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Judge hears arguments in federal wolf case

A federal judge heard arguments today on whether gray wolves in Montana and Idaho should be protected once more under the Endangered Species Act and whether those states can ensure …


Idaho teen meth use drops 52% from 2007 to 2009

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest youth risk survey shows methamphetamine use among Idaho teens dropped 52 percent between 2007 and 2009.


Tax commission seeks state help

Idaho tax collectors want another $11 million transfer from the state general fund to bolster the account they use to write refund checks to taxpayers.


Otter tries to swim above diverse gubernatorial pool

BOISE - Butch Otter is among Idaho’s most-elected politicians, having served 14 years as lieutenant governor and three terms in Congress before being elected governor four years ago. But the …


Keith Allred top Idaho fundraiser

Democratic candidate Keith Allred out-raised incumbent GOP Gov. Butch Otter in the latest fundraising period, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.


T. rex mascot part of Rammell rallies

Idaho GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rex Rammell is headed to North Idaho with a giant, inflatable green Tyrannosaurus rex, which he’s displaying on a trailer behind his campaign RV.


Gov. Otter in hospital with flu-like illness

Officials say Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has been hospitalized for treatment of flu-like symptoms.


Tea party in the park

There may be plenty of disagreement in political rallies of thousands, but Oakesdale resident Ken Hanson’s opinion on taxes is one that was nearly universal at Thursday’s Tea Party gathering …


Tea supporters turn out for a party

There may be plenty of disagreement in political rallies of thousands, but Oakesdale resident Ken Hanson’s opinion on taxes is one that was nearly universal at Thursday’s Tea Party gathering …


Otter coming to Spokane tax day rally

When the Tea Party of Spokane holds its first-anniversary celebration and rally at the Spokane Convention Center on Thursday – tax day – its lead speaker will be Idaho Gov. …


Gov. Otter woos Washington firms

OLYMPIA – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter continues to “court” Washington businesses, sending personal letters to their owners that suggest they should move to the Gem State. That’s fair, Washington Gov. …


Idaho joins lawsuit testing constitutionality of reforms

As Idaho joined a national lawsuit against the new health care reform law Tuesday, Washington’s attorney general was both blasted and praised for jumping into the litigation a day before. …


Idaho, Wash. AGs sue over health care overhaul

As Idaho joined a national lawsuit against the new health care reform law, Washington’s attorney general was both blasted and praised for jumping into the litigation Monday.


Idaho first state to enact health reform challenge

BOISE – Idaho took the lead in a growing, nationwide fight against health care overhaul Wednesday when its governor became the first to sign a measure requiring the state attorney …


Idaho first to sign law against health care reform

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday became the first state chief executive to sign a measure requiring the attorney general to sue Congress if it passes health reforms that force …


Smart bombs: Love is a battlefield

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s cheeky love letter to Northwest businesses in the wake of voter-approved tax increases in Oregon and the proposed increases in Washington has caused a predictable dust-up. …


Federal reform ban heads to Otter

Idaho lawmakers have sent Gov. Butch Otter legislation to ban the enforcement in Idaho of any federal requirement that all individuals and businesses purchase health insurance, and to require the …


Gregoire spurns Otter’s ‘love letter’

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire jabbed back at her Idaho counterpart today over whose state is better for business. Washington got a better rating in Forbes Magazine for being business-friendly …


IPTV budget cut, but not as much as Otter wanted

Idaho Public Television got its budget trimmed Tuesday, but the damage was far less than Gov. Butch Otter called for earlier - and Otter not only supported the plan, he’ll …


Otter hopes to woo businesses

OLYMPIA – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is suggesting Washington businesses come over to his side of the border if taxes go up like they have in Oregon. In a “love …


Caution pervades Otter’s bleak Idaho budget

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter laid out a grim budget proposal for Idaho on Monday, calling for cutting public education both this year and next, slashing 400 state jobs, phasing …


Otter seeks midyear cuts

BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday declared his support for additional midyear budget cuts that would hit schools along with all other state operations. Otter said he’ll include …


Otter set to make budget announcement amid talk of cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has scheduled an announcement for Thursday morning on the state budget, just days before he’ll unveil his proposed budget Monday to a joint session of the …


Gov. Otter threatens suit over health care reform

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said he may sue to stop federal health care reform, calling U.S. House and Senate bills unconstitutional and too costly.


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 …


Idaho tribes want Otter to create executive post

Idaho tribal leaders want Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to create a cabinet post dedicated to improving tribal relations.


Kootenai County magistrate named district court judge

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter today announced the appointment of Kootenai County Magistrate Benjamin Simpson to succeed 1st District Judge Charles Hosack, who is retiring at the end of the year.


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.


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 …


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. …