Boise, Idaho mayor says he opposes gold mine near Sawtooth Mountains

Yet another damn Canadian gold-mining company is bent on destroying America’s public land with a proposed pit in some of the most scenic mountains of Idaho, and the mayor of Boise is not going to sit idly by.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said Monday he opposes a controversial gold mining operation proposed near Atlanta [Idaho], and will ask the City Council for a formal declaration of opposition next week.Bieter and others are worried about potential contamination of the Boise River.

Read the full story in the Idaho Statesman. Bieter says he opposes gold mine. Boise mayor will ask council to declare its opposition, but city has no power to halt proposed Atlanta project. By Kathleen Kreller. Idaho Statesman

Update: I made a map from Google Earth showing the area of the planned pits and associated disturbances, perched above the Middle Fork of the River, the town of Atlanta, and adjacent to the splendid Sawtooth Wilderness.

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Survey: Famous Jackson Hole elk herd population stable

While Wyoming’s politicians are either predicting the imminent demise of elk in northwest corner of the state or saying they have already been nearly wiped out, the ugly truth of fact again flies in their face.

Survey: Jackson elk herd population stable. Jackson Hole News and Guide.

New story on the count. Feb. 28. Shocker: Wolves Not Slaughtering Elk. By Jim Stanford. New West.

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Hearings on wolf delisting begin tonight in Cheyenne, WY

The most important thing about the hearings is that you show up, and make your viewpoint clear by what you wear, small signs, etc. These may not be allowed into the hearing rooms, but the media will want to see them. These hearings are only because they are required by law, and they are really important because of the media, not to gather any information. Don’t be shy, the wolf haters aren’t. My viewpoint.

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This is from the USFWS-

Here is the list of hearing places.

February 27, 2007, at Holiday Inn Cheyenne, 204 West Fox Farm Road, Cheyenne, WY

February 28, 2007, at Plaza Hotel, 122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT

March 1, 2007, at Jorgenson’s Inn & Suites, 17111th Avenue, Helena, MT

March 6, 2007, at Boise Convention Center on the Grove, 850 W. Front Street, Boise, ID

March 7, 2007, at Pendleton Red Lion Inn, 304 S.E. Nye Street, Pendleton, OR

March 8, 2007, at Oxford Inns and Suites, 15015 East Indiana Avenue, Spokane Valley, WA

In each location, the public meetings will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the public hearings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A brief presentation on the Service’s proposal will be given during the public meetings at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer period. During the public hearing, formal oral testimony will be accepted. Written comments also will be accepted at the public meeting and the hearing.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its proposal to delist the gray wolf in the northern Rocky Mountains. It can be viewed at www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/. Comments from the public can be emailed to NRMGrayWolf@fws.gov, hand-delivered to USFWS, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601, or mailed to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wolf Delisting, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601. All comments must be submitted by the close of business on April 9, 2007.

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At the request of Wyoming’s US Representative Barbara Cubin, there will be a hearing in Cody, but the time or place has not been announced.
Update. Feb. 28: as far as I can tell, and there has some discussion, the date of this still hasn’t been set. . . . kind of like a stage for local politicians and loudmouths to rant and rave with no else having the opportunity to disrupt their script. Will the media play its predetermined role?

Wyoming legislature is working on another defective wolf bill

Folks might be getting confused as to all the wolf bills that have been introduced into the current Wyoming legislature, move and bit, and then die.

Now another one is moving in the Wyoming state senate. This is the last week of the legislative session.

This, like the others, is most likely to be rejected by the US Fish and Wildlife Service if it becomes state law. It is yet another bill that would restrict wolves to a tiny area in Wyoming and take a completely hostile approach to wolves in general.

Story in the Casper Star Tribune. [State] Senate trims wolf management area. By Ben Neary.

Update. Feb. 28. Wyoming Senate passes wolf control bill; House up next. Billings Gazette.

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Senate on Tuesday approved a wolf management plan that calls for giving the governor’s office authority to negotiate with the federal government over the boundaries of a permanent wolf area in the northwestern corner of the state.

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On Monday, the Senate had voted to exclude most private land from a permanent management area in which wolves would be managed as trophy game animals. Outside that area, they would be managed as predators that could be shot on sight.

Mitch King, regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Denver, had said Monday that any reduction of the management area his agency had proposed last fall would be unacceptable. He said a reduction would lead to his agency rejecting a state wolf management plan.

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