Salazar fills most Interior slots with fellow Coloradoans-

His predecessor, Dirk Kempthorne, former Idaho governor, filled DOI with Idaho people, most of them long time foes of conservation, with scores to settle with Idaho conservationists.

Secretary Salazar’s people certainly have a different policy perspective, but almost all are coming from just one state — not surprisingly his home state.

This brief article is about the appointment of an “economic-stimulus money ‘czar’ ” at DOI.

Hickenlooper aide headed to Interior Department. The Denver Post

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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 Another Coloradoan to Interior

  1. timz says:

    the good old crony system. More “change we can believe in”

  2. kt says:

    I think too, Salazar is a small-minded man with limited horizons … THEN after a while, those c’boy hats seem to squeeze lonely brain cells – and make them even lonelier … Maybe too they still use mercury in the expensive c’boy hats …

    In the case of Idaho, the Idaho boys were all of one lockstep environment-hating mind with the Bushies. Thinking back to pre-Kempthorne days – weren’t a bunch of Gail Norton’s Interior people Coloradans?

  3. kt says:

    AND just so we all are aware of the financial straits of the Denver mayor’s office. Story about the work week being cut to save $$$ in the Denver Mayor’s office in the same edition as the Interior Kingpin selection.

    Maybe Salazar picked this fellow to get him off the Mayor’s payroll – and save Denver precious dollars. Does anyone know the new Interior spending Czar? And WHEN do we get a Czarina overseeing something in the Salazar Interior? Kempthorne’s Idaho Good Old Boys Appointee Aristocracy was notably lacking in women ..

  4. Brian Ertz says:

    Gale Norton is Ken Salazar’s predecessor as Colorado’s Attorney General – he also supported her nomination to Interior.


March 2009


‎"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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