Friday, December 21, 2007

Dem Party Chairman Stallings Resigns

Posted on Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Richard Stallings has resigned as chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party. He is going to pursue other interests and opportunities, he told party members today.

"As we approach 2008, it’s clear that Idaho Democrats are on the cusp of great things," Stallings said. "The party’s chair needs to provide full-time attention to the cause.”

Stallings informed his party's leadership Thursday. Idaho Democratic Party executive director John Foster confirmed the move.

The AP has the story here.


“For many decades now I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to be a leader and a worker in the Idaho Democratic Party,” Stallings said in a prepared release. “And I’ve never seen a time where the opportunities for our party are as abundant as they are right now. ”      

Stallings will be replaced temporarily by IDP Vice-Chair Jeanne Buell, of Worley, a longtime party activist. She will serve as the acting chair until the next meeting of the central committee, which was previously scheduled for January 4.

At that meeting, nominations will be accepted and a vote will be taken for a new chair of the Idaho Democratic Party.  

Because party rules dictate a gender-balanced leadership team, the next state chair will have to be a man, presuming Buell stays in the vice-chair seat.

“I look forward to continuing to work with our outstanding vice-chair, Jeanne Buell, as she temporarily takes charge of our excellent staff, and I will of course assist whomever is elected to be a permanent replacement. ”My lovely wife Ranae has stood by my side through my long political career, and I look forward to the two of us taking advantage of the many opportunities before us for travel and relaxation,” Stallings said.    

In 1982, Stallings challenged Rep. George V. Hansen, a Republican, for Idaho’s second congressional seat. Stallings ran again in 1984, this time defeating Hansen in a close race.  

In 1992, Stallings unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate. The following year he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the U.S. Nuclear Waste Negotiator. In 1998 Stallings ran again for his old seat in the second congressional district, and lost to current Congressman Mike Simpson.  

Stallings had served on the Pocatello City Council until his retirement from that group this year.  

Stallings was first elected chair of the Idaho Democratic Party in March 2005, and was re-elected in March 2007. His term would have expired in 2009.    

Dems are already beginning to toss around names on the blogospheroids: Over at RedStateRebels they're talking up Brian Cronin, chairman of the Ada County Democratic Party.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Craig At the White House

Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2007 at 4:00 AM

It's called being a Senator, people. Larry Craig may be a pariah within his party, but he still made tracks to the White House yesterday for the signing of the new Energy bill.

Here's the release from Craig's office here.

Which surprised even the snarkmasters at Wonkette, who were impressed with his dedication in the face of mucho awkwardness.

Politico's daily video update picked up on the moment; see below, it's about 1:50 into the broadcast.

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Piling on McClatchy

Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Business writers and stock analysts do like piling on Idaho Statesman parent company McClatchy.

Vis: Ouch.

Ouch, again.


Oh, ouch once more.

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Craig: The Bumper Sticker Edition

Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Hill newspaper may not know how to spell Otter flack John Hanian's name, but they've picked up on some Larry Craig bumperstickers that are apparently showing up around town.

According to their Web site, two are reportedly making the rounds:

"Our senator may not be gay, but our governor is Butch."


"Born in Idaho, reared in Minnesota."

Asked by The Hill about the tags, Hanian (spelled "Hanyon" by the D.C.-based paper), said, "We know that they are out there, and we are aware that there are T-shirts."

To which we'll add one we saw on Sixth Street downtown the other morning:

"GOP: Wide Stances, Narrow Minds."

Anybody hear of any others?

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Bogus: We're Jealous. Sorta.

Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Some of us do wish we could be there for opening day at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.

That is, until we took a look at ye olde Web cam.

Yep, that's a screen capture of the Bogus Web cam, which shows less-than-bluebird conditions awaiting the hundreds of skiers that went in search of free tickets today.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bogus Opens Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Skiers rejoice—the snow gods have smiled upon you. Bogus Basin is opening on Thursday, and while it might be later than expected, the resort is marking the occasion with a day of free skiing.

Heavy snowfall on Monday and Tuesday pushed the snowpack to the point the resort could finally open, after a dismal early season. With more snow expected throughout the week, it's good news for the resort as the traditionally busy holiday season quickly approaches.

Five lifts serving the front side of the mountain will open on Thursday, including Deer Point, Showcase, Morning Star, Coach and Easy Rider.

According to KTVB, the mountain will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. initially, with night skiing set to begin at a later date. We're still awaiting the official release from Bogus officials.

The tubing hill and a limited amount of the Nordic center opened late last week. While skiing is free on opening day, skiers and boarders are asked to pick up a lift ticket first.

Regularly, day passes cost $46 for adults ages 12 to 69, or $20 for children ages 7 to 11.

For more information and the current snow report, check the Bogus Basin Web site.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Keep Highway 21 Open For Winter?

Posted on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 4:00 AM

From the Idaho Department of Transportation to winter sports enthusiasts and the city of Stanley: You're welcome.

According to a report in the Idaho Mountain Express, the agency just might be keeping the highway open this winter, instead of closing it due to avalanche hazard.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

"Nurse Ratched?"

Posted on Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 4:00 AM

They're still piling on former Statesman editor Carolyn Washburn, who yesterday moderated the Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines Iowa.

Here in Boise, Statesman editorial page editor Kevin Richert said, roughly, "Um, that's my former boss" and got pilloried for it in his own comments page.

In Washington, they're rolling their eyes. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post did so with such force we feared he might pull something. He called Washburn, now the editor of the Des Moines Register "earnest and schoolmarmish" and noted that "groans emanated from the media room down the hall" when, instead of asking about substantive issues like Iraq and immigration, she asked about New Year's resolutions.

And yes, she got compared to Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by the Weekly Standard.

Even BW's inbox has picked up. A former Statesman staffer, who said they were laid off by Washburn via telephone while on vacation, gleefully passed along a number of Youtube clips.

You know, like this one:

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Reef Staying Put

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The owner of the popular downtown nightspots Reef and the Front Door says they’re not for sale, despite rumors to the contrary.

“We’re not selling right now,” said Dave Krick, in an interview with BW.

Krick, who also owns Bittercreek Ale House and Red Feather, has said in the past that he would eventually like to step away from the restaurant business to focus his attention on other areas of interest.

But, he added, that move is not imminent.

Shane Randel, general manager at the Front Door, said he was under the impression that both businesses were for sale, but that he did not know any details of a pending sale.

But no one else with connections to the businesses would talk to BW about the matter.

Karen Sander, executive director of the Downtown Boise Association, declined to comment on the record. So did Clay Carley, owner of C-Squared, the company which owns the building in which Reef and The Front Door are located.

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Pet 9-1-1

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Is Spot having a seizure or Fluffy suffering a coronary episode? Maybe Fido just broke his leg—have no fear, there’s now an emergency ambulance service just for our fuzzy friends.

WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center has brought Boise’s first pet ambulance to the valley, offering “state-of-the-art, human-equivalent services” for pets.

The company, with clinics in Garden City and Meridian, bought an ambulance once used from human emergencies, and retrofitted for pet use. Yup, that means pet-sized gurneys, a crash cart, animal medications and intravenous fluids, custom cages for the smallest patients and blankets that circulate warm air to maintain body temperature. (We like to imagine the ambulance being driven by an English bulldog wearing a sassy little uniform.)

Once at the clinic, pets are catered to by a staff of board-certified surgeons and specialists who do everything from cardiology, orthopedic surgery, acupuncture, dermatology and hydrotherapy.

Now that we’ve got the pets taken care of, maybe the world can safely turn its attention to humans in need of medical care.

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