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Eye On Boise archive for Nov. 21, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016

The Idaho House, formerly Idaho's official governor's residence - though no Idaho governor has lived there - and the former home of the late billionare J.R. Simplot. After being returned to the Simplot family, the home was torn down in January of 2016.

Of governor's mansions and dwindling funds... 

Idaho remains one of just six states with no governor’s mansion, and a state committee decided Monday to continue paying a $4,500-per-month housing stipend to the governor until that changes. “I don’t think it’s indefinite, because circumstances change,” said Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, chairman of...

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Idaho company considers future Pocatello hub for freight drones

Empire Unmanned founder Steve Edgar is considering using Pocatello Regional Airport as a future hub for possible freight-carrying drones, the Capital Press reports. It could be more than 10 years before the Boeing 747-size drones he envisions are hauling cargo, Edgar acknowledged, but he still plans to analyze the infrastructure at the airport...

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Search warrants for potato pest ordered at E. Idaho farms 

A federal judge has approved search warrants to take samples from fields in southeast Idaho after farmers refused to allow federal authorities to check for a microscopic potato pest. The Post Register reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Friday denied a motion by farmers seeking to delay the testing until a related lawsuit is settled...

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