Ex-Interior Dept Deputy a Target in Abramoff Probe

In my old conservation news at http://www.forwolves.org/ralph/stories.html I repeatedly referred to J. Steven Griles Assistant Secretary of Interior as “ethically-challenged.” Griles was number two at the Dept. of Interior, behind Secretary of Interior Gale Norton.

It appears Griles is now in real trouble. He has been told by federal investigators that he is a target in the investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff’ (now behind bars) and the web of corruption he spun.

Now that the Democrats are the majority, congressional oversight (investigation of executive branch agencies) is now longer suppressed, and it is expected that numerous other Dept. of Interior activities and personnel will be investigated for their legality.

The Department of Interior houses the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and many more agencies and programs related to our public lands and conservation.

Story Ex-Interior Deputy a Target in Abramoff Probe. By Susan Schmidt. Washington Post Staff Writer

Sourcewatch on J. Steven Griles

National Rifle Assn Pressured To Resist Bush Energy Policies

This article and this change in NRA thinking is getting a lot of play and commentary around the country.

NRA Pressured To Resist Bush Energy Policies. Hunters Wary of Limited Land Access. By Blaine Harden. Washington Post Staff Writer

Wild Bill says Idaho Lawmakers Focus on Elk Farms

More on elk farms, shooter pens, etc. This is from Bill Schneider at New West.

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