August 4 2004 

BOISE

BOISE STATE HOSTS CANDIDATE FORUM

Boise State University's Department of Public Policy and Administration will host an information forum for legislative and county commission candidates in the 10-county region. The forum will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, August 13 in the Student Union Hatch Ballroom.

Topics and presenters are:

• Economic outlook, presented by John Church, Boise State special lecturer in economics and president of Idaho Economics, and Mike Ferguson, chief economist for the Idaho Division of Financial Management.

• State and local tax policy, presented by Randy Nelson, president of the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho, and Dan John, administrator for the legal and tax policy division of the Idaho Tax Commission.

• State and local budgets and expenditure patterns, presented by Jeff Youtz, supervisor of budget and policy analysis for the Legislative Services Office, and Dan Chadwick, executive director of the Idaho Association of Counties.

• Media relations, presented by Marty Peterson, special assistant to the president for the University of Idaho and former community member of The Idaho Statesman editorial board, and Jennifer Swindell, state editor for The Idaho Statesman.

• Campaign finance reporting requirements, presented by Tim Hurst, chief deputy Secretary of State.

• Trends in public policy surveys, presented by Jim Weatherby, chair of the Boise State University Department of Public Policy and Administration.

AGENCY, INDUSTRY LEADERS GATHER FOR 2ND ANNUAL RANGELAND SUMMIT

Idaho ranching on public lands is at a turning point, and the future and sustainability of rangelands will be the focus of a summit meeting hosted by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo on August 17 and 18 in Boise. This year's forum, co-sponsored by the Idaho Rangeland Committee, is the second annual gathering sponsored by Crapo. The Rangeland Summit will include forums featuring: USDA Deputy Undersecretary of Natural Resources and Environment Dave Tenny, Interior Department Director of Forest and Rangeland Management Janette Kaiser, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Steve Williams, NOAA Fisheries Director William Hogarth, Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Chairman Terry Gibson and Bureau of Land Management Group Manager for Rangeland Resources Bud Cribley.

"Public land range management is at a critical juncture," Crapo said. "The livelihood of those who depend on rangelands as well as the health of the public lands needs attention. It is absolutely necessary to bring together the leaders of the region's agencies along with those from interest groups and universities in a collaborative forum. This summit will work to facilitate interagency coordination, identify barriers to collaboration, encourage consistent policies and regulations, and implement workable and realistic solutions for continued and sustainable use of Idaho's rangelands. The selected topic of the summit, "Making the ESA Work Better for All," is important to the entire state. We have many people who are presently involved in efforts to improve habitat and protect species, and the summit provides them with an opportunity to learn from each other."

Crapo will moderate panel discussions among the agency leaders, and a wide range of industry and interest groups who will report on actions taken since last year's summit, particularly on progress made in responding to challenges posed by the Endangered Species Act. Other organizations expected to participate in the summit include State of Idaho, University of Idaho, Idaho Cattle Association and Idaho Fish & Game.

The sessions begin with opening statements and project reports on August 17 at 1 p.m. in the Boise City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, Boise City Hall, 150 North Capitol Boulevard, and will last until 4:30 p.m. The discussions by the invited panel continue from 9 a.m. to noon on August 18.

RIDGE TO RIVERS HOSTS OPEN HOUSE TO DISCUSS TRAILS

Proposed trails and related issues will be the topic of an open house hosted by the Ridge to Rivers Partnership with Boise Parks & Recreation from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 25 at the Boise Public Library auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.

At the open house, the public is invited to provide feedback on a variety of topics, including trail signage, trail maintenance, use conflicts and proposed additions to the Ridge to Rivers Trail System.

Boise City has conserved approximately 3,000 acres of open space using funds from the Foothills Serial Levy. These new tracts of permanent public open space provide excellent opportunities for new Ridge to Rivers trails.

New trail concepts are being proposed for the Table Rock, Five Mile Creek/Noble Reserve, Military Reserve, and Pole Cat Gulch areas. Maps of the proposed trails are available for review at www.cityofboise.org/parks.

Ridge to Rivers is a collaborative effort of local, state and federal partners that work together to maintain trails and open space in the Boise Foothills. Funding for the program comes from the City of Boise, Bureau of Land Management, Boise National Forest and Ada County.

If you are unable to attend, please submit comments or concerns in writing to Trails, 1104 Royal Blvd, Boise, ID 83706. If you have any questions, please call Dave Gordon or Paul Woods at 384-4240 or email to dgordon@cityofboise.org or pwoods@cityofboise.org.

NOTABLE QUOTES

LET THEM EAT PROZAC

"Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy--or go on Prozac?"

--Susan Sheybani, an assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt on the Thursday, July 29. The comment apparently was directed to a colleague who transferred a phone call from a reporter asking about job quality. When told the Prozac comment had been overheard, Sheybani said: "Oh, I was just kidding."

UMMM, YOU ARE PRESIDENT

"Give me a chance to be your president and America will be safer and stronger and better."

--President George W. Bush, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, July 13.

U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK

The Outstanding Public Debt as of August 3 is $7,317,445,627,093.65.

The estimated population of the United States is 293,871,322, so each citizen's share of this debt is $24,900.17.

The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.73 billion per day since September 30, 2003.

Source: www.brillig.com/debt_clock/

WAR IN IRAQ

U.S. CASUALTIES: As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 3, 918 U.S. service members have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 682 in combat and 236 from noncombat-related incidents and accidents. Ten U.S. soldiers died last week in Iraq; 780 soldiers have died since President Bush declared "mission accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 11,382 and 13,351.

Source: www.iraqbodycount.org

COST OF IRAQ WAR: $125,818,000,000.

Source: costofwar.com

--Compiled by Cynthia Sewell

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