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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011

Bill Roden, lobbyist for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, presents new tribal policing legislation to the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. The committee agreed to introduce the bill, clearing the way for full hearings. (Betsy Russell)

Tribal policing bill introduced

Here's a link to my full story at on the tribal policing issue that's back before lawmakers, after a deal that averted legislation last spring fell apart. "That agreement was not signed, which necessitates coming back before the Legislature and asking for a resolution…

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Idaho highway deaths drop to 1975 level

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say motor vehicle fatalities across Idaho declined in the past year, dropping to the lowest level since 1975. Idaho Transportation Department Deputy Director Scott Stokes told lawmakers Thursday there were 211…

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2009 law raises safety concerns in forests

Two years ago, Idaho legislators passed a law that exempts anyone under age 16 from having to have a driver's license to operate an off-highway vehicle, ATV or motorbike on national forest roads. Now, the Forest Service is doing a review of safety issues on…

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Cross-border group pushes for more exports

Representatives of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region group, or PNWER, are in Boise today and tomorrow, and they're pushing to expand exports to boost the economies of both the states and the Canadian provinces in the region. Among the ideas: Expanding capacity for wheat storage…

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Richard Westerberg, president of the State Board of Education, makes his budget presentation to a joint meeting of JFAC and the House and Senate education committees on Thursday. In higher education in Idaho, he said, the news is "more students, less money." (Betsy Russell)

Idaho higher ed: 'More students, less money'

Idaho State Board of Education President Richard Westerberg told lawmakers this morning that the state board's goal is 60 percent by 2020 - that 60 percent of Idahoans who are ages 25-34 should have some sort of post-secondary degree or credential. "Our society, our global…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011

House GOP worries about tax revenues

The House GOP caucus is worried about state tax revenues, according to Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, and discussed the issue at length in its closed-door caucus today, which ran for an hour. "There's certainly some cautionary approaches that we're going to take," Roberts said.…

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House GOP heads into caucus 

House Republicans have gone into their first closed-door caucus of the session, though House Democrats already have held several closed-door gatherings. The majority caucus will last 'til about noon, which would be about 45 minutes, though House GOP Caucus Chair Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, termed that…

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Mental health services face cuts 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The economic downturn has left deep scars on Idaho's public services for the mentally ill, including efforts to help some of the state's most-vulnerable children. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's recommended budget for the…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011

Lawmakers raise questions about reform plan 13 

Key Idaho lawmakers raised serious questions Tuesday about state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna's sweeping education reform plan, which he detailed to nearly half the Legislature in a massive joint committee hearing. Luna's plan relies on raising class sizes and employing fewer teachers, administrators and…

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Megaloads now won't move 'til Feb. 1 

ITD now says the ConocoPhillips megaloads won't start moving until Feb. 1, rather than on Monday. The agency earlier today said the loads could start rolling Monday, but then it learned that Conoco wouldn't be ready by then, so it changed the permit date to…

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Task force backs $10 car fee hike 

The legislative task force on alternative funding for ISP and state parks has voted unanimously to propose a $10 vehicle registration fee increase to make up the Idaho State Police's lost funding when it loses gas tax funds. The $10 per vehicle increase would raise…

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