The password is ... 'defenestrate'

The Wall Street Journal's Tuesday feature on Idaho's 1st Congressional District race weighs in at a suitably Journal-esque 1,012 words.

Areva's in the news ...

... but not very favorably.

This is the same French company planning a uranium enrichment plant outside Idaho Falls.

Click here for the details from the BBC.

The revenge of Camry nation

I'm officially part of the problem. A glossy Idaho Transportation Department brochure says so.

OK, the ITD doesn't call me out by name. But in explaining the state's highway funding dilemma, ITD points that the average car's fuel efficiency has improved from 13.8 mpg in 1978 to 23 mpg in 2006. "The most popular car in Idaho, the Toyota Camry, gets approximately 30 to 34 mpg."

We own not one but two Camrys, which I guess makes us twice the problem. So I can take perverse commuter joy in knowing I'm getting smarter gas mileage than the average bear — when I'm not biking, that is.

Risch vs. Risch

Friday's tag-team U.S. Senate debate challenge was devised to point up campaign differences between Republican Lt. Gov. Jim Risch and his two tormenters, Democrat Larry LaRocco and independent Rex Rammell.

I'm also struck these days by the differences between Risch and Risch.

Rush hour with the guv: the Otter road show

If Boiseans want a say on Idaho's crowded and aging roads, they can hop in a car Monday afternoon, brave a few of those crowded and aging roads during the after-work commute, and attend Gov. Butch Otter's shindig in Caldwell.

Good luck with that.

Or they can hold out hope that the governor's transportation team comes to its senses and blocks out some public meeting time in the state's largest city.

On the road with Larry and Rex ... an odd campaign alliance

Interesting development in the U.S. Senate race. Democrat Larry LaRocco and independent Rex Rammell – bound not by ideology, but a shared dislike of Republican nominee Jim Risch – will hold 10 debates across Idaho in October.

Risch isn’t invited, but it sounds like the candidates are challenging the lieutenant governor to show. Click
for details from The Times-News in Twin Falls.

The feds' new wolf policy: Not Our Problem

Not that long ago, Dirk Kempthorne was a U.S. senator who railed against the evils of unfunded mandates — federal programs passed onto the states, with no dollars attached.

Now, Kempthorne is part of a Bush administration that wants to dump wolves on the Northern Rockies as if they were a carton full of kittens.

Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., want the federal government to match state payments to ranchers who lose livestock to wolves.

Health Data Exchange moves along

A system to allow hospitals to share patient health information is a bit closer to reality.

The Health Data Exchange should be up and running by September, although in an abbreviated form. This morning, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center CEO Sandra Bruce signed an agreement to take part. St. Luke's Regional Medical Center and Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene also should be involved at the outset, Bruce told the Statesman editorial board today.

Hypermiling vs. 'bikermiling:' Let the debate begin

While preparing to write this morning’s editorial about “hypermiling,” I allowed myself one smug thought. I rode my bike to the office that day, achieving killer mpg.

Couldn’t help it. But I also know I share common cause with the hypermilers, drivers who use extreme and even dangerous techniques to improve their cars’ fuel efficiency.

A good old-fashioned higher ed turf war

Tim White managed to stir up one good parochial controversy on the way out of Idaho — without saying anything new.

Recently, the outgoing University of Idaho president restated his concerns with building a medical school in Idaho. White contends that the state can train its next generation of doctors for pennies on the dollar, by building on its partnerships with neighboring states. The state can fund more spots for Idaho students at schools such as the University of Washington, addressing its needs for years to come.

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