Highlights from 01-28-2013
Man in video didnt break Idaho law
Idaho State Police Capt. Sheldon Kelley says ISP is not seeking to question an unidentified man whose Jan. 10 appearance on an 11-minute security video alarmed lawmakers and prompted security changes.
A number of comments on the Statesmans Sunday story about tightened Capitol security asked about a law enforcement response.
We werent able to identify him because we havent tried to, Kelley said. It wasnt a crime at the time. Thats part of the reason ... to get those changes instituted.
Kelley said discussions include more limits to public access inside the Capitol, which is not part of controversial rules for the buildings exterior and the Capitol Mall, sparked by last years Occupy Boise encampment.
The man was seen on a security video inspecting documents on representatives desks, taking photos of documents and desktops with his cellphone and at one point reaching into a waste bin, removing a paper and returning it to the trash. The man was wearing a sidearm.
Senate confirms Jones successor
Brandon Woolf was appointed to the post in October after controller Donna Jones retired to focus on rehabilitating from injuries suffered in an auto accident. Jones is a former lawmaker, R-Payette, who was in her second term as controller.
Idahos controller is the chief fiscal officer for state government, with duties ranging from keeping all accounting records to paying state bills and employees.
Woolf served as Jones chief deputy. He intends to seek election in 2014.
The Associated Press
Legislators OK honor for cyclist
The House voted unanimously to honor Kristin Armstrong, the two-time Olympic gold medal cyclist from Boise.
In my estimation, Kristin Armstrong has grit and courage and determination she doesnt give up, said Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise. And she reminds us that the Idaho character is strong and equal to any challenge that we face.
Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, said Armstrong enhances the image of Idaho as a state with a vibrant and active outdoor culture.
Betsy Z. Russell,Spokesman-Review
Director seeks 10% budget bump
Nancy Merrill told budget writers Monday the Department of Parks and Recreation kept all 30 state parks open last year thanks in part to a legion of volunteers who provided 86,000 hours of free work last year.
The departments total budget in 2013 was $32.4 million, with most of the revenue coming from park fees, RV registration fees, dedicated funds and federal cash.
The department got $1.3 million from the general fund in 2013. Merrill asked for a boost Monday, requesting $2.8 million, an increase of 9.7 percent.
Gov. Butch Otter is recommending $1.35 million for the agency.