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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2015

2/3s Unhappy w/K-12 Funding 

Nearly two-thirds of Idahoans believe their state is not spending enough money on schools, according to a survey released Monday. Meanwhile, a majority of Idahoans believes state education policy is headed in the wrong direction. These were two findings from a survey conducted by Salt...

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Ybarra Teases 2015 Agenda 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra offered a brief glimpse of her agenda for the 2015 Idaho Legislature at her first press conference since being elected in November. Ybarra told reporters Monday that she is considering increasing operational funding for schools while possibly delaying…

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Poll: Will School Levy Pass? 

Today's Poll question (below "most recent blog comments" in lefthand rail) asks: "Do you expect the $15M/year, two-year Coeur d'Alene supplemental levy to pass?" Please take time to locate new format ... and vote.

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Crapo Named Chief Deputy Whip

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will again serve a primary legislative messaging role among his peers in the new 114th Congress, but this time it will be in a majority role. Senate Republican Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced today that Crapo will head the whip…

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Raul Seeks Answers? 

A postcard from Congressman Raul Labrador landed in my mailbox over the weekend. The first three multi-choice questions aren't leading. But the last 4 are. For example, in question No. 6, Labrador asks: "President Obama has launched airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, and sent troops...

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Otter Sworn In For 3rd Term

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has taken the oath of office and marked his place in Idaho history as being only the second governor to start three consecutive terms as Idaho's chief executive. The Republican governor was sworn in during a private ceremony at 10 a.m....

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Midwives May Face Stricter Rules 

The Idaho Board of Midwifery has updated its rules on newborn care. The administrative rules, which must be approved by the Legislature, say midwives must immediately transfer newborns to the hospital for emergency care if they have any signs of distress, including respiratory distress, an…

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2 Of 3 Elk Rescued

This image provided by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, shows emergency workers rescuing three elk who fell through ice, near Aspen, Colo., Monday. Two elk that fell through the ice of a pond near Aspen were rescued but a third didn't survive. A homeowner discovered…

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Boehner Re-elected House Speaker 15 

Too bad, so sad news for Precinct 52 committeeman Bjorn Handeen and other Teapublicans fighting John Boehner's re-election to a third term as House Speaker. The Hill is reporting that Boehner has been re-elected to the position. More to coming.

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Mike: Bloem One Of The Best 11 

And now a Facebook word from Mike Kennedy: "Sandi Bloem is one of the finest public servants and community citizens I've ever known. And I have collaborated with, sought advice from, occasionally disagreed with, but always greatly respected the professionals at the Gallatin Group. The…

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I ♥ My Plow Driver 

At 9:40 last night, the city snow plows reached my slushy end of McFarland Avenue, near the end of their successful, two-day effort to clear city streets. I almost cheered out loud as the driver raised his gate eliminating a possible thick berm in front...

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Every Feather In Place

Check out this swell photo from Barry Kough/Lewiston Tribune: "With a quick, if partial, thaw Monday after the weeklong freeze, it’s easy to walk on water ... if you’re a mallard. The Lewiston Levee ponds along the Clearwater River are frozen but have a thin layer of icemelt on top."

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H95 Project Threatens Rare Plants 

The realignment of U.S. 95, south of Moscow, is threatening about a dozen rare plant species, the federally protected Spalding's catchfly, and mature ponderosa pine stands. Should the Idaho Transportation Department move ahead with the project? Or find an alternative route?

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Goedde Tapped For IEN Project 

Boise hasn't seen the last of Coeur d'Alene's former state Sen. John Goedde. He's going to work for the governor. Goedde said Monday he has accepted a contract that will last through the legislative session to work on the governor's Idaho Education Network project. The…

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Gonzaga Moves Up To No. 6 

In Saturday's victory over host Portland, Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis (11) drives to the basket against Portland center Volodymyr Gerun (52). At 14-1, Gonzaga has moved up to No. 6 in the AP poll. Story here. (AP Photo/Troy Wayrynen) Question: Are you pleased with Gonzaga's...

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CdA To Seek $15M Levy 

The Coeur d’Alene School District will ask voters in March for a $15 million-a-year tax levy, just over $2 million more than the levy that expires this June. The additional money will be earmarked for buying new curricular materials and hiring more teachers to reduce...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.

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