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Carlson: We Need More Like Simpson

Second District Congressman Mike Simpson continues to make a case to be Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives some day. He believes in solving problems and making government work. We need more like him. He recently spoke candidly to the Idaho Conservation Leagues’ annual retreat at Redfish Lake. What he said was a breath of fresh air to those who are beginning to wonder if either political party will figure out that real solutions to the nation’s challenges will require compromise and bipartisanship. Simpson not only figured it out a long-time ago, he has taken steps to form a working coalition of like-minded Republicans and Democrats. His frustration is that outside of the “Gang of Six” in the Senate he sees little else that gives any hope that the Senate, which has failed to pass a budget for three straight years, will be of similar mind/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicle. More here. (AP file photo of Mike Simpson & Butch Otter)

Question: Are you surprised that a congressional statesman hails from Idaho?

ICL Head Lauds ‘Reasonable’ Repubs

On his Facebook wall, Rocky Barker/Statesman writes of Rick Johnson/Idaho Conservation League applauding the formation of a “reasonable Republicans” group, having worked with three of the four  all-Republican Idaho congressional delegates on several issues. Johnson: “I've seen this first hand as we've worked with business leaders—Republican business leaders—who support Boulder-White Cloud, Clearwater, Panhandle and Owyhee wilderness areas. Or working with a major industrial player to craft mercury rules. Or working with business leaders who see local option tax as key to Idaho economic development. Boise Foothills, is another issue where Republican business leaders are simpatico with conservation and protecting Idaho's greatest asset: our quality of life.” More here.

Question: How important to you are the efforts of the Idaho Conservation League & Kootenai Environmental Alliance to you?

ICL Makes Hay In Conservative State

Item: Idaho Conservation League models enviro success in tough political climate: ICL is major force behind enviro wins in very conservative state/Dennis Higman, New West

More Info: The ICL, founded in 1973, can point to an impressive track record of this steady-as-you-go approach. It includes preservation of the 2.3 million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in the ‘70s, the Idaho Clean Lakes and Water Quality Act in the ‘80s, a revised Idaho Forest Practices Act in the ‘90s and, more recently, helping pass the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Bill, the first wilderness designation in Idaho in 29 years. Currently, ICL is in the forefront of the controversial effort to establish the Boulder White Clouds Wilderness in Idaho, or CIEDRA, (Central Idaho Environmental Development and Recreation Act) sponsored and championed by Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson (R).

Question: Do you generally have a positive/negative view of the Idaho Conservation League statewide and the Kootenai Environmental Alliance locally?

‘Sudden City’ Planned Near County Line

Even in these times when multimillion dollar homes sit vacant on Lake Pend Oreille, some folks think they can make it big on waterfront real estate—even waterfront that doesn’t exist! Take Clagstone Meadows, for instance. This 12,000-acre “sudden city,” as it’s been called, would obliterate many acres of wetlands to enlarge small existing lakes on the property and create waterfront lots for custom homes and cottages. The proposed development is on Stimson Lumber Co. land just north of Kelso Lake and the Kootenai County line, in a woodsy marshland below Long Mountain/Susan Drumheller, Idaho Conservation League. More here.

Question: Do you support the development of ‘sudden cities’ in North Idaho?

ICL: How Big Is That Oil Spill?

I’m more likely to learn of interesting websites while I’m on the web, but today I found this website over morning coffee while looking at the Idaho Statesman. This website, created by Andy Lintner of Royal Oak, MI, opens a Google map of the spill in the correct location. How to use the site isn’t totally obvious, but in the blank above enter a location (such as Idaho) and then hit “move the spill.” It’s pretty dramatic. Placed over Idaho, the spill goes from Boise way past Challis. To understand what’s happening in the world around us, putting things into a context we can relate to is always a challenge.  This site does that very well. /Rick Johnson, Idaho Conservation League. More here. (AP File Photo: A Brown Pelican is cleaned at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Buras, La.)

Question: How closely have you been following the story re: BP’s oil spill?

ICL Blog: R.I.P. Rathdrum Prairie

Can you say “sprawl?” As if there isn’t enough of this unsightly and wasteful use of land, the Kootenai County Commissioners just assured everyone that sprawl and leap-frog development will continue as usual. Rest in peace, Rathdrum Prairie. So long, rural character. After nearly a year of deliberations on the county’s draft comprehensive land use plan—the blueprint for growth in the county—commissioners Rick Currie and Rich Piazza voted last week to throw out all density guidelines in the plan. Essentially, this means the plan gives no guidance whatsoever for how many homes per acre (or minimum lot size) should be allowed in rural areas versus urban or suburban areas. This is where the rubber usually meets the road in a land-use plan/Susan Drumheller (pictured), Idaho Conservation League. More here.

Question: How much longer will it be before the Rathdrum Prairie is covered w/houses?

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