Brackett’s Racket: Politicized IDFG defends decision to demote Parrish

Earlier, we explored the “number of factors” suggestion that Virgil Moore, Deputy Director of Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG), was floating around as justification for the demotion of Dave Parrish.  The demotion took place following Parrish’s Letter to the Editor questioning the impact that a windfarm, which promised much financial profit to powerful Idaho politicians and their families, would have on wildlife.  One of the politicians included Bert Brackett, an Idaho legislator and welfare rancher who’s been appointed to the statehouse as legislator (an elected position) over and over again.  Brackett was involved in the “conversation” about Parrish between legislators that turned into a phone-call to the governor ~ and the nod to Cal Groen, Director of IDFG.   Now, an article demonstrates another of the “number of factors” Parrish ran into which you or I might consider him doing is job, but that the politically privileged saw as opportunity to make an example:

Fish & Game defends demotion of ParrishTimes-News

Parrish had butted heads on occasion with ranchers in the area, one example coming over rehabilitation plans for the area burned by the Murphy Complex Fire last summer. Parrish was opposed to some limitations that the ranchers sought, recalled Mike Guerry of Castleford.

Of course, Brackett is one of the most prominant ranchers affected (check out his picture) by the Murphy Complex, you may remember his blaming the fire on environmentalists while posing for a photo-op in front of his burn-bloated cow, and one of those most fiercly insistant that cattle be turned out on that fire-wounded land immediately and in abundance.

What Westerners would love to ask the candidates

They say the West is going to be in play for once and and maybe decide the 2008 presidential race. However, the candidates are not really talking about Western issues. Yes, Obama came out against the Cline coal pit mine that would pollute the Flathead River as its runs into the United States. He also seemed to take a regressive stance on the 1872 general mining act when he was contenting with Clinton in the Nevada presidential caucus.

For me, most important are questions about the management of the federal public lands.

Aside from that, I can’t think of much they have said directly about real Western issues. Ed Quillen says much the same in this Writers on the Range piece. What Westerners would love to ask the candidates