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Idaho governor fills Senate seat vacancy

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed an Idaho Falls businessman to fill the Senate vacancy created by Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis’ recent retirement to serve as U.S. Attorney for Idaho.

Congress’ current ‘August recess,’ which started today, is record-longest…

While Idaho’s two GOP senators were excited to get Idaho U.S. district judge nominee David Nye approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, that Thursday committee vote came at a time when there was virtually no chance of a full Senate vote before September, at the earliest. The reason? The Senate went on a summer recess Friday, their...

Idaho federal judge nominee gets positive reception at Senate confirmation hearing

Idaho Judge David C. Nye had his hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today as the nominee to be Idaho’s next federal district judge, and drew only positive comments. “Mr. Nye, you represent something I have never seen before,” said Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., who chaired the hearing, “a person that can get Crapo, Risch and Obama...

Five interview for vacant Spokane Valley council seat

The Spokane Valley City Council spent more than two hours Tuesday interviewing the candidates vying to fill the vacant seat created by the resignation of Councilwoman Brenda Grassel, who moved outside the city limits. Questions from council members ranged from asking why the person wanted to serve on the council to what they thought about property rights, street preservation and tax increases. The candidates all spoke of a desire to serve or give back as a motivation for seeking an appointment to the council.

Five to interview for Valley city council seat

Five of nine applicants for a vacant Spokane Valley City Council position garnered enough votes to move forward to a public interview scheduled for Jan. 29. Those receiving the nod during Tuesday’s council meeting were former state legislative candidate Amy Biviano, current city planning commissioners Kevin Anderson and Rod Higgins, Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council executive director Linda Thompson and real estate appraiser Samuel Wood.

Council appoves 20-year deal with SCRAPS

There were no surprises Tuesday as the Spokane Valley City Council voted to start a new, 20-year animal control contract with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. The council appeared pleased that the contract was complete after more than a year of discussion and negotiation. “I’m glad we’re coming down to a vote on an agreement,” said Councilman Arne Woodard. The contract is good for citizens and will provide the city long-term predictability, he said.

Liberty Lake has opening on council

The city of Liberty Lake is now accepting applications for a City Council seat vacated by Susan Schuler on Tuesday. “We are moving to New Zealand,” Schuler said of her resignation. Her husband, Ruedi, is from New Zealand, and the couple decided to move there after a monthlong visit over the holidays. “We’re just not overly happy with how things are going here in the States,” she said. “We just figure we’ll sell our businesses, cut our losses and live the simple life.”