Craig's Fall May Benefit Salmon

Craig’s Fall May Benefit Salmon. By Matthew Daily. Associated Press.

Craig is the most hostile of any senator to conserving the salmon and steelhead runs, and with very little support he had held up many measures to assure these anadromous fish would continue to spawn in Idaho, migrate downstream as smolts to the ocean and return to Idaho to spawn.

The article describes many of Craig’s most recent actions against conserving these fish.

More. I found a column in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about Washington state’s US Senator Maria Cantwell (Dem) working to undo Craig’s damage in the Senate Appropriations bill. Cantwell Works to erase Criag’s Folly [regarding salmon]. By Joel Connelly.

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But has Craig really fallen? In Sunday’s Idaho Statesman wrote Popkey: For Larry Craig, ‘for now’ might mean ‘until January 2009 Popkey is the Statesman’s reporter who was on leave last spring investigating Craig.

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Also. One Week: GOP leadership’s silence on Craig speaks volumes. By Kevin Richert. Idaho Statesman. Richert is the editor of their editorial page.

I should add that at the bottom of his opinion piece Richert shows he has accepted the wolf population-is-still-growing-fast theory. However, the increase recently reported by Ed Bangs was the number of wolves estimated in mid-2007 population after maybe 500 pups were born compared to the final population figures for 2006 after there had been 7 months for the 2006 pups and adult wolves to suffer mortality. A valid comparison only comes at the end of 2007.



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  1. kt Avatar

    Here is an interesting Firedoglake Blog article about OTHER scandalous things that may be going on behind the scenes with the environmentally evil Larry Craig.

    AND the Emptywheel link in the Post is even more intriguing .. Craig’s address in DC is a boat????? He and Ted Stevens and Duke Cunningham …

  2. kt Avatar

    And here is a Statesman article from this afternoon that provides more background on all the other Yacht owners that are Larry Craig’s neighbors … So this is the place where, behind the scenes, “What Happens At The Yacht Club aboard the Suz II, Stays at the Yacht Club” – I wonder how many hunks of E- coli beef (AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE???) the Idaho Cattlemen contributed to the barbecue and hot tub festivities – in exchange for Larry Craig Grazing Riders …

    For Craig and other Capital Yacht Club residents, a caucus on the Potomac. Marilyn W. Thompson. New York Times – Statesman wire services


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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