Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 27, 2015
A dam removed by the Bureau of Land Management on a tributary of Rattlesnake Creek north of Mountain Home was one of 72 removed nationally in 2014.
The Hoffman Duffy Dam, an earthen dam 9.5 feet high and 570 feet long that created a retention pond for seasonal runoff, was removed in October to protect downstream residents and a nearby highway. A smaller impoundment was maintained for migratory birds and antelope.
In the last 20 years 971 dams have been removed, a part of a massive river restoration effort that continues. More than 730 miles of streams were restored by dam removal in 2014. Pennsylvania topped the list for the 12th year in a row.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 26, 2015
Idahoans are climbing off the fence to express their preference for what Congress or President Obama should do about the Boulder-White Clouds.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 23, 2015
The big news is that roads currently open to vehicles, or trails currently open to two-wheeled motorized use would stay open.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 22, 2015
Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, and Rick Johnson, director of the Idaho Conservation League, talk Jan. 28 about the Boulder-White Clouds.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 21, 2015
Conservation groups hope to show President Obama there is strong local support for proclaiming the Boulder-White Clouds and the East Fork of the Salmon River a national monument.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 20, 2015
Economists Mike Ferguson said the combination of low incomes and lower income inequality means Idaho would fare better than most states if taxes raised on rich and cut for middle class.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 12, 2015
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter proposed spending $750,000 for sage grouse conservation so the bird is not listed as an endangered species.