Letters From the West

Idaho Democrats urge Obama to make Boulder-White Clouds a national monument

Idaho's breathtaking Boulder-White Cloud Mountains. (Idaho Statesman file photo)

Idaho’s breathtaking Boulder-White Cloud Mountains. (Idaho Statesman file photo)

Four Idaho Democrats joined 228 state legislators from across the nation calling on President Obama to continue to use his authority to protect special places including the Boulder-White Clouds.

Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett of Ketchum, Assistant Minority Leader Elliot Werk of Boise, and Reps. Phylis King of Boise and Donna Pence of Gooding urged Obama to fulfill his State of the Union promise to use his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to protect America’s public lands.

The letter thanks Obama for protect the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in Northern California earlier this year. They urged the president to continue to work with local communities to protect public lands by protecting the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region near Las Cruces, N.M., and the Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho as national monuments.

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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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