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Idaho tribes seek Cabinet post

BOISE – Idaho Indian leaders want Gov. Butch Otter to create a Cabinet post dedicated to improving tribal relations, including resolving law enforcement disputes that erupt because no agreements exist between tribal police and sheriffs in neighboring counties. Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock and Shoshone Paiute tribal leaders met last week with Otter, though the Republican governor made no commitments.

Allred, Democrats form atypical alliance

BOISE – Perhaps the oddest thing about Keith Allred, the newly announced Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, is that he’s not a Democrat. He’s not a Republican either.

War hero gets day of his own

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has proclaimed Thursday will be Vernon J. Baker Day, in honor of the St. Maries resident who is the only living African-American Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. “I encourage Idahoans to honor this courageous citizen who is the embodiment of the true American hero and who ensures and reminds us of all that is wonderful about Idaho and this great country,” Otter wrote in the proclamation, signed Dec. 8.

Otter proclaims day in Idaho veteran’s honor

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has proclaimed Thursday will be “Vernon J. Baker Day,” in honor of the St. Maries resident who is the only living African-American Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.

Allred to challenge Otter

BOISE – A respected nonpartisan activist, former Harvard University professor and trained mediator stunned Idaho’s political establishment Thursday by filing to run against Republican Gov. Butch Otter as a Democrat. Keith Allred, founder of the citizen advocacy group The Common Interest, has been distinctly nonpartisan in his political agenda, which has included the successful drive to get the homeowner’s exemption from property taxes tied to the ups and downs of the real estate market.

Keith Allred to run against Idaho Gov. Otter

A respected non-partisan citizen activist, former Harvard professor and trained mediator stunned Idaho's political establishment Thursday by filing to run against GOP Gov. Butch Otter as a Democrat.

Idaho roads budget far short of need

BOISE – Idaho is now short $211 million a year from what it needs to maintain its roads and bridges in their current, deteriorated condition, a state task force learned Wednesday. But the task force won’t be proposing fixes right away. The panel, appointed by Gov. Butch Otter, is charged with coming up with proposals by December 2010 – after the next election.

No Idaho roads fix this year

Idaho is now short $211 million a year from what it should be spending just to maintain its roads and bridges in their current, deterioriated condition, a state task force heard today as it struggled to determine how the state can do better. However, it won't be proposing fixes in the coming year. The panel, appointed by Gov. Butch Otter, is charged with coming up with proposals by December of 2010, a full year from now and a date that's after the next election.

No shortage of ideas for state budget cost-cutting

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s “efficiency” Web site has received 217 money-saving suggestions for state government so far from Idahoans, with the runaway winner being a cut in pay for the state’s top-paid officials. “Start with a 5 percent decrease in all executive pay – you too,” wrote William Weiden, of Sandpoint. “Work your way down till you hit employees who make less than 35 grand a year.”