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Eye On Boise archive for Dec. 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016

FILE - Scenic vistas of the Scotchman Peaks wilderness study area are hard to find. Middle Mountain and Sawtooth Mountain appear through a break in the trees around the small town of Heron. (Rob Chaney / Courtesy)

Risch introduces Scotchman Peaks wilderness bill

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch introduced legislation Thursday to protect the Idaho portion of the craggy, scenic Scotchman Peaks as a federal wilderness area. The action follows a decade of grassroots efforts to gain wilderness status for the peaks northeast of Lake Pend Oreille, writes S-R...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016

Atencio named Idaho's new state prisons chief

Henry Atencio, the current deputy director, has been named the new director of Idaho’s state prison system, succeeding Kevin Kempf, who will depart Dec. 16 to head the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Atencio, a 26-year veteran of the department, will be the first Hispanic...

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Idaho Fish & Game to try for fee hike once again

Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are once again preparing to push a plan to raise hunting and fishing fees, despite previous resistance from state lawmakers who have refused to advance similar proposals. Director Virgil Moore announced earlier this week that his department has had to cut services because of a drop in funding...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016

Sen. Crapo to again head the Committee on Committees 

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has again been selected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to chair the Senate’s Committee on Committees, meaning he’ll lead negotiations about which senators get which committee assignments. This is the seventh consecutive two-year congressional term that Crapo’s been tapped for...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016

Bowe Bergdahl seeks presidential pardon

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials said Saturday that Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency...

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