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Eye On Boise archive for April 2012

TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012


MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012






Skiers mark the final day of the regular season at Bogus Basin on Saturday. (Betsy Russell)

Sending off the season...

Spring skiing, costumes and frivolity were the orders of the day as Bogus Basin held its end-of-season sendoff on Saturday, marking the close of a late-starting but still-fun ski season for the local non-profit ski resort. Bogus has announced a bonus weekend, when it will…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012

From left, Betsy Russell, Brian Cronin, Jim Weatherby, Melinda Smyser and host Greg Hahn on the set of "Idaho Reports" at Idaho Public Television on Friday (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

Final 'Idaho Reports' show of the season airs tonight

On tonight's "Idaho Reports," I join Jim Weatherby, host Greg Hahn and two retiring lawmakers, Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, and Sen. Melinda Smyser, R-Parma, to discuss the recently completed legislative session. Tonight's program also includes Hahn's interviews with Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Meridian;…

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Otter signs texting ban into law

Gov. Butch Otter has signed HB 1274a, the bill banning texting while driving, into law. The new law, which passed this year after three years of unsuccessful attempts in the Legislature to enact such a ban, makes texting while driving an infraction. Idaho currently has…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012



MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012




ITD: Disappointed, will consider appeal 

The Idaho Transportation Department has issued the following statement on a federal judge's ruling over the weekend in favor of fired former ITD Director Pam Lowe: "The department is disappointed in the ruling and will consider an appeal. Based on this ruling, the next step…

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Lowe: 'It was McGee, and it was blackmail' 

"I am absolutely elated," fired former ITD Director Pam Lowe said this morning, after a federal judge sided with her over the weekend in a key ruling in her wrongful termination lawsuit. "It absolutely vindicated me and what I had been saying, and that is…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012

Non-returning Representatives gathered in the front of the Idaho House for photos. Erik Simpson (R-Idaho Falls), arms raised, has served two terms. The House finished up business and adjourned on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.

 (AP/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

The session that was...

Idaho’s legislative session this year was long on drama, but many of the biggest and hottest debates won’t mean much for most of the state’s residents. Instead, it’s the smaller things, some of which passed with little controversy, that will make the most difference in…

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Otter stimulus praise puts him at odds with Romney 

Gov. Butch Otter on Friday offered begrudging praise for President Barack Obama's 2009 economic stimulus fund, saying it has helped complete highway projects in Idaho, create jobs and reduce the need for state gas tax hikes, reports AP reporter John Miller. Those comments appeared to…

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