Famous for its potatoes, trout fishing, and blue AstroTurf, Idaho might not have much in common with Hawaii. But here’s one thing: Idaho and Hawaii are the only two states in the country to tax Girl Scout Cookies. Now, some local Scouts are beefing up their sales pitches and learning to lobby.
Idaho lawmakers didn’t stop for President’s Day Monday. Gun rights, education and state employee paychecks are all issues that will come up this week. Betsy Russell writes the Eye on Boise blog for the Spokesman Review. We caught up with Russell to get her take on how this week will play out at the statehouse. Russell says she's watching the debate over raises for state employees today.
A same-sex couple from Eugene has received the first-ever waiver to be buried together at a national cemetery. It comes after the death of one of the women.
Same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships are not recognized by the federal government, so a spouse of these military veterans can’t be buried at a national cemetery. After a 12-year battle with cancer Nancy Lynchild of Eugene died December 22nd. She was 64.
It’s a busy week for Idaho lawmakers. Education, budgets, health insurance exchanges – these issues will all come up in the next few days. Betsy Russell writes the Eye on Boise Blog for the Spokesman Review. She’s been covering the Legislature, as she does every year. Samantha Wright caught up with her Monday afternoon after the Senate rejected Governor Butch Otter’s candidate for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. We sat in an empty committee room to talk about the week ahead, starting with the Senate Education Committee.
Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 7:22 pm
LACEY, Wash. – Thousands of gun owners plan to rally in Olympia and Salem Friday. They’re showing their support for the second amendment and opposition to gun control proposals. The rallies come as gun sales in the Northwest are brisk -- and so are the required background checks.
At the Aging and Disability Services office in Lacey, the fax machine drones on and on.
For cookie connoisseurs, this might be the best time of year. It’s Girl Scout cookie season. Starting next week, Idaho Girl Scouts will be canvassing neighborhoods and their parents’ offices to take orders for boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, and all the rest.