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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 17, 2017

TUESDAY, OCT. 17, 2017

Sage grouse (AP/File)

Idaho wary of Obama 'leftovers' working on sage grouse plan

Idaho has to be vigilant monitoring the federal government's creation of a new sage grouse conservation plan because of federal employees who worked on the previous plan that's too restrictive, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Tuesday. "You have to know and you have to realize that there are a lot of prior administration folks still in those bureaus...

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Former longtime Sen. John Andreason dies at 88

Former Idaho state Sen. John Andreason, R-Boise, who also was the longtime director of the Legislative Budget Office, died Monday night, the Idaho Statesman reports; he was 88. Andreason was the legislative budget director from 1971 to 1994, and represented West Boise’s District 15 in...

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Idaho Falls attorney investigates campaign sign on chopper 

The city of Idaho Falls is investigating allegations that a city council candidate failed to disclose an in-kind campaign contribution from his father. The Post Register reports Doyle Beck, the father of city council candidate Dan Beck, flew his helicopter with a sign saying "Dan Beck for City Council" onto the field of a high school football...

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to the Fort Bragg courthouse after a lunch break on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C. (Andrew Craft / Associated Press)

Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's guilty plea to charges of endangering comrades in Afghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing that could land him in prison for life. Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after leaving his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009, pleaded guilty Monday in North Carolina...

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Idaho school district restores PE, music to grade schools

This year marks the first in several years music and physical education are at all Bonneville Joint School District 93 elementary schools. The Post Register reports the district cut funding for the two programs at its elementary schools in 2011, when the state was reducing education funding due to the economic downturn. Voters...

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