Idaho Power wants to expand program that allows customers lower bills when they produce power

Idaho Power would exchange credits for payments to customers who produce more power than they use under a proposal to expand its program.

Idaho Power currently offsets excess power from 350 customers with wind, solar, hydro, biomass and fuel cell technologies through its net metering program. The program would be doubled from a total of 2.9 megawatts to 5.8 megawatts allowed.

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West is Best report shows growth has come from areas with protected lands

Economist Ray Rasker has been saying since the early 1990s that focusing on the West’s natural wonders instead of its traditional resources would improve, not hurt its economy.

Now, his organization, Headwaters Economics in Bozeman, Mont. has released a new report that shows it has worked.

Americans refuse to abandon science and reason, author Egan says

Author and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Tim Egan used the argument of Republican Jon Huntsman to show how his party had moved out of the mainstream of American thought leading up to its defeat in November.

Huntsman, the former Utah governor and Ambassador to China, was the only Republican presidential candidate to acknowledge that rapid climate change was caused by the burning of fossil fuels. He of course lost badly.

During his campaign Huntsman used the analogy of doctors to make the case we should accept the scientific consensus on climate change.

Medberry's On the Dark Side of the Moon shines light on stroke

in cave smallMike Medberry has explored a world where many have gone but few seek.

Fish screens installed on Blackfoot River tributaries

Fish screens were installed on irrigation diversions on Diamond Creek and Lanes Creek in eastern Idaho as part of an effort to restore the upper Blackfoot River fishery.

I discovered this wonderful native Yellowstone cutthroat trout stream when I researched the Flyfisher’s Guide to Idaho I co-wrote with Ken Retallic in the 1990s. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission bought the 1,720 acre Stocking Ranch located on the Blackfoot River downstream from the confluence of the two tributaries, Lanes and Diamond Creeks, providing easy access to this rather isolated but excellent fishing hole.

Electrical workers union seeks to organize Idaho Power dispatchers

A group of Idaho Power employees want to join a union.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 125 has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of transmission dispatchers with Idaho Power Co.

The board is scheduled to hold a hearing today in Boise to determine if the employees are eligible for the union and who would be the appropriate bargaining unit, said Rocky Clark, international representative for the IBEW in Idaho Falls.

Idaho delegation praises Fish and Wildlife Service for caribou decision

Here's the Idaho Republican Congressional delegation's comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to include 10 percent of the area it proposed as critical habitat for the Selkirk Mountain caribou:

Activist clears up dirty trick story 40 years later

In 2009 I reported on the Watergate connection of Walt Minnick who was then an Idaho Democratic Congressman.

Watergate for those who might not have been around then, was the scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon and forced him to resign. Minnick worked in the White House under Nixon in an office next to central players in the break-in of Democratic headquarters that sparked the scandal, G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt.

Federal agency only designates 30,000 acres as critical to caribou

caribouThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reduced its final critical habitat designation for the southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou to only 30,010 acres.

Forest Service considers merging Idaho and Wyoming forests

Idaho could end up with one less national forest headquartered in its borders.

The U.S. Forest Service is studying a plan to merge the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in eastern Idaho. The new forest would cover six million acres surrounding Yellowstone National Park on the west, south and east down to the Utah border and into central Idaho.

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