• David Frazier's memoir of Vietnam, "Drafted!", is multilayered - from the days of war in the 60s to return visits as a photography - and as complex as the place itself.
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Transition week is over, as people settle back to work after the holidays – and just before the Idaho Legislature kicks into action. Which it will, on Monday.

The State Board of Education on January 4 announced the process for reviewing teacher evaluations conducted by public school district and public charter school administrators during the 2015-2016 school year.
In 2016, the Idaho legislature directed the State Board to review teacher evaluations.

State Treasurer Ron Crane, who has held that office since 1998, said last week that he would not run for a sixth term in 2018. He had been easily re-elected in recent elections, though he was pressed in his most recent amid changes about spending and fund management.

Senator Jim Risch was named chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The committee oversees the Small Business Administration, small business trade and exporting, veterans and reservist employees, women and minority entrepreneurship, among others.

Clearwater Paper Corporation has announced it has acquired Manchester Industries of Richmond, Virginia, a leading, independently-owned paperboard sales, sheeting and distribution supplier to the packaging and commercial print industries.

PHOTO The scene at Boise State University after snow fell on Boise last week. (photo/Boise State University)

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Things are quieting down for the arrival of Christmas and New Years, but a good deal of legislation is being developed at the Statehouse.

Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown announced her candidacy for Democratic National Committee chair on December 16. Party officers approved a two-month leave of absence and have endorsed her candidacy.

The Pocatello City Council has put its stamp of approval on the Portneuf River Vision Study. At Thursday’s Council meeting, the council voted to approve a non-binding resolution to implement the “Vision Study’s goals and recommendations, as funding and other resources allow.” The resolution also directs Mayor Brian Blad “to establish a Portneuf River Vision Study Implementation Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee.”

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on a draft water quality certification of the federal license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the continued operation of Idaho Power Company’s Hells Canyon Complex.

PHOTO The Australian firm Vie Active opened its down last week in Ketchum, amid some of the first strong snowfalls of the season. Employees celebrate both. (photo/White Cloud Communications)

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Things are quieting down for the arrival of Christmas and New Year, but a good deal of legislation is being developed at the Statehouse.

The Idaho congressional delegation welcomed the news that Gowen Field in Boise is among five candidates to become the home to a new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadron. The decision by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James was announced Wednesday.

Idaho’s standard unemployment insurance tax rate for 2017 will decrease by 6.3 percent to 1.395 percent, down from 1.488 percent in 2016. This follows the rate decrease between 2015 and 2016 of 6 percent.

TO OUR READERS: Next week’s edition will be the last of 2016, as we take a one-week break for the holidays. We’ll return after that on January 2.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree this year came from central Idaho. After making its way around an Idaho tour, it went to Washington D.C., where it was formally lit on December 6. (photo/Senate Republicans, Senator Mike Crapo)

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Our weekly Public Affairs Digest – for Washington, Oregon and Idaho – traditionally have been for sale just by annual subscription. That’s changing.

The annual subscriptions are still available, of course, and are the best way to get the Digests. But we’ll also be selling them as single issues, $1.98 each. Payment through PayPal – if you’re already set up there – takes less than a minute.

Annual subscriptions, as noted, remain the best: As the national publications would put it, you save 41% off the per-issue cost that way. But checking out a few single issues can be a good way to get a sense, for pocket change, of what the Digests have to offer.

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A little over a year ago, we launched a revised public affairs digest – the electronic weekly edition. This week, we make a few changes, some cosmetic and organizational and others substantive. Everything that has been here over the last year remains (sometimes in a different place), but we’re also adding more original material.

Excerpts, for example, have been moved to whatever subject area seems to be most applicable. And we’ve renamed (though not repurposed) several of the sections.

These features will be showing up, from time to time, as warranted.

How things work – We’ll spotlight, from time to time, the processes and ways things work. The actions and decisions of the moment sometimes need a little more context indicating where they fit in the larger picture.

Documents – We’ll highlight some of the key documents and statements of the week, drawing from speeches, court decisions, regulatory findings, press releases, official statements and more.

Fact checks – We’ll take a look at some of the assertions made by official (and unofficial) speakers, and document reports, on various topics, especially as campaign season kicks into gear.

Ripple effects – A look at some of the effects, sometimes subtle, that some of the overt changes could create. Many policy decisions and other actions have a wide range of side effects.

View – Our take on events and trends, with analysis and perspective. We’ll be moving the “our take” feature in the excerpts section to wherever in the issue the subject matter seems most appropriate.

Let us know what you think. The changes aren’t necessarily over.

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