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‘I want salmon back in Idaho.’ Simpson seeks bold action after $16 billion spent on recovery

Last year, Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and some of his staff went to Marsh Creek, the headwaters of the Middle Fork Salmon River, to watch a returning salmon create its redd, or nest, lay its eggs and die. But, Simpson lamented, they saw only one salmon. “You have got to ask yourself,” he said, “after spending $16 billion on salmon recovery over the last how many years, is it working?”

Idaho lawmakers celebrate ‘fire borrowing’ fix – though not all voted for the bill

After years of gathering annually at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to decry “fire borrowing” – the situation in which the Forest Service, each year, shifts millions from other programs when the costs to fight the West’s escalating wildfires balloons, thereby cutting prevention efforts meant to reduce that trend – a bipartisan group of congressmen and top agency officials had a different tone when they gathered at NIFC on Wednesday: celebration.

Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end ‘fire borrowing’

A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years. The bill sets aside more than $20 billion over 10 years to allow the Forest Service and other federal agencies end a practice of raiding non-fire...

Boise Democrat to challenge Simpson for congressional seat

A Boise Democrat will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson for Idaho's 2nd Congressional District in 2018. The Post Register reports that Aaron Swisher announced Saturday he plans on challenging the GOP incumbent in the upcoming election. Swisher, an economist...

House passes ‘Resilient Forests’ bill, with support from both Labrador, Simpson

Responding to deadly wildfires in California and the West, House Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill to allow faster approval for logging and other actions to reduce the risk of fire in national forests. The House voted 232-188 to loosen environmental regulations for forest-thinning projects on federal lands...

Senate GOP leadership posts draw hopefuls

Leadership contests are taking shape in the Idaho Senate, as the departure of longtime Majority Leader Bart Davis prompts a ripple effect through the Senate GOP leadership. Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise, told Eye on Boise on Friday that he’s running for majority leader, and so far there’s no one running against him. That leaves..

Labrador gets anti-gang bill through House; Simpson secures $$ for Idaho

Both of Idaho’s U.S. House members are announcing legislative victories today, with 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador lauding a House vote today that passed his bill to make it easier to deport members of alien criminal gangs; and 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson securing funding...

Crapo, Simpson, Risch condemn racist violence; Labrador stays mum

Three of the four members of Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation have spoken out strongly against the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, condemning racism and white supremacy as counter to American values. The fourth, 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador, had no comment...

Crapo, Simpson, Risch condemn racist violence; Labrador stays mum

Three of the four members of Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation have spoken out strongly against the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, condemning racism and white supremacy as counter to American values. The fourth, 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador, had no comment, and his office did not respond to repeated requests for comment from Idaho reporters.

Simpson wants Idaho sheep research station to stay open despite Trump’s budget

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson will try to keep open an Idaho sheep experiment station despite President Donald Trump's proposed budget calling for its elimination. The Post-Register reported that Clark County economic development officials worry closure of the station could have a major negative impact on the economy. The U.S. Sheep Experiment Station...