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Environmental group appeals SW Idaho power line approval - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 PST

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:59:48 GMT

An environmental group has filed an appeal seeking to stop the construction of two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho. Western Watersheds Project filed the appeal late last week with the U.S. Department of the Interior's Board of Land Appeals concerning the Gateway West project.




Labrador, in speech to Idaho House, says Trump is doing what he said...

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:41:49 GMT

Labrador, in speech to Idaho House, says Trump is doing what he said he'd do, reactions 'should concern us all' Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, in an unannounced appearance in the Idaho House today, declared that new President Trump is "actually doing the things that he said he was going to do." Labrador said, "People are reacting like this is something unusual or illegitimate, and that concerns me and I think it should concern you all as members of the Legislature.




The Rent Risk: CWI Scrambles to Dig Out of its Widening Hole of Leases

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:17:12 GMT

According to the most recent long-term strategic assessment from the College of Western Idaho, the state's largest community college is on the brink of a funding deficit. By many measures, CWI has been a runaway success since opening in 2009, growing from 1,200 students to more than 24,000 in eight years.




Attorney: 'The legislation is an illegal attempt to unilaterally amend tribal gaming compacts'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:26:55 GMT

Scott Crowell, attorney for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, told lawmakers, "The legislation is an illegal attempt to unilaterally amend tribal gaming compacts." If HB 127 were to pass, he said, the state would quickly have another lawsuit.




Science Trek

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:03:20 GMT

SCIENCE TREK, produced by Idaho Public Television, airs the third Tuesday of the month throughout the school year and focuses on a variety of science-related topics. Host Joan Cartan-Hansen and guest scientists answer questions that students have submitted either as a video or as an email.




Senate votes 34-1 for twice-amended bill to let folks under 21 run for Idaho Legislature

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:49:48 GMT

It wasn't the original focus of the bill, but the Senate today voted 34-1 in favor of allowing 18-year-olds rather than just those 21 or older to run for the Idaho Legislature. The twice-amended bill, HB 12aa , originally was proposed by the Idaho Secretary of State's office in response to a court case that pointed out an inconsistency between Idaho's state law and the state Constitution as far as who is eligible to run for the Legislature.




Idaho: Co-Sponsors for Castle Doctrine Growing

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:38:28 GMT

This legislation is going to be a tough battle and we need as many citizens as possible to reach out to their legislators and ask them to co-sponsor this important bill! It moves the presumption of innocence from the criminal to the homeowner. In other words, you are presumed to have acted within the law unless the criminal or State can prove otherwise.




Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke says stalker's false account...

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:45:54 GMT

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke accused a former secretary of stalking him three years ago as his wife underwent cancer treatment and then attempting to extort money from him by concocting a story the two had an affair. The Idaho Attorney General's office referred the matter to the Idaho State Police for investigation, but no charges were filed.




Bill Banning Idaho Sanctuary Cities Moves Forward Despite Opposition from Democrats

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:45:53 GMT

Plummer Democratic Rep. Paulette Jordan spoke about her opposition to Caldwell Republican Rep. Greg Chaney's bill at an ACLU activist training session. ACLU-Idaho's Feb. 20 activist training session had to be moved.




Bjornn named Gop MVP

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:45:52 GMT

Bjornn has spent nearly three decades as an Idaho GOP foot soldier, working on campaigns for Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill, Rep. Dell Raybould, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, Rep. Mike Simpson and Sen. Mike Crapo, among others. "We are grateful for the countless hours that Marsha has committed to the service of our party and state over the years," GOP Chairman Steve Yates said.




International Rescue Committee begins One Home Idaho

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:39:34 GMT

Expected to last four months throughout the Summer of 2017, the One Home Idaho campaign is an awareness movement started by the IRC intended to bring recognition to the beauty and cultural diversity refugees can offer. The campaign comes soon after the recent executive order regarding immigration that left a percentage of the American population contemplating the implications of the global refugee crisis.




New version of anti-sanctuary city bill introduced on party-line vote

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:34:11 GMT

Idaho Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, proposed a new version of his bill to ban sanctuary cities in Idaho today, and again, the House State Affairs Committee meeting room was filled along with an overflow room with people concerned about his proposal. There are currently no sanctuary cities in Idaho.




Idaho Briefing - February 20

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:58:12 GMT

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for February 6. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com . The Bureau of Land Management Challis Field Office and U.S. Forest Service Salmon-Challis National Forest are developing a draft plan for the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness and are soliciting public comments.




Water digest - week of February 20

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:49:27 GMT

Water rights weekly report for January 9. For much more news, links and detail, see the National Water Rights Digest . A special master on February 14 sided with Georgia in its dispute with Georgia over water rights in the Apalachicola River, Chattahoochee River and Flint River.




Nation 28 mins ago 9:55 p.m.Prisoners in Their Own Land: Remembering the internment of Japanesea

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:54:51 GMT

KING 5's Lori Matsukawa examines one of the dark chapters in U.S. history as Japanese Americans from the Pacific Northwest share their stories of being "prisoners in their own land." Seventy-five years ago, two months after Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into government internment camps for years.




Idaho militia group founder faces aggravated assault charge - Sun, 19 Feb 2017 PST

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:48:34 GMT

In this Jan. 9, 2016, file photo, Brandon Curtiss of the "Idaho 3%" group speaks to the media after arriving at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore. More than 30 members of the "Idaho 3%" group say they've resigned after Curtiss, the group's president, spent $2,900 in donations on personal items rather than using it to help four Idaho men facing charges from a 2014 armed standoff with government agents in Nevada.




Headlines for Feb. 19, 2017: What to Know

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:36:34 GMT

Monday is President's Day, meaning most city, county, state and federal offices will be closed. Most K-12 public school districts will be closed .