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Eye On Boise archive for Nov. 2017

THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2017

Kerby reprimanded over handling of teacher evaluations

Idaho state Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth, a retired school district superintendent, has been issued a reprimand by a review panel of the state’s Professional Standards Commission over his handling of teacher evaluation data. Kerby strenuously denied wrongdoing, and claimed the complaint was “cooked up”...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29, 2017

Ruling preventing Idaho horse herd sterilization is appealed

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is appealing a federal court ruling preventing the sterilizing of a herd of wild horses in southwestern Idaho that opponents of the plan fear could set a precedent. The notice filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Idaho challenges a ruling in September ordering the BLM to revise its 2015 plan. The plan calls...

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Bowles, Simpson speak out against GOP tax bill

Anti-deficit activists Alan Simpson, the former GOP senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, spoke out today against the GOP tax plan that’s now under consideration in the Senate, warning, “Real tax reform can provide a boost...

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Fulcher gets endorsement from FreedomWorks superPAC

FreedomWorks, a national advocacy and campaign group associated with the tea party movement, has announced its endorsement of Russ Fulcher in the race for Idaho’s open 1st District congressional seat in 2018. Fulcher, a former GOP state senator from Meridian, is facing a crowded GOP...

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Larry Boyle (Relyea Funeral Chapel)

Longtime Judge Larry Boyle dies at age 74

Longtime Idaho Judge Larry Boyle, who served as a U.S. magistrate judge, an Idaho Supreme Court justice and a state district judge, has died at the age of 74 of complications from Parkinson’s disease; he died on Thanksgiving Day. His full obituary is online here,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 28, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 27, 2017

Fulcher endorsed by 'Club for Growth'

Republican U.S. House candidate Russ Fulcher has won the endorsement of the conservative national group Club for Growth. The endorsement, tweeted by the group Monday, is a boost for Fulcher as he attempts to stand out in crowded field of GOP candidates. The open 1st Congressional District seat has attracted a wide...

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Idaho Commerce Department Director Ronk to join Idaho Power

Idaho Department of Commerce Director Megan Ronk is stepping down to take a job with Idaho Power after nearly two years of leading the commerce department. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Monday that the department's chief operating officer, Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, will take the director's role when Ronk leaves...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2017

In this May 9, 2008, file photo, male sage grouse fight for the attention of a female southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking sage grouse protection plans in six Western states after a federal court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some protections in Nevada. (AP/Rawlins Daily Times / Jerret Raffety)

Forest Service weighs changes to protections for sage grouse

The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six Western states after a U.S. court agreed with mining companies and others that the agency illegally created some safeguards in Nevada. The agency announced that it's working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which also is reviewing its plans for the struggling...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22, 2017

7 ski resorts open Thanksgiving Weekend

Seven regional ski resorts either are already open for the season or planning to open around Thanksgiving weekend, the AP reports. According to the Idaho Ski Areas Association, Sun Valley's Bald and Dollar mountains are scheduled to open Thursday. Meanwhile, Sandpoint's Schweitzer Mountain will reopen Friday after opening Nov. 17, the earliest...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017

Federal court blocks sheep grazing in eastern Idaho

A federal court has blocked thousands of domestic sheep from being released to graze in eastern Idaho where environmental groups say they jeopardize a small herd of bighorn sheep with deadly viruses. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Monday granted the temporary restraining order...

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