Letters from the West
Posted by ROCKY BARKER on April 30, 2015
It comes as no surprise that Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, two of the jewels in the nation’s crown, bring huge dollars to the surrounding area.
The 3.5 million visitors to Yellowstone National Park in 2014 spent $421 million in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. A study conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz found that Yellowstone supported 6,662 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $544 million.
Grand Teton did even better. Its 2.8 million park visitors spent an estimated $490 million and supported 7,800 jobs for a total of $637 million in economic output.
Posted by ROCKY BARKER on April 29, 2015
Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Resources Committee, says his subcommittee on federal lands will take it up in June or July.
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 29, 2015
Utah Republican Reps. Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop launched the Federal Land Action Group to develop a legislative framework for transferring public lands to local ownership and control.
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 27, 2015
Idaho will get $26 million for local schools and roads as part of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act approved again by Congress earlier this month and supported by three of four of Idaho delegation.
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 24, 2015
The news is bad for 11 states seeking to develop plans that would keep the grouse from being listed as endangered, with ramifications across the West.
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.