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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2017

Ahlquist goes after Little, Labrador with 'quiz' website

GOP gubernatorial Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign has put up a new website criticizing rivals Brad Little and Raul Labrador, criticizing both as “professional politicians” who “do the darndest things with your tax dollars.” The site is online at It’s set up as a “quiz,” asking...

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Idaho State Police lab faces heroin testing backlog

Forensic scientists with the Idaho State Police are struggling to keep up with the growing caseload of evidence waiting to be tested for heroin and other opioids. ISP scientist Corinna Owsley tells the Idaho Press-Tribune that each drug analyst with the agency does about 90 cases a month...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 2017

This May 5, 2016, file photo provided by Global Supertanker Services shows a Boeing 747 making a demonstration water drop at Colorado Springs Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo.  (AP / File)

Jumbo air tanker wins protest, may fight more US wildfires

A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires was grounded this year by U.S. officials during much of what turned out to be an especially destructive U.S. fire season, but it could be flying much more next year. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Thursday sided with Global SuperTanker Services in its battle with the U.S. Forest...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 2017

A logging truck hauls logs down the Coeur d’Alene River Road and out of the Coeur d’Alene National Forest in this file photo from Oct. 15, 2004. Trucks and how they’re taxed were the topic of months of hearings by an Idaho legislative interim committee, but the panel decided Thursday not to recommend any changes. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers study trucking fees, then opt for no change

After months of hearings and reports, an interim committee of the Idaho Legislature charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho - in the wake of a 2010 state report that showed truckers are underpaying for their impact on Idaho roads, while motorists are overpaying - wrapped up its business Thursday, deciding not to recommend any...

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CEO of yogurt giant Chobani expands in Idaho despite turmoil

The founder and CEO of Chobani has no regrets about moving his Greek yogurt company to south-central Idaho, a region embroiled in the national debate over refugee resettlement that spread to company boycotts by far-right bloggers and conspiracy theorists. "I hear the conversations here and there, but it's a peaceful community that we all love...

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Blue Cross: Idaho could face risk under self-insurance plan

Health insurance officials warned lawmakers Wednesday that switching public employees to a self-insurance model could place the state at a greater financial risk. Dave Jeppesen, chief marketing officer with Blue Cross of Idaho, told a legislative working group that Idaho's existing program allows the state the flexibility to decide what health...

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Election results from around the state...

In election results around Idaho, Boise’s city council races were won by former state Rep. Holli Woodings, incumbent TJ Thomson and activist Lisa Sanchez, and voters overwhelmingly approved renewal of an open space tax levy. Nampa Mayor Bob Henry, who was first elected in 2013,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 7, 2017

New path eyed for high-voltage transmission lines in Idaho

ederal officials have released their latest analysis on proposed routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho intended to modernize the Pacific Northwest's energy grid. The 183-page draft environmental assessment released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management late last week covers two segments of the Gateway West project...

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Election Day in Idaho on Nov. 7, 2017, means polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Betsy Z. Russell)

It's Election Day...

It's Election Day across Idaho today, with contests on tap in nonpartisan city races across the state, along with local ballot measures and some special district races. In Boise, three City Council seats are on the ballot, with just one featuring an incumbent; there's also...

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MONDAY, NOV. 6, 2017

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