Letters from the West

  • BLM backs off wolf-coyote killing derby

    Posted by Rocky Barker on November 25, 2014

    Idaho gray wolf

    The Bureau of Land Management yanked the permit of Idaho for Wildlife to hold a wolf and coyote derby on public lands in Idaho after a host of environmental and wildlife groups announced they were preparing to sue.

    The Lewiston-based group has said it will go ahead with the derby on private lands like it did in 2013 where it offered two separate $1,000 prizes for killing the biggest wolf and most coyotes. The event attracted 100 hunters and the ire of the world on Idaho for what critics called a barbaric celebration of hate and killing.

    "We didn't kill any wolves then and we probably won't kill any wolves this time," said Steve Alder, of Idaho for Wildlife.

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  • Snake River dredging goes back to court as barge traffic drops

    Posted by Rocky Barker on November 25, 2014

    The Port of Lewiston has always been promoted as an economic asset to the state that it hopes will bring business to the northcentral region.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin dredging the Snake River by Lewiston Dec. 15 but opponents filed a lawsuit Monday to try to stop them.

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  • Cellulosic nanomaterials poised to transform forest industry

    Posted by Rocky Barker on November 24, 2014

    Cellulose nanofiber composites, like this developed in a Forest Service lab can serve as a base for flexible electronics among many other products

    A new report shows the promise of the commercialization of cellulosic nanomaterials to transform the forest industry.

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  • See a video of the story of Craters' lost explorer

    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.

    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.

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  • PUC approves two solar projects on Idaho Power grid

    Posted by Rocky Barker on November 17, 2014

    An artist rendering of solar panels in the desert.

    Solar power is taking off as Idaho's Public Utilities Commission approves two contracts with Idaho Power and starts the public process on 11 more.

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  • PUC approves Idaho Power energy efficiency spending

    Posted by Rocky Barker on November 14, 2014

    Hells Canyon Dam

    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.

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