Man on Capitol security video identified, says he didn't mean to cause alarm

The man whose behavior on the House floor early this month alarmed legislative leaders and prompted security changes at the Capitol is Bryan Carter of Meridian.

Carter, 47, said he is sorry. “It broke my heart that I caused the legislators a concern. That was not at all what I had come about.”

Idaho State Police said Carter committed no crime.

Brundage gets a foot of snow since Monday, Jan. 28, and more is on the way

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The latest winter storm to hit Central Idaho brought more than a foot of snow to Brundage Mountain in the 24 hours between Monday morning and Tuesday morning and about 9 inches to nearby Tamarack. Brundage has seen more than two feet of fresh snow in the past five days, and the ski area’s snow base now ranges from 58 to 89 inches.

“There’s not a pitch or line on the mountain I’d hesitate to ski,” said resort spokesperson, April Russell. “Our slopes are completely buffed out top to bottom and the powder is incredible.”

Forecasters are predicting a significant amount of snow to hit the ski area over the next several days. An additional nine to 18 inches is predicted before the weekend. Tamarack is open Thursday through Sunday, so the powder will be piling up until skiers and boarders get a crack at it on Thursday.
Photo provided by Sam Marvin, Brundage Mountain Resort

Kitties are the biggest killer of birds and mammals tied to us

This ought to ramp up people even more than wolves.

Scientists with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that the median number of birds and mammals killed annually by cats is 2.4 billion and 12.3 billion respectively. They made this shocking assertion in a new study published in the journal Nature Communications.

Treasure Valley high school signings list

National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Below is a list that includes Treasure Valley athletes (2013 graduates unless otherwise noted) who have either signed a letter of intent or have verbally committed to compete for a college or university. The information was provided to the Statesman by high school coaches and administrators or by club team officials. College commitments and signings can be sent to rroberts@idahostatesman.com.

EPA files 13 enforcement actions against Idaho companies and governments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took 13 enforcement actions in Idaho in 2012.

EPA’s Region 10 said in filed nearly 40 enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to protect communities and the environment. The largest action in Idaho was filed against Valley Paving & Asphalt, Inc. in Cottonwood for operating an asphalt plant without an air permit. It was fined $36,360.

Fox News comes to Boise to examine solar power dispute

Fox News is scheduled to come to Boise today to investigate the dispute between Idaho Power and its more than 300 customers with rooftop solar power systems.

I suspect that Fox is here because nationwide, indeed worldwide solar power’s time has come. So many solar panels have come on the market, especially from China, that the price of the panels has come down dramatically.

ACLU: Idaho Capitol security video should not prompt access restriction, urges public comment

A security video showing a man inspecting representatives' desks, taking photos of desktops and reaching into a waste bin for a document does not justify changes in public access to the Capitol, says the ACLU of Idaho.

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Back from national speakers conference, Bedke reports Idaho's Newcomb still lionized for term limits repeal

A decade after Idaho became the first state to repeal term limits, then-House Speaker Bruce Newcomb is warmly remembered for leading the repeal effort, reports Idaho's new Speaker Scott Bedke.

"We are looked upon by other states as an example in several areas, including the issue of term limits," Bedke said Monday, after a four-day trip to Austin, Texas, for new speaker orientation sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.

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Idaho House hails Olympic gold medalist Armstrong

Two Boise Democrats praised Boise's two-time Olympic gold medalist in a brief debate before the House unanimously approved House Concurrent Resolution 4, honoring Kristin Armstrong's accomplishments.

Tuesday is deadline to RSVP for Ben Ysursa roast benefiting Catholic Charities of Idaho

It's a family affair as GOP Secretary of State Ben Ysursa submits to the jibes of two brothers and a cousin Saturday night at the 6th annual "Loaves and Fishes Gala and Roast" at Boise State's Stueckle Sky Center.

Ysursa's roasters are his Democratic activist and lawyer brother from Illinois, Bernard Ysursa; Jess Asla, a half-brother who is chief operating officer at North Star Biofuels, a joint venture with Idaho's AgriBeef; and cousin Dave Skinner, a celebrated history teacher at Bishop Kelly High School and Ysursa's partner in the booth for radio coverage of BK football.

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