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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.

Huckabee kicks off Idaho Republican convention

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is kicking off Idaho's Republican convention in front of hundreds of state delegates charged with selecting a new state chairman and amending the GOP platform.

The convention is taking place in Moscow, Idaho, over the next three days.

Huckabee received a warm welcome from the GOP delegates attending the event Thursday

The 2008 presidential contender's speech focused on limiting the federal government and strengthening states' rights.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will speak later at the convention. Paul is known for his libertarian views and is rumored to make a possible run in the 2016 presidential election.

Gem State gubernatorial debate mocked across country

Gem State gubernatorial debate mocked across country

It may have seemed like a Saturday Night Live sketch, but it really was a debate between the men who want to be Idaho's GOP candidate for governor in an event that is now being mocked across the country.

The GOP primary is Tuesday and, according to candidate Harley Brown, Idahoans will choose between, "a cowboy a curmudgeon or a normal guy."

That so-called normal guy Brown referred to is State Senator Russ Fulcher, who is making the rounds before voters hit the polls.

The debate lasted almost an hour, but the most popular highlight reel, just a few minutes long, is what the whole world is watching and it is not a good look for the Gem State.

Two of the candidates, dark horses to put it mildly, are Harley Brown and Walt Bates, provided the entertainment in the forum.

"I am about as politically correct as your proverbial turd in a punch bowl," Brown said during the debate.

"Our forests are like growing tomatoes, well they are pretty red don't pick 'em," Bates said during the debate.

Fulcher said he's not impressed with the spectacle the debate turned into and added he wasn't surprised.

The first woman to lead an Idaho National Guard battalion

The first woman to lead an Idaho National Guard battalion

Idaho National Guard has it's first female battalion leader.  Major Kimberly R. Tschepen has become the first woman to lead an Idaho National Guard battalion; the 145th Brigade Support Battalion.

The battalion has 500 men and women in Lewiston, Orofino, Kamiah, Moscow, Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Post Falls.

Idaho offers unemployment benefits to furloughed workers

Idaho offers unemployment benefits to furloughed workers

The Idaho Department of Labor is prepared to help all federal workers in Idaho furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.

From Idaho Department of Labor:
Federal and contract employees laid off due to the government shutdown are eligible to file for unemployment benefits under the same conditions as all other workers. But should Congress approve back pay for federal employees, those receiving back pay will need to repay any benefits they received.

City of Mullan invites mayor candidates to forum

City of Mullan invites mayor candidates to forum

Due to the number of candidates running for mayor in Mullan this year a citizen's committee has organized a candidate forum for Tuesday, October 22nd. All four candidates have been invited and so far three have confirmed that they will attend.

 

“This is the first time in decades that Mullan has had so many candidates vying for the office of Mayor,” said Clare Drake, Committee Chairperson for the Mayoral Candidate Forum. “We believe it's important for voters to learn more about the candidates, where they stand on issues and what ideas they might bring to the table to improve city services and boost the Mullan economy.”

 

Each candidate will make an opening statement and introduction before a moderator asks the candidates a series of questions in a rotational format. Each candidate will have one minute to respond to each question. Some questions will provide time for rebuttal.

 

Question topics include: