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Tue., May 27, 2014, 8:59 a.m.

Sagebrush Task Force Goes Rogue

Lewiston Tribune editorial: Idaho's federal lands task force has gone rogue. What was your first clue? When it ignored the costs of acquiring U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other federal holdings within the Gem State? At Congressman Mike Simpson's request, the impartial Congressional Research Service looked into the issue and concluded the state would spend anywhere from $392 million to $500 million managing those lands and putting out fires. When this group of legislative fact-finders disregarded the opposition of Idaho's Indian tribal leaders, whose treaties with the federal government could easily block any transfer? Was it when the panel plugged its ears at the advice of timber business leaders, who said the solution to their problems was on Capitol Hill, not the courts? Not necessarily/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you suppose Vito, Vick, Mendive & the rest of the neo-Sagebrush radicals wishin/hopin/prayin to take over federal lands within Idaho have counted the cost of putting out wildland fires on that land?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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