Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on August 25, 2014
Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor will visit the National Interagency Fire Center Tuesday to meet with leaders of the federal fire leadership team.
Connor, who is also in Boise to participate on a panel on water policy with former Interior Secretary and Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, will get briefings on the current fire situation, increasing costs of wildland fire and the challenges presented by a changing climate. Connor’s visit comes after Congress failed to send a bill, modeled on the current disaster cap that funds FEMA and disaster programs, which would keep fire fighting from robbing other programs including proactive fuels management and restoration programs.
The proposal tracks closely with legislation authored by Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho and Reps Mike Simpson of Idaho, a Republican and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, a Democrat.
Posted by Rocky Barker on August 22, 2014
Two separate land and easement sales protect Pahsimeroi River salmon and Hells Canyon wilderness.
Posted by Rocky Barker on August 19, 2014
The first speaker at the first Intermountain Energy Summit says coal has a great future because of the scale of energy demand.
Posted by Rocky Barker on August 15, 2014
Colorful former Idaho Republican Congressman George Hansen died Thursday in a Pocatello hospital at 83.
Posted by Rocky Barker on August 14, 2014
A water policy panel Aug 26, headed by Kempthorne, will look at Idaho and the West, but the world.
Posted by Rocky Barker on August 13, 2014
The American Bar Association recognized Idaho Deputy Attorney General Clive Strong with its 2014 Environment, Energy, and Resources Government Attorney of the Year Award.
Posted by Rocky Barker on August 11, 2014
A story in this week's High Country News is a scathing indictment of southern Idaho's agricultural society.