Stimulus funds will clean up Bunker Hill

Mining companies operated the Bunker Hill lead smelter in Kellogg from 1917 to 1982 leaving a legacy of lead contamination that residents long chose to deny and that the state was slow to address. The worst moment in this long history was in 1973 when fire burned part of the company’s emissions control unit and the company continued operations even as emissions tripled.

As the price of lead nearly doubled, the company kept the plant open through 1974 as it repaired the unit. Lead levels rose 4 times in the surrounding area.

Industry suppressed its own scientists' finding on climate change

The fossil fuels industry group formed to combat global warming regulations in the 1990s suppressed its own scientists findings about climate change that supported the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finding that it was human caused, reports , Andrew Revkin of the New York Times.

Here's a good confrontation on the issue.

New bighorn bill introduced.

Idaho Republican Sen. Jeff Siddoway introduced a new bill without the requirement for Idaho Fish and Game officials to kill or move bighorn sheep that wander into federal sheep grazing lands.

His earlier bill, which would require killing or moving bighorns, sits before Gov. Butch Otter waiting for his signature, a veto or a decision simply to allow it to pass, which would happen Saturday. Otter told reporters he had not decided what he would do.

"All my efforts right now are to help Senator Siddoway get his (bill) passed," Otter said.

Time to spice up Idaho's tourism reality show

You may have read the news that the Idaho Department of Commerce is planning on picking a Seattle family that will get an all expense paid trip to Idaho for fishing, rafting, hiking, horseback riding and the like for an on line reality show the state will produce.

It brings to mind the joke that circulated soon after the first big reality show, “Survivor” became popular. You know, “Survivor Idaho Style.”

Otter must decide bighorn issue by Saturday

Gov. Butch Otter met this morning with supporters of Senate Bill 1175 that requires the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to kill or move bighorn sheep that roam into a federal sheep allotment.

Just before he met for about a half hour with Sen. Jeff Siddoway and others for about a half hour he spoke with reporters.

Idaho Environmental Council prints final newsletter

Before there was an Idaho Conservation League, a Jon Marvel or an Idaho Rivers United there was the Idaho Environmental Council.

It wasn’t the first conservation group in the state, that was the Idaho Wildlife Federation. But the Idaho Environmental Council was the first group to put “environment” in its name when it formed in 1968.

The Fox helped start the environmental movement 40 years ago

In 1969, James Phillips saw ducks dying in the foul waters of his beloved Fox River downstream of the new Dial Soap factory. It was more than the mild-mannered man who grew along its banks could take.

There were few places where the century of industrial development was harder than on than Illinois’ Fox River. Sewage ran untreated along with industrial waste from the growing edge of the Chicago-area suburban landscape near the farmlands where I grew up. Toxic smoke spewed from the factories along its banks and poison was dumped into the soil haphazardly.

Obama, Democrats send poor rural Idaho counties big dollars

In Idaho’s poorest counties hurt the most by worldwide recession,the free market and tax cuts offer little chance of bringing recovery soon.

Just as the leaders in these communities predicted in the 1980s as environmentalists were pushing to stop habitat destroying and water polluting logging projects, these rural economies had no where else to turn. The logging and timber management could and can be done to meet environmental concerns.

Environmentalist, New Mexico aide Farquhar get Interior post

Ned Farquhar, an energy aide to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson , was named to be the deputy US Interior secretary for land and minerals management.

Farquhar, who previous worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council, will oversee the Bureau of Land Management, Minerals Management Service, and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

Here’s a good interview with him in the Arizona Range News.

Marvel says bighorn bill helps his cause the most

Public lands activist Jon Marvel is totally open about his strategy of using bighorn sheep as a surrogate for his campaign to drive domestic sheep ranchers off of public lands.

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