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Rep. Harwood won’t seek re-election

Six-term Idaho Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, has decided to end his 12-year legislative career after this year. “I'm not going to run,” Harwood said Thursday. “My wife's family's not doing well. … She needs me to be there.” After 12 years in the Legislature, Harwood says he's most proud of his work to push back against the federal government, including his failed bill this year to kick the EPA out of Idaho. “My whole goal has been to push back from the federal government,” Harwood said. “Just having someone here to try to push back and say, 'Hey, we have sovereignty as a state,' and try to keep the federal government from running over the top of us. That's been my goal.” He said his only regret is that he wasn't able to do more on that score; you can read my full story here at

With Harwood stepping down and Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, deciding to run for Latah County commissioner instead of seeking a ninth term in the Legislature, a new North Idaho legislative district that will take in all of Latah and Benewah counties has dropped from containing three House incumbents to just one, so it now will have an open House seat. Harwood said, “I've got a gentleman that's going to run that I'm going to support,” Ken Devries of St. Maries. The candidate filing period for the Idaho Legislature opens on Monday.

Rattlesnakes and roadkill…

Thanks to concerns from Idaho state legislators, Idahoans now may legally sell up to six rattlesnake skins a year, and the state’s Fish and Game Department is looking into whether to allow Idaho hunters to salvage some road-killed animals. “I’m all for it,” said Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, who last year caused a stir when he proposed legislation to let folks with hunting licenses harvest pelts from bobcats and the like that are found dead on the state’s roads; you can read my full story here from Saturday’s Spokesman-Review.

The state Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to oppose Harwood’s bill, and he pulled it before it could be debated; but now the commission is examining whether its rules could be adjusted to allow for some salvage; it’s also already approved rules, which the Legislature will review in its upcoming session, to let Idahoans sell a limited number of rattlesnake skins. Said Harwood, “I just hate to see that stuff go to waste.”

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

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