Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 23, 2015
Rep. Mike Simpson released details of his new Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act today with a website.
I'm working on a detailed story for Sunday with the map and reaction from key players. But here are some of the basics:
As before, three new wilderness areas would be created totaling 295,960 acres. The total wilderness acreage would be reduced by 36,968 acres from the original CIEDRA bill that would have created wilderness of 332,928 acres. The big news is that no roads that are currently open to vehicles or trails that are currently open to two-wheeled motorized use would be closed.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 22, 2015
Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, and Rick Johnson, director of the Idaho Conservation League, talk Jan. 28 about the Boulder-White Clouds.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 21, 2015
Conservation groups hope to show President Obama there is strong local support for proclaiming the Boulder-White Clouds and the East Fork of the Salmon River a national monument.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 20, 2015
Economists Mike Ferguson said the combination of low incomes and lower income inequality means Idaho would fare better than most states if taxes raised on rich and cut for middle class.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 12, 2015
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter proposed spending $750,000 for sage grouse conservation so the bird is not listed as an endangered species.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 10, 2015
Idaho Fish and Game Deputy Director Jim Unsworth has been named director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Posted by Rocky Barker on January 8, 2015
GMO Free Idaho leader takes on Monsanto Idaho leader in a debate about genetically modified crops.