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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2017

THURSDAY, OCT. 19, 2017

Public meetings set on sage grouse plan amendments

Federal officials have announced public meetings in Idaho to amend the 2015 sage grouse conservation plan. The BLM says meetings are set for Nov. 2 in Twin Falls, Nov. 6 in Idaho Falls, and Nov. 7 in Marsing. The Interior Department last week announced plans to amend the 2015 sage grouse plan that has been unpopular with Idaho officials...

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Idaho Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell (AP/File)

Police launch investigation involving Idaho lawmaker 

Authorities said Wednesday that an Idaho state lawmaker is the subject of a criminal investigation that began two weeks ago. Caldwell police Lt. Joey Hoadley said the investigation involving Republican Rep. Brandon Hixon has been opened, the AP reports, but he declined to share details about the case. No charges have been filed...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18, 2017

Post Falls’ scenic Q’emiln Park along the Spokane River is among the amenities that characterize life in the North Idaho city of 33,000. But with the population forecast to nearly triple by 2035, an open city council seat drew a half-dozen candidates amid concerns about whether growth will change the character, and livability, of the fast-growing city. (Betsy Z. Russell / SR)

With Post Falls population poised to nearly triple in 20 years, City Council opening draws six hopefuls

While city elections in Boise this fall have drawn a slew of candidates, they're a quieter affair in North Idaho this year, with many cities seeing unopposed races or even seats going without candidates. But Post Falls, which is in the midst of soaring growth, is an exception, with a single city council opening drawing half a dozen candidates...

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From left, Reps. Tom Loertscher, John VanderWoude and Fred Wood participate in Wednesday's meeting of the Idaho Legislature's campaign finance and ethics reform working group. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Idaho lawmakers reject removal of campaign donation limits; call for more reporting, disclosure

A bipartisan working group of Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously rejected a proposal to eliminate all of Idaho’s limits on campaign contributions, and instead endorsed changes in the state’s Sunshine Law to require more frequent and more detailed disclosures,including adding new reporting in local races and requiring information about who...

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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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MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2017

AG: N. Idaho sheriff's office cleared in corruption charge 

The Attorney General's Office says a northern Idaho sheriff's office did not violate any laws when it concealed records to unsuccessfully hide an ongoing murder investigation. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that the Idaho Press Club filed a public corruption complaint with the Attorney General's Office earlier this year after the newspaper...

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Bowe Bergdahl (AP)

Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge on Monday that he's pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. "I understand that leaving was against the law," Bergdahl said. "At the time, I had no intention of causing search and recovery operations," Bergdahl added, saying that now he does understand...

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