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News >  Idaho

Bpa: Spending Cap Best For Agency, Salmon Congressional Limits On Recovery Spending Will Keep Agency Afloat, Chief Says

A congressional proposal to cap salmon-recovery spending by the Bonneville Power Administration could save both the fish and the BPA, agency chief Randy Hardy said Friday. During a taping of the "Viewpoint" program for KTVB-TV, Hardy said the federal agency is reeling from rising costs and increased competition for power customers. If it doesn't slow the flow of millions of dollars going into fish recovery efforts, he said, the agency could miss its multimillion-dollar debt payments and go broke.
News >  Idaho

Agreement Will Clear The Way For Nez Perce Gambling Ventures

Idaho will sign a gaming compact with the Nez Perce Tribe today, ending more than a year of difficult negotiations. The agreement clears the way for a lottery or parmutuel betting on racing, and the tribe has an undisclosed project in the works for its reservation east of Lewiston. "I think the tribe has to explore all its economic development avenues and this would be one of them," said Samuel N. Penney, chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.

News >  Idaho

Demos Hope To Pull Plug On Chenoweth Party Takes Aim, Distributing Magazine Article Labeling Representative One Of ‘Ten Dimmest Bulbs’

A national Democratic campaign committee sent out copies of a magazine article Thursday naming U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth No. 2 on a list of the "Ten Dimmest Bulbs in Congress." Chenoweth spokeswoman Khris Bershers dismissed the article, from the Madison, Wis.-based liberal magazine The Progressive, as "utter political nonsense" that "doesn't even deserve a response."
News >  Idaho

Waste Dump? Keep Going To Exit 99

Only in Mountain Home, "The Hub of Elmore County," will you see an official road sign like this: "Hazardous waste prohibited; Use Exit 99."
News >  Nation/World

Pac Gifts Drop For Indebted Chenoweth Contributions Trail Off After Comments On Oklahoma City Bombing

U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth, still facing a large campaign debt, saw her PAC contributions drop after her controversial comments on the Oklahoma City bombing. According to her finance report for the first half of 1995, the Idaho Republican received more than twice as much in political action committee contributions before the bombing as after. Her contributions from individuals also declined.
News >  Idaho

If Nordy’s Won’t Come To Boise …

How far would you go to shop at Nordstrom? How about a six-hour bus ride from Boise to Ogden, Utah, for two days of shopping followed by a bus ride back? Believe it or not, Boiseans have been doing this for years. The next bus leaves July 15.
News >  Nation/World

Batt Goes Along With Tribe’s National Lottery

Coeur d'Alene tribal leaders won an assurance from Gov. Phil Batt on Tuesday that he has no problem with their proposed National Indian Lottery. "I personally have no objection to your endeavor and will write a letter to that effect," Batt told tribal Chairman Ernie Stensgar.
News >  Idaho

Maybe Phish Out Of Water

OK, what possessed campaigners for Alan Keyes, an ultraconservative candidate for the GOP nomination for president, to put fliers on every car at the recent Phish concert at the Boise State Pavilion? Sure, Keyes wanted to drum up interest in his second Boise appearance, a downtown rally the next day. And his attention to the state has brought him some stature here - he rated third, with 9 percent, in a state GOP central committee straw poll last week.
News >  Idaho

The Cost Of A Healthy Legislature Some, Including Lawmakers, Critical Of Health Insurance Coverage

Idaho's legislative session runs only three months, but state lawmakers get health insurance all year, courtesy of the taxpayers. Other state employees must work a minimum of 20 hours a week and five months per year to qualify for the health plan. For state lawmakers, those rules don't apply. "They've always been considered as eligible," said Cynthia Davis, group insurance chief for the state Department of Administration. "I don't know what their reasoning is for that."
News >  Idaho

Ag Says Takeover Will Save Money

Idaho's attorney general wants to take money paid by employers for workers' compensation insurance and use it to fund his office, a Sandpoint lawyer charges. Attorney Joseph Jarzabek has gone to court to challenge the attorney general's takeover of legal services for all state agencies, saying the state Insurance Fund shouldn't be part of that new system.
News >  Idaho

Tabloid’s Praise Irks Chenoweth Racist Newspaper Again Praises Congresswoman

U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth was outraged Wednesday to learn she had been lauded a second time by a white-supremacist newspaper. "I repudiate the racist agenda and want absolutely nothing to do with organizations that forward such an agenda," Chenoweth said Wednesday in response to an issue of the racist tabloid "The Truth At Last."
News >  Idaho

Land Board Delays Decision On Dispute

State land commissioners were on the verge Tuesday of resolving a long-standing dispute over public access to "The Point" at Hauser Lake when they decided to wait a month instead. State Controller J.D. Williams said he'd like to take a look at the spot, and figured a decision that's waited this long can wait another month.