AAA Idaho floats idea of banning cell talking for drivers 18 and under

It took three years to get the 2012 ban on texting for all drivers passed in Idaho, so AAA Idaho's Dave Carlson acknowledges his group faces a considerable hurdle in getting the law amended in 2013.

"It don't know if it'll fly, but we're talking it up," said Carlson, AAA Idaho's director of public affairs.

The wrinkle pitched by AAA would add a ban on the use of cell phones for voice conversations, but only for drivers 18 and younger.

Leave federal public lands alone

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Idaho legislators need to go out, enjoy the outdoors on public lands, and smell the wild roses.

State lawmakers are looking at passing legislation to transfer control of federal public lands in Idaho to the state. The state can't even take care of its state parks. The governor and the legislature severely cut funding to state parks several years ago.

Idaho's Labrador lands Immigration Subcommittee post, right spot to pursue top priority

Sophomore Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, has said his decision on whether to run for governor in 2014 will hinge in significant part on prospects for immigration reform in the new Congress.

Labrador got good news Tuesday on that front, when he was assigned to the Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. Labrador got the post even after refusing to vote for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Jan. 3.

Labrador's other Judiciary assignment is the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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Kristin Armstrong: Superior attitude, work ethic, focus and exemplary conduct

Idaho's two-time Olympic gold medalist in cycling, Kristin Armstrong, is commended in House Concurrent Resolution 4, which was introduced Wednesday morning.

Armstrong wasn't present in the House State Affairs Committee, but told the Statesman in an email that she hopes to appear later in the process.

The resolution is sponsored by freshman Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, who said Armstrong deserved recognition not only for her winning gold at the London Olympics last year, but for her volunteer work, including serving as a YMCA ambassador.

Idaho media Week 6 high school boys basketball poll

Records as of Monday, Jan. 21

5A
Team (1st-place votes) W-L Points Previous
1. Borah (10) 14-0 50 1
2. Rocky Mountain 11-3 32 2
3. Mountain View 11-3 23 3
4. Highland 11-3 21 5
5. Lake City 11-4 13 -
Others receiving votes: Hillcrest 11.

4A
Team (1st-place votes) W-L Points Previous
1. Skyview (8) 13-1 48 1
2. Bonneville (2) 12-2 36 2
3. Emmett 11-3 29 3

Caldwell responds to Water Users vote by saying Semanko has conflict

Caldwell responded to the Idaho Water User’s resolution committee vote criticizing its eminent domain lawsuit Tuesday by repeating its charge that its executive director Norm Semanko ha a conflict of interest.

It said in the press release the committee vote “protects IWUA Executive Director Norm Semanko’s self-interest as a result of his position as a lawyer with the law firm representing the Pioneer Irrigation District in its lawsuit against the City of Caldwell,.”

Water Users stick with Pioneer on eminent domain issue

The resolutions committee of the Idaho Water Users Association voted unanimously Tuesday to support a resolution against the use of eminent domain against irrigation districts.

Robins are everywhere. What gives?

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I've been getting a lot of questions about all the robins around Boise. So, I went to Idaho Fish and Game and here's an explanation:

A lot of people don’t realize that robins can be found year around in Boise.

The robins that breed here in the summer probably move south, and the north Idaho and Canada robins probably come here for the winter, said Rex Sallabanks, wildlife diversity program manager for Idaho Fish and Game.

Boise State football will play in Mountain Division of Mountain West; conference championship game set for Dec. 7

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team will play in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West beginning this year — a division that doesn’t include any of the league’s teams in the Pacific Time Zone.

Boise State will be joined by Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division.

The West Division includes Nevada, Fresno State, UNLV, Hawaii, San Diego State and San Jose State.

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Revolution Center in Garden City sizzles with activity

Teeth chattering? Frostbite setting in?

Step inside Garden City's Revolution Center. Things are heating up at the 2,200-capacity venue, which opened last August.

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