From the monthly archives: December 2008

We are usually in the top ten, but this is the highest so far-

Click on “highest influence” in the left hand column at BlogNetNews Idaho

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Today is the 35th anniversary of the ESA. Michael J. Robinson wrote the essay below for this forum-

Thirty five years ago today, on December 28, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act, intended not just to stave off extinction, but more broadly to conserve the ecosystems on which endangered […]

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Avalanche danger high

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Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and other Western Idaho have ideal conditions for getting killed in the mountains-

Avalanche danger rated ‘high’ in central Idaho. Backcountry travelers advised to stay home until danger subsides. By Jason Kaufman. Idaho Mountain Express.

Northern Utah: Beacon saves avalanche victim at Big Cottonwood ridgeline. By Lindsay Whitehurst. The […]

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Nature fails to cooperate with Dick Cheney-

The Park Service wanted to halt the extremely expensive and dangerous practice of keeping Sylvan Pass just west of the East Entrance of Yellowstone open for snowmobiles.

As usual a handful of Cody businesses screamed that the economy would disintegrate if a couple dozen snowmobiles didn’t pass through […]

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I think moose have been the biggest success story in Utah-

This video is a 5-minute overview of big game transplants in Utah from the Salt Lake Tribune.

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The Stockgrowers want to stop decision to let bison wanderly freely outside Park near Horse Butte-

In the comments today people are already discussing this lawsuit. So here is the AP article by Matthew Brown.

Court asked to stop Yellowstone bison arrangement. Billings Gazette. By Matthew Brown. AP

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High Country News interviewed 11 “key” Westerners-

Western wish list for Obama. The hopes and worries of 11 key Westerners. High Country News. By Ray Ring.

Here is a pile of good and bad ideas to discuss.

I see the “radical” Jon Marvel argues for putting ombudsmen in all federal agencies, putting information on […]

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They say it won’t hurt you, but . . .

Elk Meat Recalled. Boise Examiner.

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It’s a four-foot high, seven-mile long electric fence-

Forest Service OKs a long bison fence. Bozeman Chronicle.

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Pocatello, Idaho mayor pushing for vicious dog registry-

Story in the Idaho Statesman. AP

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December 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