Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 24, 2015
The new study led by University of Idaho scientist Edward Garton shows that the number of breeding males counted at grouse-mating sites fell by 56 percent from 2007 to 2013, from 109,990 to 48,641.
The surveys were done by state fish and game agencies, except for Colorado, and the population estimates are from those numbers.
The news is bad for 11 states seeking to develop plans with the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other federal agencies that would keep the grouse from being listed as endangered, an act with ramifications for land uses across the West. It comes as several congressmen are pushing legislation that would delay any listing of the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 22, 2015
April 22, 1970, Earth Day was the day a new epoch began, when humans recognized their ability to reshape the earth on a geologic scale.
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 21, 2015
Environmental group says Ada County doesn’t have pollution permits for discharges into river from Expo Idaho, Les Bois Park.
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 20, 2015
A new study raises doubts the Sheep Experimental Station near Dubois needs the controversial high mountain ranges that conflict with grizzly and bighorn.
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 17, 2015
Two Blaine, Custer County Commissioners joined in support for Rep. Mike Simpson's latest bill to protect the scenic Boulder-White Cloud Mountains wilderness that lies in both counties.
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 16, 2015
An independent review of the charity that aids smade recommendations for more financial controls and accountability after an Idaho Statesman investigation.
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 15, 2015
Republican Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch supported a bill that not only fixed Medicare reimbursements but also provided a two-year extension to the Secure Rural Schools program.