So you’re moving 04.24.2014

Whether you or your significant other got a new job or you are graduating — or maybe you’re moving just for the heck of it — moving is a scary and daunting task. Never fear! This list will make packing your teacup collection the hardest part about moving.

Prison improvement passing 03.24.2014

BOISE — Idaho has joined 18 other states in pursuing data-driven justice reinvestment policies in efforts to maximize prison efficiency, following 10 months of research on the subject. Justice reinvestment has held a priority for Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter since the start of the session, and all three branches of Idaho’s government stand in […]

Concealed carry continues to Otter 03.06.2014

BOISE – Senate Bill 1254, allowing concealed weapons on state public university and college campuses, passed through the full House by a 50-19 vote Thursday — following almost an hour and a half debate.

Campus carry continues 03.03.2014

Senate Bill 1254 passes house committee Friday BOISE — Senate Bill 1254, the hot-button bill that would allow concealed firearm carry on state university and college campuses, passed with an 11-3 vote in the House State Affairs Committee Friday following almost seven hours of public hearing. Representatives Lynn Luker and Eric Anderson were absent from […]

Livestock livlihood 02.27.2014

BOISE –Senate Bill 1337 — dubbed the “ag-gag” bill, as well as the “dairy-spying bill” — passed through the Idaho House of Representatives by a 56-14 vote, sending it to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s desk.

Split on security 02.27.2014

BOISE — Almost 250 protestors stood in disapproval of Senate Bill 1254 — which would allow concealed weapons on college campuses in Idaho — in a walkout staged by the Coalition to Keep Guns Off Campus on the Capitol stairs Thursday. About 25 supporters of the bill, some of them armed, joined the protestors. 

Breaking barriers 02.20.2014

BOISE — It’s all about access. Not just access to adequate technology and tutoring, but also access to satisfactory advising and a stable academic grading system, said Rakesh Mohan, director of the Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations. Mohan presented the findings of a 2012 report on reducing barriers to postsecondary education in Idaho at a […]

Finding financial balance 02.18.2014

BOISE — The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee heard public testimony on the state budget Friday and limited testimony to three minutes Friday. After more than two hours of testimony, it was evident top subjects of budget concern are employee wages, education, Medicaid expansion and mental health funding. Donna Yule, executive director of the Idaho Public Employees […]

Campus carry continues 02.13.2014

BOISE — The hot-button S.E.C.U.R.E. Idaho Campuses Act — a bill that would allow concealed weapons on state university and college campuses — hit the Senate State Affairs Committee for public hearing Wednesday and received split testimony. After more than two-and-a-half hours of testimony, the committee voted 7-2 along party lines to pass the bill […]

Combining education, technology — Technology to bolster SBOE efforts 02.06.2014

BOISE –The worlds of education and technology are steadily developing, and all areas of Idaho will benefit from further technological development within Idaho, said Mike Rush, executive director of the State Board of Education. Rush said the future of bringing the two together is going to have a big impact on schools and the state […]

SBOE votes no concealed carry 02.03.2014

The Idaho State Board of Education voted Monday to oppose legislation currently in discussion in the Idaho legislature that would permit the concealed carry of firearms on college campuses.

Right of way for rights bill 02.03.2014

“Add the Words” supporters have been fighting for equal protection for eight years, and many are optimistic this is the year an equality clause for members of Idaho’s LGBT community will be passed. But the House State Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bill last week that would do the opposite, effectively giving businesses, teachers and […]

LGBT service-denial bill passes in committee 01.30.2014

BOISE — The House State Affairs Committee in the Idaho Legislature unanimously passed a bill that would allow businesses and medical professionals to deny service to gay individuals, as well as unmarried mothers, without losing licensure — as long as they cite religious beliefs.

Public schools – a new generation 01.29.2014

BOISE — It’s not all about increased test scores, said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. He said he wants to see students succeed in everyday life, and increased technology and student safety are the keys.