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See what fat tire biking in the snow is like from a biker’s view

Idaho Statesman photographer Darin Oswald and I went to the Wood River Valley last week with Idaho Public Television producer Aaron Kunz and Videographer Pat Metzler in our first effort to forge a partnership between our two mediums. Out of

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Posted in Letters from the West

Otter signs wolf control board bill as feds are silent

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a bill Thursday that establishes an Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board. The amended bill places the new board within the governor’s office to fund wolf management with $400,000 from general tax dollars, and additional funds

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Posted in Letters from the West

House passes bill to limit presidential power on monuments

If you want to understand what House Republicans think about handing presidents the power of protecting special places with their signature alone, their vote Wednesday was a clear message. The bill, which passed on a relatively slim 222-201 margin, would

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Posted in Letters from the West

Federal judge upholds Payette bighorn sheep protections

A federal judge upheld the decision by the Payette National Forest to close 70 percent of the forest to domestic sheep grazing to protect wild bighorn sheep. U.S. 9th Circuit Judge Wallace Tashima denied a motion by the Idaho Wool

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Barker, Popkey to yak about journalism, storytelling tonight at the Library!

Veteran Statesman reporter Rocky Barker and I will speak tonight as part of the seven-week Read Me Treasure Valley program. Our talk, titled, “Journalism — Storytelling with a Purpose,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Hayes Auditorium at the main

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Posted in Election Central, Idaho Politics

New cop on the beat: Berg taking over Statesman’s 2nd CD coverage

My Statesman colleague Sven Berg posted his first story this morning on the already bitter primary race between insurgent Bryan Smith and eight-term Republican Congressman Mike Simpson. Smith-Simpson is considered one of the top contests in the nation, pitting Simpson,

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