Blue Cross of Idaho subject of anti-trust suit

Mitch Coffman Uncategorized

An Idaho woman has filed an anti-trust suit against Blue Cross of Idaho contending it violates anti-trust laws by sectioning off the country into non-competitive regions, reports the ¬†Associated Press in an Idaho Statesman story. Blue Cross contends it has done nothing illegal and will fight the suit, which is being combined with other anti-trust suits filed against the national …

CDA to ask urban renewal for more funds to build city park

Mitch Coffman Uncategorized

On a split vote in which the mayor of Coeur d’Alene ¬†broke the tie, the city plans to ask Lake City Development Corporation (LCDC), an urban renewal district, for another $4.2 million to build a new park, according to a story in the Coeur d’Alene Press. LCDC has already pledged $12 million for the project, but that amount and the …

Idaho school funding formula under the court microscope again

Mitch Coffman Uncategorized

Idaho’s K-12 funding formula for public education has been challenged in court as early as 1990 and, most recently, in October 2012, says a story in the Coeur d’Alene Press that was originally published in the Idaho Falls newspaper. The story lists a number of court challenges and rulings on the formula and how the Legislature has addressed the issue. …

Caldwell irrigation fight could have statewide implications

Mitch Coffman Uncategorized

What began as a local battle between the city of Caldwell and the Pioneer Irrigation District could have statewide ramifications, according to an Associated Press story in the Idaho Press-Tribune. The Idaho Waters Users Association says if the city prevails in its eminent domain action against the district, other irrigation districts in the state could face similar actions. At issue …

Gun stores report spike in sales, concealed weapons requests

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Following the killings Dec. 14 at a school in Connecticut and a renewed national debate on gun control, one north Idaho store says it is experiencing a run on gun purchases as well as classes booked solid for people seeking to carry a concealed weapon, according to a story in the Coeur d’Alene Press. The story says gun dealers across …

Kootenai County wants more information on building private jail

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Commissioners in Kootenai County, faced with inmate overcrowding and the expense of sending its prisoners to other facilities, have taken another step in pursuing construction of a private jail, reports the Coeur d’Alene Press. Rocky Mountain Corrections made a presentation to the commissioners in June. Now the county has asked the private company for more details on funding a jail …