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Scotchman Peaks Wilderness advocates lobbying on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C., include Phil Hough of the Friends of the Scotchman Peak Wilderness, Bonner County Commissioner Cary Kelly and Bob Boeh, Idaho Forest Group’s vice president of government affairs. (Courtesy)

Scotchman Peaks advocates lobbying Congress

WILDERNESS – Advocates for the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, including a county commissioner and a timber industry representative, have been in Washington, D.C., this week lobbying Congress. The 88,000-acre area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille has received widespread support, including an endorsement by the Bonner...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014


The early morning sun hits fresh snow on Steamboat Mountain in the Rocky Mountain Front Range as a pickup travels south on Interstate 15 near Ulm, Mont., on Wednesday. A storm dumped large amounts of heavy, wet snow across parts of Montana on Tuesday evening. 
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Congress finally gives wilderness a nod 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Congress shook its inability to work across the aisle this week and passed public lands legislation that's been years in the making. The U.S. House on Thursday passed a defense spending bill containing a broad public lands package for the West. In...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

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THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014

Green Mountain lookout reconstruction.  (Wilderness Watch)

Wilderness advocates contest fire lookout historic status 

WILDERNESS -- While historic preservation groups praise Congressional action to keep the Green Mountain lookout standing in the North Cascades, wilderness groups led by Montana-based Wilderness Watch, say the effort falls short of historic preservation and flies in the face of wilderness values. Gary Macfarlane...

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In this June 2, 2009 file photo, Josh Laughlin, foreground, conservation director with Cascadia Wildlands, visits the waterfall that is the centerpiece of the Devil's Staircase wilderness proposal on the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon's Coast Range. Legislation has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate to designate the area as wilderness, along with other areas around the state. (Associated Press)

Oregon wilderness bills reintroduced in Senate

FORESTS – Longstanding proposals to protect rivers and forests in Oregon as wilderness areas have been reintroduced in Congress by Oregon’s two senators. The bills would expand the Oregon Caves National Monument and Wild Rogue Wilderness in southwestern Oregon, create new wilderness along the John...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

Sportsmen's Act failure pegged to overspending 

HUNTING -- More details on the U.S. Senate vote this week turning down the Sportsmen's Act: Alabama senator: Sportsmen's bill exceeded spending limits The failure of the U.S. Senate to pass the Sportsmen's Act of 2012, sponsored by Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, came as...

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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., won re-election to the U.S. Senate in November 2012. (Courtesy photo)

Sportsmen's Act likely to pass; some groups unhappy 

Some components of 'Sportsmen's Act' concern environmental groups Today, the U.S. Senate will vote on, and likely pass, Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's "Sportsmen's Act of 2012," a grab bag of bills dealing with hunting, fishing, conservation and public access measures, but environmental groups said...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012

This photo of Granite Point on the Snake River was taken before Lower Granite Dam inundated the canyon in 1975. Idaho libraries/special collections, Kyle Laughlin Collection (Idaho libraries/special collections, Kyle Laughlin Collection / The Spokesman-Review)

Hastings wants public to know costs of saving salmon 

RIVERS -- The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing in Pasco toda on “save our dams” legislation introduced by Congressman Doc Hastings. The Tri-City Herald reports the legislation would prohibit federal money from being used to remove hydropower dams without specific authorization by Congress....

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