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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 2017

FRIDAY, OCT. 6, 2017

Ada County awarded $1M grant for criminal justice reform

The Idaho county encompassing Boise was awarded a $1 million grant aimed at reforming the criminal justice system and reducing its jail population. The grant from the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge will be paid out to Ada County over two years to fund eight new jobs designed to enable the reform, the Idaho Statesman reports...

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Bowe Bergdahl (AP)

APNewsBreak: Guilty plea expected from Bergdahl; no trial 

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said. Bergdahl's decision to plead guilty rather than face trial marks another twist in an eight-year drama...

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Risch praises sage grouse announcement 

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch says he supports the Department of Interior’s change of direction on sage grouse conservation plans; here’s his full statement: “The last administration invited the western governors to create their own sage-grouse management plans. Those plans were subsequently rewritten on the banks...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 5, 2017


In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. The Interior Department says it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development. The plan would allow mining and other development in areas where it now is prohibited in six Western states: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. (AP / David Zalubowski)

Feds remove protections for 10M acres of sage grouse habitat 

The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development. The plan would allow mining and other development in areas where it now is prohibited in six Western states: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming...

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Idaho governor candidate lists business assets, investments 

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist on Thursday said he owns 25 businesses and has 27 investments worth more than $5,000 each, in an announcement aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to disclose his wealth. However, the Republican's economic interest disclosure does not include a range of how much each asset is worth...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 4, 2017

Police reviewing more racist flyers in Sandpoint 

Police in northern Idaho say they are actively reviewing false flyers depicting racist images that target key leaders in Sandpoint. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that another batch of mailings have been distributed to businesses and residents falsely representing the views of Mayor Shelby Rognstad and his family. Sandpoint law enforcement...

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Senate panel approves CHIP funding reauthorization

The Senate Finance Committee today passed bipartisan legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years; the funding expired Oct. 1. The House also is considering CHIP funding legislation today. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., hailed the committee’s passage of the bill,...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 3, 2017






Fire truck stuck in sinkhole amid flooding at Boise State University on Oct. 2, 2017, after a water main break (BFD)

BSU sinkhole causes flooding, traps fire truck 

Boise State University officials say a water main break caused massive flooding to stream through a main artery on the campus and trapped a fire engine inside a sinkhole. According to the university, a water main broke Monday evening near the Student Union Building. A fire engine responded, but got stuck in the sinkhole...

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MONDAY, OCT. 2, 2017


 In this May 26, 2016, file photo, a sign welcomes residents and visitors to the tiny town in Dietrich, Idaho. The small community has faced national attention after a $10 million federal lawsuit was filed alleging the local school did nothing to prevent months of racist and sexual abuse of a disabled black teen. Lee Schlender, the victim's attorney, confirmed Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, that a monetary settlement had been reached with the Dietrich School District, but declined to share details regarding the amount and terms of the agreement.  (AP / Kimberlee Kruesi)

Idaho school settles in locker room assault case

A southern Idaho school district has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit involving a black football player who says he was sexually assaulted by three teammates in 2015. Lee Schlender, the victim's attorney, confirmed Monday a monetary settlement had been reached with the Dietrich School District...

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Education board launches search for ISU president

The Idaho State Board of Education has announced it will launch a national search for selecting the next president of Idaho State University. Board officials said Friday that the search will begin in October and a final selection will be made by March 2018. State Board member Richard Westerberg will chair the search committee...

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