Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on November 21, 2014
Ken Cole of Boise tells the story of his great-grandfather Walter Cole who accompanied Robert Limbert on his 1921 and 1921 explorations of what is now Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.
We'll have more on this and Craters of the Moon Sunday in the Idaho Statesman.
Posted by Rocky Barker on November 17, 2014
Solar power is a real deal right now and Idaho Power got state approval for two sales contracts with developers.
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved the two contracts Friday for the two projects - one in Kuna and a second in Grand View - that would produce 120 megawatts, enough power to serve 83,000 average-sized homes. The projects are scheduled to be completed in 2016.
The approval comes as Idaho Power has asked the PUC to vote on another 11 solar projects with the potential to produce 281 megawatts at a 20-year cost of nearly $1 billion. This expansion of solar power comes from Idaho Power’s requirement under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act to provide an open market for power developers who can sell them power at the same cost they would pay to build their own natural gas plant.
Posted by Rocky Barker on November 14, 2014
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved Idaho Power's energy efficiency spending but withheld judgment on whether the utility is doing enough on managing demand.
Posted by Rocky Barker on November 11, 2014
Doug Scott, who worked closely with the late Idaho Sen. Frank Church and Idaho conservationists on campaigns to establish the River of No Return Wilderness in 1980 as well as Hells Canyon, and Gospel Hump will speak Friday at the Hoff Building.
Posted by Rocky Barker on November 10, 2014
Initiatives in Custer and Fremont counties came out overwhelmingly against national monument designation. But it only makes the case to conservationists they have no other choice but the Antiquities Act.
Posted by Rocky Barker on November 7, 2014
As federal wildlife managers decide on whether to place stronger protections on sage grouse Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack honored a group of ranchers and conservationists for protecting a big chuck of habitat.
Posted by Rocky Barker on October 31, 2014
Today is the 100th birthday of the late Gov. Robert Smylie.