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Eye On Boise archive for June 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (Associated Press)

Otter on GOP resolution: Honor local control 

Asked about the Idaho GOP Central Committee’s new resolution calling on the Legislature to overturn local anti-discrimination ordinances, like those six Idaho cities have passed to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, Gov. Butch Otter said today that the resolution runs counter to his views...

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MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

81 schools in running for $3M in tech grants

There are 81 Idaho schools in the running for $3 million in new technology pilot program grants, Idaho Education News reported. All the applications put together total nearly $19.5 million. The State Department of Education plans to announce the winners by July 1; you can...

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Lawsuit faults Idaho water quality protection efforts 

An environmental group is suing federal water and wildlife agencies, contending that the agencies have long delayed taking the steps needed to protect Idaho's water quality, the Associated Press reports. Northwest Environmental Advocates, based in Portland, Ore., filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

When governors speed...  

When former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt was honored yesterday with the naming of the Idaho Transportation Department headquarters after him, he shared some transportation-related stories from back when. One was about changing a flat tire on the old White Bird Hill segment of Highway 95...

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Spud skirmish lands in federal court

There's apparently something of a potato price war on, the Associated Press reports, as a battle between grocers and potato growers has a U.S. wholesaler accusing America's spud farmers of driving up prices while spying on farmers with satellites and aircraft fly-overs to enforce strict...

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Idaho high school to drop 'Redskins' mascot 

Teton High School in Driggs is looking for a new nickname, logo and mascot, now that it's decided to drop its longtime one: "Redskins." That decision came to show respect for Native Americans, the school principal said; the school board approved the move Monday night,...

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Idaho farmers sue Monsanto over GMO wheat 

Farmers in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit against seed giant Monsanto after genetically engineered wheat was found in an eastern Oregon field, the Associated Press reports. The farmers, represented by a Boise law firm, filed the federal lawsuit Friday contending that Monsanto's development of...

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Lawmakers bemoan shortage of school counselors 

Idaho lawmakers are unhappy that the state’s schools superintendent has resisted moves to add more school counselors to help boost the number of students going on to higher education. In 2010-2011, Idaho had 489 students for every counselor, above the national average of 471 and...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013

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