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Idaho’s Labrador: Nevada rancher battling BLM should have paid his bills

In another example of his keen political instincts, Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador distanced himself from Sen. Rand Paul and others championing Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Labrador is a tea party favorite and friend of the Kentucky senator eying a

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Labrador’s grazing bill passes the House again

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador added two amendments  to a bill that passed the House Wednesday. The actions please Idaho ranchers but frustrate anti-grazing advocacy groups. Labrador’s grazing bill, similar to a bill carried in the Senate by Wyoming Republican

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Idaho’s Bedke aims for region-wide ‘Sage Grouse Summit’ in Boise in May

House Speaker Scott Bedke held a meeting in Salt Lake City on Saturday hoping to unite western states in staving off listing of the sage grouse as an endangered species. Such a listing, now under consideration by Idaho U.S. District

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Should we replace multiple use with dominant use on public lands?

The term multiple use grew into a powerful phrase that signaled the long-time consensus view for managing public lands. It first appeared in a 1933 U.S. Forest Service report describing the five major uses of forests; timber production, watershed protection,

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