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  • 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...
  • David vs. Goliath: Idaho Couple Takes on the EPA

    12/15/2011 8:49:53 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 6 replies
    CBN ^ | December 15, 2011 | Paul Strand
    WASHINGTON - When Mike and Chantell Sackett purchased land for their dream home near Priest Lake, Idaho, they obtained all the permits required by the county. They even checked with the Army Corps of Engineers to make sure the federal government would okay their project. But as workers began laying in gravel in May 2007, Environmental Protection Agency officials showed up and demanded they stop, saying the property was in a protected wetlands zone. "They said it's in the wetland inventory," Chantell told CBN News. The Sacketts checked the EPA's coordinates and found their land wasn't really in that inventory....
  • UPDATE: All 20 Miners Rescued From The Lucky Friday Mine (after "rock burst")

    12/15/2011 7:28:54 AM PST · by illiac · 18 replies
    KHQ.com ^ | 12/15/11 | KHQ.com
    UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Kootenai County Medical Center confirms with KHQ that there is one patient at their hospital. They cannot release a name but can tell us that he is a male patient and is in fair condition. This patient was transported to the facility in Coeur d'Alene via Med Star (life flight helicopter). Dr. Panos at Shoshone Medical Center confirms that 6 patients were transported to their facility via ground ambulance. Four of the miners have been released and 2 are still in the hospital for observation overnight. The Lucky Friday is closed as an authorities investigate....
  • BREAKING: Amber Alert Issued - Idaho

    11/30/2011 11:45:58 AM PST · by illiac · 9 replies
    KHQ News ^ | 11/30/11 | KHQ News
    BREAKING: An AMBER Alert has been issued for the state of Idaho. An investigation is in progress for an abducted child. The child is Brandon Xander Bearce; he is a white male, age 4, 2 feet 10 inches and 50 pounds. He has blond or strawberry blond hair and green eyes. Child is wearing red Cars pajamas. The suspect is Stefanie Marie Conteras; she is age 28, 5 feet 7 inches and 160 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Suspect has a tattoo of stars across her chest and stars on her right calf. The suspect vehicle is...
  • Aging sagebrush rebel keeps up fight against feds

    11/27/2011 10:26:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/27/11 | JOHN MILLER, Associated Press
    A 75-year-old lawyer who fought private property rights battles alongside Idaho U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth and her Nevada rancher husband Wayne Hage in the 1990s is still cultivating the Sagebrush Rebellion's roots. Fred Kelly Grant has been slowed by age and heart surgery, but he's in demand from counties — and tea partyers who attend his $150-per-person seminars — as conservative elements in the West's continue to clash with the federal government. California's Siskiyou County is paying Grant $10,000 to help block removal of four Klamath River dams. Montana and Idaho counties have enlisted him to trim hated wolf populations...
  • BREAKING: Mine Collapse At The Lucky Friday Mine (Idaho)

    11/18/2011 10:48:52 AM PST · by illiac · 46 replies · 1+ views
    KHQ.com ^ | 11/18/11 | KHQ.com
    Mine Collapse At The Lucky Friday Mine KHQ.COM - There's been a mine collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine. We're working on getting you more details. Check back for updates here on KHQ.Com, KHQ, Facebook and our Twitter news feed. You can also get the very latest on NewsBreak with Dave Cotton LIVE on KHQ.Com at 10am, noon at 2pm Monday through Friday. Watch www.khq.com and KHQ Local News for more information
  • Triple killer Rhoades executed in Idaho

    11/18/2011 10:44:15 AM PST · by verum ago · 19 replies
    Spokesman-Review ^ | 11/18/11 | Betsy Z Russel
    BOISE - Triple murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades was executed this morning despite repeated last-minute appeals, in Idaho’s first execution since 1994 and only its second since 1957. “The time of death is 9:15,” Mountain time, Idaho Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Ray announced. “The procedures are complete.” In his final words, Rhoades took responsibility for one of the murders, but not the other two. A friend of the family of one of the victims, who was in the chamber witnessing the execution, said, “The devil has gone home.” Unlike the last person executed in Idaho, double murderer Keith Eugene Wells,...
  • Suspected White House Shooter Met With Idaho Falls Computer Consultant

    11/16/2011 6:47:58 PM PST · by matt1234 · 13 replies
    localnews8.com ^ | November 16, 2011 | Caleb James
    A local man contacted us Wednesday to tell his side of a bizarre meeting he had in early July with suspected White House shooter Oscar Ortega-Hernandez. We canvassed two different neighborhoods connected to Ortega through an extensive background check we ran Wednesday. We knocked, but no one answered. Computer consultant Monte McCall called us after seeing Ortega-Hernandez's picture. "As soon as I clicked on the story on my iPad there was this picture and i was like 'uh oh,'" said McCall. McCall said the picture was Ortega-Hernandez, the same man who contacted him in July and asked to meet. McCall...
  • Secret Service Searched Occupy D.C. Camp For Person Who Shot At White House

    11/16/2011 8:25:30 AM PST · by Qbert · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Talking Points Memo ^ | NOVEMBER 16, 2011 | RYAN J. REILLY
    The Secret Service searched Occupy D.C. on Monday for a man suspected of firing bullets at the White House on Friday, one of which was stopped by the building’s ballistic glass. Protestor Ralph Wittenberg told TPM on Tuesday evening that authorities came through “searching for a so-called terrorist who shot at the White House, with no warrant, they went into everybody’s tents.” A person handling media requests for Occupy DC confirmed the searches and said they were led by the Secret Service. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Police have been trying to locate 21-year-old...
  • Bullet Found In White House Window; May Be Linked To Idaho Falls Man

    11/16/2011 2:08:30 AM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    ABC/Local News 8 ^ | 11/16/11 | Pierre Thomas
    ABC News has learned authorities are increasingly concerned that a man sought in connection with a bizarre shooting incident on the Washington Mall last week may pose a threat to President Obama. The Secret Service now suspects that a bullet fired in this incident may have hit the White House after a bullet round was found in a White House window, though the round had not yet been conclusively linked to the incident. Police believe the suspect, Oscar Ramiro Ortega of Idaho Falls, is mentally ill. Local News 8 broke Ortega's connection to Idaho Falls on Sunday night. Ortega has...
  • Priest Lake couple’s land dispute with EPA going to high court

    11/07/2011 2:16:37 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | Nov. 6, 2011 | Becky Kramer
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho – Four years ago, Mike and Chantell Sackett cleared a lot to build a house overlooking one of North Idaho’s most scenic mountain lakes. They pictured a roomy A-frame, with a deck for entertaining. At the front of the house, windows would frame views of Priest Lake and the deep forest stretching down to the lake’s indigo water. From the back, the couple could watch the Selkirk Mountains change with the seasons. But instead of their dream home, the Sacketts got a bitter legal fight with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about whether they improperly filled in...
  • Rep. Simpson: Revenues, not tax hikes, 'key' to supercommittee deficit deal

    11/06/2011 6:41:41 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/6/11 | Mike Lillis
    Rep. Mike Simpson said Sunday that new revenues are central to Congress's efforts to reduce the deficit, but the Idaho Republican drew a line in the sand in his opposition to tax hikes. "The reality is you can't get to $4 trillion without including additional revenues," Simpson told Fox News Sunday. "We might have different ideas what those revenues would look like. I think you could get additional revenues by actually lowering the tax rates and eliminating all of the exemptions underneath. … More revenue is key to this." But Simpson was quick to make a distinction between new revenue...
  • (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...