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Eye On Boise archive for July 2012


Windsurfer Chris Lee heads out on Lucky Peak Lake east of Boise at sunrise Thursday, amid smoke from numerous wildfires in the region. (Betsy Russell)

A smoky, hazy start to Boise's day...

It was a smoky, hazy sunrise in Boise today, as seen here looking across Lucky Peak Lake just east of town. That's from the numerous wildfires still burning in the region. The Stone fire, between 8th Street and Rocky Canyon road in the foothills just…

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Otter names Spackman water resources chief

Gary Spackman, who has served as interim director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources for the past three years, today was named the permanent director there by Gov. Butch Otter. Spackman, who holds both a law degree and an engineering degree and is a…

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Idaho GOP names new executive director

Joshua Whitworth, a Mackay native and 2004 graduate of Idaho State University, has been named the new executive director of the Idaho Republican Party by new party Chairman Barry Peterson. Whitworth, 30, fills the position previously held by Jonathan Parker. Click below for the full…

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Boise choking on wildfire smoke... 

Boise is choking on smoke this morning from the numerous wildfires, including one in the Boise foothills just east of town near Aldape Summit. The Stone fire ignited this morning between 8th Street and Rocky Canyon road; Shaw Mountain Road is closed due to the…

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012

MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Dems' campaign newsletter had state seal 

Three Boise Democratic candidates sent voters a campaign newsletter emblazoned with Idaho's official state seal, even though the secretary of state's office discourages people from using the seal on anything but official state business, the AP reports. Sen. Elliot Werk, Rep. Sue Chew and candidate…

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IEA endorses Simpson over LeFavour

The Idaho Education Association's political fundraising arm endorsed Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson in his 2012 election against Democrat Nicole LeFavour, the Twin Falls Times-News reports, via the Associated Press. The endorsement has raised questions, because Simpson is a supporter of Superintendent of Public Instruction…

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The Idaho House, formerly Idaho's official governor's residence - though no Idaho governor has lived there - and the former home of the late billionare J.R. Simplot. After being returned to the Simplot family, the home was torn down in January of 2016.

The tale of the governor's mansion that isn't 12 

For more than three decades, Idaho has struggled with the issue of a governor's mansion, ever since then-Gov. Cecil Andrus refused to live in the deteriorating Boise home the state had provided since 1947. Billionaire J.R. Simplot's donation to the state of his hilltop mansion…

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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter leads a trail ride in Owyhee County (Jon Hanian)

Gov's trail ride focused on sage grouse

When Idaho Gov. Butch Otter led a three-day trail ride last week in the Flint Creek area in Owyhee County, the point was to talk sage grouse, including the state's pending plan to protect the chicken-like bird and try to avoid an endangered species listing.…

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