Rather than buying or building a new governor's mansion, maybe Idaho should just buy Gov. Phil Batt's Southeast Boise home.
Rep. Jim Stoicheff, D-Sandpoint, threw that idea out to a generally positive reception Thursday at a meeting of the Governor's Residence Committee.
Forty percent of Idaho's nursing homes could be declared substandard and are at risk of losing their patients under federal regulations due to take effect July 1.
Idaho has joined Washington, Oregon and Alaska in pleading with federal officials to delay the change. Gov. Phil Batt and all four members of the Idaho congressional delegation have written letters.
Neighborhoods here are defined by their wildlife.
In the city's historic North End, hundreds of squirrels chatter at you endlessly. They scamper back and forth across the telephone lines, harass neighborhood cats and swish their tails in defiance as they run off.
Rita Blewett meant to get out of the liquor business three years ago.
The Kendrick, Idaho, woman thought the time was right to sell the tiny liquor store she runs under a contract with the state. Her kids were off to college. Her husband, Bill, was ready for a change.
If they were married, it'd be illegal.
But when the live-in girlfriend of state Liquor Dispensary Assistant Superintendent Jim Baugh was transferred into the central office for a higher-paying job, state nepotism laws didn't apply.
Idaho now has term limits for all state and local elected officials - but not for U.S. senators or congressmen.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that tossed out state limits on congressional terms left intact the rest of an initiative Idaho voters approved in November. That initiative, favored by nearly 60 percent of the voters, limited terms for everyone from U.S. senators down to local school board members.
This town doesn't have drive-up espresso huts.
That's right. Those handy little huts that seem to be on every corner up north are a rare curiosity in the capital city. In weeks of cruising most of Boise's major commercial and commuting routes, I've spotted only two.
Environmentalist Jon Marvel's recent attempts to outbid ranchers for state grazing leases prompted an outcry and a new law. But Mark Solomon has quietly held a grazing lease for close to a decade solely to keep cattle off the land.
The Idaho Department of Lands told Solomon this year it wouldn't renew his lease, but the Moscow man successfully appealed to the state Land Board Friday and won another year.
State Schools Superintendent Anne Fox said Thursday she's charging ahead with her plan to bring Idaho's schools back to the basics.
"Our children know 26 endangered species, but they don't know who Abraham Lincoln was," she told an appreciative group at a People for the West meeting Thursday evening.
Idaho's U.S. attorney's office has made significant changes in the way it handles indictments since the Randy Weaver case.
But Idaho U.S. Attorney Betty Richardson noted in a memo to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jamie Gorelick that the federal government itself was involved in reviewing Weaver's indictment.
The tiny Kootenai Tribe has just had its first member graduate from college, and tribal leaders say the tribe is on track to achieve its biggest wish: selfsufficiency.
Ron Abraham, a tribal council member, told the governor's Native American Issues Summit on Monday that the key to the 118-member tribe's comeback has been its recognition that it must govern itself, not rely on the federal government or anyone else.
Democrats are upset that Gov. Phil Batt dumped the highly regarded chief of the Idaho Housing Agency solely because the official supported Batt's campaign opponent.
"This was a political appointment," said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Sweeney, D-Lewiston. "The IHA is recognized as one of the best-run agencies of its kind in the United States."
Gov. Phil Batt on Friday got seven bills on juvenile justice, most toughening the laws used to deal with lawbreakers under the age of 18.
The House approved the bills Friday afternoon, with just a scattering of opposition. Legislation creating a new state agency to deal with youthful lawbreakers, the Department of Juvenile Corrections, still pends.
There must be some way the Kootenai Tribe can become financially self-sufficient without angering its neighbors in Boundary County, lawmakers said Wednesday.
A Senate committee voted unanimously to send legislation to the full Senate to have a committee of tribal members, local officials and lawmakers study the issue over the summer.
School districts would be able to pass bond issues to build schools with a 60 percent vote instead of the current two-thirds majority, under a bill that won initial approval Monday.
But there's a catch: The districts would receive the easier standard only if they schedule bond elections on one of four designated dates - the same dates as other types of elections are held in Idaho.
Picture this: A new type of ski is invented that allows you to ski deep, heavy powder all day long, turn after turn, having a great time, even if you're out of shape.
Even if you're out of shape! Impossible, right?
U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth's contention that federal agencies are using armed agents and helicopters to invade Idaho to enforce the Endangered Species Act has agency officials scratching their heads.
"It wasn't us," said Rod Moxley, a special agent with the National Marine Fisheries Service, which enforces the act in the Columbia Basin.