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Despite House fight, cliff avoided Most tax hikes are prevented but battles remain on spending, where Republicans want major cuts. BY DAVID ESPO AND ALAN FRAM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — Past its own deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national fiscal cliff of middle class tax increases and
massive spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America’s divided government to the limit. The bill’s passage on a 257-167 vote in the House sealed a hardwon triumph for the president less
than two months after he secured re-election while calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. Moments later, Obama strode into the White House briefing room and declared, “Thanks to the votes of Republicans and Democrats in Congress, I will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans while preventing tax hikes that could have
sent the economy back into recession.” He spoke with Vice President Joe Biden at his side, a recognition of the former senator’s role as the lead Democratic negotiator in final compromise talks with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The legislation, which cleared the Senate early Tuesday morning
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Inmates: The beer made us do it Five people at the Idaho State Correctional Institution say in a lawsuit that alcohol companies should warn of addiction. BY MEGHANN M. CUNIFF firstname.lastname@example.org © 2013 Idaho Statesman
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Keith Allen Brown shot a man to death in Priest Lake fives years ago, leading to a 15-year prison sentence. But the 52-year-old says his problems started long before that, when he was just a boy and tasted alcohol for the first time. Brown and four other inmates at Idaho’s Kuna Keith Allen facility are suing major Brown beer companies, blaming their crimes on alcoholism and claiming that the companies are responsible because they don’t warn consumers that their products are addictive. Reminiscent of lawsuits filed against major tobacco companies in
Hundreds braved temperatures that hovered around 20 on Tuesday morning for the annual Great Polar Bear Plunge at Lucky Peak’s Spring Shores Marina. The event is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho, which will use the money to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Besides taking a quick dip in the icy water at 11 a.m., some participants chose to water-ski. Bonfires on the shore helped the swimmers warm up after their frigid dips. See more photos at IdahoStatesman.com/photogalleries, and see video of the plunge at Videos.IdahoStatesman.com
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Sporting a blaze-yellow caution vest, George Blumenschein approaches the dozens of parking rogues the same way he does everything: with a quick smile. He’s courteous, at least at first, and so are the dozens of Chickfil-A customers who break protocol every day at 220 S. Broadway.
NEWYEAR’SDUIARRESTS DOWNINADACOUNTY Sharp decline A dozen people were booked into the Ada County Jail on New Year’s Eve on charges of driving under the influence. That is fewer than half of the 29 who were arrested last year.
Parking situation puts deli owner in a pickle George Blumenschein has taken to confronting Chickfil-A customers who use his neighboring lot.
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Most of them offer to go back to their cars and find another spot. That won’t be necessary, Blumenschein says, just keep it in mind next time. Of course, there are exceptions. “I’ve been cussed at and pissed off and honked at ... but what can I do?” Blumenschein said. “Somebody told me to have intercourse with my mother. So, you know? But I’ve been in retail so long I don’t really care.” The Chick-fil-A on Broadway JOE JASZEWSKI / email@example.com is Boise’s first off-campus loca- Signs alone haven’t stopped Chick-fil-A customers from parking in the tion. As soon as it opened in Oc- lot that Deli George and Carl’s Jr. share next door. So owner George Blutober, the Georgia-based fast-food menschein, left, and his son, George Jr., personally talk to violators. “It’s not the sign that matters. It’s me that matters,” the elder Blumenschein See PARKING, A4 said.
Boise police made five arrests; Ada County deputies and Meridian police each made three; and one unidentified law enforcement agency made one. Why the drop? Warnings about arrests for drunken driving might finally be getting through to people, some law enforcement officials say. But New Year’s is also a time when people make plans to celebrate and know that police will be out in force, so they plan for safe ways home, said Tracy Basterrechea, Meridian’s deputy chief.
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n advocate of Idaho’s open-carry laws has spurred state officials to seek changes they say are aimed at protecting public safety. House Bill 207, introduced by the House State Affairs Committee last week, would clarify that security videos may be exempt from the Public Records Act. Access could be denied “only when the disclosure of such information would jeopardize the safety of persons or the public safety.” Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna said the change was sought after Bryan Carter of Meridian made a records request for almost 95 hours of Capitol security video in 2012. Carter asked state offi-
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and 35 minutes of video he requested for five locations from Jan. 16, 2012. In one portion, the armed Carter is questioned by Idaho State Police, who asked him to leave a Senate State Affairs Committee meeting and inspected his identification.
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ISP Capt. Sheldon Kelley said officers were simply doing their jobs to protect lawmakers and the public. “Just because it’s legal to carry a gun in the Capitol doesn’t mean you’re not going to be asked about it,” Records requests by an armed man whose actions caused Kelley said. “They would be remiss in their duties if they a stir last month — as well as new rules on public access — didn’t.” helped prompt a push to change Idaho law. ISP was alerted to Carter’s wearing of a handcials to review hours of tifying my person, I do re- erased by the time of gun by longtime Capitol sevideo from November 2011 call that I was wearing a Carter’s Jan. 27, 2012, re- curity officer Charlie Harand allow him to copy baseball cap during this quest for video from three ris. After speaking with the video “only for the duration time.” Capitol locations. officers for five minutes, I am present. ... If it may be The Nov. 21-23 recordThe state did provide of assistance in better iden- ings had been reused and Carter copies of four hours See SECURITY, A9
These doctors are in ... your house A new business gives aging Idahoans access to care that’s convenient
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Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! gets the sillies out at the Morrison Center. Thursday: MercyMe headlines the Rock & Worship Roadshow at Taco Bell Arena. Friday: Alabama Shakes will be at the Knitting Factory for a sold-out show. MORE EVENTS, L4
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Bill Enger waited patiently Thursday afternoon to see his doctor. Instead of sitting in a waiting room at an office park somewhere in Boise, though, Enger relaxed on his couch with his pug, Molly, by his side. The 73-year-old retiree’s physician visits him in his retirement community, as part of a new operation called House Calls. “It’s such a relief to know he is going to be here every two weeks to see me,” Enger said. A longtime critical-care doctor, Steven Fuller, and a professor of health sciences, Uwe Reischl, cofounded the company. They started partnering with a Boise-area physician, Dr. Arthur C. Jones IV, who saw their first patients last fall. House Calls also has a second doctor, Tricia Keefe, ready to see patients when it expands to DARIN OSWALD / firstname.lastname@example.org Canyon County. Dr. Steven Fuller, right, runs a new company with Uwe Reischl, a professor at Boise State University, that provides Fuller said the company’s vision house calls to retirement and assisted-living communities. Bill Enger, a resident at Heatherwood Retirement Comis to remove some of the financial munity in Boise, says the service is potentially life-saving. Here, he and Molly receive a visit from Fuller and Reischl. concerns that keep doctors from staffing nursing homes and some of the practical hurdles that make going to the doctor a daylong projDR. FULLER ON STARTING UP ect for patients in retirement communities and those with disabiliQ: How did you finance this business? veloping the model. ties. A: My partner (Uwe Reischl) and I financed Q: When do you expect to turn a profit? The model is this: An assistedthe launch with our own personal funds. We A: We are just getting to the tipping point living or retirement community have a total of about $25,000 invested. Our where we will start seeing a small profit begincapital is primarily “intellectual capital” in dening in April, and it will grow slowly from then. See HOUSE CALLS, A9
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Some GOP governors turn pragmatic Hard lines are softening on immigration, voting rights and Medicaid. BY DAVID LIGHTMAN MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
WASHINGTON — Faced with tough re-election campaigns and constituents clamoring for government services, Republican governors in some big swing states are pulling away from
the conservative line that helped them win in 2010. The clearest sign of the shift comes from seven governors who have agreed to expand the Medicaid program, a key feature of President Barack Obama’s health care law — and one that some bitterly opposed when winning their seats. The governors are deciding that voters judge them on how well they manage gov-
ernment, not how eloquently they articulate theory. They insist they are not being politically expedient. “I don’t see an ideological shift. We’re going through a detailed analysis of whether this is right, and the health care law is the law of the land,” said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who is undecided about Medicaid expansion. See GOVERNORS, A7
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Boise council to take up tailgating A Parks and Rec panel has endorsed a plan on drinking around Bronco Stadium. BY SVEN BERG email@example.com © 2013 Idaho Statesman
The only tweaks the commission wanted were to exclude Zoo Boise from the legal tailgating zone, as well as a small section of Julia Davis Park where a cancer survivors plaza will be built this fall. Once those requests were fulfilled, commissioners found nothing in the ordinance to balk at. If the proposal becomes law, drinking alcohol will be legal in designated public places surrounding Bronco Stadium between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the days of Boise State University football games. Roughly defined, those areas include the eastern half of Julia Davis Park, and the city blocks between University Drive and Beacon Street, and Broadway Avenue and Joyce Street.
Lawmakers target NSA spying With moods shifting in Congress, surveillance limits are a possibility. BY DAVID LIGHTMAN, KATE IRBY AND BEN KAMISAR STATESMAN WASHINGTON BUREAU
Concerns about National Security Agency surveillance programs are very likely to erupt during legislative debate — and perhaps
prod legislative action — as early as next week. Skepticism has been building since last month’s disclosures that the super-secret NSA conducted programs that collected Americans’ telephone data. Dozens of lawmakers are introducing measures to make those programs less secret, and there’s talk of denying funding and refusing to continue authority for the snooping.
The anxiety is a sharp contrast to June’s wait-and-see attitude after Edward Snowden, a government contract worker, leaked highly classified data to the media. The Guardian newspaper of Britain reported on a program involving cellphone records. The Guardian and The Washington Post said another program allowed the government access to the online activity of users at nine
Yeah, that’s the ticket — Nampa police get shorts
Doctor fights license revocation The Idaho Board of Medicine last year filed a complaint against Richard J. Pines, who was accused of inappropriate contact with a former psychiatric patient, as well as with former foster and respitecare children. He also was accused of prescribing drugs to a woman with whom he had a sexual relationship. Pines, whose license was revoked on June 4, worked in multiple places, including Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He had been licensed since 1997.
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WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO, IDAHO? Fly away Few things get Boiseans talking more than travel. Our Friday story about the airport’s effort to land a nonstop East Coast flight got us wondering where readers want to go. Within a few hours, people shared their wish lists on our Facebook page. Top destinations New York’s airports, followed by Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore also got votes — as did L.A. and New Orleans, which have coasts, just not the East.
“ ... Dr. Pines engaged in sexual contact with these boys … by means of false representation that the sexual contact is for bona fide medical purpose by a physician.” IDAHO BOARD OF MEDICINE
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Internet companies. Obama administration officials quickly provided briefings about the programs, which continue to have some strong defenders. “People at the NSA in particular have heard a constant public drumbeat about a laundry list of nefarious things they are alleged to be doing to spy on
A Boise child psychiatrist was accused of sexual misconduct with four teenage boys.
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Said Dee Berry: “Miami — Fort Lauderdale! Don’t think of now, think February.” Thinking it out Said Ross Cantelo: “NY as a gateway to New England and Europe, BWI as a major hub and proximity to both Balt and DC, and ATL to get to Florida and Caribbean.”
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Nampa Officer Dan Wyatt prepares to enter his patrol car Friday after leaving his department’s headquarters. With temperatures near or in the 100s in the Treasure Valley in the heart of summertime, the ability to wear shorts is seen as a cool change by many on the police force. BY KATIE TERHUNE firstname.lastname@example.org © 2013 Idaho Statesman
Dan Wyatt, a Nampa police officer, knows working in the patrol division isn’t always comfortable. Officers might have to stand in the hot sun for long periods of time at the site of a car accident, or sprint after a fleeing suspect. So in a month that has set one record for high temperatures al-
Uniform change breaks tradition but is welcomed
bury’s decision to allow officers to forgo the traditional longpants uniform went into effect July 3. With shorts now an option, a number of officers have embraced them amid yet another ready, he’s grateful for his new Treasure Valley heat wave. The wardrobe. high was 103 on Friday, and it “I hope it catches on, because will be weeks before daytime I sure enjoy wearing the temperatures dip below 90. shorts,” Wyatt said. Police Chief Craig KingsSee NAMPA, A12
The Board of Medicine alleged that Pines “engaged in sexual misconduct or contact” with a high school senior who was a former foster child of the doctor’s. He told the 18-year-old that he needed to do a physical exam on him to earn medical certification. Pines “admittedly gave (him) $2,000 after the incident,” the board's complaint said. The complaint also said that Pines provided foster care between 2000 and 2005 to a boy who was born in June 1988, and that Pines told that child he needed to give naked massages to keep his medical license. The former foster child allowed Pines to do the massages after being repeatedly asked, the board said. Pines also admitted to taking naked pictures of a patient at See PSYCHIATRIST, A15
INSIDE TODAY “He used the bully pulpit ... to humanize black men.” WILLIAM JELANI COBB, after President Obama addressed the Martin-Zimmerman case
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Idaho’s State Board of Education, which voted 4 to 3 to allow public hearings on a proposal mandating that high schools require two credits of physical education for graduation, could return in a couple of months and defeat the plan. Board members initially voted to reject the plan before reconsidering and agreeing to ask the public its opinion. The board said, generally, that the state should let districts develop their own PE requirements. Members also worried about diverting resources to meet the demands for physical education,
The event has its usual array of attractions and animals; plus, you can ride a camel. rides, concerts — and food, of course.
More than 16,000 entries in 21 different departments are judged annually. “Everything from BY KATY MOELLER Hans Bruijn cows to cookies, and firstname.lastname@example.org alpacas to zinnias,” © 2013 Idaho Statesman said Hans Bruijn, a longtime The 10-day Western Idaho Fair Dutch-American dairy farmer who attracts about 250,000 visitors has supervised the fair’s premium each year, and part of the fun for office for the past seven years. many is the contests. Bruijn oversees the approxi-
mately 250 people the fair brings in to make sure things get judged promptly — most before the fair gates open — and the $150,000 in prize money is paid out. Many prizes are worth just $3 to $5. But some, including for dairy cattle, are more than $100. Bruijn works from early in the morning until the fair shuts down See FAIR, A8
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U.S. walks fine line on Egypt With violence roiling the Mideast nation, Obama cancels a joint military event but refuses to cut off aid. BY LESLEY CLARK AND HANNAH ALLAM STATESMAN WASHINGTON BUREAU
The United States on Thursday advised Americans to leave Egypt but stopped short of abandoning the country, reflecting the Obama administration’s attempt to retain some influence as the situation there deteriorates. President Barack Obama interrupted a Martha’s Vineyard vacation to issue the administration’s sharpest criticism yet of the escalating conflict, calling for the military to lift martial law. “While we want to sustain our See EGYPT, BACK PAGE
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Firefighters light a back burn near Pine while battling the Elk Complex Fire, which is producing smoke that is blowing into the Treasure Valley. Bill Wojcik of the National Weather Service said that most of the smoke that choked Boise on Thursday came from the Elk Complex and the Beaver Creek Fire.
Scientists are flying over Western wildfires to sample the thick smog they produce BY SHANNON DININNY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The researchers already have flown over fires in Washington and Oregon. This week, they traveled to Central Idaho, where a bevy of fires has scorched some 400 square miles (256,000 acres) of grass and forest land. So far, they’re finding that the thick, black smoke emitted when a wildfire is burning hottest tends to have a warming effect on the
The data-gathering campaign is intended to help scientists flesh out one of the least understood areas of climate: the role of aerosols, or particles given off by wildfires, and how they evolve over time, affecting clouds and weather. Biomass burning, such as forest fires and agricultural fires, has long been known to release large amounts of carbon dioxide, a key See SMOKE, A8 greenhouse gas, but less is known about how smoke plumes can af- ELK COMPLEX FIRE GAINS fect the climate. STEAM ROUNDUP, A4
WHY’S THE SMOKE SO BAD IN THE VALLEY? In a scene that is becoming familiar to Boise residents, smoke limited visibility and made breathing less than pleasurable Thursday afternoon. How bad was it? The Department of Environmental Quality upgraded a yellow, or moderate, air quality alert for the Treasure Valley to orange — unhealthy for sensitive groups. The orange alert remains in effect Friday. And no amount of squinting will help with visibility. National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Wojcik said visibility at the airport was just 2 1/2 miles — and probably less Downtown and in the Foothills. Conditions are ripe for smokiness. Wojcik said it is draining into the Treasure Valley, getting trapped in an inversion, and then getting sucked back through Boise by a southeasterly wind. He doesn't offer a lot of hope for those having difficulty. “Hopefully, (the fires) run out of stuff to burn,” he said. Sean Deter
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CONCEALED CARRY AT LEAST 23 STATES TO ACCEPT IDAHO’S PERMIT New process Legislators created an “enhanced” concealed carry training program for firearms owners, in hopes that the extra education would convince more states to honor Idaho’s permits. Twenty-nine states previously accepted Idaho’s basic permit. The Idaho attorney general released an update on responses to the new program Thursday. Which states? Three — Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina — will accept only the enhanced permit. Twenty will honor either concealed carry permit: Alaska, Arizona, Col-
orado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. Holdouts California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont have declined to honor Idaho’s permits. The other 16 states are up in the air. More information To read reciprocity deals or states’ denials, find links through IdahoStatesman.com.
INSIDE TODAY “At times we find ourselves on the wrong side of the line.” SENIOR NSA OFFICIAL, addressing legal infractions at the agency
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Bears fan Dean Donlon, one of three Graterhead LLC owners, sports one before the Monday Night Football game in Green Bay.
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Buddies from Boise turn their Chicago Bears fandom into a business that is riding high after Monday Night Football. BY BRIAN MURPHY firstname.lastname@example.org © 2013 Idaho Statesman
Jeran Dahlquist’s love of the Chicago Bears — and his dislike of their NFL rivals, the Green Bay Packers — sparked an idea many years ago. On Monday night, at the Packers’ hallowed Lambeau Field and in front of a national ESPN audience, Dahlquist’s creation became an instant sensation. Online sales of the Graterhead — foam headware that looks like a giant cheese grater, meant to mock the Packers’ famous Cheesehead — took off during the game and See GRATERHEAD, BACK PAGE
Idaho Power still making its case for coal Critics tell utility regulators that the company, which has nearly 500,000 customers, isn’t coming clean on costs. BY ROCKY BARKER email@example.com © 2013 Idaho Statesman
Idaho Power told its customers this month that coal is going to be a major source of electricity for “years to come” based on “what we know today.” For that to happen, the company must invest $130 million in pollution-control equipment for the Jim Bridger coal-fired power plant near Rock Springs, Wyo. Idaho Power didn’t have to go to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to get permission to make the investment paid for by its customers. But the utility, serving people and See COAL, BACK PAGE
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Bob Henry hugs his wife, Jane, at their Nampa home Tuesday night after his narrow win over incumbent Mayor Tom Dale.
The challenger taps into voter anger over taxes, urban renewal
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“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” a shocked Henry said as he watched the last results trickle in late Tuesday night. “My Nampa City Councilman Bob Henry whole career just changed.” decided to take on longtime Mayor Henry, who has owned an insurance Tom Dale because he did not agency for 35 years, said he didn’t like the direction the city was think Dale took him seriously as a headed. candidate. But while knocking on He knew that Dale, elected in doors, Henry got the sense that 2001, hadn’t faced a serious convoters were taking him seriously. tender in his 12-year reign, but “People are mad. They are Henry was determined to give it Tom Dale mad about taxes. They are mad his best shot. about urban renewal,” Henry “I did not take this lightly,” Henry said. said. See NAMPA, A5 He beat Dale by 113 votes. BY CYNTHIA SEWELL email@example.com © 2013 Idaho Statesman
Inside today Æ See the Tuesday election results. A5 Æ Boise incumbents are top in spending. A4 Æ Photos from Election Day. A4 Æ Christie wins New Jersey governor’s race, McAuliffe wins in Virginia. A7 Get more results Æ At IdahoStatesman.com, see the final results from the Valley and around the nation. Æ In Thursday’s Statesman, we wrap up the election and look ahead to what’s next.
Google’s barges keep the conspiracy theorists busy A project in San Francisco Bay has everyone guessing, and has many wondering whether the company thought things out properly.
risdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy. Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked barges instead of on BY MARTHA MENDOZA land, where city building permits and pubTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS lic plans are mandatory. Construction beSan Francisco’s mayor says he doesn’t came obvious a few weeks ago. know what it is. Police say it’s not their juThe Internet giant’s actions appear legal.
But the mystery surrounding the bulky floating project — and a similar one off Maine — is generating rumors and worries. Privacy experts, environmentalists and legal authorities say that whether it is a store to sell Google’s Internet-connected glasses, a data storage center or something else, the secrecy might backfire, because See GOOGLE, A12
SHARING THE ROAD: LEARN TO DO YOUR PART MEETING FOCUSES ON IMPROVING BIKE, PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
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concerned about the recent spike in crashes injuring bicyclists and pedestrians will present ways to make the streets safe for everyone.
Separately, the Boise Police Depart-
What prompted this? Three pedestrians were killed this year and another was seriously injured. Since early October, two bicyclists have been struck and killed. Another was injured in a hit-and-run, and a girl riding a bicycle in North Boise last week ran a stop sign and collided with a car.
ment began a month of selective foot patrols Tuesday to emphasize pedestrian safety.
The meeting starts at 6 tonight at the offices of the Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St.
More inside Editorial page editor Robert Ehlert weighs in on the issue, and the importance of everyone sharing the road safely. OPINIONS, A13
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Megaload traveling megaslowly Idaho will charge the shipper much less than Oregon for its journey across the Gem State. BY CYNTHIA SEWELL firstname.lastname@example.org © 2013 Idaho Statesman
Omega Morgan shipping company planned for the 450-ton load of oil refinery equipment to depart Umatilla, Ore., Dec. 1 and arrive
near Homedale around Dec. 8, a 315-mile trip. After 12 days on the road, the load has traveled just 110 miles. The first night protesters stalled it; since then, Mother Nature has been the culprit. On Friday morning it parked south of
IDAHO INSURANCE PLANS GET YEAR’S REPRIEVE What was announced? Regence Blue Shield and Blue Cross of Idaho will extend their health care plans that once faced Jan. 1 cancellation. Who is affected? About 100,000 people with either individual or smallgroup insurance plans with the two providers.
Dale, Ore., after traveling just 5 sands oil development. For the miles the night before. Oregon leg of the three-state journey, the shortest one, Omega MorPAYING THE TAB gan is paying the state at least Oregon, Idaho and Montana’s $29,000. In Idaho and Montana, the transportation departments are re- tab is much lower. sponsible for permitting and monEach state charges for a permit itoring the shipment while it and a fee based on miles traveled makes its 1,200-mile journey to the and axle weight: Oregon’s 315-mile Canadian border and then on to its trip costs about $2,330; Idaho's 475final destination, Alberta’s tar mile trip will cost $5,634; Montana
is still reviewing Omega's proposed 400-mile route and estimates its permit and fees will be about $5,000. Oregon also is requiring the hauler to reimburse the state for any additional costs, including having an ODOT employee accompany and monitor the load. See MEGALOAD, A11
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Why were the plans going to be canceled? The companies expected to have to offer new plans that complied with the Affordable Care Act. In November, President Barack Obama delayed the deadline one year due to massive technical problems with the program’s website. What about Idaho? Gov. Butch Otter asked insurance companies Dec. 3 to extend their current plans but left the decision to those companies.
HO-HO-HOLY COW! BRITNEY SPEARS CRASHES LOCAL HOLIDAY PARTY Whaaaaat? The pop
star surprised hundreds of Bodybuilding.com employees and spouses Friday by appearing on stage at the Revolution Concert House and Event Center in Garden City. It was the company’s Winter Celebration. Was it a shock? Totally. At the end of an awards presentation, a video clip of CEO Ryan DeLuca showed him saying he hoped someday to be successful enough to meet Spears. Then — boom! — she appeared in the flesh and started singing, flanked by two dancers. Spears even sang happy birthday to him. Um, wait a minute Does anyone remember her having an Adam’s apple? The true surprise It wasn’t Spears. It was that dude Derrick Barry — the Britney Spears impersonator from NBC’s “America's Got Talent.” But that didn’t stop the duped holidayparty crowd’s jaws from hitting the floor. “EVERYBODY had their phone up,” RevCenter marketing director Kristine Simoni says.
Wasn’t the real Spears seen in Idaho in 2007? No, that was anoth-
er prank — by a radio station. Nobody actually spotted Britney Spears at a Jack in the Box in Nampa. We promise. But we’re pretty sure we saw Santa Claus there. Michael Deeds
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Boise State’s new football coach Bryan Harsin, center, talks with supporters Friday after his introduction in the Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery. Harsin, 37, previously played and coached at Boise State.
Boise native Bryan Harsin is back to coach his clear he’s returning for more than just a homealma mater. “It feels great to be home,” Harsin coming. told a crowd of fans and boosters Friday. “I took this job because Boise State is an elite But the former Boise State football player, as- job with tremendous potential,” Harsin said. sistant coach and offensive coordinator made it Full coverage, Sports, S1
Hit-and-run driver sent to prison Alan Beavers is still recovering from injuries sustained when John French’s pickup hit him in Garden City. snowboarding accident or whether he had been in an airplane accident,” Monty Alan Beavers spent a month Beavers said. in a coma after he was His parents would struck in a crosswalk explain that he was hit while crossing Chinden by an automobile. The Boulevard on Aug. 24. next day, Beavers would After the 24-year-old forget and they’d go came to, he didn’t reover it again. member anything about John Taylor Beavers’ 33 injuries the incident, his parents, French included multiple seriMonty and Anita ous Beavers, said Friday. “He would ask about a See HIT AND RUN, A11 BY JOHN SOWELL firstname.lastname@example.org © 2013 Idaho Statesman
Boehner jabs at tea party dramatize GOP split Mainstream lawmakers increasingly question the motives and goals of conservative activists. BY CARL HULSE NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON — While Speaker John Boehner was harsh in his public criticism of conservative advocacy groups opposed to a new bipartisan budget deal, his attack on the organizations was even more pointed when he was behind closed doors. “They are not fighting for conservative principles,”
Boehner told rank-and-file House Republicans during a private meeting Wednesday as he lambasted the groups for piling on against the plan before it was even made public. “They are not fighting for conservative policy,” he continued, according to accounts of those present. “They are fighting to expand their lists, raise more money and grow their organizations, and they are using you to do it. It’s ridiculous.” Representatives of the activist groups dismissed that See GOP, A9
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