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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2017

SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2017

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on Friday's  "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was, and the week ahead…

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes an update on the events of the week, and thoughts from citizens, local government leaders, education and local government lobbyists and more about the upcoming legislative session. There’s also a full report from today’s AP Legislative Preview,...

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Idaho's sage grouse lawsuit dismissed by federal judge 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A judge has rejected Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's lawsuit contending the Obama administration acted illegally by imposing federal land-use restrictions intended to protect the sage grouse in Idaho and southwestern Montana. U.S....

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter speaks to reporters at the AP Legislative Preview in Boise on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Otter on education, roads, health care, more...

Gov. Butch Otter said today, “I think the legislative session should be short. … My focus again is going to be on education.” He said, “We’re starting to realize the promise the career ladder,” the teacher-pay improvement plan that’s now entering its third and biggest...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017


First the snow, then extreme cold, and then flooding?

According to the Idaho Office of Emergency Management, we’re in for a weather trifecta: First the snow, then extreme cold temperatures, then flooding as temperatures rise to above freezing by Sunday. “One of Idaho’s major hazards is flooding following significant snowfall and subsequent rapid thawing,”...

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Former workers sue Idaho dairy, claiming human trafficking

A group of veterinarians from Mexico is suing an Idaho dairy in federal court, contending that the dairy lured them under false pretenses and then forced them to work in poor conditions as low-wage general laborers as part of a human trafficking scheme. The lawsuit against Funk Dairy Inc. in the small southern Idaho town of Murtaugh was filed...

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Ybarra, auditors planned new evaluation system

Idaho's top schools chief was quietly working with a company that was auditing the state's teacher evaluation system to build a replacement system while the audit was still underway, the AP has learned through public records requests. The audit by McRel International found that 99 percent of the evaluations reviewed were incomplete...

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