A student at Hailey's Silver Creek High School was booked into the Blaine County Jail April 4 after police said he violated his probation and carried a flare gun into the school.
This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Colton Turner, 18, of Ketchum, had been disciplined at the alternative high school for what school officials described as accessing inappropriate content through the school's computer network. Law enforcement said Turner had been looking up information on how to build bombs and blow up buildings. Police said they also found synthetic marijuana and a flare gun on Turner's person.
Turner had been previously charged for possession of drug paraphernalia and one of the conditions of his probation was to stay in school. Once he was kicked out of school, he violated his probation.
Greg Mortenson, author of the global best-seller Three Cups of Tea and adamant fundraiser for his Central Asia Institute, was lambasted last week for mismanaging millions of dollars in donations. Mortenson has made several fund-raising trips to Idaho to talk about his charitable organization.
Mortenson's troubles began in April 2011, when CBS' 60 Minutes questioned whether Mortenson was personally benefitting from donors' money and even if the inspiring stories in his books were true.
The allegations triggered a yearlong investigation by the Montana attorney general into Mortenson's Montana-based foundation. The probe resulted in a settlement that requires Mortenson to repay $1 million to his charity and make fundamental changes to the institute's structure.
"It's a Wild West atmosphere and it's not just Montana. Donors beware," said Daniel Borochoff of the American Institute of Philanthropy. "Be really careful."
The investigation found that the nonprofit bought and promoted Mortenson's books and spent nearly $2 million to fly him on chartered jets, all without the charity receiving any royalties or any other direct benefits. The report also said unknown sums of money were wired overseas without receipts or supporting documentation and that Mortenson had charged the charity's credit cards for tens of thousands of dollars worth of personal items.
The Montana Attorney General's Office said the investigation was the most extensive probe into a charity that the office has ever conducted.
A yearlong series of bad choices and subsequent management shakeup at Hewlett-Packard may be traced to a rather embarrassing letter.
The letter, ordered unsealed and made public for the first time since the scandal shook HP last year, reveals how former CEO Mark Hurd had wined and dined and sought sexual favors from an independent contractor, who later accused him of sexual harassment.
Hurd was booted from HP in August 2010, following the accusations from Jodie Fisher, who said that he had tried repeatedly to "engage" her by asking her to his hotel room, kissing her on the lips and groping her. Fisher retained celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who sent the letter in June 2010, outlining the accusations.
Hurd's lawyers had fought to keep the letter under seal but a Delaware appeals court ruled this week that it should be public.
You can read the letter here.
Word from the Guv's office this afternoon is that David Langhorst has been named to the Idaho State Tax Commission.
Langhorst, who has served in both houses of the state Legislature, made an unsuccessful run for Ada County commissioner last year against incumbent Rick Yzaguirre. Langhorst, who's a Democrat, replaces Colleen Grant and joins the bipartisan commission with Democrat Tom Katsilometes, and Republicans Royce Chigbrow, who serves as chairman, and Sam Haws, who serves as vice chairman.
Typically, news of tax commissioners is the kind of stuff that's about as interesting to the public at large as say ... well, anything to do with taxes. That is, it's a yawn maker. The Langhorst appointment is pretty noteworthy stuff, however, given that the the commission is still trying to shake off last year's scandal, in which the commission was accused of favoring big business with excessive tax breaks.
During his time in the Legislature, Langhorst cultivated a reputation for playing well on both sides of the partisan fence. Of his new job, Langhorst says he's looking forward to working with the commissioners "to achieve and maintain a fair, predictable and stable tax system for the people of Idaho.”
Here at citydesk, we'd be willing to bet whistle blower Stan Howland has a few pointers for Langhorst on how that can happen.
While addressing a crowd of Idaho politicians, officials and business and environmental leaders at the Idaho Environmental Forum this afternoon, Stephen Allred, the former Idaho Department of Environmental Quality director tapped by Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to head up the Land, Minerals and Management Bureau said that decisions in Washington are not subject to political pressures.
"I am outraged by the immoral behavior, illegal activities, and appalling misconduct of several former and current long-serving career employees in the Minerals Management Service's Royalty in Kind program ... These individuals have eroded the trust the American citizens deserve to have in their public servants."