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  • BLM hosts interactive social and economic public workshops for sage-grouse planning effort

    06/14/2012 4:26:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    fox reno ^ | June 14, 2012
    RENO -- As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, the BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are holding interactive social and economic public workshops. ... Interested partners will be guided on how to contribute social and economic information in the development of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to amend Land Use Plans throughout the Greater Sage-grouse’s range in Nevada and Northeast California. They will also provide an opportunity for individuals to provide information regarding the use of public lands resources, how public lands influence their quality of life and how the BLM and U.S....
  • Louisiana House approves bill banning abortions after 20 weeks

    06/03/2012 5:02:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/01/12 | Kathy Finn
    Louisiana House approves bill banning abortions after 20 weeksBy Kathy Finn Fri Jun 1, 2012 7:50pm EDT NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Louisiana state House of Representatives on Friday unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit abortion beyond 20 weeks after fertilization unless the mother's life is in danger. Georgia a month ago became the seventh state to ban most or all abortions after 20 weeks. Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska and North Carolina also have such restrictions. Under the Louisiana measure, doctors who violate the 20-week provision could face up to two years in prison.
  • Idaho says 'Five Wives' Vodka offensive to church

    06/01/2012 7:13:33 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 14 replies
    KLEW-TV ^ | 30 May 2012 | Paul Foy & John Miller
    Five Wives Vodka was named in bad taste and won't be stocked or special ordered at stores operated by the state of Idaho, regulators said. The middle-shelf vodka is made by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based. Its label carries the name and an image of five women, an apparent reference to polygamy, a practice abandoned by the church more than a century ago. Idaho State Liquor Division administrator Jeff Anderson said the brand is offensive to Mormons who make up over a quarter of Idaho's population. Regulators in Idaho notified Elite Spirits Distributor that...
  • Five Wives Vodka deemed offensive to Mormons

    05/30/2012 3:03:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/30/12
    It is made by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based. Its label carries the name and an image of five women, an apparent reference to polygamy, a practice abandoned by the church more than a century ago. Idaho State Liquor Division administrator Jeff Anderson said the brand is offensive to Mormons who make up over a quarter of Idaho's population. Regulators in Idaho notified Elite Spirits Distributor that the brand's concept is "offensive to a prominent segment of our population and will not be carried," according to a letter sent on Thursday. "The bottom line...
  • The American West, 150 Years Ago

    05/24/2012 12:32:22 PM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 34 replies
    http://www.theatlantic.com ^ | May 24, 2012 | Alan Taylor
    In the 1860s and 70s, photographer Timothy O'Sullivan created some of the best-known images in American History. After covering the U.S. Civil War, (many of his photos appear in this earlier series), O'Sullivan joined a number of expeditions organized by the federal government to help document the new frontiers in the American West. The teams were comprised of soldiers, scientists, artists, and photographers, and tasked with discovering the best ways to take advantage of the region's untapped natural resources. O'Sullivan brought an amazing eye and work ethic, composing photographs that evoked the vastness of the West. He also documented the...
  • GOP’s Worst Nightmare: Electoral Stalemate, Constitutional crisis

    05/23/2012 7:04:42 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 42 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 23, 2012 | Michael Medved
    This column originally appeared in THE DAILY BEAST. In looking ahead toward the November election, Republican strategists should take proactive steps to avoid a damaging, dangerous conclusion to the presidential race and to prevent the very real chance that Mitt Romney will win the Electoral College even while losing the popular vote badly to Barack Obama. The problem stems from the lopsided margins President Obama will surely pile up in a few uncontested states with big populations, including California, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. Mr. Romney, meanwhile, will prevail by comparable margins in only relatively small states: Utah, Idaho, the...
  • Ron Paul Admits He Will Not Be President

    05/14/2012 2:48:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 14 2012 | Molly Ball
    Ron Paul announced Monday the Texas congressman will not campaign in the states that have yet to vote in the Republican primary. And while Paul insisted that the campaign would continue to amass delegates, the statement -- which referred to the campaign in the past tense... Though the statement is a bit cryptic, it seems to be a message directed mainly at Paul's activist following. The message: Cool it. In recent weeks, Paul supporters have increasingly been making trouble at local Republican Party conventions, even as they've succeeded in gaining delegates in several states. This past weekend, Paul delegates in...
  • Ruby Ridge Survivor: 'Not the Legacy I Wanted to Leave My Son'

    05/12/2012 6:25:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    KATU ^ | May 11, 2012 | Tracy Vedder
    One of the darkest times in our region's history ended with the deaths of a U.S. Marshal, a 14-year-old boy and a mother. In August 1992, a white separatist family in northern Idaho ended up in a days-long siege with federal agents that would ultimately end in bloodshed. | Read more about the siege from Tru TV Now almost 20 years later, Sara Weaver, who lived through it as a teenager is sharing her memories of Ruby Ridge. The devoutly religious Weaver family had come to Ruby Ridge prepared for the End Times and they were armed. Federal agents believed...
  • Meridian (Idaho) seniors pull prank, face charges

    05/08/2012 7:22:20 AM PDT · by Domandred · 29 replies
    KTVB.com ^ | 5/8/2012 | Andrea Lutz
    25 Mountain View High School students face misdemeanor charges for a senior prank they pulled late Sunday night. One senior said Monday, she and her fellow classmates are being treated unfairly by the district. “Everyone participates in senior pranks,” said Arica Nitz. “It’s not meant to cause any damage or harm.” A group of seniors formed a Facebook page sometime ago to decide on this year’s senior prank. “The plan was to sticky note the hallways, the doors, the windows, the lockers just sticky note everywhere. Just colorful hallways down every hallway,” said Nitz. The seniors also brought along some...
  • US F-15 crashes in Mideast, crew ejects safely

    05/03/2012 6:16:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 3, 2012 | Stars and Stripes
    <p>DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter crashed Thursday during a routine training mission in the Middle East, but investigators have ruled out insurgent activity as a cause, the military said. Both crew members ejected safely.</p>
  • Energy development at U.S. dams could power more than 4 million homes

    04/24/2012 4:37:31 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory ^ | April 18, 2012 | Emma Macmillion
    In a study of the energy-producing potential of untapped U.S. dams, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers found that 54,000 dams not currently used to generate power have the capacity to generate more than 12 gigawatts, enough to power more than 4 million homes. ORNL and Idaho National Laboratory researchers conducting a hydropower resource assessment for the Department of Energy calculated that the 100 dams with the highest energy potential could generate 8 gigawatts of power. The top 10 power-generating dams are along the Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, Tombigbee, Arkansas and Red rivers. Equipping existing dams with power-generating plants avoids additional environmental...
  • Idaho Governor Goes Back to China: Selling Groceries or Green Cards?

    04/11/2012 7:35:10 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 4/10/2012 | Joe Wolverton II
    Disregarding the concerns of many in his party and many of the citizens who elected him, Idaho Governor Butch Otter is headed back to China to continue courting the world’s largest communist regime and second largest economy. The Republican Governor’s junket scheduled for April 14-21 comes on the heels of a resolution passed by the Idaho Republican Party casting doubt on the true purpose behind Otter’s cozying up to the Chinese government. Schmoozing with communists is nothing new for Governor Otter. In June 2010, he attended meetings in Beijing and Shanghai, extolling the economic virtues of his state and enticing...
  • Sacramento lawyer wins key environmental ruling from U.S. Supreme Court

    03/29/2012 11:33:17 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 29, 2012 | Matt Weiser
    A Supreme Court decision last week involving an Idaho couple had special meaning for one Sacramento lawyer. For Damien Schiff, the ruling was the skier's equivalent of an Olympic gold medal, or a tennis player winning Wimbledon. At the age of 32, Schiff accomplished something few attorneys ever experience: He argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court – and won. On March 21, the court declared Schiff and his clients victorious in a case against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The decision overturned decades of lower-court precedent that prevented property owners from suing the agency after being served with...
  • County May Restrict Shooting at Snake River Canyon Park

    03/22/2012 7:21:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies · 1+ views
    magicvalley.com ^ | 22 March 2012 | Steve Kadel
    JEROME • Dave Guymon and his son, Nate, like to ride their ATVs at the Snake River Canyon Park at least once a week. They were there Tuesday afternoon, spinning circles in the mud and roaring over rises as Jet, their black Lab, occasionally sprinted in pursuit. Even with the roar of engines, nearby gunshots were audible. The popular park just east of U.S. Highway 93, on the north rim of the Snake River Canyon, is a prime spot for shooters to practice. But their continued use of the area is jeopardized by litter they leave and safety concerns for...
  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Couple Brutalized by Rogue EPA

    03/21/2012 8:16:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 116 replies
    Now on Fox. SCOTUS has ruled in favor of the couple that bought a house lot and was then fined $ 175,000/day by the loathsome EPA for "disturbing a wetland" that does not exist. Will be fascinating to see if any of the Rancid Media even report this.
  • Update: More details about handgun incident at Staples come out in court

    03/20/2012 5:29:44 AM PDT · by Netalia · 28 replies
    KTVB ^ | 10-19-12 | Kim Fields
    BOISE -- The candidate for Congress accused of threatening Boise store employees with a handgun was arraigned Monday in Ada County court. And much more information was revealed as to what exactly Cynthia Clinkingbeard is accused of doing. Clinkingbeard had filed to run against Rep. Raul Labrador in Idaho's 1st congressional district. In court Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Robert Bleazard said Clinkingbeard had gone to the Staples on Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard Friday night to see about getting some posters for her campaign. Bleazard says Clinkingbeard was escorted to the copy center at the back of the store and began...
  • Updated: Clinkingbeard; Students react to professor's arrest

    03/19/2012 8:29:31 AM PDT · by Netalia · 71 replies
    KTVB ^ | 3-18-2012 | Justin Corr
    BOISE -- A teacher, political candidate, and former doctor is facing charges of aggravated assault after police say she threatened employees at a Staples store with a gun. We are beginning to learn more about Cynthia Clinkingbeard, and her behavior leading up to the incident on Friday night. At the time of her arrest, Clinkingbeard was part of the adjunct faculty at Boise State and the faculty at College of Western Idaho. Her students say that her behavior over the past few months was, at times, strange. Some students at CWI dropped her class because of what they called "erratic...
  • ID U.S. Congressional candidate arrested for office supply store assault

    03/18/2012 8:47:33 AM PDT · by Netalia · 33 replies · 1+ views
    KTVB ^ | 3-17-2012 | Jamie Grey
    BOISE -- Police arrested a woman who reportedly walked into a Staples office supply store and threatened employees with a gun. Employees at the store on Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard say they called police when 58-year-old Cynthia Clinkingbeard made strange, threatening comments to three workers and pulled out a handgun. Clinkingbeard filed as a candidate to run in the primary for U.S. Representative. She is running as a democrat for the District 1 seat against Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho). Clinkingbeard spoke to KTVB last Friday night as a witness to a Boise house fire; at the end of the...
  • Shooting for Liberty States competing for lowest Brady score

    03/10/2012 7:39:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    The Brady Bunch has released their annual scorecard rating states based on how strict their gun laws are. The scorecard is a very useful tool to help rights groups understand how their state compares to others on a liberty scale; more points = less liberty. Alaska, Arizona, and Utah have all achieved the coveted Zero Points/Zero Stars on the Brady scale and are now competing to see which state will be the first into negative numbers – which is possible through bonus points. Arizona and Alaska can reach a –2 point score by protecting carry rights on campuses of state...
  • Northern Rockies wolf population rose in 2011

    03/07/2012 6:33:32 PM PST · by Domandred · 7 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 3/7/2012 | Matt Volz
    HELENA, MONT. — The wolf population in the Northern Rockies rose in 2011 despite the removal of federal protections and hunts held in Montana and Idaho, federal wildlife officials said Wednesday. The animal's numbers rose by more than 7 percent to 1,774 wolves, as state officials look for more ways to reduce the population under pressure from hunters and ranchers who blame the predators for livestock and big-game losses. Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/03/07/2025566/northern-rockies-wolf-population.html#storylink=cpy
  • Romney leads Alaska presidential preference poll (Wins by 420 votes)

    03/07/2012 8:58:12 AM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 36 replies
    FAIRBANKS - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney maintained a strong lead with most of the results counted in the Alaska Republican presidential preference poll held today. With 4,225 votes, the former Massachusetts Governor took 32.6 percent of the statewide vote. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum took 29 percent, Texas congressman Ron Paul took about 24 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took 14 percent. At 10:30 p.m., 95 percent of the vote had been counted. Alaska was one of 10 states to participate in the Republican nomination process today and will divvy up 24 of its delegates according to...
  • Gingrich thinks he can win OH delegates

    03/03/2012 10:33:48 AM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    wdtn ^ | Updated: Saturday, 03 Mar 2012, 1:08 PM EST
    <p>WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has told supporters in Ohio that he thinks he can win delegates in the Buckeye State.</p> <p>Gingrich spoke Saturday morning at the Back Porch Saloon, a restaurant-bar in suburban West Chester Township, about 25 miles north of Cincinnati.</p>
  • Wildlife official says he ate cougar that he shot

    03/02/2012 7:30:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/2/12 | Peter Fimrite, Marisa Lagos
    A collective gulp was almost detectable this week when California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards defiantly declared to outraged legislators that he not only gunned down a mountain lion and held the carcass like a trophy, but he then ate big cat for dinner. The revelation that Richards complied with the backcountry rule that you eat what you shoot didn't do much to quiet calls in the Capitol for his head, but the perfectly legal shooting and consumption of puma meat certainly raised questions about his diet. As odd and unappetizing as the dish may sound, it isn't...
  • Cougar hunter target of try to oust him from post

    03/01/2012 1:20:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 55 replies · 5+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/1/12 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Democratic lawmakers may attempt to oust California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards as early as next week following outrage over his legal killing of a mountain lion on a recent Idaho hunting trip. Assembly Democrats on Wednesday were looking into the possibility of a legislative resolution that would remove him from the board, one day after Richards sent a letter to the Legislature, the governor and other state officials defiantly defending the killing, mocking critics for their outrage and saying that - contrary to beliefs that the shooting was purely a trophy kill - he did, in fact,...
  • Romney, Santorum and Paul to campaign in Washington in advance of caucuses (this Saturday)

    02/29/2012 7:23:36 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 5 replies · 3+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 29, 2011
    Three of the four major Republican presidential candidates will be in Washington state Thursday and Friday seeking support in advance of the Washington caucuses on Saturday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, coming off an easy win in Arizona and a narrow victory in Michigan, has long been scheduled to hold a $1,000-per-person fundraiser in Bellevue on Thursday evening. UPDATE: The Romney campaign announced a "Meet and Greet with Mitt" at 8 a.m. Friday in Bellevue. Romney will appear at a Thursday afternoon rally in Idaho Falls. Idaho will hold its own presidential caucuses on Tuesday and Romney is expected to...
  • California legislators show their hypocrisy over hunting issue

    02/29/2012 10:05:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/29/12 | Dan Walters
    Dan Richards, who chairs the California Fish and Game Commission, is under fire in the Capitol because he killed a mountain lion in Idaho and posed with his trophy for a picture that was later published on a hunting publication website. Forty Democratic legislators signed a letter to Richards saying he should resign. "Your actions raise serious questions about whether you respect the laws of the people of California and whether you are fit to adequately enforce those laws," the lawmakers told Richards. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom later joined the chorus. So let's get this straight.... Mountain lion hunting is...
  • Game official: cougar killing no one's business

    02/28/2012 10:53:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 137 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/28/12 | Marisa Lagos
    California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards said Tuesday that there is "zero chance" he will resign over a photograph showing him grinning as he holds up the body of a mountain lion he shot, killed and ate in Idaho recently. In a letter addressed to Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, one of dozens of public officials who called for Richards' resignation in recent days, Richards blasted lawmakers and others for their criticism of his hunting expedition and mocked their condemnation of the kill. Richards wrote that he did eat a cougar for dinner, did not use a high-powered...
  • Gingrich addresses hot topics during N. Idaho visit

    02/24/2012 11:12:05 AM PST · by Red Steel · 12 replies · 2+ views
    KTVB ^ | February 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM | Honora Swanson
    COEUR D’ALENE— GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich followed the campaign trail to the Inland Northwest Thursday to address voters. Voters are just one week away from picking who they want as a Republican presidential candidate. Gingrich talked about hot topics in front of hundreds of people in North Idaho. He focused on gas prices, national security, and the differences between Democrats and Republicans. He said the main goal is for the GOP party to beat President Barack Obama in the next election. Gingrich is scheduled to head to Western Washington Friday to meet with supporters in Olympia.
  • Gingrich to visit Idaho

    02/21/2012 2:06:15 PM PST · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    KTVB ^ | February 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM Updated today at 11:10 AM
    BOISE - Another presidential hopeful is coming to Idaho. Newt Gingrich will be in Idaho on Thursday. He is holding a fundraiser in Harrison, Idaho. The cost is $1,000 per person. Thursday night, Gingrich will also hold a town hall in Coeur d'Alene. The exact time and location are still being worked out at this time. Gingrich is the fourth major Republican presidential candidate to visit Idaho in the past week and-a-half.
  • Warning: Photo may disturb some readers; photo of lion trophy sparks debate over legal hunting

    02/20/2012 8:01:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 114 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/20/12 | Tom Stienstra
    The divide between those who live in rural areas and those from cities ruptured wide this past weekend across America in a debate over a provocative photo of California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards and a huge mountain lion he shot legally after an 8-hour hunt in Idaho. Some comments on Facebook suggest that Richards should be the one hunted and shot, that he should be jailed, that is unethical to shoot anything you do not eat, and hunting of any kind is barbaric.Most from rural backgrounds would see nothing wrong with the photo. Mountain lions are predators...
  • Sacketts’ wetlands fight about liberties

    02/18/2012 6:01:16 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 6 replies
    Spokane Spokesman Review ^ | February 18, 2012 | Damien M. Schiff
    They asked for a hearing. Didn’t they ask EPA for a hearing on whether their lands fell within the statute? They did ask for a hearing, and EPA said no.” Those were the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during U.S. Supreme Court oral argument last month in Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She wasn’t the only justice to express impatience with the EPA’s treatment of Mike and Chantell Sackett, the couple from Priest Lake, Idaho, who face staggering federal fines after the EPA declared their small parcel to be “wetlands.” As the Washington Post reported, “Justices across the...
  • Idaho governor offers to 'replace' Oregon wolf with 150 more

    02/15/2012 7:58:27 PM PST · by girlangler · 21 replies
    The Outdoor Pressroom ^ | 2/14/12 | Valerie Richardson
    In an obvious tongue-in-cheek propostion, Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has sent Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber an offer to "replace" the collared wolf from Oregon that was shot by a hunter in Idaho. "I am offering to send you 150 wolves from Idaho," Otter wrote. "Idaho has more than a sufficient number, in fact many more than the federal government originally required we have, and can spare a few." Washington Times.
  • Wyoming prepares to end federal wolf protections

    02/14/2012 11:11:07 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    Wyoming lawmakers appear ready to change the state’s wolf management law to accommodate an agreement that Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar reached last year on ending federal protections for the animals in the state. Under the agreement, wolves could be shot on sight in much of the state. The Republican governor has made wolf management a priority, saying the animals threaten agricultural interests and other wildlife. Officials say there are about 300 wolves in the state, and Mead has said the population grows by 10 percent every year. Under the deal, Wyoming would commit to...
  • Rick Santorum visits the Gem State (Idaho)

    02/14/2012 9:48:34 PM PST · by Domandred · 78 replies · 1+ views
    KIVI-TV ^ | 2/14/12 | Jaclyn Brandt
    Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited Boise tonight to a packed house at Capitol High School. More than 30 minutes before the speech started, the 1300 capacity auditorium was full and any new arrivals were sent to a spillover gym across campus. Santorum started his speech speaking about his family. There was applause when he spoke about his seven children, ranging in ages from 3 to 20. He said “Last time I said I had 7 children, I was in NY, and there wasn’t applause. I bet a lot of you have that many children.” He also used his family...
  • Newt Gingrich leaves Las Vegas with plan to woo NASCAR voters, sweep South

    02/05/2012 5:21:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | February 5, 2012 | Shannon McCaffrey
    LAS VEGAS — Newt Gingrich is wooing NASCAR voters. As he charts a possible course to the Republican nomination, aides say Gingrich will paint frontrunner Mitt Romney as the candidate of the PGA golf tour while the former House speaker pursues the blue collar mantle of Dale Earnhardt. It’s a strategy that exploits the class warfare Gingrich professes to oppose. Still, it could pay dividends once the GOP race again swings South. Gingrich sees delegate-rich Texas as a firewall in April. But he must slog through more than 30 contests before that....
  • Steve Appleton, daredevil CEO of memory chip maker Micron, dies in Boise plane crash

    02/03/2012 7:42:20 PM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    AP via The Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2012
    The head of memory chip maker Micron, long known for taking risks in stunt piloting, died Friday when a small experimental plane he was piloting steeply banked, stalled and crashed near an Idaho runway. Steve Appleton, who survived a similar crash eight years ago and had a reputation as a hard-driving daredevil, was the only person aboard the plane when witnesses said it crashed shortly after its second take-off attempt in Boise, according to safety investigators.
  • State (Idaho) accuses Occupy (Boise) campers of vandalism, trespassing and theft

    01/26/2012 9:37:49 AM PST · by Domandred · 13 replies
    KTVB ^ | 1/25/2012 | Scott Evans
    BOISE -- With a bill aimed at getting rid of the Occupy Boise encampment making its way through the Idaho Legislature, new pictures of people identified as Occupy members may not do much to help their cause. The pictures don't reveal any crimes, rather the Department of Administration says they are violations of the good neighbor policy, meaning it shows Occupy members taking things and using things they shouldn't. Since Occupy Boise set up camp in early November, the Director of the Department of Administration, Teresa Luna, says they have dealt with vandalism, violence, trespassing and theft. Earlier this month,...
  • mother's nightmare as baby born deformed after doctors misdiagnose ectopic pregnancy

    01/24/2012 7:17:44 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2:24 AM on 25th January 2012 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A mother is suing the obstetrician who she claims misdiagnosed her pregnancy as ectopic and injected her foetus with an abortant, resulting in birth defects. Thirty-five-year-old Rachel Schoger of Caldwell, Idaho, says she was four weeks five days pregnant with her daughter, Seraphine, when her doctor injected her foetus with chemotherapy drug methotrexate in 2006. Two weeks later, the baby was found inside the uterus. And against all odds, Seraphine made it through term. But the little girl will never lead a normal life, her mother says, after she was born without reproductive organs or a rectum as a result...
  • Poll to Freep: Should Idaho college students be allowed to carry guns on campus?

    01/24/2012 1:30:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    idahopress.com ^ | 24 January, 2012 | NA
    The poll is on the right side of the screen, half way down. It is rather ambiguously worded, as it makes no differenciation between legal or illegal. However, the Second Amendment is pretty clear.
  • LISTEN: Justice Alito Fired Up in Case Pitting Property Owners Against EPA

    01/17/2012 8:11:13 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 48 replies · 1+ views
    ABC ^ | January 17, 2012 | Ariane de Vogue
    Justice Samuel Alito seemed none too pleased last week with the government’s argument in a case pitting property owners against the Environmental Protection Agency. Four years ago, Mike and Chantell Sackett bought property to build their dream home near a lake in Idaho. After obtaining local permits the Sacketts began work, pouring in some land fill. But their work came to a screeching halt when they were visited by officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. The couple was slapped with a compliance order asserting that the land is subject to the Clean Water Act and that they had illegally placed...
  • SUPREMES: EPA ACTIONS ‘OUTRAGEOUS’

    01/09/2012 9:50:26 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 32 replies
    WND ^ | Jan 10, 2012 | Robert Unruh
    The government’s actions in a dispute between the Environmental Protection Agency and a husband and wife targeted by the agency when they bought a residential lot in Idaho and started building their dream home are both “outrageous” and “very strange.” There were comments today from justices on the U.S. Supreme Court about the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions in a fight with Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho. Their case began in 2005 when the Sacketts were working on their dream home. Their land, purchased for $23,000, is about two-thirds of an acre and is about 500 feet from...
  • Supreme Court Hears Case of 'Dream House' Stopped by EPA (EPA claims homeowners have NO rights)

    01/09/2012 6:55:59 PM PST · by tobyhill · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/9/2012 | Shannon Bream
    Since 2007, Mike and Chantell Sackett have been fighting to build their dream home on the Idaho lot they bought years ago. The Sacketts say they had gotten local permits and spent thousands prepping the land for construction - then the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showed up. The EPA told the Sacketts their property contained wetlands and issued a compliance order mandating that they return it to its original state or risk facing fines starting at $37,500 per day. The Sacketts say they were stunned, and asked the EPA for a hearing on the matter. The agency denied their request,...
  • Justices criticize EPA’s dealings with Idaho homeowners

    01/09/2012 10:26:29 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 88 replies · 10+ views
    WASHINGTON — Several Supreme Court justices are criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners. The justices were considering whether to let a North Idaho couple challenge an EPA order identifying their land as “protected wetlands.” Mike and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake wanted to build their house on the land. But the EPA says the Sacketts can’t challenge the order to restore the land to wetlands or face thousands of dollars in fines. Justice Samuel Alito called EPA’s actions “outrageous.” Justice Antonin Scalia noted the “high-handedness of the agency” in dealing with private property. Chief...
  • Capital lawyer to have Supreme moment (property rights case)

    01/08/2012 2:55:35 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 8, 2012 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON – Sacramento attorney Damien Schiff will be carrying the conservative flame Monday when the Supreme Court considers what could become the year's hottest environmental case. For the 32-year-old Schiff, a senior staff attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, the hourlong oral argument marks a personal milestone. The Monday morning session will be his first appearance before the famously aggressive questioners of the nation's highest court. "There is a greater intensity of preparation," Schiff acknowledged Thursday, following a moot court session at Georgetown University Law Center. "Everyone knows that (an attorney) is lucky to have 30 seconds to make their...
  • Idaho couple heads to Supreme Court to defend home from EPA

    01/06/2012 2:00:01 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 4 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | January 6, 2012 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON — An Idaho couple's dream home will be the center of a legal storm Monday at the Supreme Court. For homebuilders, farmers and major corporations, the case called Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency resonates well beyond one person's ambitions or even the wetlands protections specifically at issue. Business groups reckon the case can help roll back federal regulations along a broader front. "The Clean Water Act has, in short, become a tool for regulators to micromanage even the most routine decisions of farmers and ranchers," attorney Mark Stancil wrote in a brief filed for the American Farm Bureau Federation....
  • Family of U.S. soldier held by Taliban hopeful over Qatar deal

    01/05/2012 9:13:31 AM PST · by americanophile · 18 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 1/15/12 | Laura Zuckerman
    SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The family of a U.S. soldier held captive by the Taliban for over two years said on Wednesday they were optimistic about the possibility of talks between the Afghan insurgent group and countries including the United States. They expressed hope that Bowe Bergdahl would be freed "as soon as possible" in a statement issued a day after the Taliban said they had reached a preliminary agreement to set up a political office in the Gulf Arab country of Qatar. "We are optimistic about the possibility of diplomatic discussions between Taliban officials and government officials from other...
  • Supreme Court takes up property rights dispute (In a "cause celebre" for the right, vs EPA)

    01/02/2012 8:52:22 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan 3 2012 | David Savage
    Mike and Chantell Sackett wanted to live on scenic Priest Lake in Idaho but couldn't afford it. So they bought a residential lot across the road that offered a distant view of the water, clearing the land and laying gravel. But instead of building their dream home, the Sacketts found themselves enmeshed in a four-year legal battle with the Environmental Protection Agency over whether their dry lot is a protected "wetlands" and possibly off-limits for building. Next week, the Supreme Court will take up the Sacketts' case, not to redefine wetlands but to decide whether landowners are entitled to a...
  • Supreme Court case involving Idaho lake house ignites conservative cause against EPA

    01/02/2012 5:27:12 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2012 | Robert Barnes
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho — Chantell and Mike Sackett’s dream house, if it is ever built, will have to be situated just so in order to minimize the view of neighboring homes and maximize the vista of pristine water and conifer-covered mountain. But their roughly half-acre lot in the Idaho Panhandle has proved to be the perfect staging ground for a conservative uproar over the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency. This month, the Supreme Court will review the Sacketts’s four-year-long effort to build on land that the EPA says contains environmentally sensitive wetlands. A decision in the couple’s favor could...
  • Utility may cut off power to solar plant

    01/01/2012 11:54:54 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 7 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | January 1, 2012 | Don Surber
    Idaho Power plans to cut off electricity on Tuesday to plant in Pocatello, Idaho, that makes material for solar energy, because the factory owes $1.9 million in unpaid utility bills. The dispute is with Honolulu-based Hoku Scientific, Inc., which is backed by Chinese financing and enjoys federal and state incentives. Officials for the utility said Idaho Power agreed to hold off until March on collecting the $1.8 million Hoku already owed, providing the company stayed current in its bills. It didn’t. That’s a telltale sign of trouble as thanks to hydroelectric plants and thermal energy, Idaho enjoys some of the...
  • Local News Unpaid bill may leave a struggling solar-materials factory in Pocatello in the dark

    12/31/2011 10:17:39 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 12 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | December 31, 2011 | JOHN MILLER
    Idaho Power Co. told a southeastern Idaho polysilicon manufacturer that the utility could turn off its power by Tuesday if it doesn’t pay an electricity bill from November. Honolulu-based Hoku Corp., which has survived so far with help from Chinese financiers, lodged a formal protest with Idaho Public Utilities Commission regulators after getting a termination of service notice on Dec. 22. When Hoku missed the Dec. 21 payment, Idaho Power sent a notice that power would be shut off on Jan. 3 — unless Hoku came up with the money. “The fact of the matter is, Hoku has missed a...