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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017

Billboard targeting eastern Idaho mayor draws scrutiny

Eastern Idaho officials say a billboard targeting the incumbent mayor of Idaho Falls by a political action committee called Businesses for Growth contains misleading information. The billboard asks why Mayor Rebecca Casper would spend $87 million for water meters rather than get a new high school. Public Works Director Chris Fredericksen says...

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MONDAY, NOV. 20, 2017

Little voluntarily discloses his financial assets

Lt. Gov. Brad Little is the latest gubernatorial candidate to voluntarily release information on his financial assets. Idaho is one of just two states that don’t require elected officeholders to disclose any of their personal financial information. Yet the topic has become a key talking point for Idaho’s 2018 gubernatorial race after first-time...

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St. Michael's Cathedral in Boise, where a funeral service for the late Idaho Congressman Orval Hansen drew hundreds on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Hansen remembered by hundreds at Boise service

Orval Hansen was remembered this afternoon by several hundred friends, family members and well-wishers at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Boise, in a service that closed with the stirring singing of his favorite song, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” Hansen, a former three-term Idaho congressman, was an attorney...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2017

Idaho farmers turn to guest workers to fill labor gap

Farmers in southern Idaho are increasingly turning to the guest worker program to fill the gap left by the shrinking labor force in the state. The Capital Press reports that Idaho Department of Labor figures show applications from agricultural businesses seeking workers under the H-2A program increased by 32 percent from 2015...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 16, 2017

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, left, poses with Candlelight Christian Fellowship Pastor Paul Van Noy, in a photo Labrador sent out in a press release touting Van Noy’s endorsement of Labrador’s run for governor of Idaho. (Labrador campaign)

Amid national debate over churches’ role in politics, Labrador touts pastor’s endorsement

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who is running for governor, is touting his endorsement by the pastor of a Coeur d’Alene church where Labrador recently held a large town hall-style gathering. It comes as U.S. House Republicans push to free up pastors to openly endorse candidates from the pulpit. But that’s not the law now–and experts say Labrador...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2017

Idaho agency denies sex discrimination lawsuit allegations

A federal judge should dismiss a sex discrimination lawsuit and not allow as evidence any recordings made by a former employee intended to prove her claims, an Idaho state agency says. The 8-page document filed Monday in U.S. District Court by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game also asks that it be awarded attorney fees. The lawsuit filed...

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