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Eye On Boise archive for May 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

ISU faculty, administration still in turmoil 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Faculty members at Idaho State University have elected new leaders in a shake-up endorsed by the state Board of Education. The board voted in February to dissolve the university's previous Faculty Senate, which…

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Referendum backers say they're halfway there 

Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform, the group backing referendum measures on all three major school reform bills that passed this year, has announced it's nearly halfway to its goal of collecting 60,000 signatures on each of the three petitions. The required number is just under…

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

Andrus on track to win revenue bet

Idaho's state tax revenues for April, the biggest revenue month of the year, backed a more optimistic view of Idaho's economy than lawmakers and Gov. Butch Otter used to set this year's state budget, meaning schools could get back some of the state funds that…

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SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2011

Initiative pushes for medical marijuana 

Conservative Idaho might not seem like the most fertile ground for a medical marijuana movement, but supporters have launched an initiative drive that could change the terms of the debate. The reason: 74 percent of Idahoans say they support allowing "terminally and seriously ill patients…

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

When a delay is not a delay... 

A contested-case hearing over plans for hundreds of giant megaloads of oil equipment to travel through a scenic Idaho river canyon will stretch into its third week next week, after a full day of testimony today. Among the issues that have surfaced over the past…

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PERSI has seen 65% gain since 2009 

The Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho has announced that it's now 91.7 percent funded, as of April 29, up from 78.9 percent at the end of the last fiscal year, June 30, 2010; the preferred standard for such plans is to be at least…

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Idaho wolf tags now on sale

The Idaho Department of Fish & Game has started selling wolf tags for a fall hunt, at a cost of $11.50 for Idaho resident hunters and $186 for non-residents, including vendor fees. A valid 2011 Idaho hunting license is required to buy a tag; they're…

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Two lawsuits challenge wolf de-listing

The AP reports that two lawsuits have been filed today in U.S. District Court challenging the congressional legislation that de-listed wolves as unconstitutional. Here's the item from AP in Billings: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging as unconstitutional Congressional legislation that took gray…

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Idaho gets $47K in drug settlement

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A global pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay Idaho $47,000 to settle a fraud lawsuit over a prescription drug for treating multiple sclerosis. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced the settlement Wednesday. Idaho's…

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Defenders on wolves: 'A terrible precedent'

Defenders of Wildlife has issued a statement in response to the de-listing of wolves in the Northern Rockies at congressional direction, calling it "a terrible precedent for side-stepping America's bedrock environmental laws whenever it's politically convenient to do so." Suzanne Stone, Northern Rockies representative for…

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Otter on wolves: 'We didn't want them here at all' 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, answering reporters' questions at a ceremonial bill-signing ceremony in Greenleaf today, said, “Not more than 20 minutes ago, I received word from Secretary Salazar that wolves will be delisted tomorrow. When we knew that Congressman Simpson and Congressman Rehberg from Montana…

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Wolves now officially de-listed

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced it's reinstating its 2009 decision to remove the gray wolf in the Northern Rocky Mountains from the endangered species list - a decision that affects Idaho, Montana, and parts of Oregon, Washington and Utah, but excludes Wyoming,…

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Exxon test megaload arrives in Montana

The "test validation module" for more than 200 megaloads proposed for U.S. Highway 12 by Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil reached Montana this morning, the Idaho Transportation Department reports. The test shipment left milepost 169.1 on the road at three minutes after midnight, and reached the top of…

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

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