Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on February 26, 2015
A bill to protect portions of the Boulder-White Clouds as wilderness was introduced in both the House and the Senate Thursday by U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and Sen. Jim Risch, both Idaho Republicans.
The bill would protect 275,665 acres in three separate wilderness areas that leaves all of the existing motorized trails open, includes small land transfers that help Custer County and the city of Stanley and access to funding for the county already approved by Congress. It is an alternative to a national monument designation pushed by Idaho conservation, sportsmen and outdoor business groups and under study by the Obama administration.
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.
Posted by Rocky Barker on February 6, 2015
Even before ruling on Idaho Power's request, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission shortens mandated contracts for solar and wind power.