Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on February 27, 2015
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Chairman Lindsey Manning signed an historic agreement at the Department of the Interior that will guarantee water rights for the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation on the Nevada-Idaho border while providing certainty for upstream water users.
The agreement specifies tribal rights in relation to upstream water users on the East Fork of the Owyhee River and provides for tribal water development projects. The East Fork runs through both Nevada and Idaho but it is mostly Nevada interests who were affected.
Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo worked with Democratic Sen. Harry Reid to get $60 million authorized to upgrade the Bureau of Indian Affairs irrigation system tribal members depend on for crops, livestock and other uses. The agreement allows that work, first authorized as part of the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act, to go forward.
Posted by Rocky Barker on February 26, 2015
Identical bills to protect wilderness in the Boulder-White Clouds and head off a national monument proclamation were introduced Thursday in the House and the Senate.
Posted by Rocky Barker on February 25, 2015
The House Resources and Conservation Committee may get a third shot at giving domestic elk breeders access to eastern elk that may carry brainworm, which threatens moose, bighorn and elk.
Posted by Rocky Barker on February 23, 2015
Fisheries Chief Schriever was named Idaho Department of Fish and Game Deputy Director by director Virgil Moore.
Posted by Rocky Barker on February 12, 2015
Miners convinced a majority on the House Resources and Conservation Committee to send on a bill that would ended federal Clean Water Act restriction on gold suction dredges and open designated wild and scenic rivers such as the Middle Fork of the Salmon to miners without permits.
Posted by Rocky Barker on February 11, 2015
Idaho Republican senators and Rep. Raul Labrador are pushing a bill that would require a President get not only Congressional approval but also the state legislature and an environmental impact statement before proclaiming a national monument.
Posted by Rocky Barker on February 9, 2015
Simpson has made some changes to his Central Idaho Economic Development Act but has not yet reintroduced it.