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Ex-Lobbyist To Stay At Power Post Batt Reappoints Maddock To Power Planning Council

Associated Press

Gov. Phil Batt has reappointed former Potlatch Corp. lobbyist Todd Maddock to the Northwest Power Planning Council through 2000.

Maddock has served on the council for more than two years. The appointment requires confirmation from the Idaho Senate.

“Todd Maddock has a great deal of knowledge in the intricacies of the electric system of the Northwest,” said Batt spokesman, Frank Lockwood. “He will be a valuable tool, especially during the period of deregulation and relicensing of the dams.”

Batt appointed U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s natural resource specialist, Mike Field of Boise, and Maddock to Idaho’s posts on the eight-member panel.

Field’s appointment does not expire until next year. The selections reflected Batt’s opposition to a spring drawdown of Lower Granite Reservoir on the Snake River - a proposal backed by Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus and his two council appointees.

Sen. Marguerite McLaughlin, D-Orofino, said Maddock has done all right on the council, but she wishes he was in charge of water issues instead of power issues.

“Then, I think we would have a closer ally to squeeze to try to keep water in Dworshak (Reservoir),” she said.

Idaho Rivers United director Wendy Wilson said Maddock has done a good job advocating the energy interests.

“The key question is who is Todd representing - regional energy interests or Idaho interests?” she asked.

Wilson contends Maddock has not got behind several key elements of Batt’s 1997 steelhead plan.

The plan called for keeping two-thirds of the young fish in the Snake and Columbia rivers to complete their seaward migration naturally and barging the other one-third as part of a strategy to spread the risk.

But the National Marine Fisheries Service opted to barge half of the fish instead.

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