Otter’s cosmetology veto cost his wife a makeup appointment

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Small businesses owners don’t usually pride themselves on work they’ve turned away. But, Sherry Japhet feels proud of the opportunity she recently rejected. Japhet is a veteran in the makeup industry and, according to Idaho laws and regulations, something of a criminal. Because she doesn’t hold a cosmetology licenses, Japhet breaks the law each time she applies makeup to Idaho …

Eastern Idaho city threatens charges against Airbnb hosts

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One Eastern Idaho city has threatened misdemeanor charges against some of its residents if they don’t remove their homes from short-term home rental service Airbnb. Rexburg city zoning ordinances ban residents living in low-density zones from renting spare rooms or entire homes on a short-term basis through services like Airbnb or VRBO.   IdahoReporter.com was forwarded a letter, sent March 10 …

State contractors may have performed illegal cosmetology

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Two contractors hired to style hair and apply makeup at political debates through the last few years may have practiced their craft illegally. In at least 10 instances since 2012, records show licensed cosmetologists hired by Idaho Public Television performed off-site event hair and makeup for pay, likely a breach of the state code. Other documents released show no record …

Fruitland mom on city election interference: “It saddens me”

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Stay-at-home mom Rachel Lindsey told Idaho lawmakers Monday she was less than thrilled when her city used taxpayer funds last fall to print and mail fliers to promote a bond plan. “Paying taxes is never fun, but I am genuinely grateful for the services I receive in return for my tax dollar,” Lindsey told the House State Affairs Committee. “However, …

Idaho pensioners spend thousands to fly snowbird Sullivan to Boise for meetings

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For some, snowbirding offers sunny skies, warmer weather and lots of leisure in places such as Texas, Florida and Arizona. For members of Idaho’s pension system, snowbirding means a little more: They must pay the travel costs of a state agency board member. Since 2012, the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) has spent more than $14,000 to cover …

Senate next to hear bill to block new private groups from state retirement system

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Idaho Senate members will have their chance to decide if the state’s retirement system should continue to allow new private groups and associations to participate in the system. House members passed legislation Wednesday that would block new private groups from taking part in the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho. The measure, officially House Bill 145, passed the House on …