New documentary out, “Wolves in Paradise”

Paradise Valley, Montana, that is.

Story:  By Martin J. Kidston. Helena Independent Record

Given to Texas as a Gift, the State wants to sell off the Christmas Mountains to highest bidder

The Dallas News doesn’t like the idea. Keep Mountains Public. Dallas News.

Neither does the San Antonio Express. Christmas Mountains sale should be delayed.

Proponents of the sale have drummed up a phony Second Amendment argument to justify not selling the mountains to the National Park Service to add to Big Bend National Park. Of course, if the mountains are private property they won’t be able to take their guns there because their person can’t go there.

Many in Boise, Idaho area hoping for mining reform to reduce local mining threat

The U.S. House of Representative may be close to passing long overdue reforms to the 1872 mining law. Many in the Boise, Idaho area [Treasure Valley] are hoping for changes that will stop the proposed pit mines Canadian mining companies want to excavate upstream at Atlanta, Idaho and other places in the central Idaho mountains.

“Atlanta Gold is the most unpopular proposal in Idaho,” said John Robison, who is leading the Idaho Conservation League’s campaign to stop the gold mine. “It’s even more unpopular than the nuclear power plant near Bruneau.”

Under 1872 mining law, mining is always the number one land use on public land. Other land uses and the waters have to give way.

Story in the Idaho Statesman. Valley’s eyes are on mining reform bill. As the House prepares for a vote, some see bill as a chance to protect Idaho’s water from toxins. By Rocky Barker

Update: The vote on the bill in the full House comes on Wednesday — Halloween. 

Missoulian does an overview of Montana wolves

This is a moderately good overview of the general wolf situation and history of wolves in Montana from the 1980s.

Wolf shot; animal had killed cattle. By Michael Jamison of the Missoulian.

On the other hand, whoever wrote the headline for Jamison’s story and the first three paragraphs (they are in boldface) was generally uniformed and wanted to make wolves sound at least somewhat out of control.

For example, a wolf getting shot after killing cattle is hardly news anymore. It doesn’t merit a headline. In the main part of the story goes on to describe how relatively few livestock have been killed in Montana by wolves . . . “With all those wolves, [Kent] Laudon said, ‘it is surprising there aren’t more livestock kills. During the entire decade from 1995 to 2004, he said, 167 Montana cows were confirmed lost to wolves, and 397 sheep.’ “

Western Watersheds Project takes a look a grazing conditions in Current Creek in the Owyhee

Video of the condition of Current Creek in the Owyhee.

Terry, Montana rancher fined $15,000 for eagle deaths

This guy set out an illegal poison for skunks and raccons. Coyotes ate the poisoned skunks and raccoons and died. Eagles ate the dead coyotes and died.

It was kind of like 1920.

He was fined for the value of the eagles; nothing about the use of an illegal poison.

Man told to pay $15K for eagles’ deaths. By Clair Johnson. Billings Gazette.

Terry, Montana has been in the news in the past.
A lot of wildlife violations at Terry, Montana. April 18th, 2007

 Terry, Montana man admits wildlife conspiracy. June 16th, 2007

Utility rescinds plans to build dam for southeast Idaho

This proposal for yet another dam on the Bear River stirred up unpreceded opposition in southeast Idaho.

Utility rescinds plans to build dam for southeast Idaho. Times News