning. (Betsy Russell)

Last blast of summer?

Boise is basking in summer-like weather today, and has been all weekend; here, a windsurfer and kitesailors enjoy the sunny waters of Lucky Peak lake early this morning. After predicted highs of up to 90 degrees today, there's a chance of rain tomorrow.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2010

FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010

Lewis, Clark, and ConocoPhillips? 

Legal arguments filed with the Idaho Supreme Court in advance of the Oct. 1 oral arguments in the Highway 12 giant-shipments case include this from ConocoPhillips, the company that wants to move oversized equipment for its Billings oil refinery through the scenic byway and historic…

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KTVB poll shows Minnick with 2-1 lead

KTVB-TV reports that it joined with two other TV stations, KIFI in Pocatello and KREM in Spokane, to commission a statewide political poll on major Idaho races, with these results:In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent Congressman Walt Minnick led GOP challenger Raul Labrador, 59.8 percent…

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Hart hit with campaign finance complaint 

Idaho Rep. Phil Hart's write-in challenger, Howard Griffiths, has filed a complaint with the Idaho Secretary of State's office over Hart's campaign finance filings for a PAC he formed this year called "North Idahoans for Liberty." Tim Hurst, chief deputy secretary of state, said the…

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That's not a house cat...

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — Two Gimlet residents told state wildlife officials they arrived home last week to find a mountain lion in their house. Department of Fish and Game conservation officer Lee Garwood says he was called…

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Funeral services set for Smeed

Funeral services have been set for Ralph Smeed, the 88-year-old libertarian activist and Canyon County political icon who died this week of pancreatic cancer. Smeed will be remembered in a service Monday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. at the Jewett Auditorium on the campus of…

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Moyle switches sides, opposes airport amendment

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho legislator has withdrawn backing for a constitutional amendment aimed at letting public airports including Boise's finance projects like a new parking garage without first asking voters. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle…

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Minnick launches first TV ad, Labrador doesn't 10 

Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has launched his first television commercial of the campaign season, while his Republican challenger, Raul Labrador, still hasn't been able to hit the airwaves. Minnick's ad, the first of a series, began running on Monday morning throughout the 1st Congressional District,…

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Smeed dies at 88

Canyon County libertarian activist Ralph Smeed died yesterday at the age of 88, of pancreatic cancer. Smeed was a prickly Idaho political icon, a mentor of Gov. Butch Otter, a friend of Congressman Walt Minnick, and a confidante of former Sen. Steve Symms. Click below…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

Kempthorne's new gig: Insurance lobbyist

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Idaho governor, U.S. senator and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne is taking over as the top lobbyist for the country's life insurers. According to a statement from the American Council of Life Insurers,…

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Idaho campaigns fire up the airwaves 

Wham! Labor Day passed, the weather cooled, and now the airwaves are alight with campaign ads, some of which started airing just as Idahoans were glued to their TVs for the exciting college football matchup last night between the BSU Broncos and Virginia Tech. Candidates…

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“It’s cheaper and I only live three miles from here,” said Willis King, of Otis Orchards, after filling his tank at the Seltice Way Stop & Go in Stateline on Friday.  (Kathy Plonka)

Guv campaign rekindles gas tax debate 

There's good reason why Washington plates are such a common sight at Idaho gas stations near the state line in North Idaho - gas is just plain cheaper in Idaho. Among the reasons: Washington's 37.5 cent-per-gallon gas tax is a full 12.5 cents higher than…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 3, 2010

Idaho joins appeal on Ariz immigration law 

Idaho has joined Michigan in a "friend of the court" brief siding with Arizona in its appeal from a federal judge's initial ruling invalidating portions of the state's far-reaching immigration law; 11 states have now joined in the appeal. Gov. Butch Otter said, "It’s our…

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Western lawmakers to converge on Idaho

Legislators from 13 western states are headed to Sun Valley Sept. 11-14 for the 63rd annual meeting of the Council of State Governments-West, which this year is being hosted by the Idaho Legislature. More than 400 people are expected to attend. Speakers will include pollster…

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Doing the right thing... 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who has been working as a housekeeper at a Rexburg hotel to save money for college turned in $5,000 she found in a bank envelope while cleaning a room. Kelsey…

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Hot-air balloons float over Boise on Friday morning as part of the 2010 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.  (Betsy Russell)

More balloons over Boise... 

I counted 24 hot-air balloons in the sky over Boise at once this morning, including one shaped like a rocket ship. Many drifted low and leisurely from their Ann Morrison Park launch over the city, roughly following the path of the Boise River and gliding…

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GOP leaders misfire in attack on Allred 

Two press releases went out today, one from legislative GOP leaders and the second from Gov. Butch Otter's re-election campaign, charging that Otter's Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, is wrongly taking credit for successful Idaho legislation to raise the state's homeowner's exemption from property taxes and…

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Ward named head of for-profit hospital 10 

Vaughn Ward, the candidate who lost the GOP primary in Idaho's 1st Congressional District this year to rival Raul Labrador after a series of campaign missteps, has been named CEO of the for-profit Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, the AP reports, and will start…

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More than a dozen hot-air balloons fill the sky over Boise on Thursday morning as part of the four-day "Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic." (Betsy Russell)

Balloons over Boise...

Hot-air balloons filled the sky over Boise this morning, as they have in so many past years. At one point, I counted seventeen in the sky at once. Launches are planned each morning through Sunday as part of the "Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic," along…

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