Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on March 27, 2015
A bill that extends funding for rural counties and schools passed the House on a strong bipartisan vote of 392-37 as a part a bill that fixes Medicare payments.
GOP Rep. Raul Labrador voted against the Medicare Access Act, which reforms Medicare payments and extended the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Rep. Mike Simpson joined the bipartisan majority.
“Congressman Labrador has long advocated a lasting solution for Secure Rural Schools,” said his press secretary Dan Popkey. “Attaching two years of SRS funding to a completely unrelated Medicare bill that adds $141 billion to our $18 trillion debt was unacceptable.”
Posted by Rocky Barker on March 25, 2015
The National Parks and Conservation Foundation gives Idaho GOP Rep. Mike Simpson its William Penn Mott Award for supporting parks.
Posted by Rocky Barker on March 24, 2015
Two months after wolves were brought to the national park from Canada, they reluctantly left their cages.
Posted by Rocky Barker on March 19, 2015
Jack Connelly is one of the most prolific published sage grouse researchers but he also has listened to his farm and ranch neighbors as he has laid the groundwork for conservation campaign.
Posted by Rocky Barker on March 16, 2015
If the Forest Service is going to allow a miner to validate its claims to the Golden Hand mine in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, it should make its workers walk the four miles into the site instead of ride ATVs and trucks, conservation groups say.
Posted by Rocky Barker on March 11, 2015
The House Local Government Committee approved a bill that prevents cities from condemning property to build alternative transportation routes like bike trails and greenbelts.