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August 25, 2004




The legal battle between Capital City Development Corp. and Boise Tower developer Rick Peterson took yet another turn this week when CCDC announced it has filed a motion in court seeking immediate restoration of title to the Boise Tower site.

CCDC, Boise's redevelopment agency, took the action in an effort to move the stalled Boise Tower Project forward. If CCDC gets the title back, it intends to proceed with a search for a qualified developer to develop the site as planned at the northwest corner of 8th and Main. Had developer Rick Peterson's plan been accomplished, Boise Tower, at 25 stories, would have been Idaho's tallest building. Unfortunately, after a few years' worth of stalled construction and numerous financial setbacks, the project never got above ground level and remains a huge gaping pit in downtown Boise.


Don Hubble, president of Hubble Homes, and Mayor Dave Bieter announced Tuesday a major contribution by the company to benefit Community House, the community's facility for homeless and at-risk individuals and families.

Hubble Homes will build "Hubble Homes for Community House," a 2,013 square-foot three-bedroom home in its Charter Pointe community a quarter of a mile east of Maple Grove on Lake Hazel, and will donate $123,000, the base sale price of the home, to the Community House.

The project will be a cooperative effort with Hubble Homes and its vendors and contractors.

Hubble Homes also gave the city $100,000 to build the Charles F. McDevitt Skate Park in Meridian three years ago



A trio of Democratic senators wants to know how the Pentagon blew through $8.8 billion in Iraq reconstruction funds.

In a letter sent this week to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon, Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota and Tom Harkin of Iowa demanded a "full, written account" of the $8.8 billion, which was transferred to Iraqi ministries earlier this year by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). "The CPA apparently transferred this staggering sum of money with no written rules or guidelines for ensuring adequate managerial, financial or contractual controls over the funds," the senators wrote. The money came from the Development Fund for Iraq, which receives proceeds from Iraqi oil exports, balances from the United Nations Oil-for-Food program and frozen Iraqi assets. The $8.8 billion in unaccounted funds was uncovered in an audit by the CPA's inspector general that has not yet been released publicly.


"My grandfathers held their own rangeland summits to discuss an invasive species known as Europeans. ... I hope you are more successful than my grandfathers were."

--Shoshone-Paiute Tribe Chairman Terry Gibson during his opening remarks as a panel member at the 2nd annual Rangeland Summit held August 17 and 18 in Boise.

"I don't see a big likelihood of making changes to the Endangered Species Act."

--Senator Mike Crapo at the 2nd annual Rangeland Summit held August 17 and 18 in Boise. Crapo's office has a major reform of the ESA written and ready go, but are waiting for the "right opportunity" to introduce it.

--Compiled by Cynthia Sewell

Note: Due to space constraints, Iraq War stats will not be published this week ... but be assured more people will die.