January 16, 2009

  • Human activity is indirectly adding large birds to skies near airports- Don’t Blame Mother Nature for the Crash. The editors. 2 articles. New York Times

  • Lawsuits and congressional action are likely to void the gutting of section 7 of ESA- This has already been reported in the comments on one of the threads here;  but for everyone this is what has happened. California filed suit to overturn the Bush/Kempthorne diminishment of section 7 consultation. Congress is right now moving to…

  • EPA says Columbia River pollution levels “unacceptable risk to people, fish and wildife- For those not familiar, the Columbia River is the major river of the Pacific Northwest. It and its tributaries drain almost all of Idaho, and Washington states, and western Montana. . . . much of Oregon and British Columbia too, plus the…

  • Salazar’s hearing before Senate Committe- Sounds like any generic, old school Western Democrat that has been in this “saddle” many times before- Ken Salazar promises reform at Interior Department. LA Times. By Jim Tankersley Barack Obama criticized — again — over pick of Ken Salazar as Interior secretary. By Pete Thomas. LA Times. I should…


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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