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  • Warning: Photo may disturb some readers; photo of lion trophy sparks debate over legal hunting

    02/20/2012 8:01:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 114 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/20/12 | Tom Stienstra
    The divide between those who live in rural areas and those from cities ruptured wide this past weekend across America in a debate over a provocative photo of California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards and a huge mountain lion he shot legally after an 8-hour hunt in Idaho. Some comments on Facebook suggest that Richards should be the one hunted and shot, that he should be jailed, that is unethical to shoot anything you do not eat, and hunting of any kind is barbaric.Most from rural backgrounds would see nothing wrong with the photo. Mountain lions are predators...
  • Sacketts’ wetlands fight about liberties

    02/18/2012 6:01:16 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 6 replies
    Spokane Spokesman Review ^ | February 18, 2012 | Damien M. Schiff
    They asked for a hearing. Didn’t they ask EPA for a hearing on whether their lands fell within the statute? They did ask for a hearing, and EPA said no.” Those were the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during U.S. Supreme Court oral argument last month in Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She wasn’t the only justice to express impatience with the EPA’s treatment of Mike and Chantell Sackett, the couple from Priest Lake, Idaho, who face staggering federal fines after the EPA declared their small parcel to be “wetlands.” As the Washington Post reported, “Justices across the...
  • Idaho governor offers to 'replace' Oregon wolf with 150 more

    02/15/2012 7:58:27 PM PST · by girlangler · 21 replies
    The Outdoor Pressroom ^ | 2/14/12 | Valerie Richardson
    In an obvious tongue-in-cheek propostion, Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has sent Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber an offer to "replace" the collared wolf from Oregon that was shot by a hunter in Idaho. "I am offering to send you 150 wolves from Idaho," Otter wrote. "Idaho has more than a sufficient number, in fact many more than the federal government originally required we have, and can spare a few." Washington Times.
  • Wyoming prepares to end federal wolf protections

    02/14/2012 11:11:07 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    Wyoming lawmakers appear ready to change the state’s wolf management law to accommodate an agreement that Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar reached last year on ending federal protections for the animals in the state. Under the agreement, wolves could be shot on sight in much of the state. The Republican governor has made wolf management a priority, saying the animals threaten agricultural interests and other wildlife. Officials say there are about 300 wolves in the state, and Mead has said the population grows by 10 percent every year. Under the deal, Wyoming would commit to...
  • Rick Santorum visits the Gem State (Idaho)

    02/14/2012 9:48:34 PM PST · by Domandred · 78 replies · 1+ views
    KIVI-TV ^ | 2/14/12 | Jaclyn Brandt
    Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited Boise tonight to a packed house at Capitol High School. More than 30 minutes before the speech started, the 1300 capacity auditorium was full and any new arrivals were sent to a spillover gym across campus. Santorum started his speech speaking about his family. There was applause when he spoke about his seven children, ranging in ages from 3 to 20. He said “Last time I said I had 7 children, I was in NY, and there wasn’t applause. I bet a lot of you have that many children.” He also used his family...
  • Newt Gingrich leaves Las Vegas with plan to woo NASCAR voters, sweep South

    02/05/2012 5:21:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | February 5, 2012 | Shannon McCaffrey
    LAS VEGAS — Newt Gingrich is wooing NASCAR voters. As he charts a possible course to the Republican nomination, aides say Gingrich will paint frontrunner Mitt Romney as the candidate of the PGA golf tour while the former House speaker pursues the blue collar mantle of Dale Earnhardt. It’s a strategy that exploits the class warfare Gingrich professes to oppose. Still, it could pay dividends once the GOP race again swings South. Gingrich sees delegate-rich Texas as a firewall in April. But he must slog through more than 30 contests before that....
  • Steve Appleton, daredevil CEO of memory chip maker Micron, dies in Boise plane crash

    02/03/2012 7:42:20 PM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    AP via The Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2012
    The head of memory chip maker Micron, long known for taking risks in stunt piloting, died Friday when a small experimental plane he was piloting steeply banked, stalled and crashed near an Idaho runway. Steve Appleton, who survived a similar crash eight years ago and had a reputation as a hard-driving daredevil, was the only person aboard the plane when witnesses said it crashed shortly after its second take-off attempt in Boise, according to safety investigators.
  • State (Idaho) accuses Occupy (Boise) campers of vandalism, trespassing and theft

    01/26/2012 9:37:49 AM PST · by Domandred · 13 replies
    KTVB ^ | 1/25/2012 | Scott Evans
    BOISE -- With a bill aimed at getting rid of the Occupy Boise encampment making its way through the Idaho Legislature, new pictures of people identified as Occupy members may not do much to help their cause. The pictures don't reveal any crimes, rather the Department of Administration says they are violations of the good neighbor policy, meaning it shows Occupy members taking things and using things they shouldn't. Since Occupy Boise set up camp in early November, the Director of the Department of Administration, Teresa Luna, says they have dealt with vandalism, violence, trespassing and theft. Earlier this month,...
  • mother's nightmare as baby born deformed after doctors misdiagnose ectopic pregnancy

    01/24/2012 7:17:44 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2:24 AM on 25th January 2012 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A mother is suing the obstetrician who she claims misdiagnosed her pregnancy as ectopic and injected her foetus with an abortant, resulting in birth defects. Thirty-five-year-old Rachel Schoger of Caldwell, Idaho, says she was four weeks five days pregnant with her daughter, Seraphine, when her doctor injected her foetus with chemotherapy drug methotrexate in 2006. Two weeks later, the baby was found inside the uterus. And against all odds, Seraphine made it through term. But the little girl will never lead a normal life, her mother says, after she was born without reproductive organs or a rectum as a result...
  • Poll to Freep: Should Idaho college students be allowed to carry guns on campus?

    01/24/2012 1:30:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    idahopress.com ^ | 24 January, 2012 | NA
    The poll is on the right side of the screen, half way down. It is rather ambiguously worded, as it makes no differenciation between legal or illegal. However, the Second Amendment is pretty clear.
  • LISTEN: Justice Alito Fired Up in Case Pitting Property Owners Against EPA

    01/17/2012 8:11:13 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 48 replies · 1+ views
    ABC ^ | January 17, 2012 | Ariane de Vogue
    Justice Samuel Alito seemed none too pleased last week with the government’s argument in a case pitting property owners against the Environmental Protection Agency. Four years ago, Mike and Chantell Sackett bought property to build their dream home near a lake in Idaho. After obtaining local permits the Sacketts began work, pouring in some land fill. But their work came to a screeching halt when they were visited by officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. The couple was slapped with a compliance order asserting that the land is subject to the Clean Water Act and that they had illegally placed...
  • SUPREMES: EPA ACTIONS ‘OUTRAGEOUS’

    01/09/2012 9:50:26 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 32 replies
    WND ^ | Jan 10, 2012 | Robert Unruh
    The government’s actions in a dispute between the Environmental Protection Agency and a husband and wife targeted by the agency when they bought a residential lot in Idaho and started building their dream home are both “outrageous” and “very strange.” There were comments today from justices on the U.S. Supreme Court about the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions in a fight with Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho. Their case began in 2005 when the Sacketts were working on their dream home. Their land, purchased for $23,000, is about two-thirds of an acre and is about 500 feet from...
  • Supreme Court Hears Case of 'Dream House' Stopped by EPA (EPA claims homeowners have NO rights)

    01/09/2012 6:55:59 PM PST · by tobyhill · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/9/2012 | Shannon Bream
    Since 2007, Mike and Chantell Sackett have been fighting to build their dream home on the Idaho lot they bought years ago. The Sacketts say they had gotten local permits and spent thousands prepping the land for construction - then the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showed up. The EPA told the Sacketts their property contained wetlands and issued a compliance order mandating that they return it to its original state or risk facing fines starting at $37,500 per day. The Sacketts say they were stunned, and asked the EPA for a hearing on the matter. The agency denied their request,...
  • Justices criticize EPA’s dealings with Idaho homeowners

    01/09/2012 10:26:29 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 88 replies · 10+ views
    WASHINGTON — Several Supreme Court justices are criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners. The justices were considering whether to let a North Idaho couple challenge an EPA order identifying their land as “protected wetlands.” Mike and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake wanted to build their house on the land. But the EPA says the Sacketts can’t challenge the order to restore the land to wetlands or face thousands of dollars in fines. Justice Samuel Alito called EPA’s actions “outrageous.” Justice Antonin Scalia noted the “high-handedness of the agency” in dealing with private property. Chief...
  • Capital lawyer to have Supreme moment (property rights case)

    01/08/2012 2:55:35 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 8, 2012 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON – Sacramento attorney Damien Schiff will be carrying the conservative flame Monday when the Supreme Court considers what could become the year's hottest environmental case. For the 32-year-old Schiff, a senior staff attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, the hourlong oral argument marks a personal milestone. The Monday morning session will be his first appearance before the famously aggressive questioners of the nation's highest court. "There is a greater intensity of preparation," Schiff acknowledged Thursday, following a moot court session at Georgetown University Law Center. "Everyone knows that (an attorney) is lucky to have 30 seconds to make their...
  • Idaho couple heads to Supreme Court to defend home from EPA

    01/06/2012 2:00:01 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 4 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | January 6, 2012 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON — An Idaho couple's dream home will be the center of a legal storm Monday at the Supreme Court. For homebuilders, farmers and major corporations, the case called Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency resonates well beyond one person's ambitions or even the wetlands protections specifically at issue. Business groups reckon the case can help roll back federal regulations along a broader front. "The Clean Water Act has, in short, become a tool for regulators to micromanage even the most routine decisions of farmers and ranchers," attorney Mark Stancil wrote in a brief filed for the American Farm Bureau Federation....
  • Family of U.S. soldier held by Taliban hopeful over Qatar deal

    01/05/2012 9:13:31 AM PST · by americanophile · 18 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 1/15/12 | Laura Zuckerman
    SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The family of a U.S. soldier held captive by the Taliban for over two years said on Wednesday they were optimistic about the possibility of talks between the Afghan insurgent group and countries including the United States. They expressed hope that Bowe Bergdahl would be freed "as soon as possible" in a statement issued a day after the Taliban said they had reached a preliminary agreement to set up a political office in the Gulf Arab country of Qatar. "We are optimistic about the possibility of diplomatic discussions between Taliban officials and government officials from other...
  • Supreme Court takes up property rights dispute (In a "cause celebre" for the right, vs EPA)

    01/02/2012 8:52:22 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan 3 2012 | David Savage
    Mike and Chantell Sackett wanted to live on scenic Priest Lake in Idaho but couldn't afford it. So they bought a residential lot across the road that offered a distant view of the water, clearing the land and laying gravel. But instead of building their dream home, the Sacketts found themselves enmeshed in a four-year legal battle with the Environmental Protection Agency over whether their dry lot is a protected "wetlands" and possibly off-limits for building. Next week, the Supreme Court will take up the Sacketts' case, not to redefine wetlands but to decide whether landowners are entitled to a...
  • Supreme Court case involving Idaho lake house ignites conservative cause against EPA

    01/02/2012 5:27:12 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2012 | Robert Barnes
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho — Chantell and Mike Sackett’s dream house, if it is ever built, will have to be situated just so in order to minimize the view of neighboring homes and maximize the vista of pristine water and conifer-covered mountain. But their roughly half-acre lot in the Idaho Panhandle has proved to be the perfect staging ground for a conservative uproar over the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency. This month, the Supreme Court will review the Sacketts’s four-year-long effort to build on land that the EPA says contains environmentally sensitive wetlands. A decision in the couple’s favor could...
  • Utility may cut off power to solar plant

    01/01/2012 11:54:54 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 7 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | January 1, 2012 | Don Surber
    Idaho Power plans to cut off electricity on Tuesday to plant in Pocatello, Idaho, that makes material for solar energy, because the factory owes $1.9 million in unpaid utility bills. The dispute is with Honolulu-based Hoku Scientific, Inc., which is backed by Chinese financing and enjoys federal and state incentives. Officials for the utility said Idaho Power agreed to hold off until March on collecting the $1.8 million Hoku already owed, providing the company stayed current in its bills. It didn’t. That’s a telltale sign of trouble as thanks to hydroelectric plants and thermal energy, Idaho enjoys some of the...