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.
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.
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."
State School Superintendent Anne Fox's plan for Idaho's schoolchildren to take a lot more standardized tests is drawing sharp criticism.
More than 200 superintendents and school board members gave the plan a chilly reception last week.
1. Jessica Vickers, with the University of Idaho agricultural extension office, look at signs of blight on potato plants in one of Bill Hartman's fields. Photo by Betsy Z. Russell/The Spokesman-Review
2. Dark spots on leaves are a sign of late blight.
(From For the Record, Friday, August 4, 1995:)
The state of Idaho would use money set aside for a governor's residence only for costs related to the residence. A headline in Thursday's edition suggested otherwise.
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.
1. Gov. Phil Batt found that political sensitivity can be as important as logic in getting things done. Photo by Betsy Z. Russell/The Spokesman-Review
2. Phil Batt plays the clarinet during his 1994 campaign. File/The Spokesman-Review
North Idaho has the state's worst unemployment, high school dropout rate and number of children born out of wedlock, according to a new state report.
"It's not exactly the kinds of things you want to be a leader on," said Steve McKenna of the state Department of Health & Welfare.
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.
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.
Coeur d'Alene tribal leaders won an assurance from Gov. Phil Batt 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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.