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Idahoans snap up cheap parks passes - Thu, 23 May 2013 PST

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:47
Idaho's sold more than $500,000 worth of its new $10 state parks passports in the first six months of the program, and state parks officials have high hopes the low-priced passes tied to Idahoans' vehicle registrations will take off big and help fund the park system.

Vandals damage dozens of classic cars near Coeur d’Alene - Thu, 23 May 2013 PST

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 07:00
Don Martin surveyed the damage and could only shake his head in disgust. Late one afternoon last week, he heard what he thought were gunshots on his rural property near Coeur d’Alene.

Idaho records - Thu, 23 May 2013 PST

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 07:00
For 05-23-2013

Idaho State University fined for breach - Thu, 23 May 2013 PST

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Idaho State University is paying $400,000 to the federal government to settle allegations it improperly exposed confidential medical records. In August 2011, ISU told the U.S. Department of ...

World War II veteran finally gets his diploma - Thu, 23 May 2013 PST

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – World history conspired to keep George Jones from getting his high school diploma. Bailey Jo Bartlome and other Kuna High seniors conspired to make sure he got it.

Big cat attacks, kills dogs in fenced Boise back yards - Wed, 22 May 2013 PST

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 23:35
Three next-door neighbors in east Boise have had their small dogs attacked by a mountain lion in their fenced back yards in the past two weeks, and two of the dogs have died.

Priest Lake cabin owners can request new appraisals - Wed, 22 May 2013 PST

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Priest Lake cabin owners who object to skyrocketing appraisals on the state-owned land under their lake homes can request new appraisals, the state Land Board decided Tuesday. If they object to those, they can appeal. The catch: Once the new values are set, the leases for the cabin sites again would be offered up for potential bids from others. And for owners who are already part of pending land exchanges with the state so they can gain ownership of the land under their cabins, new appraisals might not be ready in time.

GOP candidates lose key races in Coeur d'Alene - Tue, 21 May 2013 PST

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 05:18
Candidates backed by a group of Republican activists were defeated Tuesday night in unusually lively races for the nonpartisan Coeur d’Alene School Board and Kootenai Hospital District board.

CdA police: Bottles in parking lot intended as explosive - Tue, 21 May 2013 PST

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 03:05
Suspicious bottles found Tuesday morning in a Coeur d’Alene parking lot were intended to be an explosive, police say.

Woman killed in crash near Priest River - Tue, 21 May 2013 PST

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 01:00
A 19-year-old Oldtown woman died early Tuesday in a head-on collision on Highway 41 south of Priest River.

Winds gusting with arrival of cold front - Tue, 21 May 2013 PST

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 23:22
The National Weather Service is warning about gusty winds out of the west and southwest to 40 mph through about 6 p.m.

Priest Lake cabin owners can get new appraisals - Tue, 21 May 2013 PST

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 20:52
Priest Lake cabin owners who object to new Idaho appraisals that showed the state-owned land under their lake homes ballooning in value this year by an average 84 percent can request new appraisals, the state Land Board decided today, and if they object to the new values, they can appeal. The catch: Once the new values are set, the leases for the cabin sites again would be offered up for potential conflict bids from others.

She took the money and ran: Woman left Idaho after lottery win - Sun, 19 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 07:00
Holly Lahti won one of the biggest lottery jackpots in U.S. history then seemed to disappear from the face of the Earth. She actually moved to the California coast. Lahti, ...

Groups want sheep station shut down - Sun, 19 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Four environmental groups are asking a federal judge to order the temporary shutdown of a sheep research station on the Idaho-Montana border that they say is harming the region’s grizzly bear population. The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Boise against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contends the Sheep Experiment Station is operating under a biological opinion that states no known grizzly bear deaths have occurred in the recent past near the station.

Judge mandates joint talks on lynx - Sun, 19 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 07:00
BILLINGS – A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to consult with wildlife officials to ensure the agency takes adequate measures to protect Canada lynx in portions of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen said in Thursday’s order that the Forest Service violated federal regulations by not revising its management plans for 11 national forests to take lynx habitat into consideration.

Huckleberries: North Idaho’s right turn being driven by exiles - Sun, 19 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 07:00
On Tuesday, we’ll learn whether Kootenai County archconservatives who call themselves “Republicans” for politics’ sake will keep total control of the Coeur d’Alene School Board. And establish beachheads on the Post Falls School Board and Kootenai Hospital Board. The end game for the ideological radicals is the overthrow of the Coeur d’Alene City Council this fall. How did the uber-cons annex the GOP Central Committee and Kootenai County politics? Reporter Sierra Crane-Murdoch connects the dots in the new issue of High Country News in her article, “How right-wing emigrants conquered North Idaho.”

Lake City caps 28-0 season with state title - Sun, 19 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 07:00
As the Lake City softball team posed with the championship trophy Saturday afternoon and the digital cameras were clicking away, a fan summed it up perfectly. “This never gets old,” he said.

CdA school board candidates highlight conservative roots - Sun, 19 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 07:00
Brent Regan’s yard signs identify him as a Republican. His challenger, Christa Hazel, has “common sense conservative” on hers. Political persuasion is on full display in the race to sit on the Coeur d’Alene School Board, even though the ballots make no reference to party. It’s one in a series of election showdowns here forming a politically charged battleground for offices long seen as strictly nonpartisan.

Eye on Boise: Otter’s housing stipend to resume - Sun, 19 May 2013 PST

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Former longtime chief state economist Mike Ferguson analyzed the latest state tax revenue news – which showed revenues surging 13.2 percent over forecasts for April, the biggest tax revenue month of the year – and concluded that lawmakers likely will have $162 million more on hand when they convene their 2014 legislative session than they thought they would two months ago, at the close of this year’s session. “While the numbers will change (for example, we don’t yet know actual May and June revenue numbers, and we don’t know what revised forecast growth rate will be used for FY 2014), it is clear there will be substantially more revenue available than policymakers thought less than two months ago,” Ferguson writes. “How this additional revenue is utilized will depend on Idaho’s public policy priorities.”

Fazliddin Kurbanov pleads not guilty to terrorism charges - Sat, 18 May 2013 PST

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 07:00
BOISE – Fazliddin Kurbanov, the Uzbek man facing federal terrorism charges in Idaho, pleaded not guilty on all counts Friday, speaking through a Russian interpreter. The 30-year-old Boise resident, dressed in yellow-and-white striped scrubs stamped “Ada County Jail” on the back, faces three charges in Idaho: conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and to a designated foreign terrorist organization – the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan – and possession of an explosive device.