Monday, August 29, 2011

Changes Proposed for Redfish Lake Lodge

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 6:05 AM

The U.S. Forest Service has hopes for significant changes to Redfish Lake Lodge, the popular Sawtooth Mountain resort built from 1927-1932 by Robert "Two Gun Bob" Limbert, father of Margaret Lawrence, the iconic Boise shopkeeper who recently passed away.

The Forest Service is taking public comment on a proposal that would add guest rooms to the main lodge and replace the lodge's convenience store. The plans call for a new store to be built from concrete logs and other modern materials such as metal roofing. The lodge, a historic landmark, is of traditional log construction.

Public comment on the proposal will be taken until Saturday, Sept. 10.

Comments can be sent to:
Dave Fuetsch
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
5 North Fork Canyon Road
Ketchum, ID 83340

The lodge and guest cabins currently average 90 percent occupancy year-round, with 100 percent occupancy from mid-June through Labor Day.

Redfish Lake Lodge
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You can see the proposed changes here.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Council to Consider Masonic Temple as Landmark

Posted By on Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

The Boise City Council will brush up on a bit of history at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30. Council members will be asked to consider historic landmark status for the Masonic Temple Lodge at 215 N. 10th St.

The temple, built in 1907 from designs by architect Ross Cartee, has played host to countless dances, weddings and funerals for the past century. At one time, the temple even was a central voting spot for civic elections. The temple was remodeled in 1920 in the Renaissance Revival style by architects Wayland and Fennell.

The Local Historic Landmark program began in 2010 and is completely voluntary. If the Masonic Temple Lodge gains status, there will be a total of 33 local landmarks within the City of Boise. As a landmark, owners agree to notify the Historic Preservation Commission of significant alteration or demolition. In return, a landmark would be given a bronze plaque and featured in future editions of the Shaping Boise book.


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Report: Save 600,000 Children With Vitamin A

Posted By on Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

In a staggering report in the British Medical Journal, experts estimate that as many as 600,000 lives could be saved in a year if vitamin A supplements were given to children under the age of 5 in developing countries.

The World Health Organization estimates that, across the globe, 190 million children under the age of 5 may have vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A is traditionally found in cheese, eggs, liver and oily fish.

In an examination of 43 international studies, involving 200,000 children, United Kingdom and Pakistani experts found that deaths could be cut by 24 percent if children were given the vitamin.

"Vitamin A supplements are highly effective and cheap to produce and administer," said Dr. Evan Mayo-Wilson from Oxford University. "After just one year, children who had taken supplements were less likely to have died than children who received a placebo."

According to the report, worldwide nearly 8.8 million children die each year before they reach their fifth birthday. More than two-thirds die from conditions like pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria.

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Boise-Based Command Center Assisting Hurricane-Hit Easterners

Posted By on Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM

A Boise-based command center is playing a key role in assisting hundreds of thousands of East Coast residents to cope with the impact of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene.

United Water opened a national command center in Boise to coordinate the company's response to the hurricane. United Water owns or operates water and wastewater utilities up and down the East Coast, from Georgia to New Hampshire.

"[Boise] is not in the storm path and the talented team of Boise professionals has a wealth of expertise to help coordinate and support response efforts which might be needed by our East Coast operations," said Bob Iacullo, president of United Water.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Update: More Mega-Load Protesters Arrested

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM

UPDATED: Saturday Aug. 27 5:00 p.m.
Idaho State Police told Citydesk that three more mega-load protesters were arrested Saturday morning in Coeur d'Alene. That brings to nine the number of persons taken into custody, expressing their displeasure of the oversized rigs, heading for the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada.

ORIGINAL POST: Friday, Aug 26
Six people were arrested early today, protesting mega-loads as the huge rigs rolled through their Latah County community. The six, members of Wild Idaho Rising Tide, took part in a larger protest which saw several people lie down in the middle of Washington Street in Moscow as scaled-down ExxonMobil mega-loads rolled on Highway 95 toward Coeur d'Alene before heading east on I-90 and north to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada.

The Moscow Daily News reported that counter-protesters also showed up to express support for the mega-loads.

Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney, not a fan of the mega-loads, said she was happy that the protest was successful.

"I thought the protest was peaceful and powerful," said Chaney. "I think law enforcement, from my observations, handled it well."

While Exxon continues to wait for approval to move nearly 200 mega-loads along its initial route of choice, U.S. 12, two other giant rigs have been given the OK by the Idaho Dept. of Transportation to roll along U.S. 12. Two shipments, one weighing more than 400,000 pounds. are expected to move from Clarkston, Washington to a Weyerhauser pulp mill in Alberta, Canada. The first mega-load is expected to move early Monday, Aug. 29.

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U.S. Supports Massive Oil Pipeline

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM

The U.S. State Department decided on Friday that work should continue on a $7 billion oil pipeline, which when complete will carry an estimated 700,000 barrels a day from western Canada to the Texas coast.

A thousand-page report from the State Department said there was no signficiant environmental impact during the construction or operation of the 1,700-mile line, which would carry crude oil from the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. When fully operational, the line could double the capacity of existing pipeline from Canada.

TransCanada maintains that the project would create tens of thousands of jobs. Opponents, including hundreds of protesters outside the White House, said the project would have a devastating impact on the environment.

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Controversy over the Kearl Oil Sands project has swirled in Idaho for the past year, primarily surrounding hundreds of mega-loads destined for Alberta that ExxonMobil wants to haul across the Gem State.

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Smoked Salmon Recall

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Vita Food Products is recalling 8,000 packages of its premium sliced smoked Atlantic nova salmon, warning that the product could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The salmon was sold in Idaho stores, as well as 20 other states.

The packages (black in color) have "sell by" dates of Dec. 15, 2011, and would have been purchased on July 25 or after.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the Listeria monocytogenes organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.


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New Poll: Congressional Approval at All-Time Low

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

When Idaho's congressional delegation returns to the nation's capital after Labor Day, they'll be facing all-time voter disapproval.

In a new poll, conducted last week by Associated Press-GfK, approval of Congress has dropped to its lowest level in the history of the poll-only 12 percent. That's down from a previous low of 21 percent in June, just before the debt-ceiling squabbling reached fever pitch.

Voters taking part in the poll weren't particularly partisan. Democrats and Republicans tied when respondents were asked which party they trust more to handle the federal budget deficit. Nearly a third of voters calling themselves independents said they trusted neither party. The poll also found that more people were down on their own member of Congress, not just the institution, an unusual finding in surveys.

In another poll by AP-GfK, President Barack Obama doesn't fare well, either, with 52 percent of those polled expressing disaproval of the president's job and 46 percent approving. When asked if he should keep his job, 48 percent said Obama should be voted out of office while 47 percent said he should be re-elected.

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More Than 6,000 Flights Expected to be Canceled

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM

All inbound and outbound flights at Boise Airport were landing or taking off on time as of Saturday morning, with no direct flights traveling further east than Chicago or Minneapolis/St. Paul. But the ripple effects are expected to hit every airport sometime in the next two days, and airlines begin canceling flights in earnest to avoid Hurricane Irene.

The five main New York City-area airports were closed to flights beginning at noon today. Hundreds of flights were instantly affected. Over the next three days, it's expected that more than 6,000 flights could be canceled at airports up and down the East Coast. United canceled 2,300 flights today and Sunday, and Delta canceled 1,300 flights through Monday.

Irene is expected to move over the New York region on Sunday, then weaken in New England by Monday morning.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Nellis Wants Court Ruling to Release Records on Benoit, Bustamante

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 1:57 PM

In an unprecedented move, University of Idaho President Duane Nellis has directed his legal counsel to seek a court ruling that could release private records regarding Ernesto Bustamante. Bustamante, a former professor at the U of I, was found dead Tuesday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot. At the time, Moscow police were serving a warrant on Bustamante, suspected in the murder of 22-year-old grad student Kathryn Benoit.

"We must do everything we can to protect our students and our campus community," said Nellis in a statement released this afternoon. "For that reason, I am asking for an independent review of the university's policies and procedures to ensure that we are doing the very best job we possibly can."

Nellis reaffirmed that the university was "committed to full public disclosure of all related documents, as it gains authority to release them." Nellis said a review of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act found that the confidentiality of student records does not extend beyond the life of a student. But Idaho's public records laws concerning employee records extend after death. To clarify the statutes, the university is asking for legal determination from the courts regarding what records it could release related to Bustamante.

Nellis said he spoke directly with the family of Benoit to share the condolences of the university community. A memorial service for Benoit will take place at Boise High School, Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m.

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