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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2015

President Obama to speak in Boise on Wednesday 

President Barack Obama is coming to Boise, for the first time since he appeared here as a candidate in 2008; he’ll speak at Boise State University on Wednesday. His remarks are free and open to the public, but limited tickets are required. They’ll be distributed...

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MLK Day festivities, legislative business on tap...

There are festivities to mark the official state Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day holiday on tap today, but the Legislature doesn’t take holidays, so there’s also a full day of legislative activities on the schedule. Among the most high-profile: 8th grader Ilah Hickman...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015

Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson addresses an "Add the Words" rally on the state Capitol steps on Saturday (UI Argonaut / George Wood)

More than 1,000 rally for 'Add the Words' bill

More than 1,000 people rallied at the state Capitol on Saturday for the “Add the Words” bill, to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act and outlaw discrimination on those bases in housing, employment and public accommodations. Among...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2015

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Clark Corbin, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on Idaho Public TV's "Idaho Reports" on Friday (Idaho Public TV)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports,” I join Jim Weatherby, Clark Corbin, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin to discuss the events of the first week of the legislative session, from school funding to revenue to state worker pay. The show also includes an interview with...

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Nearly 5 inches of snow had fallen at Bogus Basin, as of 9 a.m. Friday

Snow in the mountains...

Here's some good news for skiers: Almost five inches of new snow has fallen at Bogus Basin, as of 9:15 this morning. It was needed; things were getting a little thin up there. Brundage is reporting 7 inches of new snow; Tamarack is reporting 5...

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JFAC accepts revenue panel's report, praises its work

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee this morning voted unanimously to accept the report of the joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee, which, after two days of hearings, voted yesterday to accept Gov. Butch Otter’s revenue forecast for next year which predicts a 5.5 percent increase...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, center, presides over the Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee on Thursday; at left is Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg; at right, Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace. (Betsy Russell)

Revenue committee convenes to set forecast figure

The Legislature’s joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee has gathered in the Lincoln Auditorium this afternoon to set a revenue estimate for the coming year. That figure is key, because it provides a basis for setting the state budget that lawmakers will craft throughout...

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Otter names Debbie Field as new Corrections board chair 

Gov. Butch Otter has named Debbie Field, former chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, former state drug czar, and former chairman of Otter’s re-election campaign, as the new chair of the state Board of Correction. That’s the board that oversees Idaho’s prison system; former chair...

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