Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on April 1, 2015
The Idaho Senate has approved a resolution calling for turning the original Craters of the Moon National Monument into a national park without changing how it is managed.
The resolution, which was written by Republican Rep. Merrill Beyeler of Leadore, is based on a resolution passed by the Butte County Commission. It calls for turning the 54,000 acres of the national monument’s original area — created in 1924 by Calvin Coolidge — into a national park. The county hopes the upgrade would turn Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve into a destination instead of an afterthought for Yellowstone National Park visitors.
The idea to turn Craters of the Moon into a park has been around a while. In the 1980s, then-U.S. Rep. Richard Stallings introduced a bill to elevate the monument and expand its borders.
Posted by Rocky Barker on March 27, 2015
A bill that fixes Medicare payments to doctors included a two-year extension for a program that offsets the loss of timber dollars in rural communities. Rep. Raul Labrador was one of 37 who opposed it.
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.