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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2017

SUNDAY, OCT. 15, 2017

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, file photo, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter delivers his State of the State address inside the house chambers at the state Capitol building, in Boise, Idaho. The race for Idaho's open gubernatorial seat has swerved to focus on each candidate's financial ties despite the state's lack of disclosure requirements. Idaho is one of just two states to not require elected officeholders disclose their income, employer, property holdings and board memberships. Yet the three top Republican candidates running for governor have touted their promises to be transparent if elected. No Democratic candidate has filed to run for the top seat. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he's not running for a fourth term. (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Idaho candidates talk transparency in buildup to 2018

As the buildup to the 2018 election begins to accelerate, Idaho's 30-year-old ethics laws are facing scrutiny as top candidates wrestle with how much of their finances they should disclose to voters. Idaho is one of just two states that don't require elected officeholders to disclose any of their personal financial information. This means the...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 2017

Idaho deputies who shot, killed rancher face lawsuit

The family of an Idaho rancher who was fatally shot by two deputies has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Jack Yantis was killed two years ago after one of his bulls was hit by a car and deputies shot the animal. Yantis arrived with a rifle just as deputies decided to put down the animal. Authorities have said there was an altercation...

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U.S. Attorney for Idaho Bart Davis, center at podium, speaks during a press conference in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Davis said he believes a new offshoot of the street and prison gang Surenos is close to being eradicated after a series of indictments in state and federal court. Also pictured from left to right are: Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis Zabari, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agent Ken Cooper, Idaho Department of Correction Director Henry Atencio, Davis, Caldwell Police Chief Frank Wyant and FBI supervisor senior resident agent Doug Hart. (AP / Rebecca Boone)

Officials: Indictments could mean end of new Idaho gang

Idaho's new U.S. Attorney Bart Davis says he believes a new offshoot of the street and prison gang Surenos is close to being eradicated after a series of indictments in state and federal court. During a press conference Thursday, Davis said five people believed to be members or associates of the Sureno Mob Trece gang were indicted in...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 12, 2017

Idaho Fish & Game to vote on opening catch-and-keep season

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is set to vote on a proposal to allow catch-and-keep steelhead fisheries on the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers and on the Clearwater River and its north, south and middle forks. The Lewiston Tribune reports if the proposal, on which the commission will vote Friday, passes, anglers...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11, 2017

Sherri Ybarra (AP)

State schools Supt. Ybarra announces re-election bid

daho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra says she will run for re-election in 2018. Ybarra, a Republican, announced in a news release Wednesday she plans on running for another four-year term. Her only other opponent is GOP Wilder School Superintendent Jeff Dillon. No Democratic candidate has entered...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 10, 2017

Nonini joins lieutenant governor race 10 

northern Idaho lawmaker is joining the race to win the state's open lieutenant governor seat in 2018. GOP Sen. Bob Nonini of Coeur d'Alene filed to run for the position on Tuesday. Nonini is in his third term in the Idaho Senate after serving four terms in the Idaho House...

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Boise school board backs calendar compromise

Boise school board members backed a scheduling comprise on Monday night, voting to begin next school year Aug. 20. For months, parents, staffers, students and local businesses have engaged in a spirited debate over when to begin the school year, Idaho EdNews reports. After surveying...

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MONDAY, OCT. 9, 2017

County GOP central committee decries one of GOP guv hopefuls 

The same Kootenai County GOP committee that recently condemned Idaho GOP Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo for backing sanctions against Russia has passed a resolution blasting Tommy Ahlquist, one of the three leading GOP candidates for governor in 2018, for having donated to Democrats, and questioning whether he’s really a Republican. According to...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 6, 2017

September state revenues beat forecast

Idaho’s state tax revenues for September came in 3.6 percent higher than forecast, and 8.2 percent higher than revenues the previous September. That puts state general fund revenue for the fiscal year to date $29.4 million or 3.4 percent ahead of projections. Individual income tax...

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