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Shutdown shows how much Americans love our public land

If there is one lesson from the 16-day federal shutdown it’s that Americans love their public land. People from both sides of the partisan divide were angry when the were cut off access to the places where they love to

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Posted in Letters from the West

Democrats accuse Idaho’s Simpson of flip-flop on ‘clean’ budget vote

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — charged with the job of retaking control of the House in 2014 — is alleging Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson broke his “promise” to vote for a short-term bill to reopen the government. “Congressman

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Posted in Election Central, Idaho Politics

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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Posted in Letters from the West

Budget cuts will force later opening at Yellowstone

Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, in his talk at the James and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy symposium on the debt Tuesday, recalled the movie Blazing Saddles as he talked about what Congress did to itself with the upcoming

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Posted in Letters from the West