Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 17, 2014
A rider that delays a final listing decision for sage grouse across 11 western states won’t efforts to put in place state and federal plans to protect the bird, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday.
Jewel said the rider in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act won’t stop effortds to continue working with ranchers, the states and energy companies to develop conservation plans to reduce the threat of wildfire and invasive species invasion that protect the birds and allow economic activities to continue.
“It’s disappointing that some members of Congress are more interested in political posturing than finding solutions to conserve the sagebrush landscape and the Western way of life,” Jewell said. “Rather than helping the communities they profess to benefit, these members will only create uncertainty, encourage conflict and undermine the unprecedented progress that is happening throughout the West.”
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.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 3, 2014
Philip Mote will discuss the the effects of human-caused climate change on Washington, Oregon, and Idaho at the Idaho Environmental Forum Monday.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 2, 2014
Oregon Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio has weighed in on Idaho's wolf derby controversy