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Senator Crapo plans North Idaho town meetings

Senator Crapo plans North Idaho town meetings

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit north Idaho this week for a continuation of his series of town meetings. The local listening sessions come as the senator also plans another statewide town meeting over the telephone Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time/6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To participate in the senator's telephone meeting Wednesday evening, Idahoans must sign up in advance on Crapo's website at http://www.crapo.senate.gov/media/townhall.cfm.


Crapo's north Idaho schedule includes the following events:

Friday, February 27:


1:30 PM       Hauser        Town Meeting, Embers Restaurant, 12008 N. Woodland Beach Drive


3:00 PM       Dalton Gardens    Town Meeting, Dalton Gardens City Hall, 6360 North 4th Street.


Saturday, February 28:


Governor calls for statewide moment of silence for Moscow shooting victims

Governor calls for statewide moment of silence for Moscow shooting victims

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is asking Idahoans to take a few minutes on Wednesday, January 13th, at 12:00 p.m. PST, to remember the victims, their families and friends, and the community of Moscow after a series of shootings last Saturday by a lone gunman.

“It is important that everyone in Idaho take time in the wake of this horrendous act to remember those who have lost their lives and offer our support to the families, friends, and Moscow community as they mourn this tragedy,” Governor Otter said. “I ask that all Idahoans observe a moment of silence... to let our friends and families in Moscow know they are in our thoughts and prayers, and that they are not alone in their grief.”

Idaho PTECH Network commits to national push for college opportunity

Idaho PTECH Network commits to national push for college opportunity
The Idaho PTECH Network was invited last week to attend a White House College Opportunity Summit, among 300 of the most promising efforts recognized nationally to support more college opportunities for students. The December 4th Summit focused on building strong K-12 and community college partnerships, and other collaborative efforts designed to improve college persistence and completion, especially among lower income students. “I was honored to represent Idaho at this Summit that offered insightful discussion among our county’s leading education, business and nonprofit leaders,” said Alan Millar, Idaho PTECH Network Executive Director.

Secretary of State candidate launches smartphone app for election

Secretary of State candidate launches smartphone app for election

Idaho Secretary of State candidate Holli Woodings announced Tuesday that the Woodings for Idaho team has launched a smartphone app designed to make information about the upcoming November 4 election more accessible.

IdaVotes!, a free app available in the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store, is the essential tool for this year's election.

IdaVotes! provides links to the websites, Facebook pages and background information of federal, state and legislative candidates in the user's home legislative district. It also has maps to polling locations and links to county election websites.

Woodings says she hopes the app encourages greater voter participation in the upcoming election.

“Our communities are stronger when people participate in the civic process,” Woodings said. “This app is designed to give voters convenient information to help make informed decisions in the voting booth.”

Idaho election results by county

Idaho election results by county


State Senator District 5

  • John Carlson (R) - 579
  • Dan Schmidt (D) – 216

State Representative, Position A, District 5

  • Lucinda Agidus (R) - 612
  • Paulette Jordan (D) – 213

State Represenative, Position B, District 5

  • Caroline Troy (R) - 537
  • James Minser (D) - 145



State Senator District 1

  • Shawn Keough (R) – 2,413
  • Laura Bry (D) – 387

State Representative, Position A, District1

Local Idaho schools to receive grant funding for technology programs

Local Idaho schools to receive grant funding for technology programs

Fifteen Idaho schools will receive part of a $3 million technology grant, according to State Superintendent Tom Luna, four of them right here in the inland northwest.

The goal is for the schools to pilot innovative technologies that, if successful, can be duplicated in schools across the state to give teachers the tools they need to help raise academic achievement.

Currently Idaho has the lowest rate of high school graduates heading directly to college, at just over 45 percent. A study also found that over 60 percent of fourth grade students are not proficient in math and reading.

The Idaho State Department of Education reviewed applications from 99 schools across the state, totaling over $26 million in requests for grant funding. The applications covered a broad cross section of schools, made up of varying grade levels, demographics and regions of the state.

Controversy over delegates at Idaho GOP convention

A dispute over the number of delegates counties will be awarded is one of the biggest controversies facing Idaho's Republican convention.

Delegate numbers are critical as established candidates face off against tea party members over control of the party's agenda. Each side is vying for supporters as Republicans vote Friday on adding platform amendments, along with voting on a new state party chair.

One area of contention is how much representation Ada County - which holds one-sixth of the state's voters - will get.

Chairman Barry Peterson says he never received the committee assignments, forcing him only to appoint only four Ada County members to the committees, when it is allowed 34 members to participate on the panels. Ada County isn't the only region to be shorted delegates.

In a committee list obtained by The Associated Press, nearly 25 counties were shorted committee delegates. Meanwhile, another seven were given extra delegates.