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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 8, 2014


Mechelle Thomas testifies to lawmakers on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Testimony: 'We need help, we really do'

In continuing testimony on state employee compensation this afternoon: Shelly Doty told the lawmakers, “I feel as if I’m banging my head against the wall.” She said many people at her agency qualify for food stamps or other aid. Mechelle Thomas, pictured above, who works…

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Lesson: Keep tabs on your phone? 

As a reporter, I often use a small recording device – these days, my iPhone – to record events like press conferences so I can later double-check my notes. So on Monday when I went to Gov. Butch Otter’s press conference in his office after…

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Rancher-senator backs Otter's wolf control board 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho senator who ranches sheep is promoting Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposed wolf population control panel, saying the $2 million the Republican governor has set aside will boost livestock and elk herds.…

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Bogus opens Superior chair

For the first time this season, Bogus Basin has announced that it's opening the Superior chair on the backside today, the last major section of the mountain that's not been able to open so far due to the thin snowpack. There's more info here at…

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Snow around the state Capitol on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

A snowy day at the Statehouse...

There is no truth to the scurrilous rumor being spread that I headed straight to Bogus Basin this morning; no, I’m here at the Capitol, and this is the snowy approach to it this morning, viewed through Capitol Park. It has a bit of the…

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