From the daily archives: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It’s official – Grijalva has declined his appointment to the powerful Ways and Means Committee to keep his influential position advocating for public lands and wildlife.  Press Release 12/16:

the need to continue my work on the Committee on Natural Resources and, more specifically, my Subcommittee Chairmanship is more important at this time. There […]

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Daniel Patterson’s blog has found a lot of quotes about Ken Salazar-

Industry likes Salazar at Obama Interior, not greens. Daniel’s News and Notes.

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So probably (I hope Buffaloed is right, another trial ballon)  a bad Secretary of Interior, and an

EPA chief whose toxics record was so bad […]

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A list of things that can be done quickly-

A lot of these are easy and are on my list. The reception these items get will tell us a lot, after what looks like a “just fair” and maybe pretty poor choice for Interior.

Greens Send Obama Quick Fix List. By Bill Schneider. New […]

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Howl boxes’ help tracking wolves in Selkirk Mountains. By Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review

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Audio: A BLM insider speaks

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Bush’s national recreation director tells why he quit-

Audio: A BLM insider speaks. Rodger Schmitt talks about why he resigned his position as national recreation director. December 12, 2008 by Emily Steinmetz and Marty Durlin. High Country News.

Schmitt confirms your worst fears about how the Bushies ran the agency.

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Wolf watching generates winter tourism-

Wolves draw fans to Yellowstone in the winter. AP

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Julie MacDonald interfered with every ESA decision for political reasons-

A high-ranking Interior Department official tainted nearly every decision made on the protection of endangered species over five years, a new inspector general report finds, concluding she exerted improper political interference on many more rulings than previously thought.

Julie MacDonald was deputy assistant secretary of […]

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Proposal is one of many showing developers have learned nothing-

Although this won’t fly in the current economy, developers around the country are still proposing more of the same for the future when the economy improves.

Where I live (Pocatello, Idaho) the local developers are making a big effort to gut the new county land […]

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Salazar was not first choice of conservationists-

I guess I didn’t really need to write that.

On the other hand, he is far better than Bush’s secretaries Gale Norton and Dirk Kempthorne, both the absolute bottom of the barrel. We’ll now see if he gets a free hand to choose the assistant secretaries  in DOI […]

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The recent rumors that rancher Ken Salazar is a shoe-in at Interior have flipped on its head many of Obama’s most fervent western supporters’ idea of what the President-elect’s campaign promise for big-‘C’ “Change” might mean.  That campaign slogan’s broad-sweeping allegation had many hopeful that a new outlook, an outlook responsive to Obama’s supporters on […]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey