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  • (Homosexual) Group blasts Meridian schools on student club rule (Idaho)

    11/01/2011 4:45:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    AP/Idaho Statesman ^ | November 1, 2011 | JESSIE L. BONNER
    A legal group claims Idaho's largest school district rejected a measure to require a parent's signature for students to participate in school clubs amid pressure from a national organization that promotes equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. But the Meridian School District said Monday the proposal was dropped because the vast majority of their student clubs do not currently require parental permission. The school district's governing board adopted a new policy on student clubs last week after months of discussions, said district spokesman Eric Exline. "It is true at one point there was a provision in there...
  • N. Idaho judge to issue decision soon in student's lawsuit over university firearms policy

    10/15/2011 6:54:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    therepublic.com ^ | 14 October, 2011 | AP
    MOSCOW, Idaho — A northern Idaho judge plans to issue a written decision soon in a college student's lawsuit challenging a policy that restricts firearms on his campus.
  • Couple's Property Rights Battle Headed for High Court

    10/14/2011 8:59:09 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    CBN ^ | October 14, 2011 | CBN
    One Idaho couple's property rights battle with the government has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Mike and Chantell Sackett bought land in Priest Lake, Idaho, to build their dream home in a residential development. As the Sacketts were preparing to build, however, the Environmental Protection Agency blocked them. EPA officials informed them their property is protected wetlands and accused them of violating the Clean Water Act. The agency then threatened to fine them $37,000 a day. "Bullying, that's what the EPA does," Chantell Sackett told Spokane, Wash., TV station KXLY.
  • N. Idaho couple battle "overzealous" EPA (Private Land Rights Violated)

    10/12/2011 4:45:15 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 39 replies
    The Coeur d' Alene Press ^ | October 12, 2011 | The Coeur d' Alene Press
    Washington, D.C. - A Priest Lake couple is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court over a land use dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that should have never occurred, according to Members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation. Mike and Chantell Sackett were in Washington, D.C., today as part of a forum convened by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and attended by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Idaho Senator Jim Risch and Idaho Representative Raúl Labrador.
  • Fifty Bucks or Your Life

    10/09/2011 5:55:29 AM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies
    AxXiom for Liberty ^ | 10-08-2011 | Kaye Beach
    “If we can prevent someone from being killed, that’s the intent,” City Councilman Brad Egbert said. If it can possibly save one life…then we should do it, right? Do what? You are probably wondering. Well, pass another law outlawing stupidity. In this particular case caring lawmakers want to prevent idiots from walking out into traffic because they are more absorbed in their phones than they are in living. Never mind the fact that no one has even died from this particular form of idiocy in Rexburg. . it’s .all in the name of safety. If you are caught risking your...
  • IER Identifies Coal Fired Power Plants Likely to Close as Result of EPA RegulationsCoal

    10/08/2011 3:45:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    So if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them… – Barack Obama speaking to San Francisco Chronicle, January 2008 The United States has the world’s largest coal resources. In fact we have 50 percent more coal than Russia, the country with the next largest reserves. But coal use in the United States is under assault. Before becoming President, Barak Obama promised to bankrupt coal companies. As President, he has tried various strategies to force Americans to use less coal. After failing to pass a national energy tax (cap-and-trade), the President vowed...
  • Shots fired in wolf war by Idaho archer

    10/08/2011 5:49:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 82 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 October, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Environmentalist arguments that wolves do not pose a potential threat to humans took another hit when bowhunter Rene Anderson took what she is convinced was a defensive action and fatally shot a wolf that had moved aggressively to within ten feet of her on a remote ridge near Headquarters, Idaho. Anderson, speaking to this column Friday morning, said the animal loped toward her while she was elk hunting back on Sept. 25. Her story is just now moving into high gear across the Internet, and she is being supported by friends and co-workers in Pierce, a community about 13 miles...
  • Labrador Calls for Resignation of Attorney General Holder Over "Fast and Furious" Testimony...

    10/06/2011 2:24:35 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 38 replies
    House.gov ^ | Thursday October 06, 2011 | Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Idaho First Congressional District Congressman Raúl R. Labrador called for the resignation of United States Attorney General Eric Holder after evidence of discrepancies in his previous testimony before the House Committee on the Judiciary was brought to light by a national media outlet. Mr. Labrador has been critical of potential abuses of the Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BAFTE) since his March 17, 2011 letter to Oversight Chairman Darrel Issa urging his committee to conduct in-depth investigations into allegations of weapons being sold, with federal government complicity, to Mexican cartels. Over 1,500 such weapons remain...
  • Priest Lake Couple's Legal Battle [vs. EPA] Heads To Nation's Highest Court

    10/01/2011 1:02:48 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 5 replies
    KHQ-TV, Spokane ^ | Sept. 30, 2011 | KHQ-TV
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - It's a classic David versus Goliath battle. The United States Supreme Court now says it will consider the case of a Priest Lake couple that's just hoping to build a home. But the Federal Government says you can build a home, just not where you bought your property. It's illegal.
  • Idaho applies for US money for insurance exchange

    09/30/2011 3:11:05 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 3 replies
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 29, 2011 | Jesse L. Bonner
    BOISE, Idaho — The state has applied for millions of dollars in federal funding to establish a health insurance exchange, but any plans to spend the money will still need approval from the Republican-dominated Idaho Legislature and could face an uphill battle in 2012. Idaho House Republicans' disdain of the health care overhaul passed by Congress doomed a previous effort to set aside federal money to help Idaho set up a statewide exchange. Lawmakers voted 50-15 in March to kill an appropriations bill that included the $2.5 million in federal cash.
  • Property Rights For Sale, Inquire With the EPA

    09/29/2011 11:17:15 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 15 replies
    Human Events ^ | Sept. 28, 2011 | John Hayward
    In 2005, Mike and Chantell Sackett bought a piece of land in Idaho, and set about building a modest home on their $23,000 lot. The dreadful flaming eye of the Environmental Protection Agency soon turned upon them, and they were told their little half-acre parcel of land, which is located about five hundred feet away from a lake, was a federally protected wetland.
  • Firearms big business in Idaho

    09/28/2011 6:03:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    idahostatesman.com ^ | 28 September, 2011 | AUDREY DUTTON
    The firearms industry is thriving in Idaho, and business for some local companies is getting even better. The industry employs thousands of people in Idaho, and a new trade group wants to push that number higher. A dozen manufacturers gathered Tuesday at the first event hosted by the Idaho Firearms and Accessories Manufacturers Association. The association won a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the expo and for a report — due to USDA next month — on the economic impact of Idaho’s firearms industry. WHAT IS IFAMA? Four people started the all-volunteer association a year and...
  • Idaho boy, 10, escapes clash with mountain lion(AP)

    09/24/2011 6:24:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 23 September, 2011 | JESSIE L. BONNER (AP)
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 10-year-old Idaho boy who came face-to-face with a mountain lion in rural Boise County escaped with minor scratches — and concerns that his friends at school wouldn't believe his story, according to state wildlife managers.
  • Idaho Couple's Permit Fight Drags Wetlands Back to Supreme Court

    09/19/2011 5:55:12 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 30 replies
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho -- Sitting unobtrusively across the road from a pristine lake in the northern Idaho panhandle, the half-acre lot covered with weeds and piles of gravel isn't much to look at. And yet, in a few months' time, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will decide its fate. For four years the land has sat idle while its owners, Mike and Chantell Sackett, have been locked in a fight with U.S. EPA.
  • Grizzly bear kills hunter near Boundary County(ID)

    09/17/2011 6:30:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 90 replies
    spokesman.com ^ | 16 September, 2011 | Meghann M. Cuniff
    A grizzly bear killed a hunter before being fatally shot Friday near the Boundary County, Idaho, limits, the latest in a series of deadly grizzly bear attacks in the Northwest. Three men from Nevada were hunting bears in a remote area of Buckhorn Mountain near the Montana border when the grizzly attacked one of them and was shot and killed by a group member, authorities say. The fatal grizzly attack comes as Idaho’s congressional delegation has proposed to amend the Endangered Species Act to reiterate that it’s OK to shoot a grizzly bear in self-defense or in defense of another...
  • Charges Dropped In Bear Self-Defense Shooting(ID)

    09/10/2011 7:57:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    thenewamerican.com ^ | 9 September, 2011 | Raven Clabough
    When the government infringes upon Second Amendment rights through regulation and harsh gun control, it is accused of violating one’s right to self-defense. There is no greater example of this violation, however, than when the federal government attempted to punish a man for killing a grizzly bear that threatened his life and the lives of his family. Fortunately, when the story was publicized and received a great deal of negative media attention, federal prosecutors decided to drop the charges. Idaho resident Jeremy Hill faced trial after he killed a grizzly bear that came into his yard on May 8. According...
  • Battle lines drawn, anti-rural bigotry emerges in ID grizzly bear killing

    09/01/2011 3:29:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Rural solidarity is clearly up against anti-rural bigotry in the continuing debate over federal prosecution of a north Idaho man who fatally shot one of three grizzly bears that wandered onto his property and allegedly posed an immediate threat to his children. The case remains a hot topic among Northwest hunters and gun rights activists at the Hunting-Washington, Northwest Firearms, WaGuns and HuntFishNW forums. Over the weekend, the debate got nasty in the wake of the release of a letter written by Boundary County Prosecutor Jack Douglas in support of Jeremy Hill, who killed a male grizzly back in May,...
  • Possible Rifle Range In Jerome County Concerns Residents(ID)

    08/29/2011 6:52:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    kmvt.com ^ | 28 August, 2011 | Michelle Costa
    JEROME COUNTY< ID (KMVT-TV) - Discussions about a rifle range in eastern Jerome County are underway yet again. The Jerome County Commissioners are looking at possibly opening up a range three miles west of the Jerome Minidoka county line. But, this proposal is worrying people who live in the area. The Carneys own an organic straw field being a farmer is something they pride themselves on. But, their farm life may soon be disturbed. "We like the serenity. It's not that we are against guns, we just don't want them shooting in our backyard,” said Polly Carney, Carney Farms. "They...
  • Grizzly shooter garners support...Family said he was protecting his kids

    08/25/2011 5:13:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 51 replies
    Coeur d' Alene Press ^ | 8-25-11 | DAVID COLE
    COEUR d'ALENE - A man charged with unlawfully shooting and killing a grizzly bear had so many supporters at his arraignment Tuesday in federal court that the judge had to move the hearing to a larger courtroom. Even there, every seat was taken as his family, friends and neighbors, young and old, squeezed in. federal law. Hill's charge is a misdemeanor. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale set trial, at least for now, for Oct. 4. Hill has declined comment. His lawyer, Marc Lyons of Coeur d'Alene, said he plans to defend Hill on the basis of self-defense and protection of family....
  • DA charges Spring Creek man with lewdness (TSA employee)

    08/27/2011 6:18:14 AM PDT · by DFG · 9 replies
    Elko Daily ^ | 08/26/11 | Jared DuBach
    A city officer arrested a Spring Creek man Wednesday morning at the Elko Area Regional Airport, where he works for the Transportation Security Administration, on a warrant charging six counts of lewdness with a child. The Elko County Sheriff’s Office was notified in July of possible sexual contact between David Ralph Anderson, 61, and a girl younger than 14.
  • Mike and Chantell Sackett vs. the EPA

    08/18/2011 6:44:56 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 15 replies
    Business Week ^ | August 15, 2011 | Greg Stohr
    When Mike and Chantell Sackett paid $23,000 for a lot near the banks of Priest Lake in northern Idaho in 2005, they thought they were buying the site for a picturesque new home. They got a lot more: a long feud with the Environmental Protection Agency and now a Supreme Court case that could bolster the rights of landowners facing costly demands from the federal government. Four years ago the Sacketts were filling in their lot with dirt and rock, preparing to build a simple three-bedroom home in a neighborhood where other houses have stood for years. Then three federal...
  • Idaho Walmart Long Term Food Storage

    08/15/2011 10:00:30 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 112 replies · 1+ views
    A Walmart in Idaho Falls that sells long term food storage items. I have heard of Walmart stores in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming that have these “Preparedness Centers”. This one in Idaho Falls has a section containing freeze dried foods along with wheat, beans and rice. There are water barrels and gamma lids also. They carry this stuff in certain areas probably because of the prevalence of people who are more self-reliant.
  • CEO Aubrey McClendon Talks About the Utica Shale on “Mad Money” ( Prudoe Bay sized Oil field - Ohio)

    08/01/2011 8:14:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Chesapeake Energy Corporation ^ | 8/1/2011 8:05 PM | Chesapeake Energy -- video
    O Aubrey McClendon Talks About the Utica Shale on “Mad Money” 8/1/2011 8:05 PM Page Content On August 1 CEO Aubrey McClendon spoke about the new oil- and natural gas liquids-rich discovery in the Utica Shale on CNBC's "Mad Money." Several topics were covered, including the possible economic impact of the Utica Shale and how this large discovery could help move the U.S. away from foreign oil.
  • Idaho GOP moves to Super Tuesday

    07/17/2011 5:56:38 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/17/2011 | AP
    MOSCOW, Idaho — Idaho Republicans will hold the state party’s presidential caucus vote on Super Tuesday in March 2012, a move that supporters hoped would give candidates a reason besides fundraising to actually come to the state. The Idaho GOP’s state central committee approved the change during a meeting in Moscow on Saturday, saying the previously scheduled May primary would come too late for the state to have any influence on the process. In previous election years, presidential nominations have typically been locked up before Idaho voters have had any say.
  • Semi Accident Spills Millions of Bees on Highway

    07/11/2011 2:31:39 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 31 replies
    kpvi.com ^ | 11 July 2011 | Steward Summers
    It was an “un-BEE-lievable” site on Highway 20 when a semi-truck carrying more than 14-million bees ran off the road and spilled its entire load Sunday. The honeybees were on their way to North Dakota from Bakersfield, California, when the semi-truck left the side of the road just north of Last Chance in Island Park. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says they began to receive numerous 911 calls about the accident around 4:30 Sunday afternoon. Authorities also say everyone on the scene suffered multiple bee stings while assisting with the accident. The fire department had to spray fire foam on...
  • America's Forgotten Prisoners of War

    07/04/2011 7:47:30 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 4th, 2011 | DAVID FEITH
    Ahmed Altaie and Bowe Bergdahl—one born 1965 in Baghdad, the other two decades later in Hailey, Idaho—wouldn't seem to have much in common. But this weekend, as Americans take to beaches and barbeques to celebrate our independence, Messrs. Altaie and Bergdahl share a unique, practically unknown bond: They are the only two U.S. soldiers currently held captive as prisoners of war. Over the past decade, the U.S. has deployed more than two million troops abroad, with hundreds of thousands in war zones at any one time. Yet in a sign of how much warfare has changed since the time of...
  • Owners of land taken over by feds (EPA) getting day in court (Supreme Court to take case)

    06/28/2011 2:29:10 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 42 replies
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | June 28, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider a determination by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it controls what happens on a privately owned parcel of residential land in Idaho and the landowners must do its bidding. The EPA had warned the owners, Mike and Chantell Sackett, they could be fined millions of dollars if they disobeyed the federal officials' instructions to undo the preliminary construction work they had begun on what was supposed to be their dream house. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled they would have to go through a $200,000 government application process even...
  • Idaho could follow Texas in pushing anti-TSA groping bill

    06/27/2011 4:23:29 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 4 replies
    IdahoReporter.com ^ | June 22nd, 2011 | Dustin Hurst
    Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry reintroduced a bill that would make it a felony in his state for employees of the federal Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to conduct pre-flight pat down searches at security check points. It looks like Idaho might follow Perry’s lead when lawmakers meet in Boise next year. Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, told IdahoReporter.com said he may address search methods in the next legislative session, set to begin in January. “I do plan on revisiting the issue,” said Hart, who unsuccessfully pushed a bill to limit the use of full body scanners at public airports...
  • Idahoans: EPA ruling all wet (Couple appeals to court in bid to build home on dry lot)

    06/27/2011 8:38:48 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2011 | Valerie Richardson
    When Mike and Chantell Sackett bought a half-acre lot in the Priest Lake area of Idahos Panhandle, their plan was to build a home in which they could raise a family. Four years later, there’s still no house on the lot. What the Sacketts have built instead is a high-stakes legal challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency over its enforcement of the Clean Water Act. After the Sacketts began grading the dirt lot in 2007, the EPA ordered them to stop, saying that their parcel was in fact a federally designated wetland and that by filling it, they had violated...
  • Even More Howling Madness ( Wolves , ESA, and )

    06/26/2011 8:04:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | 06-22-11 | Dave Skinner
    Well, sporties, are you ready for 4,200 to 7,300 wolves in the Northern Rockies? Back in April, you’ll remember that Congress stuffed a “bipartisan” rider (Section 1713) into the 2011 Appropriations omnibus (Public Law 112-10). This rider supposedly de-listed Rocky Mountain gray wolves outside Wyoming, by reinstating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) so called “2009 Rule,” shot down by federal judge Donald W. Molloy last August. Section 1713 went into effect May 5. The same day, two lawsuits were filed before Molloy by Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR)/Wild Earth Guardians (WIGs) and Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)....
  • Elk Foundation makes move in wolf legal case

    06/26/2011 7:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    KPAX News ^ | Jun 24, 2011 | Mark Holyoak
    MISSOULA- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation filed a note it plans to appeal any decision that adversely affects a state's right to manage fully recovered wolf populations. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy is expected to decide whether Congress acted within Constitutional bounds when it delisted wolves in parts of the West. "We are protecting our right to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals any decision that results in another setback for conservation and science-based wildlife management," said RMEF President and CEO David Allen. An unfavorable ruling may stop wolf hunts planned for this fall in both Montana...
  • Idaho State Sen. Arrested For DUI And Grand Theft Auto

    06/19/2011 6:13:58 PM PDT · by randita · 31 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 6/19/11 | Aaron Wiener
    Idaho State Sen. Arrested For DUI And Grand Theft Auto June 19, 2011 Aaron Wiener A Republican lawmaker from Idaho was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly stealing and driving a Ford Excursion under the influence of alcohol. State Sen. John McGee (R), who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for higher office, including governor, was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving and felony grand theft. The Idaho Statesman has the details: According to Sgt. Carlos De Leon with the Ada County Sheriff's Office, events unfolded like this: McGee began drinking at a golf course at about 10 p.m. Saturday...
  • Freedom in the 50 States; An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom

    06/17/2011 5:27:30 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 48 replies
    Mercatus Center, George Mason University ^ | June 7, 2011 | Jason Sorens, William Ruger
    This study comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. It updates, expands, and improves upon our inaugural 2009 Freedom in the 50 States study. For this new edition, we have added more policy variables (such as bans on trans fats and the audio recording of police, Massachusetts’s individual health-insurance mandate, and mandated family leave), improved existing measures (such as those for fiscal policies, workers’ compensation regulations, and asset-forfeiture rules), and developed specific policy prescriptions for each of the 50 states based on our data and a survey...
  • Family's plan for dream house halted by feds [EPA] armed with 'rule'

    06/17/2011 9:42:46 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | June 17, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    It probably is just a matter of days before an Idaho family will learn whether it will have to decide between giving the government hundreds of thousands of dollars or giving up completely on its plans for a dream home in Priest Lake. It may have to pay the government even if it gives up its dreams. At issue is a pending request before the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency that the couple's land in a residential subdivision falls under its authority to protect the nation's wetlands. The problem for the Sackett...
  • China Wants To Construct A 50 Square Mile Self-Sustaining City South Of Boise, Idaho

    06/08/2011 5:07:18 PM PDT · by JudgemAll · 41 replies
    endoftheAmericandream.com ^ | April 16th, 2011 | endoftheAmericandream
    Thanks to the trillions of dollars that the Chinese have made flooding our shores with cheap products, China is now in a position of tremendous economic power. So what is China going to do with all of that money? One thing that they have decided to do is to buy up pieces of the United States and set up "special economic zones" inside our country from which they can continue to extend their economic domination. One of these "special economic zones" would be just south of Boise, Idaho and the Idaho government is eager to give it to them. China...
  • China Wants To Construct A 50 Square Mile Self-Sustaining City South Of Boise, Idaho

    06/08/2011 8:41:14 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 113 replies
    THE AMERICAN DREAM ^ | June 08, 2011 | swampsniper
    Thanks to the trillions of dollars that the Chinese have made flooding our shores with cheap products, China is now in a position of tremendous economic power. So what is China going to do with all of that money? One thing that they have decided to do is to buy up pieces of the United States and set up "special economic zones" inside our country from which they can continue to extend their economic domination. One of these "special economic zones" would be just south of Boise, Idaho and the Idaho government is eager to give it to them. China...
  • Project 60: China Buying Idaho?

    06/05/2011 5:54:56 PM PDT · by JudgemAll · 27 replies
    Idaho To Be First Chinese State – , Governor Butch Otter, in league with….(Barack) Obama, has hatched a plan to make Idaho the first Chinese owned state in America. Otter and company have named this Project 60. Sounds innocent enough, until you realize that Otter and his minions are afraid to call it what it is, globalization of America and surrender of sovereignty. If it were called that someone may want to charge Otter with sedition. Under….Obama it has become increasingly difficult to do business in America, unless you are from a foreign nation. Idaho, under the stewardship of Governor...
  • Texas to require photo identification from voters

    05/27/2011 4:57:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 132 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 27, 2011 | Corrie MacLaggan
    (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday ceremonially signed a bill making Texas the twelfth state to require photo identification from voters. "Today we take a major step forward in ensuring the integrity of our electoral process in Texas, a major step protecting the most cherished right that we enjoy as a people," Perry, joined by lawmakers who supported the legislation, told reporters. The measure was one of the Republican governor's "emergency" legislative priorities for the session, and he's not alone. Republicans across the country are pushing such legislation. This year, more than 30 states have considered adding or...
  • Police rule shooting an accident [of monumental stupidity]

    05/26/2011 9:46:29 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 68 replies
    shoshonenewspress.com ^ | 26 May 2011 | Emil Whitis
    After sustaining a 10 mm gunshot wound to the stomach from almost point blank range May 9 in Kellogg, William Yergler, son of Kellogg Police Officer Gary Yergler, is on the mend. Over the weekend the Osburn Police Department wrapped up a two-week investigation into the matter and were able to provide answers to what went wrong. The report begins with an account of Will Yergler's interest in buying a Glock Handgun, and his friend Anthony Rivadeneira owned a model similar to the type he wanted to purchase. Motivated by a buyer's curiosity, Yergler went to Rivadeneira's house to see...
  • Thorium, US energy independence and Obama´s Sputnik moment

    05/17/2011 8:28:24 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 41 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | MAY 17TH, 2011 | Carlos Calwianka, staff writer
    Back in the 1950´s RC Briant, a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, worked to develop a long range nuclear powered plane to carry atomic bombs and first proposed reactor fuel be dissolved in liquid fluoride salts. A test reactor proved Briant´s idea both feasible and advantageous. Later Alvin Weinberg, Director of Oak Ridge saw that molten fluoride salt could harness thorium-an abundant if slightly radioactive substance-and a 2nd reactor -the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment was built and operated for several years. It proved control rods were unnecessary and a liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) could be safe and serve...
  • Travelers warned not to rely only on GPS (Darwin Award nominees)

    05/13/2011 8:44:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Reuters/WSAU ^ | 5/13/11
    Travelers in the western U.S. should not rely solely on technology such as GPS for navigation, authorities said, after a Canadian couple were lost in the Nevada wilderness for 48 days. Albert Chretien, 59, and his wife Rita Chretien, 56, sought a shorter route between Boise, Idaho and Jackpot, Nevada during a road trip from British Columbia to Las Vegas. Rita Chretien drank water from a stream and rationed meager supplies until hunters found her on Friday. Albert Chretien has been missing since March 22, when he went to seek help. The Chretians mapped the route on their hand-held GPS,...
  • Workers recovered body of trapped Idaho miner

    04/24/2011 8:51:19 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    AP ^ | April 24, 2011 | KEITH RIDLER
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Workers at a northern Idaho silver mine have recovered the body of a miner who was trapped when a tunnel collapsed nine days ago, the mine's operator said Sunday. The body of Larry Marek, 53, was discovered Sunday afternoon, Hecla Mining Co. said in a news release. "Words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel at the tragic loss of our friend, colleague and 30-year veteran of the mining industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones and friends," the statement said. Excerpted per Fr posting rules.
  • GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER PROHIBITS STATE AGENCIES FROM IMPLEMENTING OBAMACARE

    04/20/2011 3:28:05 PM PDT · by RobinOfKingston · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Idaho Governors Office ^ | April 20. 2011 | Mark Warbis
    C.L. “Butch” Otter GOVERNOR NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Jon Hanian April 20, 2011 (208) 334-2100 11:028 GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER PROHIBITS STATE AGENCIES FROM IMPLEMENTING OBAMACARE (BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter issued an executive order today imposing a State prohibition on receiving federal funding for or otherwise implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – often called “Obamacare.” Executive Order 2011-03 uses portions of House Bill 298, a so-called “nullification bill” that was approved by the Legislature this year. The executive order directs State agencies not to establish new programs, promulgate rules or accept federal funding...
  • Otter Signs Order Banning Health Care Reform (Idaho)

    04/20/2011 1:21:29 PM PDT · by illiac · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 4/20/11 | AP
    Order Prohibits State From Receiving Federal Funds
  • Idaho governor signs fetal pain late-term abortion ban

    04/19/2011 10:06:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | BOISE, Idaho, April 18, 2011 | Peter Jesserer Smith
    BOISE, Idaho, April 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Idaho is now officially the third U.S. state to have a law banning late-term abortion on the basis of fetal pain. Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday signed SB 1165 into law. The law bans abortion past 20 weeks on the basis that substantial medical evidence shows unborn babies feel pain acutely at that age. “I am right-to-life, I have been a right-to-life candidate in government all my life,” said Otter, according to Reuters. He told reporters that signing the bill was “the right thing to do.”  Idaho follows Kansas and Nebraska in...
  • Wolves to come off endangered list within 60 days

    04/15/2011 5:23:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 15 , 2011
    Federal wildlife officials say they will take more than 1,300 gray wolves in the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list within 60 days. It marks the first time Congress has taken a species off the endangered list. Idaho and Montana plan public wolf hunts this fall. Hunts last year were canceled after a judge ruled the predators remained at risk.
  • Idaho, Montana Wolves Delisted by Congress

    04/15/2011 9:43:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    New West ^ | April 15, 2011 | Brodie Farquhar
    The U.S. Senate approved a must-pass budget bill on Thursday, removing wolves in Montana and Idaho from Endangered Species Act protections and placing wolf management under state game departments. A rider in the budget bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, returns the legal playing field back to 2009 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had delisted the wolves in Montana and Idaho. Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, attached a similar measure to the House version of the budget bill. “This is a responsible step, and a...
  • More Howling Madness

    04/14/2011 12:09:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | 04-13-11 | Dave Skinner
    the wolf soap opera and U.S. District of Montana Judge Donald W. Molloy’s pending ruling – which is STILL pending – circumstances in the high-stakes Endangered Species Act (ESA) political mix have gotten even nuttier. ... USFWS gave away the store in return: In parts 2 and 3, USFWS agreed to withdraw and resubmit for “public review” within 60 days the so-called “M-opinion” that interprets ESA’s statutory (and fuzzy) “significant portion of range” language. This interpretation is critically used to determine whether a species is to be listed as threatened, endangered – or not at all. Now, aren’t you just...
  • Dems' Cheap Stunt Blocks School Choice in Idaho

    04/08/2011 6:27:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2011 | Kyle Olsen
    If for no other reason, you have to admire the tenacity of some legislative leaders to look out for the interests of their teacher union sponsors. The Idaho House of Representatives was debating a bill that would eliminate the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state when the minority leader, Democrat John Rusche, accused proponents of an ethical violation. Of what, you ask? They were reportedly wearing free yellow scarves with the National School Choice Week logo and this, in his mind, constituted a gift related to a bill being debated. His complaint ultimately led...
  • Engineered Organisms for Making Cheap Sugar

    03/30/2011 7:23:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.technologyreview.com ^ | Monday, March 28, 2011 | By Kevin Bullis
    One company's method for low-cost, high-yield sugar production could help biofuels compete with fossil fuels. In a bid to make biofuels cheaper, a startup called Proterro, based in Princeton, New Jersey, is developing a way to cut the cost of making sugar, a basic building block for ethanol. The company is engineering photosynthetic microorganisms to secrete large amounts of sugar, and it is designing a bioreactor for growing the organisms using small amounts of water. Photosynthetic microorganisms, such as algae, are usually prized for their ability to produce oils. Proterro chose to focus on sugar production because that's the source...