Thursday: Power, PETA and SnowPack

Two unnamed companies passed on a Boise industrial site because Idaho Power could not deliver enough electricity to them, reports Ken Dey in the Idaho Statesman.

Sen. Larry Craig introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill that would deter local and state governments from using eminent domain to turn active ag land into parks or open space. The move delights a property rights group that boycotted the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in Craig’s defense. Erika Bolstad in the Idaho Statesman.

Craig, Crapo are blocking Bush’s nominee to head the ATF based on concerns about the agency’s heavy handedness. Matthew Daly, AP in The Statesman.

Idaho prisons top PETA list of vegetarian friendly penal colonies? “I haven’t heard any compliments, and I would think there’s probably not a lot of compliments going around about prison food,” said Idaho prisons spokesman Jeff Ray. Betsy Z. Russell. Spokesman Review.

Blue Ribbon Coalition tries to redefine it’s purpose with new, greener by-laws. Skeptics remain. Deanna Darr in the Boise Weekly.

Idaho Transportation Board Okays $250 million in bonds for six highway corridors in the state. Mike Butts. Idaho Press Tribune.

Otter opposes divestment of PERSI funds from companies doing business with Sudan, according to a letter he sent to a University of Idaho student. Lewiston Tribune via AP in Press Tribune.

Canyon County land purchase case goes to Idaho Supreme court. Mike Butts. Press-Tribune.

Snowpack is “sort of below average” according to hydrologist. Matt Christensen. Times-News.

Liquor law review committee reccs may have to wait a year. Jared S. Hopkins. Times-News.

Idaho Education Association meeting with lawmakers on Luna’s proposed teacher pay plan. John E. Swayze. Times-News.

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