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  • The Ongoing Debate Over Climate Change in Idaho

    08/05/2014 7:15:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/05/14 | Sierra Rayne
    Claims in the media do not seem to match up with the scientific datasets A few days ago, Channel 7 KTVB out of Boise, Idaho was reporting the following: “Idaho is drying out. Charlie Luce, a hydrologist with the Forest Service, says the Gem State is using more water, but seeing less in the aquifers. There’s 20 percent less water coming into our basins, when compared to the 1940s.” As I noted at the time: “That’s not what the NOAA National Climatic Data Center database shows. There has been no significant trend in annual precipitation for the state since records...
  • Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Hits 246 MPH On Public Road: Video ($2.8 Million)

    07/31/2014 3:03:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Jul 28, 2014 | Jeff Glucker
    Going fast on a private stretch of race track is quite enjoyable. Especially when there happens to be enough room to really let the car stretch its legs. That is why Volkswagen owns the Ehra-Lessien testing facility in Germany, which comes with a 5.4-mile long straight. It's also the perfect place to find the upper limits of a Bugatti Veyron. Sometimes though, an owner might get a chance to push his machine in a setting that's not quite as prepared for such an endeavor. The 2014 Sun Valley Road Rally recently took place near Ketchum, Idaho. This event turns the...
  • Loose Bull Elk 'Stressed' by Attempted Selfies Caught in Garden City

    07/26/2014 11:16:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    KTVB ^ | July 25, 2014
    A bull elk is back in the wild after a wild night in Garden City. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says someone called police to report seeing an elk in a vacant lot at 42nd and Adams Street. The responding officer called Fish and Game. A conservation officer found the elk, which appeared to be stressed. Fish and Game says people were getting too close and trying to take "selfies" with the animal. Because of the stress, the elk ran off through the neighborhood including Veteran's Parkway. "When people get this close to a wild animal, the stress...
  • Citing ‘racist views,’ tribe cancels Nugent show

    07/21/2014 6:45:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 21, 2014
    WORLEY, Idaho — A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks."
  • A different perspective: Pakistani journalists cover Bergdahl story for folks at home

    06/15/2014 5:54:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Idaho State Journal ^ | June 15, 2014 | Michael H. O’Donnell
    Cameraman Ilyas Khan, left, and reporter Iftikhar Hussain, two Pakistani journalists working for Voice of America, covered the reaction of the Hailey community to the release of Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban custody last week. Two Pakistani journalists stopped in Pocatello last week on their way to Hailey to cover the story of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl’s release with listeners in the tribal region of northeast Pakistan. Ifthikhar Hussain and his cameraman, Ilyas Khan, work for Voice of America. Voice of America, operated by the U.S. government, provides programming for broadcast on radio, television and the Internet outside of this country...
  • News media urged to leave Bergdahl’s hometown (News blackout, just like Obama's DREAMers?)

    06/14/2014 11:50:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    HAILEY, Idaho — An Idaho county commissioner held a press conference in the hometown of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl this week to tell reporters and outsiders to leave the town and the Bergdahl family alone. The Times-News reported that Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen said people should stop attacking Bergdahl, his family and the people of Hailey for standing by the former prisoner of war. Schoen said the town only wanted to see the local man reunited with his parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, after spending five years as a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan....
  • Vanity: 2014 Idaho Republican Convention

    06/14/2014 7:58:28 PM PDT · by RobinOfKingston · 8 replies
    Eye witness account http://www.myowneysandears.com | June 14, 2014 | Robin of Kingston
    As of 3:35 PM local time in Moscow, Idaho, the 2014 Idaho Republican Convention is history. And what a piece of history it is! The fireworks started a couple weeks prior to the convention, in events surrounding reorganizational meetings for county Republican Central Committees throughout the state. These are meetings in which officers are elected; sometimes the old ones are reelected, sometimes new ones are elected. Also at these reorg meetings delegates for the convention are elected. Operative word, "elected." This year, there were abnormalities in three counties that drew complaints that were subsequently handed off to the Credentials Committee...
  • Our Endorsement of Raul Labrador for Majority Leader

    06/14/2014 1:31:03 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 20 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 14, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In the wake of Eric Cantor's shocking primary election loss to Dave Brat earlier this week, the choice to replace him as House Majority Leader seemed a foregone conclusion, as Pete Sessions (R-TX) decision to bow out appeared to seal the decision and ascend Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to the second highest position in the House. This changed yesterday as Raul Labrador (R-ID) announced he will challenge for the role, a move Dignitas News Service both applauds and has no reservations in providing our endorsement for. Not only would the second-term Representative from Idaho bring solid conservative credentials and voting record...
  • Idaho GOP moves toward dropping call for repeal of 17th Amendment

    06/13/2014 7:26:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | June 13, 2014 | Betsy Z. Russell
    It was a bit lost in the hubbub over rules and credentials fights, but the platform committee at the Idaho Republican Party convention in Moscow today voted to remove one of the most controversial planks in the party’s platform: The one calling for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would have the effect of doing away with direct election of U.S. senators and instead letting state legislatures choose senators. “I was the one who made the motion,” said Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell, a delegate from Canyon County. “It passed the committee. Now it will go to...
  • Rep. Raul Labrador Will Challenge Kevin McCarthy for GOP Leader: A race for Cantor's job after all.

    06/13/2014 5:01:09 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 | Tim Alberta
    Rep. Raul Labrador, a fiery conservative lawmaker from Idaho, will challenge House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in next Thursday's special election to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader, according to Republican sources. "I want a House Leadership team that reflects the best of our conference," Labrador said in a statement provided to National Journal. He later added: "I am running for Majority Leader because I want to help create a vision of growth and opportunity for everyone and start getting to work for the American people." A sophomore representative from a heavily Republican district, Labrador's election would dramatically alter the...
  • Breaking: Raul Labrador will run for House majority leader

    06/13/2014 10:50:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 40 replies
    Vanity | 06/13/2014
    Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador said Friday he will run for the House majority leader position being vacated by Eric Cantor. The decision sets up a race next week between Labrador, a leading conservative voice, and Kevin McCarthy, the current House majority whip.
  • Bergdahl’s dad was accused of stalking twin sisters

    06/13/2014 9:05:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 13, 2014 | Lia Eustachewich
    The father of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl creepily stalked twin sisters for four and a half months, watching them as they showered and even accusing one of being a “two-timing bitch” though she never dated him, according to reports. Bob Bergdahl allegedly began harassing Allie and Lacey Hillman, then 28, in June 2011 – two years after his son was captured by the Taliban — leading the terrified sisters to call the police because they were “very scared” of his “disturbing behavior,” the Daily Mail reported. The bizarre stalking began when Lacey caught Bergdahl, 51, creeping around the sisters’ Hailey, Idaho...
  • FBI: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's parents have received threats

    06/07/2014 6:15:32 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 92 replies
    CNN ^ | 06-07-2014 | Michael Martinez
    (CNN) -- As the controversy surrounding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release gains growing attention, Bergdahl's family is now the target of recent threats, according to an FBI spokesman. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl family have received threats following his release after five years in captivity at the hands of the Taliban, an FBI spokesman told CNN on Saturday. "We are working jointly with our state and local partners and taking each threat seriously," FBI Special Agent William Facer said in an e-mail. Facer declined to detail the nature and severity of the threats. Additionally, the military spokesperson for the Bergdahl family...
  • Report: Bergdahl Hometown Cancels Celebration

    06/04/2014 1:30:57 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 71 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 04, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Reuters reporter Mark Felsenthal reports that Sgt. Bergdahl's hometown in Idaho is cancelling its planned celebration. "Bergdahl's home town in Idaho has canceled plans for a celebration, city administrator says," reports Felsenthal on Twitter.
  • Officials in Bergdahl's Hometown: "Stop the Hate"

    06/03/2014 4:16:20 PM PDT · by tellw · 139 replies
    NBC ^ | 3 June 2014 | BY HASANI GITTENS AND DIANE DUTHWEILER
    In Hailey, Idaho, the hometown of freed U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, the joy at his release has turned for some into shock and fear — the fear of picking up the phone. That's because some town officials have been deluged with angry calls from people who think that Bergdahl is an Army deserter or traitor who doesn't deserve a hero's welcome.
  • Crapo Opposed Similar Swap for Bergdahl

    06/05/2014 12:37:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | June 5, 2014 | Dan Popkey
    Sen. Mike Crapo talks to media in November 2010 on the night he was elected to his third six-year term. DARIN OSWALD — Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman |Buy Photo The senator has 'significant concerns' about Saturday's trading five Taliban leaders for the Idaho soldier. GOP Sen. Mike Crapo said Thursday that he earlier objected to an Obama administration proposal to free six Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Congress was informed about the plan to exchange prisoners at Guantanamo for Bergdahl and Crapo was among those who “pushed back very strongly,” he told the Statesman....
  • Here's What Happens When You Play Politics with the Bergdahl Swap

    06/04/2014 5:30:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 4, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    What if the White House had chosen a low-key announcement of the Bowe Bergdahl swap?The best measure of whether President Obama cut a smart deal to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is what happens to the five Guantanamo Bay terrorists he traded away. Do they go (a) into retirement; (b) into battle against the United States; (c) or into five cold graves? The rest of what you're hearing about the swap is politics – thinly disguised as a legal and foreign policy debate. Unless you can predict the future, the smart move on such a complex story is to avoid an...
  • Hailey businesses feeling Bergdahl backlash

    06/04/2014 4:07:33 PM PDT · by tellw · 19 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | June 4, 2014 | ZACH KYLE
    Controversy over the prisoner exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — and over allegations he abandoned his Afghanistan post — has brought blowback on businesses in Hailey, Bergdahl’s hometown. The Hailey Chamber of Commerce has received hundreds of phone calls from people angry that the community had planned a June 28 “Bowe is Back” celebration for a possible deserter, Chamber Membership Director Kristy Heitzman said. The Chamber wasn’t organizing or sponsoring “Bowe is Back” but promoted the event on its Facebook page, she said. Organizers cancelled the event midday Wednesday. Some of the angry callers are veterans, Heitzman said. One...
  • Bowe Bergdahl's Hometown Cancels 'Welcome Home, Bowe' Rally (Hailey, Idaho)

    06/04/2014 3:08:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/04/14 | Hasani Gittens, John Boxley
    A celebration in Bowe Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, planned for later this month has been cancelled in the wake of a firestorm of controversy over how the Army sergeant wound up as a Taliban captive. **SNIP** Town officials on Tuesday told NBC News that they had been deluged with hateful calls from people who don't think Bergdahl should be celebrated as a hero. In the Wednesday statement, the town said they had received about "100 correspondences" per day on the issue, both positive and negative. Hailey officials say they aren't cancelling because of any threat, but because of the...
  • Emails to Hailey Call For City to Cancel Bergdahl Celebration

    06/04/2014 2:09:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    KBOI2 ^ | Eric Gonzales
    Emails sent to Hailey City Hall asked the city not to celebrate Sergeant Bowe Bergadahl as a hero and called him a traitor and a deserter. A lot of the messages talked about remembering the soldiers they said died looking for Bergdahl while the rest of Hailey will celebrate. One email reads, 'I've an idea....send an invitation to the families of the six honorable soldiers killed trying to find him on his 'walk a bout'. Another email pointed out that with all the people claiming to be in Bergdahl's unit in the Army, there would be 4,000 soldiers in one...
  • Idaho Hometown of Newly Freed Soldier Cancels Planned Celebration (Confirmed)

    06/04/2014 1:46:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    WKZO ^ | 6/4/14
    The hometown of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has canceled a rally planned for later this month celebrating his release from five years of Taliban captivity, a municipal official told Reuters on Wednesday, amid allegations that he was a deserter.
  • Bergdahl’s Idaho Hometown to Celebrate Homecoming, Despite Anger From Some

    06/04/2014 12:38:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Time ^ | 6/4/14 | Sam Frizell
    Bergdahl's hometown is carrying on with a celebration for the returned sergeant at the end of the month, despite a rising backlash A rally in U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Idaho hometown celebrating his release after nearly five years of captivity will go on as planned, despite growing questions about the circumstances of the soldier’s capture. The joy over the soldier’s return among residents of the small mountain community of Hailey, Idaho has been dampened by claims that he abandoned his post. Some have also claimed that the subsequent search for Bergdahl cost the lives of up to six soldiers,...
  • Bergdahl Celebration Set for June 28 in Hailey ID

    06/02/2014 6:59:09 PM PDT · by tellw · 52 replies
    Idaho Mountain Express ^ | June 2, 2014 | Gregory Foley
    Bergdahl celebration set for June 28 Event is now themed "Bowe is Back" By :GREGORY FOLEY The Wood River Valley will celebrate the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in an event called "Bowe is Back" on Saturday, June 28, from 1-5 p.m. at Hop Porter Park in Hailey. The event was going to be called "Bring Bowe Back" but the name and the theme were changed after the soldier from Hailey was released from captivity in Afghanistan on Saturday. Event co-organizer Debbie Oneill said Bergdahl's parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, will speak at the event. In addition, singer-songwriter...
  • Planned Celebration for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

    06/01/2014 8:19:15 PM PDT · by windcliff · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6-1-14 | Matt Furber
    HAILEY, Idaho — It looked as if it was going to be a big weekend here in the Wood River Valley in Central Idaho But when news began to spread Saturday that Bowe Bergdahl was finally free it became a far more momentous weekend than anyone could have imagined in a community where Sergeant Bergdahl’s fate has been a central fact of life since his capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2009. “It’s really, really amazing and incredible, fantastic news,” said Molly Goodyear, who was getting lunches at Atkinson’s Market for children playing soccer with Sawtooth United under-13 girls’...
  • SenateRaces, RINO Hunting live return thread

  • Primary Live Thread (AR,GA,ID,KY,OR,PA)

    05/20/2014 3:26:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 466 replies
    It was suggested that one be started so I'll take the lead!
  • Some voters report confusion with Republican ballots (Idaho)

    05/21/2014 2:32:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    KTVB ^ | 5/20/14 | Jamie Grey
    **SNIP** Dan Rogers, a voter in Boise, told KTVB he went to his 18th district polling location right as the polls opened and wanted to vote as a Republican. Rogers says he is currently unaffiliated and wanted to affiliate the day of the election. "So [the poll worker] sent me over to the voter registration table, and when I was there, a couple of the workers consulted, and I was informed that I was unable to vote in the primary for the Republicans unless I had been a declared member of the party since March 20," Rogers said. Rogers says...
  • Hailey Murder Suspect: 'I Killed a Man in Self Defense'

    05/18/2014 9:14:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    A Hailey man charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man who has been missing since January told police he killed 47-year-old Steven Romanchuk in self-defense, according to court records. Keith Eric Blankenship, 49, was arrested Wednesday after voluntarily going to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office. Police reported finding human remains in Blankenship’s backyard Thursday. Deputies’ report gives this account: Romanchuk’s wife, Lauraine Phillips, reported her husband missing Jan. 15. In the report, she said her husband lent $40 to a neighbor whom he later confronted over the principle of the money. The next day, police spoke to...
  • Idaho man accused of imprisoning woman as sex slave

    05/16/2014 6:00:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/16/14 | Laura Zuckerman
    (Reuters) - An Idaho man was charged with kidnapping and rape tied to a woman's claims that he forced her to be a sex slave after imprisoning her in a house equipped with chains and locks on walls, floors and doors, authorities said on Thursday. Oscar Ayala-Arismendiz, in his thirties, is accused of repeatedly drugging and raping the woman and leading her around a house in southern Idaho by a rope tied to her neck, Twin Falls County prosecutors said. A 27-year-old woman told county sheriff's detectives that Arismendiz imprisoned her for 18 months in two separate houses in a...
  • U.S. judge overturns Idaho ban on gay marriage

    05/14/2014 12:18:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/14/2014 | LAURA ZUCKERMAN
    A U.S. federal judge struck down Idaho's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, saying it relegated same-sex couples to a second-class status in violation of constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law. The ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale was the latest in a string of decisions by federal judges against state bans on same-sex matrimony that, if upheld by higher courts, would sharply broaden access to marriage for U.S. gay couples. Dale said her decision would go into effect on Friday at 9 a.m. local time, unless put on hold by a higher court. Marriage rights have...
  • Judge strikes down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban

    05/13/2014 5:33:33 PM PDT · by digger48 · 64 replies
    wthr ^ | May 13, 2014 | AP
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has ruled that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in the ruling Tuesday evening that Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens of their fundamental right to marry.
  • 13,500-Year-Old Tool-Making Site Uncovered in Idaho Forest

    05/12/2014 9:14:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Western Digs ^ | May 8, 2014 | Blake De Pastino
    The prevalence of Western Stemmed Tradition artifacts in the Northwest, known locally as Windust, also suggests that its members may represent a separate wave of human migration to this part of North America, she said, with migrants having come from the north not by ice-free corridors near the middle of the continent, as some models maintain, but by way of the Pacific coast. “This is supported by the archaeological record in the Clearwater River region, where the earliest material found is associated with Windust,” Longstaff said. “Kelly Forks is another of the sites added to the record which potentially contains...
  • Raul Labrador (ID-1) endorses Russ Fulcher for Idaho governor

    05/12/2014 11:15:31 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 4 replies
    Twitter ^ | 5/12/2014
    Excited to announce that @Labrador4Idaho has endorsed my candidacy for governor! http://tinyurl.com/lyw7gab #idpol
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (Mountain West)

    05/09/2014 8:39:19 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 94 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE MOUNTAIN WEST (Rest of the country is in separate threads and Pacific Coast coming later, see links below) There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. Nevada: NIGER INNIS, NEVADA-4, June 10th .... winner...
  • Idaho governor hopeful Fulcher launches ad campaign

    05/01/2014 9:51:46 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 7 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | 4/30/2014 | Betsy Z. Russell
    BOISE – With just three weeks left before Idaho’s primary election, GOP gubernatorial challenger Russ Fulcher has launched his first statewide campaign commercial and posted billboards around the state. Incumbent Gov. Butch Otter hasn’t, but plans to hit the airwaves between now and the primary, said Jayson Ronk, Otter’s campaign manager. Otter has been running a low-key race as he seeks a third term, leaving Fulcher, the Idaho Senate’s GOP majority caucus chairman, to face off with fringe candidates Harley Brown and Walter Bayes at candidate forums. Otter agreed to one debate with Fulcher and the other two candidates, which...
  • Cruz Hosts Secret Meeting for House Conservatives (Updated)

    04/30/2014 4:23:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Roll Call's 218 ^ | April 30, 2014 | Matt Fuller and Steven T. Dennis
    Updated 6:37 p.m. | Sen. Ted Cruz gathered a group of House conservatives in his office Tuesday night, talking about immigration and House GOP leadership elections slated for after the midterm elections. As CQ Roll Call first reported last October, Cruz held a secret meeting with members at Tortilla Coast during the height of the government shutdown drama. Many of these same Republicans are the agitators who aren’t happy with Speaker John A. Boehner. The Texas Republican gathered roughly 10 members of the GOP Conference at 8 p.m. Tuesday for a 90-minute session that included candy bars, crackers and soda....
  • GOP Senators Push for Tougher Response to Putin

    04/30/2014 2:57:46 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/30/14 | KRISTINA PETERSON
    Frustrated with President Barack Obama’s reaction to Russian action in Ukraine, a group of Republican senators said Wednesday they will introduce legislation outlining a more muscular response. “What we’ve seen from the administration is a lot of rhetoric,” Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. The White House has been dealing “with the situation after something bad has already occurred,” he said. Earlier this week, violence flared up in another area of Ukraine that hugs the Russian border, as the new government in Kiev criticized local police...
  • AZ: Governor Brewer Bucks Trend; Vetoes Third Gun Reform This Week

    04/27/2014 3:04:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Brewer has been considered a friend of second amendment supporters.   When she was under threat of reelection, she signed constitutional carry into law.  Under her watch, Arizona has taken the lead as the most advanced state in the union when scored on restoring second amendment rights. Other states are striving to catch up.  Kansas passed a bill to make sure that public buildings would only ban people carrying guns if they effectively did so for legally armed citizens and criminals alike.  Indiana passed a law ending their "roaming school zones", where legally armed citizens could be turned into...
  • Report: Nevada would benefit from transfer of federal lands

    04/26/2014 12:44:35 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 25 replies
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU ^ | April 22,2014 | SEAN WHALEY
    A new report analyzing the financial ramifications of a takeover of some of Nevada’s millions of acres of federal lands suggests the state would benefit from such a transfer. A transfer of 4 million acres of U.S. Bureau Land Management land could bring in anywhere from $31 million to $114 million a year, based on a review of four Western states that have significant amounts of trust lands under their control, the report says.
  • Moscow Man Collecting Every VHS Copy of Speed

    04/25/2014 6:49:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    KREM ^ | April 23, 2014 | Bryan Bermensolo
    MOSCOW, Idaho--One local man said he dedicates his free time to collecting copies of the movie Speed. Ryan Beitz, of Moscow, wants to be the sole owner of every VHS copy of the 1994 thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. “One time I bought 30 copies from a store,” said Beitz. What started as a joke, when Beitz bought six copies from a pawnshop seven years ago, turned into a campaign. “We're running a Kick-Starter to get the van fixed up and painted like the bus from the movie Speed. It's so we can travel the country, come to...
  • 60 Plus Launches Major Ad Campaign Against Senators Supporting Obamacare for Mortgages

    04/17/2014 5:55:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2014 | PR Newswire
    The 60 Plus Association today released TV and radio advertisements in seven states targeting Senate Banking Committee Members who are sponsoring recently introduced legislation that will allow the government to take over the mortgage industry in an action 'disturbingly similar' to Obamacare. 60 Plus targeted three Democrat and four Republican U.S. Senators supporting this government take-over, including Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS).
  • Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves

    04/16/2014 12:36:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:25pm EDT | Laura Zuckerman
    Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant. The recent earthquake swarm, beginning on March 24 and climaxed by a 4.9 magnitude tremor on Saturday, has produced no reports of injuries or severe damage but has rattled nerves in a region where Idaho’s most powerful known quake, measured at 6.9, killed two children in 1983. Saturday’s earthquake was the strongest recorded in the state since 2005 and...
  • Nevada follows Utah in exploring transfer of public lands

    04/14/2014 1:54:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    St George News ^ | June 6, 2013 | by Mori Kessler
    ST. GEORGE – Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 227 into Nevada law Tuesday, approving the creation of the Nevada Land Management Task Force. The signing of AB 227 makes Nevada the fifth state to look into the movement initiated by Utah lawmakers that urges the federal government to transfer management of public lands over to state control. In a press release issued by the American Lands Council, Nevada Assemblyman John Ellison, the primary sponsor of AB 227, said, “Gov. Sandoval and our state legislature have taken the first step in fulfilling our responsibility to our children and for the...
  • Banker Who Helped Crash Housing Market Helped Crafting Mortgage Reform

    04/10/2014 4:00:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/10/2014 | Alana Goodman
    Controversial housing finance reform legislation making its way through the Senate Banking Committee was co-written by a former mortgage trader for Countrywide Financial and Wachovia, two of the subprime mortgage behemoths at the center of the housing market crash in 2007.Michael Bright, the senior financial adviser to Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), worked as a trader and member of the loan-pricing desk at Countrywide Financial from 2002 to 2006, and as a senior trader for Wachovia from 2006 to 2008.Bright joined Corker’s office in 2010, and has been a key figure in crafting the Corker-Warner housing reform bill and the...
  • This Legislation Would Let Government Take Over U.S. Mortgage Market

    04/08/2014 12:26:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    heritage ^ | april 8, 2014 | nobert Michel
    Even worse, the U.S. Senate is poised give us Fannie–Freddie 2.0 in the new housing reform bill that Senators Tim Johnson (D., S.D.) and Mike Crapo (R., Idaho) have released. The Johnson-Crapo bill would wind down the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but would also replace them with a new government agency that expands the federal government’s grip on the housing market. If the Johnson-Crapo housing bill is adopted, the federal government will have effectively taken over the U.S. mortgage market.
  • John Kerry Defends His Diplomatic Efforts: ‘I May Fail – I Don’t Care’

    04/08/2014 1:29:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    John Kerry Defends His Diplomatic Efforts: ‘I May Fail – I Don’t Care’ By Ali Weinberg Apr 8, 2014 4:03pm Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry defiantly defended his diplomatic efforts, saying that while ambitious, they were better than doing nothing. While the purpose of Tuesday’s hearing was to pick through the State Department’s budget, it was Kerry’s record that came under scrutiny as his old colleagues on the committee accused him of taking on too many responsibilities with too few results. “I think you’re about to hit the trifecta,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,...
  • Idaho, Wyoming poised to get 80 mph speed limits [w/video]

    04/01/2014 5:18:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    autoblog ^ | March 28, 2014 | Chris Bruce
    You should be able to drive across the Northwestern part of the United States a little more quickly in the coming months. Idaho and Wyoming have just passed laws to raise some interstate speed limits to 80 miles per hour. The Idaho law goes into effect on July 1, but there could be a delay because the Idaho Transportation Department is still conducting safety surveys to decide where to raise limits. It might be late summer before drivers actually see a change. According to a report from local television news station KMVT, the department actually opposed the bill, but it...
  • CD2 incumbent Simpson notches Chamber of Commerce endorsement (Chamber of Amnesty on tour...)

    02/21/2014 8:22:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 2/20/14 | Sven Berg
    Idaho Republican Mike Simpson’s influence with fellow members of Congress is what makes him a key player in this year’s election, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Rob Engstrom said Thursday. Besides earning high marks on the chamber’s rating scale, Engstrom said, Simpson has the trust of dozens of men and women in Congress. That makes him valuable to the chamber, which can’t individually reach out to each member, Engstrom said. Simpson is being challenged in this year’s election by Idaho Falls Republican Bryan Smith, who has the endorsements of groups such as Club for Growth, The Madison Project...
  • Declaring an Emergency, Idaho Governor Signs Gun Grab Nullification

    03/26/2014 10:18:26 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 3-26-2014 | Joe Wolverton
    Tuesday, 25 March 2014 16:35 Declaring an Emergency, Idaho Governor Signs Gun Grab Nullification Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. On Wednesday, March 19, Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a powerful protection against the federal gun grab into law in the Gem State.The bill, SB 1332, came to Otter’s desk after being passed unanimously (with three abstentions) by the state House and Senate.The published purpose of SB 1332, the Idaho Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act, makes clear the intent of state lawmakers:This legislation is to protect Idaho law enforcement officers from being directed, through federal orders, laws,...
  • Mitt Romney backs Joni Ernst in Iowa Senate race

    03/05/2014 8:01:19 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 5, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    Mitt Romney waded into the crowded Iowa Senate race Wednesday, throwing his support behind state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in the contested GOP primary. "As a mother, soldier and proven conservative, Joni has the kind of experience, skillset and discipline it will take to not only win this important seat, but to also take Iowa values to help turn around the mess in Washington," Romney wrote in a fundraising e-mail sent Wednesday morning... This is not Romney's first endorsement of the 2014 cycle. He is also backing Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who faces tea party challenger Bryan Smith (R).