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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2016

SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2016

THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016

Time for a break… 

I will be off until the first of the year, the first time in years I’ve taken a whole two weeks off at once. I’ll still have some posts during this time, including links to several stories I’ve done that will come out in the paper over the next week, including one on Sunday...

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Otter: 'We're at Door No. 2 now' 

Gov. Butch Otter, at a ribbon-cutting in Twin Falls today, confirmed that he’s being vetted as a possible nominee for Secretary of Agriculture, and told Times-News reporter Nathan Brown that he'd listed his favored positions in a Trump Administration as Interior, Ag, and heading the International Trade Administration. "We're at Door No. 2...

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Tribes, federal agency claim same land in eastern Idaho

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and U.S. Bureau of Land Management are both claiming ownership of about 100 acres near the eastern Idaho city of Pocatello. The Idaho State Journal reports that both entities say Union Pacific Railroad relinquished a right of way to them. The tribes cited an 1888 agreement with the railroad and Congress...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016

Idaho homeowners fight Texas company over natural gas well

A group of southwestern Idaho homeowners who say their mineral rights are being taken away is fighting a Texas company that is asking Idaho officials to settle the matter so a natural gas well can be drilled. An attorney representing five homeowners in a subdivision near Fruitland told Idaho Department of Lands officials...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016

Audit: Idaho Racing Commission broke law distributing funds

The Idaho Racing Commission broke the law when it distributed funds collected from now-defunct historical horse racing betting terminals, state auditors said. Legislative auditors said in a report released Tuesday that the commission gave two horse breeder associations about $286,000 in late 2015. However, the commission was supposed to give...

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Report: Funding for 22 school programs not based on need 

Many of the programs intended to help students in Idaho's public schools are not funded based on need or actual costs, state evaluators found in a new report released Monday. The state's nonpartisan Office of Performance Evaluations also found that the state lacks information on the total amount of money spent on these 22 programs...

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MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016

Idaho utility seeks to negate Oregon fish passage law 22 

Federal authorities should negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon, a utility company says. Boise-based Idaho Power in a is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt the three-dam Hells Canyon...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Keith Ridler and co-host Aaron Kunz on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV (Idaho Public Television / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes an update on the events of the week, and a report from co-host Aaron Kunz on the environmental impact process for 14 federal dams in the Columbia Basin, including comments from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the…

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