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Another Idahoan for a top national resource post?

We’ve already got our former governor, Dirk Kempthorne, serving as the Bush Administration’s Secretary of the Interior. Now comes word from Sen. Larry Craig that President Bush has chosen Jim Caswell, head of Idaho’s Office of Species Conservation and a former forest supervisor here, to be the new head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Craig said in a news release, “I could not be more pleased with the president’s selection of Jim Caswell to head the Bureau of Land Management. I have worked with Jim both as a Forest Supervisor and as head of Idaho’s Office of Species Conservation. He has consistently shown himself to be practical, fair, efficient, and pragmatic. He listens to both sides and makes sound decisions. These qualities will serve BLM and the public well.

“I will work with the Administration to ensure that Jim receives fair, open, and timely consideration before the Senate.”


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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