This is the big question in the interior West-

So, naturally it doesn’t get covered on TV or the debates.

Barkers blog. Who is the West’s next federal landlord? Idaho Statesman.

I guess I’m not an “independent observer,” but Secretary Kempthorne did a good job as Secretary of Interior only in comparison with that Secretary Gale Norton and her crew, many of whom engaged out outright criminal activity such as favoring the oil industry after they had received sufficient drugs and/or sex.

If you want to think of someone scary, notice the mention of “Rep. Steve Pearce, a New Mexico Republican [U.S. Representative] likely to lose to Democratic Rep. Tom Udall in their race for the Senate.”

Pearce is one of the major players keeping those Catron County folks stirred up. He operates an oil field services company (like Dick Cheney, only much smaller than Haliburton).

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

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.

4 Responses to Rocky Barker on who will be the next Secretary of Interior?

  1. Brian Ertz says:

    Raul Grijalva 4 Secretarty of the Interior !

  2. JB says:


    We need to put an end to the tradition of appointing someone from the West to head Interior! Can’t we find someone from New York, Massachusetts, or maybe Hawaii to occupy the job? 😉

  3. Brian Ertz says:


    Grijalva’s got the credentials and a solid track-record of commitment to the public interest and science ~ good experience on Committee on Natural Resources and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, Co-Chair of the Congressional National Landscape Conservation System – and a true champion of conservation, biodiversity, and wild landscapes.

    here’s a list of legislation Grijalva introduced in the 110th Congress

  4. Brian,

    Thanks for the list of bills Grijalva introduced.


October 2008


‎"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

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