Only 13 state senators support federal lands in Idaho

PUBLIC LANDS -- Would you trust the state of Idaho to manage the national forests, rangelands and parks in the best interest of a full range of the public, recreation and wildlife? Quotable: "Senators, the only reason you want title to a land is to...


Wolves targets of legislation, bullets, traps, rumors

PREDATORS – Here’s a lengthy update on gray wolf news, issues and activities in the region, including bills being considered this week: WASHINGTON LEGISLATURE Still alive in Olympia is a bill that could let landowners kill wolves caught in the act of attacking pets or...

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

Idaho lawmakers continue quest to take over federal lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Idaho state lawmkers supporting House Concurrent Resolution 22 say they don’t intend to sell off the federal land, but to manage it more efficiently. Many people in the realm of recreation are not fond of the idea of the state -- not...

FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2013

Idaho focuses on wilderness trail maintenance

WILDERNESS -- Outfitters outraged about the disastrous condition of unmaintained trails in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness got a hearing Thursday in the Idaho Legislature. Result: State lawmakers want U.S. Forest Service officials to make trail repair a priority in the vast...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2013

Idaho lawmakers want say in endangered species efforts

WILDLIFE -- A bill giving Idaho more decision-making power over endangered species is headed to the full Senate for a vote. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee on Monday voted in favor of Senate Bill 1061, legislation that would give the state final say on...

Outfitters liken Salmon River trails to disaster area

WILDERNESS -- Horse packers fed up with the lack of trail maintenance and the frequency of wildfire in Idaho’s largest wilderness area are asking legislators to declare it a natural resource disaster area. The Idaho Legislature is likely to discuss a resolution on this issue...

MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2013

Idaho Senate rejects female F&G commissioner

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- For the first time since 1974, the Idaho Senate has rejected the governor’s nominee for a slot on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, voting 19-16 against confirming Joan Hurlock, only the second woman ever to serve on the panel. Read the...

THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013

Idaho considers three-year hunting and fishing licenses

HUNTING/FISHING -- Die-hard outdoorsmen would have the option of purchasing a three-year hunting or fishing license under a proposal that passed the Idaho Senate Resources and Environment Committee Wednesday, according to a story in the Lewiston Tribune. The cost of the license would be three...

TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2013

Idaho losing money as nonresident hunters stay home

HUNTING -- Idaho Fish and Game Department officials met with state legislators today to let them know there's been no relief in the downturn of nonresident hunters buying hunting and fishing licenses. That's significant because nonresidents pay most of the bills for the state's wildlife...

TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2013

Idaho lawmakers want ultimate public handout: federal land

PUBLIC LANDS -- In another example of their self-centered approach to the outdoors and the world, Idaho lawmakers are suggesting they are going to waste state time and money making a stab and taking over federal lands within Idaho's borders. S-R Boise reporter Betsy Russell...

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