Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on October 2, 2015
A confrontation between firefighters and ranchers on the Tepee Springs Fire near Riggins this year shows how cultures can collide in rural Idaho.
The Forest Service is investigating a report by a firefighter that he and others were harassed and threatened with guns by landowners. The owners of Mountain View Elk Ranch were unhappy that firefighters weren’t attacking the fire directly in the steep terrain around their ranch and home.
It came to a head when the firefighters walked off the line — as they are allowed to do — after the ranchers confronted federal law enforcement officers who came along with firefighters. The ranchers met them with sidearms on their hips.
Posted by Rocky Barker on September 22, 2015
Rebounding population and plans involving 11 states give feds confidence that bird can survive without endangered species status.
Posted by Rocky Barker on September 18, 2015
Many of the plug-in electric vehicles available in Boise today will be on display Sunday at the MK Nature Center for the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week celebration.
Posted by Rocky Barker on September 17, 2015
Oregonians want to protect 2.5 million acres of the remote, awesome desert landscape only two hours away from Boise. They want legislation but a national monument designation could be in the works.
Posted by Rocky Barker on September 11, 2015
At a time when fish and wildlife issues are especially controversial, the governor took extra time to pick two new members for F&G Commission.