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Idaho House passes wolf control board bill by big margin

A bill that would create an Idaho Wolf Control Board was approved by the Idaho House Friday morning. The bill, which was drafted by hunter and livestock stock groups, passed 49-16 with five abstentions. The bill has the support of

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River groups present petition against new dams on Boise, Weiser

Members of Idaho Rivers United, led by staffer Liz Paul, and other groups like the Idaho Wildlife Federation, met with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s natural resources aide Stephen Goodson to present a petition with 675 signatures of people opposed to

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Feds propose listing slickspot peppergrass again, putting ball in Otter’s court

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has, once again, proposed listing the flowering slickspot peppergrass as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. The plant is found only in the sagebrush steppe and only in southwest Idaho. This proposal is

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After 6-hour debate, Idaho Senate backs state health exchange, 23-12

Gov. Butch Otter’s bill to establish a state health exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act cleared the Idaho Senate on a 23-12 vote Thursday, sending the measure to the House. The Senate’s endorsement of the state-operated online insurance marketplace

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Otter wasn’t kidding: He’s ropin’ in dough for third term

Last Friday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told reporters he was preparing to seek a third term next year, including raising money. What he neglected to mention was his campaign is hosting an “Idaho Code of the West BBQ” this Saturday

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16 Idaho House GOP freshmen endorse Otter health exchange, with new ‘trailer’ bill

A bill intended to add to Gov. Butch Otter’s Senate Bill 1042 by strengthening legislative oversight has won a key block of votes for the most controversial measure of the 2013 session. A “trailer” bill to complement SB 1042 was

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Idaho Senate rejection of Hurlock at F&G may be short-sighted

The Republicans who control the Idaho Senate did a rare thing Monday, snubbing their governor, letting the meat loaf grow stale in the lunchroom and delaying an annual ceremony honoring Abraham Lincoln. The male-dominated Senate rejected Gov. Butch Otter’s nomination

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Otter’s mom understands why he missed her 98th birthday — to welcome troops

Gov. Butch Otter was at Fort Hood, Texas, on Saturday to  welcome home Idaho National Guard troops after a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan. To greet about 60 troops from the Idaho National Guard’s Company A, 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion,

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Otter: I’m ready to run, but not ready to announce

Gov. Butch Otter said Friday he is preparing to become the first governor to seek a third consecutive four-year term since Republican Gov. Bob Smylie won a third term in 1962. Otter, 70, first said he planned to run in

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Otter: Let me be clear, I was not lobbying in 2006

Gov. Butch Otter told me this morning there’s been some confusion about whether he lobbied legislators to go slow on authorizing GARVEE debt for highway construction on a visit to the Idaho Capitol as a congressman in 2006. On Thursday,

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