Former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, left, served as Interior secretary to President George W. Bush. They are pictured in the Rose Garden of the White House in 2008.
Former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, left, served as Interior secretary to President George W. Bush. They are pictured in the Rose Garden of the White House in 2008. Evan Vucci Associated Press
Former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, left, served as Interior secretary to President George W. Bush. They are pictured in the Rose Garden of the White House in 2008. Evan Vucci Associated Press
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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."