Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus says he has been in touch with “high levels in the White House” about using the Antiquities Act to declare a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds, in order to prompt action on Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson's Boulder-White Clouds wilderness proposal. A move like that, Andrus told Idaho Public Television during a “Dialogue” Web Extra taped Tuesday, would “get some of those knotheads to listen to reason and understand the balance that is necessary.” Andrus, former U.S. secretary of the Interior, said, “That is the only vehicle I can see that can accelerate this action. … If it were me, I'd do it in a flash.” You can see video of Andrus' comments here. The full interview with Andrus will air on “Dialogue” on IPTV next Thursday, Nov. 17.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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