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Month: July 2016 (page 2 of 3)

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Idaho to require water use monitors on some wells

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What comes before the government takes your rights? Registration and monitoring of course. We know it’s true for gun rights, but could it apply to water rights as well?

KTVB reports the following disturbing information.

Idaho officials are requiring well users pumping water from a large aquifer to install measuring devices to better monitor their water usage.

The Capital Press reports that the Idaho Department of Water Resources says the devices must be installed by 2018 on wells drawing from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.



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Public Officials Requesting Coordination

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In June of this year, Congressman Steve Pearce sent a letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director, Neil Kornze, regarding numerous requests that have been submitted by elected officials all over the country. These many requests petition Mr. Kornze for coordination on the Resource Management Planning Rules, 81 Fed. Reg. 8674 (Feb. 25, 2016), also known as the BLM’s ‘Planning 2.0’ initiative.

In this letter, Congressman Pearce points out that Section 202(c)(9) of the Federal Policy Management Act (FLPMA) requires the BLM to coordinate with state officials regarding the management of lands in their states, and rightfully so.

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Forest Service wants to ban snowmobiles, other motorized access from Idaho’s Great Burn area

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A U.S. Forest Service decision to close most of Idaho’s Great Burn area along the Montana border to motorized access has observers both frustrated and confused.

Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert released a draft record of decision banning snowmobile access in the national forest’s recommended wilderness areas and limiting summer motorized use to a single trail. Motorized advocates called the ban unjustified because the area lacks a federal wilderness designation.

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Poll: Who do you support for Idaho Governor in 2018?

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The 2018 Primary Election may seem like it’s a long way off, but Brad Little has already announced his intention to be the establishment’s choice for Idaho Governor. Who will the conservatives choose to take him on, former State Senator Russ Fulcher who challenged incumbent Governor Butch Otter in 2014 or Idaho’s 1st District Congressman Raúl Labrador? The stakes have never been higher with the future of Idaho hanging in the balance.

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Wildfire Control Suffers from Activists’ Undue Influence

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On August 13, 2015, a congressional staffer inspecting the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness Area, straddling the Oregon-Washington State border, had just finished eating lunch when a violent lightning storm suddenly appeared.

Nasty surprises are common in this rugged, forested mountain terrain not far from the Idaho state line.

“There were strikes at least once every minute, big ones, and most of them hit trees,” said the staffer.

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