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Huckleberries: Kootenai GOP to discuss whether rights act has too much ‘religion’

The wacky Kootenai County Republicans are at it again. Last month, the Elephants were asked to approve a resolution requesting that Idaho be declared a “Christian state.” They shot that …


Schools’ savings mount after ending IEN deal

BOISE – The tally of savings from dumping the troubled Idaho Education Network continues to climb, as lawmakers received final figures Thursday showing school broadband costs dropped 37 percent and …


Idaho pulling plug on broadband network

BOISE – The much-vaunted Idaho Education Network is officially defunct, state lawmakers declared Tuesday, as they approved new emergency funding for school districts to find their own vendors and buy …


Eye on Boise: Ruling means ‘reset’ for school broadband plan

Idaho lawmakers are scrambling after a judge reaffirmed last week that the state’s $60 million contract for a broadband network that links every Idaho high school was issued illegally. The …


Idaho Education Network audit raises questions

BOISE – A service audit of the Idaho Education Network is raising troubling questions about the pricey statewide broadband and videoconferencing network that links Idaho’s high schools. Looking specifically at …


Idaho schools broadband contract extension through 2019 surprises lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who agreed under pressure this week to pay $6.6 million to a broadband contractor say they were dismayed and alarmed to learn that the state last …


Man job-shadowing Idaho senator also running for election

BOISE – A young man in a suit and tie who just turned 21 a month ago is job-shadowing Sen. Steven Thayn in the Idaho Senate this week – at …


Idaho re-examines Medicaid dental cuts

BOISE – When Idaho eliminated nonemergency adult dental coverage under its Medicaid program in 2011, it hoped to save money. But it didn’t. Instead, emergency room costs ballooned, with dental-related …


Idaho’s 2014 legislative session underscored by election

BOISE – Three big issues – education, health care and prisons – loom over Idaho lawmakers as they convene their legislative session Monday. But at the same time, every seat …


Eye on Boise: Idaho school Wi-Fi contract questioned by lawmakers

BOISE – A rare clash between two branches of Idaho’s government has been roiling Boise for the past week, after state schools Superintendent Tom Luna signed a five- to 15-year …


Board begins crafting heavy truck rules

BOISE – Controversial legislation to let extra-heavy, extra-long trucks on Idaho roads is now law, but it’s unlikely new routes will be designated for the heavier trucks in North Idaho …


North Idaho strong in Legislature

BOISE – There was the freshman representative from Coeur d’Alene who led an insurrection among House GOP freshmen that changed the outcome of the session’s biggest issue: Gov. Butch Otter’s …


Idaho Senate says yes to heavier trucks, more routes

BOISE – Any route in Idaho other than interstate freeways would potentially be fair game for extra-heavy trucks under legislation that passed the Idaho Senate on Wednesday. Numerous North Idaho …


Extra-big trucks get approval of panel

BOISE – Despite opposition from numerous North Idaho elected officials, an Idaho Senate committee on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to allow extra-heavy trucks on roads statewide. Under the bill, proposed …


Otter facing battles within GOP

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter faces a major leadership test when Idaho lawmakers convene their legislative session on Monday: convincing many from his own party that it’s in the …


North Idaho gains clout on budget committee

BOISE – Lawmakers from Lewiston and points north will take up eight of the 20 seats on the Idaho Legislature’s powerful joint budget committee when the 2013 session convenes in …


Huckleberries: Black bear cub, local R’s share camera shyness

Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, is accustomed to seeing moose, turkey, deer and bears while working at her “day job”: executive director for the Associated Logging Contractors. The association’s office is …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2012, 1:22 p.m.

Avista gives cash to oust two N. Idaho incumbents

BOISE – Avista Corp. is spending thousands of dollars trying to unseat two longtime North Idaho legislators, throwing its support behind tea party-backed challengers in next week’s Republican primary. Being …


Avista wants two North Idaho lawmakers replaced

Avista Corp. is spending thousands of dollars trying to unseat two longtime North Idaho legislators, throwing its support behind tea party backed challengers in next week’s Republican primary.


Session’s hotly disputed issues won’t directly affect most Idahoans

BOISE – Idaho’s legislative session this year was long on drama, but many of the biggest and hottest debates won’t mean much for most of the state’s residents. Instead, it’s …


Idaho takes comments on energy plan update

BOISE – As Idaho lawmakers work on the first major update to their groundbreaking 2007 state energy plan, draft recommendations would have them back off from pushing incentives for renewable …


Redistricting alters game in some political circles

BOISE – Idaho legislators or candidates who don’t like their new districts have just two weeks to move if they want to run elsewhere. That’s just one of the many …


Prosecutor releases details of N. Idaho grizzly killing

A grizzly shot by a Boundary County man had approached within 40 yards of his children, who were outside playing basketball, and when wounded, charged at the man, according to …


Not guilty plea entered in federal case of shot grizzly

A Boundary County man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to unlawfully killing a female grizzly bear in his yard. So many friends and family members showed up to support Jeremy M. …


Supporters pack hearing for man who killed grizzly

A Boundary County man pleaded not guilty today to unlawfully killing a female grizzly bear in his yard. So many friends and family members showed up to support Jeremy M. …


Idaho Senators offer new District 2

BOISE – Two North Idaho state senators have submitted a proposed redistricting plan for the Panhandle that would eliminate the odd shape of District 2 but also would lump two …


Idaho lawmakers approve 1.87 percent school salary cut

BOISE – Idaho’s public schools would see a $47 million cut in funding next year under a budget set by lawmakers Monday. That’s considerably less than the $62 million cut …


Eye on Boise: Bills on urban renewal districts seek to fix management issues

BOISE – The Idaho House has passed four bills designed to trim the authority of local urban renewal agencies, and killed two others. The two that were rejected: HB 99 …


Lawmaker fights extended liquor sales

BOISE – A North Idaho lawmaker sought Monday to kill the state Liquor Division’s plans to experiment with later hours, saying it would promote more alcohol consumption. Opposition to the …


Idaho lawmakers add more budget cuts to Otter’s proposal

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are moving toward much deeper budget cuts next year than Gov. Butch Otter has recommended, despite official economic forecasts suggesting the cuts may not be needed. …