Yearly Archives: 2010

Now the mega-loads battle turns to another 207 shipments

Imperial Oil, a unit of ExxonMobile, says it wants to start moving its 207 mega-loads across the state as soon as possible, while shipment opponents want the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to give them a chance to block the transports … Continue reading

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Empty reserves a key factor in state budget crunch

As Gov. Butch Otter prepares the next state budget, he’ll have fewer places to look to other than state tax revenues to fund the government. As the economy fizzled, the governor and lawmakers turned to federal stimulus dollars and reserve … Continue reading

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Twin Falls turns down helmet law in classic regulation tussle

For now government regulation won’t extend to kids’ noggins in Twin Falls. The city council there has rejected becoming the first city in the state to make scofflaws of kids who don’t wear helmets while riding bikes. Mayor Don Hall … Continue reading

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Labor department looking to replace antiquated computer system

The Idaho Department of Labor is looking to spend millions in state and federal dollars to replace a computer system running on software that’s more than two decades old. “Ancient, antiquated, obsolete – whatever word you want to use,” said … Continue reading

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Unchecked gas cheating costing state

A state legislator wants to get rid of non-taxed dyed diesel fuel and possibly add millions of dollars each year to the budget of the strapped Idaho Transportation Department. Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, assistant majority leader, said he’s heard the … Continue reading

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Prisons chief touts trends, shares budget worries

Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) Director Brent Reinke says his workers have handled a shrinking budget better than he could have dreamed, but that many important posts are unstaffed due to furloughs and employees leaving for work elsewhere. An opinion … Continue reading

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Suspended college professor collecting salary for almost four years

An Idaho State University (ISU) professor suspended almost four years ago after being hit with federal charges stemming from a hoax involving threatening to mail someone a deadly virus is still receiving a yearly salary of close to $70,000. Professor … Continue reading

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Lawmakers-turned-administrators receive extra benefits within state retirement system

Some former lawmakers will receive extra benefits within the state retirement system thanks to a provision of Idaho Code that defines who can be considered a full-time public employee of the state of Idaho. Public employees, including state legislators, are … Continue reading

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Public pays mayor’s parking ticket

Caldwell’s mayor had taxpayers cover a parking ticket he got in Boise earlier this year. Mayor Garret Nancolas, Caldwell’s mayor for the last 13 years, said he was on city business at a meeting at the Capitol when the time on … Continue reading

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Wolf delisting plan ends in Senate despite efforts from Crapo, Risch

Efforts to end federal protection for Idaho wolves may have to wait until next year and the next Congress. Legislation to remove wolves from the endangered species list failed in the U.S. Senate despite support from Idaho Sens. Jim Risch … Continue reading

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