Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 22, 2014
I returned to Idaho Falls Friday, the town where I raised my kids to speak to its City Club. This is the place Outside Magazine, the journal of Lycra-clad-yuppified-Power-Bar-chomping America, chose as one of its dream towns in 1995 because it "feels like a muddy farm town.”
“Don't try to prove to these people we're hicks,” I wrote in a column Outside republished on their new website then. “They don't want to hear it. It doesn't matter. We're so uncool it's hip. We're the Anti-Aspen.”
And if Idaho Falls still had the feel of a muddy farm town a decade later, I wrote, then it will have succeeded in remaining the great place it was to live. When I returned last week I didn’t find a muddy farm town.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 18, 2014
The Center for Biological Diversity wants grizzly bears reintroduced into Idaho's central wilderness areas.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 17, 2014
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday a rider to the Cromnibus spending bill that prevents final listing in 2015 won't stop her agencies efforts to complete federal land plans to protect grouse.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 15, 2014
Idaho Power decided not to leave the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance after all, in part because it gets to opt out of programs it says its customers don't get enough benefits from.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 9, 2014
Climate scientist Philip Mote tells Idaho Environmental Forum of Idaho's risks from climate change.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 5, 2014
Mining companies and other Nevada groups filed a lawsuit to challenge a settlement that requires the Obama Administration to make a decision on sage grouse listing in 2015.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 4, 2014
A defense bill Congress must pass before it goes home for the holidays includes a provision allowing automatic renewal of grazing permits.