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Mother Earth Brew Co. Setting Up Shop in Nampa, Idaho

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In the next year, California beer will be coming to Nampa, Idaho in a big way.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 6, 2015

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Today in New West news: Bozeman Fiber is putting in 23 miles of fiber infrastructure, an Idaho timecard software company receives a huge investment, an Albuquerque-based IT firm is expected to double revenue next year, and the Denver Office of Economic Development compiles a funding guide for entrepreneurs.

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In Idaho, a Controversial Health Care Bill Passes Senate

Despite bipartisan opposition primarily focusing on end-of-life services, the health care workers "conscience bill," which purportedly lets professionals deny making certain medications and services available based on their personal moral beliefs -- but which critics say is an attack against birth control for women -- passed the Senate on a 21-13 vote. “The intent of this legislation is not to restrict or limit in any way health care services to women or men in Idaho,” said sponsor Senator Chuck Winder, R-Eagle. When opponents brought up the fact that rural areas might already have a limited number of health care professionals to choose from, Winder responded that a survey supporters had performed of rural health care providers found that some of them didn't provide those medications and services anyway.

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Keith Allred to Form Committee for Idaho Governor’s Race as Democrat

Keith Allred of Eagle is expected to appoint a political treasurer and file the required C-1 form with the Secretary of State which will mark him as a Democratic candidate for governor in 2010, NewWest.Net has learned. Allred, a public policy negotiator and leadership expert who has won respect and praise from both parties, can’t officially file for office until March 8, but a preliminary fundraising committee is the usual signal that a candidate will run. Until now, Allred hasn't claimed membership in any political party and has based his work with Idaho lawmakers on his declared nonpartisan status. Fifth-generation native Idahoan Allred, executive director of The Common Interest in Boise - a nonprofit, nonpartisan good-government organization - is a respected Statehouse figure who has worked at brokering compromises between political parties and competing interests in the state legislature. His private business, Allred Solutions, is “a training, consulting, and mediation practice which helps public and private sector clients achieve solutions to difficult problems and controversies.”

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Clap on One and Three, Go to Jail

Dear owners of Pengilly's Saloon in Boise, My friends and I often spend an evening of music at Pengilly’s. It’s a wonderful place and we thank you for keeping it as it has been for more than a century. In fact, we remember when you could choke in there from the smoke of a thousand Democrats. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Idaho ‘Innovation’ — More of the Same?

The big news event out of Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's Innovation Summit today at Boise State University was the announcement of a $5 million grant to Micron to help it develop light-emitting diode (LED) technology. While the money was awarded by the state, it comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), commonly referred to as the federal stimulus package. Otter, as well as Scott DeBoer, Micron's Vice President of Process Research and Development, praised the announcement as supporting green technology, as well as providing new jobs for Idahoans. "Through our 30-year history, the success of Micron and the state of Idaho have been closely tied," DeBoer said. That's the problem.

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Idaho Republicans Should Step Up and Denounce Threatening Language

UPDATE, Friday Aug. 28, 9:45 AM: Rammell released this: "Due to the large amount of press concerning his statement Dr. Rammell would like to clarify his comment: 'Anyone who understands the law, knows I was just joking, because Idaho has no jurisdiction to issue hunting tags in Washington D.C.'" You’ve probably heard that Jared Hopkins, reporter from the Twin Falls Times-News, reported in another one of his scoop-them-all stories that at a Republican fundraiser Wednesday in Twin Falls, Idaho Republican candidate for governor Rex Rammell gave a speech. Hopkins wrote, “After an audience member shouted a question about ‘Obama tags’ during a discussion on wolves, Rammell responded, ‘The Obama tags? We'd buy some of those.’” Rammell told Hopkins it was a joke. Let’s start with some basics. What would Rammell’s mother say? Mine would have said, “Threatening the President is a felony, and you will never say anything like that again. Clear?” What would Rammell’s father say? Mine would have said, “I expect you to take this matter seriously. And if you ever hear anyone make a statement threatening the President, you will loudly object and then call the police.” Dad meant the law enforcement experience to make an impression on the person who threatened the President and thought it was funny, not to have the threatener arrested.

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Difficult Days in Boise, Idaho

These are emotional days for a lot of people in Idaho. In one afternoon, a serial killer was sentenced to two life terms for murdering two young Idaho men, and two horrifying arrests were made for the murder of a little Boise boy. When the news of Tuesday afternoon’s arrests in the murder of eight-year-old Robert Manwill of Boise hit the internet and airwaves, it was nothing Boiseans didn’t expect, but still very painful for not only the thousands of sorrowful volunteers who spent days searching for Robert, but his father, his extended family and thousands of others, including me. That the prime suspects are Robert’s own mother and her boyfriend is sickening. Wednesday, both were charged with first-degree murder and the repeated violent torture of the little boy.

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Taking a Lesson in Boise Public Transit

There's a Northwest city. The population of its metropolitan area is 272,000. Government is one of the larger employers. It has a major university with a large, popular football team, in which the entire state takes pride. And as described by Wikipedia, "The city is also noted for its natural beauty, activist political leanings, alternative lifestyles, recreational opportunities (especially bicycling, rafting, and kayaking), and focus on the arts." The city isn't Boise. It's Eugene, Ore. And it has one major difference from Boise: it spends four times as much per capita on public transit than Boise does. What does that look like?

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Boise’s Vista Interchange Project Includes Beautification

Having once written that Boise’s Vista Boulevard, a main artery into the city from the interstate, was a “tasteless trail of trashiness,” I’m happy to hear that the Vista Interchange project broke ground this morning. In a press release, Governor Otter said, “For thousands of people a day, the Vista Interchange is the Treasure Valley’s gateway to commerce. It provides a primary link from Idaho’s largest airport to our largest metropolitan area. It’s the first part of Idaho that many people see on the ground, so it plays an important role in our efforts to attract and retain quality employers who provide the kinds of careers our people need.” Anybody who follows Idaho politics knows that Otter is a madly enthusiastic road-builder, and has spent a lot of political capital fighting for the money he thinks is needed. There is a backlog of road and bridge repair and new construction of over $240 million dollars in the state, and the past two legislative sessions have been mighty power struggles between the governor and the legislature to allocate money to address it.

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