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Cast-off F&G Commissioner Hurlock said Pearce thought she was a better fit for nursing board

Joan Hurlock of Buhl, a hunter and angler was rejected by Senate for post.

Joan Hurlock of Buhl, a hunter and angler, was rejected by Senate for post.

Joan Hurlock and Idaho Fish and Game Commission Chairman Randy Budge met with Senate Resources and Environment Committee Chairman Monte Pearce prior to the hearing on Hurlock’s nomination for the commission. Pearce was trying to get her to withdraw without a fight.

“We’re going to look like bunch of men beating up on a young woman,” Hurlock said Pearce told her. “He said if I withdrew ‘I am sure the governor could appoint you to another commission, maybe the nursing board.’ ”

“I told him, ‘Senator, I’m not qualified to serve on the nursing board,’ ” Hurlock said.

The Senate followed Pearce’s committee’s recommendation and voted against her nomination 19-16 Monday.

Pearce said Friday he was not going to get into a he said, she said situation.

“I’m not going there,” he said.

Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America and co-producer of the movie Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone, which was inspired by the book and broadcast on A&E Network. He also co-authored the Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho and the Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho with Ken Retallic. He also was on the Statesman’s team that covered the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news in 2007. The National Wildlife Federation awarded him its Conservation Achievement Award.

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