Gov. Otter to lead Twin Falls groundbreaking
The project is funded with federal stimulus money and is estimated to sustain or create approximately 500 jobs.
Joining the governor were Idaho Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John McGee, Rep. Leon Smith, Twin Falls Mayor Lance Clow and Glanbia Inc., President and CEO Jeff Williams.
The project will reduce congestion, speed commerce and improve local shopping opportunities by providing a bypass for motorists and commercial traffic traveling past Twin Falls.
ITD's Kacie McDonald and horse add spark to BSU home games
The crowd included some 30,000 fans whose focus on football was interrupted every time the Boise State Broncos scored a touchdown or field goal in their non-conference match up with Miami University of Ohio.
The more the Broncos score, the harder the workout for Kacie and Kade, a 12-year-old registered Quarter horse. Together they lead the Broncos onto the football field before each home game and circle the track after each score. The black gelding didn’t have much of a chance to break a sweat in his first outing of the year when BSU beat the University of Oregon 19-8.
That changed Saturday when the tandem ushered the Broncos into the stadium and then encircled the fabled blue turf seven times following touchdowns in BSU’s 48-0 nonconference shutout of the Red Hawks.
The Idaho Legislature appropriated $251 million in state funds to the department before it adjourned in May. ITD administrators, however, indicate current funding sources are about $242.4 million. That represents a shortfall of 3.4 percent, said ITD Acting Director Scott Stokes.
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter this morning (Sept. 25) directed all state General Fund agencies to reduce their current budgets to offset declining revenue. He called for “tiered spending holdbacks based on the nature of each agency’s mission” because income and sales tax revenue to the state’s General Fund is significantly lower than anticipated.
Although ITD is not a General Fund agency and derives most of its revenue from federal and state fuel tax receipts and vehicle registration fees, the department is not immune to declining revenue, Stokes explains.
NHTSA also awarded ITD $100,000 to support efforts to reduce deaths and serious injuries related to motorcycles. The funds can be used to fund motorcycle safety education programs and motorcycle awareness programs. Awards were made to states that implement effective programs to reduce the number of crashes involving motorcyclists.