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Bedke joins multistate push on public lands

House Speaker Scott Bedke joined about 50 politicians from nine states Friday, to discuss ways to wrest control of public lands from federal management to state jurisdiction. House Speaker Scott Bedke The daylong summit meeting itself was closed to the

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Western congressmen call for permanent payments to counties

As Americans are rushing to complete their tax forms before the deadline Tuesday, county officials across Idaho and the nation are waiting to see ho much money they will get from the federal government as payment in lieu of taxes.

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Idaho’s Ellis becomes BLM deputy officially

It’s official. Steve Ellis is the BLM’s Deputy Director for Operations. The veteran land manager who began his career in the agency as a forester in Burley,  and until recently was state director for the BLM in Idaho, has been

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Idaho tribes say if anyone should get public land it’s them

If anyone should get Idaho’s 32 million acres of public land, it should be the Indian tribes, tribal leaders said. “If Congress is to transfer title to any lands they should transfer them to their original owners the Indian tribes,”

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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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Legislative public lands committee sets its first meeting

The legislative committee assigned to study the transfer of federal lands will get down to work next month. The committee has set its first meeting for Aug. 9 at the Statehouse. At issue is the management of public lands — and the

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