End of session confession

April 13, 2014

I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. That line has been used in jest to illustrate how rough the sport can be. I seriously thought the same dynamic might be in play this legislative session but there was little if any high sticking. It’s not that the first three months of the year are some kind of Boise blood sport but variables in play made this year ripe for volatility. Instead, the decorum on the senate side was nothing short of professional and cordial.
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The little engine that does in the first three months of every year is beginning to pick up steam. Rules review is wrapping up and legislation is starting to flow out of committees and onto the House and Senate reading calendars. I’ll touch on just a few of the many issues now in motion.
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Calm before the storm

January 18, 2014

The skies were mostly clear, the winds light and variable, and the temperature mild for late December. I noticed a state truck chugging up a mild grade on I-15 near the Portneuf Gap. The preconditioning mix he was applying to the road is intended to make the anticipated snow less of a burden to remove later. The life span of the application is somewhat finite and should the storm event not occur his efforts will have been in vain.
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Almost simultaneously the three of them dumped their bags onto the living room carpet. The post Halloween effort to sort and inventory the rich haul of candy and treats had begun. The little goblin, witch, and fairy godmother had exacted a rich bounty from the generous folks in the McCammon area.
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Hey, anybody have a match. There we were, 6,500 feet underground at the Lucky Friday silver mine in Wallace Idaho. The hard rock miner leading our group shut all lights off. I’ve never seen such darkness. The irony and appreciation of that experience was amazing.
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I wanted it but it wanted no part of me. My inability to sleep pushed me to the field much earlier than I preferred but I figured I might as well go back and forth in the field as roll back and forth in bed. Besides, I feel behind. My crops need planting and I must finish harrowing before I can start drilling barley.
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