Gear Tuesday: Warm up your cold-weather cycling

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If you're a year-around cyclists, heads up!

Leg and arm warmers might be just the thing. You might check out leg and arm warmers from Cannondale at local bike shops.
They are lightweight and feature a polar fabric for stretch and a light layer of insulation and some reflective accents for visibility.

Idaho State's Vailas: Keep boosting education technology in K-12

Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas made his annual appearance to the House Education Committee Tuesday and said ISU is moving forward with online education and requires online experience in hiring new faculty.

Asked what the state should do with about $31 million left on the table by repeal of the "Students Come First" laws, Vailas said the state should expand its investment in technology across the state, particularly in the smallest and most rural schools.

Vailas said the future includes digital and distance learning.

Free advocacy training for citizen lobbyists next week in Boise

The volunteer group TransForm Idaho is offering two hours of training on Jan. 30 at the Boise Public Library Hillcrest branch.

A news release follows:

TransForm Idaho to sponsor Legislative Advocacy Training

Learn how to have your voice heard by your Representatives

Wednesday, January 30

What's the best way to get your opinion heard on proposed legislation? How do you find out what bills are being introduced during the 2013 Legislative session? How do you effectively communicate with your Legislator?

Luna presses House committee to affirm new rule limiting protests, events on Capitol Mall

Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna reacted forcefully to last week's Senate committee decision to reject new rules placing limits on time and place for public use of the Capitol block and Capitol Mall.

Luna rejected arguments that the rules are overreaching.

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Electric supply adequate as Idaho Power mulls coal plant closures

Improving energy efficiency use and the addition of gas-fired power plants is keeping up with the retirement of dirty coal plants in the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council reports.

Utah lawmaker sells state takeover of federal land to Idaho committees

Utah Rep. Ken Ivory told Idaho lawmakers Monday the federal government has made promises, “solemn compacts,” and “solemn trusts” to dispose of all of the left over public land to states at statehood.

Varsity Extra athletes of the week (Jan. 14-19)

Please email nominations to rroberts@idahostatesman.com

BOYS BASKETBALL

Leighton Vander Esch, Salmon River: The Savages kept their unbeaten record intact with two wins last week. The junior scored 32 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 76-46 victory against Horseshoe Bend. Vander Esch then scored 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a 48-32 win over Deary to improve to 14-0 overall and 8-0 in the 1A Long Pin Conference.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Speaker Bedke fulfills promise: Reformed Ethics Committee proposed in Idaho House

A five-person Ethics Committee which would be chosen by the majority and minority caucuses was proposed on behalf of House Speaker Scott Bedke Monday.

Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, presented the measure to change House rules to the House Judiciary & Rules Committee, which introduced the bill. A hearing will be held later.

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Bullet for My Valentine, Halestorm headed to Revolution Center

Headbangers have a new concert to look forward to at the Revolution Center.

Melodic Welsh metal band Bullet for My Valentine has been booked for a show Sunday, April 14, at the Garden City venue.

Opening acts include Young Guns, Stars in Stereo and, notably, Halestorm, a female-fronted band that impressed Alice Cooper fans at the RevCenter back in December.

Idaho Education committees to hold joint Feb. 1 listening hearing, replacing cancelled JFAC session

The 2 1/2-hour session is set for the same time and place as the hearing in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee that was cancelled by GOP leadership last week.

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