Butch Otter - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Butch Otter Rep. Raul Labrador joins Idaho governor's race BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador on Tuesday joined the growing list of candidates running for Idaho governor in 2018, entering the fray just days after a comment on health care access drew criticism. The fourth-term congressman quietly filed the paperwork to run as a Republican gubernatorial candidate with no public event, ending prolonged spec... Tue, 09 May 2017 23:15:00 GMT 2017-05-09T23:15:00Z Lawmakers halt House over worry about 'global planning' BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House came to a surprise halt Monday after far-right lawmakers took aim at bills to bring the state's notary public procedures in line with other states — measures they fear could erode the nation's and Idaho's sovereignty. That faction of Idaho's GOP tends to be suspicious of bills from the Uniform Law Commission — a group o... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:40:00 GMT 2017-03-07T00:40:00Z Ice jam breaks, allowing some Idaho flood waters to recede BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An ice jam that was blocking the Weiser River near the Idaho-Oregon border has begun to break up, allowing flood waters to start to recede. "Once this ice gets through, that should put an end to the threat," said Steve Penner, spokesman for Washington County's disaster services department. A flash flood damaged sever... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 06:12:00 GMT 2017-02-11T06:12:00Z Idaho governor says Christian refugees deserve priority BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he agrees with President Donald Trump that persecuted Christians should be treated as priority in the U.S. refugee program despite acknowledging that such preference is discriminatory. "It is," Otter said during an interview on Idaho Public Television's Idaho Reports. "(But) we want a safe country." O... Sat, 04 Feb 2017 03:58:00 GMT 2017-02-04T03:58:00Z Correction: Snow-Buildings Collapse story BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In a story Jan. 24 about building collapses due to snow on roofs, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the spokesman for Washington County disaster services. His name is Steve Penner, not Scott Penner. A corrected version of the story is below: Snow-covered buildings collapsing in rare US West weather Buildings in part... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:30:00 GMT 2017-01-25T16:30:00Z At least 4 reported dead in California storms LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sunshine and rainbows alternated with thunderclaps, downpours, snow and hail on Monday as the last in a trio of storms broke up over California after flooding roads and homes and trapping people in swamped vehicles. At least four people died, three were missing and others were rescued from raging floodwaters during the storms. Anguished... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:35:00 GMT 2017-01-24T05:35:00Z Western US sagebrush defense plan will endure, official says BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new wildfire-fighting plan to protect a wide swath of sagebrush country in the Western U.S. that supports cattle ranching and is home to an imperiled bird will likely continue after the Obama administration ends, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. Jewell spoke after receiving her last update at the National Interagency Fir... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:59:00 GMT 2017-01-03T22:59:00Z California governor seeks permanent ban on offshore drilling CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday asked President Barack Obama to permanently ban new offshore oil and gas drilling in the state before he leaves office. If Obama agrees, the edict would set up a potential showdown with the incoming administration of Donald Trump. Brown said he didn't know if Trump would have the authority to overturn a permanent... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 02:56:00 GMT 2016-12-14T02:56:00Z