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Vickie Holbrook
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 9:48 pm

In every situation there's often a lesson to be learned.

If you are a government official, you should never say you have "confidential sources" to the press or anyone else for that matter.

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said just that when a reporter asked whom he consulted about his education reform plan.

When you use those words, you automatically are begging...read more


Friday, February 25, 2011 - 12:42 am
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I suspect something has been brewing since the day Idaho Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Luna unveiled his education reform plan in January.

And the heat just got turned up a bit with Wednesday's Senate passage of two of the bills that provide the cornerstones of a sweeping overhaul of Idaho education program.

Will a lawsuit be filed if the education reform bills are adopted?

The bills...read more


Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 10:51 pm

If you want to catch up or review past stories and documents related to the John Bujak case, we've made it simple for you. We have a collection of stories that start with the news that the former prosecutor planned to detail how $200,000 of the Nampa misdemeanor prosecution contract that Bujak entered into would be spent.

Bujak hyped the fact that his office could save the city of Nampa...read more


Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 12:09 am
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Monday's paper took me back in time. A striking photo of President Ronald Reagan dominated the front page. He would be 100 years old on Friday. A centennial celebration is planned in California and one local young man will participate.

What an opportunity for 18-year-old Colin Mansfield. The West Point student and son of local political activist and blogger Dennis Mansfield serves on the...read more


Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 12:25 am

President Obama's speech was nearly 7,000 words. It was eloquent, thoughtful and deliberate. He certainly reached out to both parties and continued to demonstrate a willingness to find compromise. Strip away the excess and here are five key points.

  1. Obama took bold steps when he proposed a five-year freeze on nondefense spending that would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade. He said he would work with lawmakers on deeper budget cuts, threatened to veto bills that harbor pet projects. He wants a simple tax code and he wants Congress to end oil company subsidies and tax breaks for the rich.
  2. The president wants more investments in biomedical research, information technology and clean energy technology. His challenge: Put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 and shift to 80 percent of U.S. electricity from clean energy sources, including nuclear and clean coal as well as solar and wind
  3. He defended the health care law, but expressed a willingness to improve the law and he's ready to reform medical malpractice.
  4. The president promised to merge, consolidate and reorganize the federal government, a proposal that he would submit to Congress for a vote.
  5. Finally, Obama challenged Democrats and Republicans, who ignored party lines and sat together during the presidential address, to work together.

"What...read more


Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 11:55 pm
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There's been some chatter in Idaho about the inane idea that pets should be restrained in your vehicle. According to our local legislators, this is not on their radar.

But Oregon is. The Idaho Press-Tribune published an Associated Press article out of Los Angeles last Friday. I've included it below.

In Oregon, lawmakers will vote in the next few months on a bill that proposes a $90...read more


Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 11:35 pm
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If the Idaho Legislature adopts a law that prohibits texting while driving, is it one more step toward making Idaho a "nanny" state? Do we need a law to regulate every form of stupidity?

So far, 29 states have adopted some form of regulated use of your cell phone while driving. Idaho didn't get a law in the books last session. But it was close.

Canyon County Sen. John McGee plans once...read more


Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Conservative talk show host Austin Hill will air his radio show today live from the Idaho Press-Tribune newsroom. The public is welcome to watch the KIDO 580 crew produce the show between 3 and 6 p.m. at the Idaho Press-Tribune, 1618 N. Midland Blvd., Nampa.

Idaho Superintendent Tom Luna will be the guest during the 3 p.m. hour to discuss his education proposal that would create wide, sweeping changes...read more


Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 12:15 am

I'll be joining blogger Dennis Mansfield and Idaho's Statesman Kevin Richert on the Austin Hill talk show in the 5 p.m. hour today on KIDO - 580. So listen in.

The Idaho Press-Tribune editorial board will also get a chance Friday afternoon to get the nitty-gritty on Idaho Superintendent Tom Luna's plan for education funding. He unveiled it Wednesday in Boise. Here's the story...read more


Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 12:05 am

As soon as the e-mail crossed my computer screen, I knew we had a hot-button issue. The subject line said: Planned Parenthood complaint letter to Board of Pharmacy. Read the story here and see the complaint. But the more I dug into the issue, the more troubled I became.

Do you remember the law that the Idaho Legislature adopted in 2010?

Dubbed the Idaho Conscience law, the law protects health...read more


Friday, January 7, 2011 - 11:28 am

If you plan to watch today's inauguration of Idaho's elected leaders, tune into Idaho Public Television's Idaho Reports. Thanh Tan will host the show that starts at noon today and she's invited yours truly and University of Idaho Political Scientist David Adler to provide some sideline commentary for viewers. The Idaho Press-Tribune will also cover the event and post to idahopress.com...read more


Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 12:51 am

I don't make New Year's resolutions very often. And I rarely share them with readers. But I resolved to keep up my blog in 2011. It's been months since I posted. The list of reasons (excuses) is pretty long, but the No. 1 reason was I took a five-month departure from my regular routine to serve as interim publisher for the Idaho Press-Tribune. That stint ended on Oct. 3 when former advertising...read more


Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 11:22 pm
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Photo by: Greg Kreller

Congratulations to Chris Harris, who retired after 39 years of working at the Canyon County Courthouse. She holds the record for the most years of continued service for Canyon County government. We featured her in our Monday newspaper. But Chris didn't just work for the county. Many would say she was the quiet doer in the background, always making sure everything was correct.

She was an...read more


Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 1:27 pm
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Photo by: Design by Randy Lavorante and Photo by Greg Kreller

I've spent several hours this past week reading stories from the past. I feel as if I've stepped back in time, watching the sagebrush covered area from the Emmett Valley to Silver City and Jordan Valley and back around to Parma grow into the vibrant Treasure Valley of today. This year's Cavalcade pays tribute to the Idaho families who shaped local communities

Our reporters visited with...read more


Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 10:00 am

We were braced for cuts, and even editorialized that although unfortunate, school budget cuts were unavoidable.

But when the ax fell Wednesday, the cries of devastation were deafening.

We won't know the real impact until local school districts sharpen their pencils and whittle their local budgets.

For the Nampa School District, it's a $5.1 million reduction in funding for the next...read more



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Managing Editor Vickie Holbrook comments on newspaper issues, explains our decision-making processes or passes on insight, background or insider information that doesn't make it into print.
Even more importantly, it gives you, our readers and Web visitors, a chance to ask questions and offer feedback in an open forum.
Vickie has worked at the Idaho Press-Tribune for 31 years, starting as a reporter. She was named editor in 1996.

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