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Playing hardball: Otter backs challenger to Sen. Pearce in another center-right showdown

In a rare move, Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed first-time candidate Abby Lee over Senate Resources and Environment Committee Chairman Monty Pearce, an eight-term GOP lawmaker from New Plymouth. Pearce is backing Sen. Russ Fulcher’s challenge to Otter. The endorsement

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Posted in Election Central, Idaho Politics

Idaho Lands auctions oil and natural gas leases, attracts peaceful protesters

Protesters joined natural gas exploration company executives at an auction Thursday of oil and gas leases at the Idaho Department of Lands office in Boise. Two companies – Trendwell West, a Michigan firm with a well already drilled in Canyon

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Posted in Letters from the West

Idaho doesn’t do fracking, but residents express concerns anyway

The term “fracking” has been turned into an epithet against everything people don’t like about the current natural gas boom that has echoed across the United States. It specifically refers to the practice of hydraulic fracturing, the process of drilling

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Posted in Letters from the West