Items by Pat Ford

New powerline could electrocute salmon
The Northwest's energy surplus is the latest battleground in the decades-long trench warfare between salmon and steelhead advocates and the Bonneville Power Administration.
In the West: Sen. James McClure and the Forest Service are big losers
Among Western Republicans, McClure is the biggest loser from the Senate shift. For six years he has kept Forest Service timber and roadbuilding budgets high and Bureau of Land Management grazing fees low.
Idaho will negotiate water right with tribes
Far-reaching water negotiations have begun between the state of Idaho and the Shoshone-Bannock tribes over water rights in the Snake River Basin.
Idaho forests to get $1.3 billion in roads
Northern Idaho's three National Forests plan to build 16,570 miles of new roads over the next 45 years.
The economics of logging will shape Idaho wildlands
The recent decline in Idaho's wood-products industry helps explain why the industry and the Idaho congressional delegation led by Republican Sen. James McClure have fought so fiercely against additional wilderness.
A financial buccaneer and his resort come to Idaho's Priest Lake
Priest Lake's future is tangled in a web of money-making through the doings and undoings of British financier Sir James Goldsmith.
Idaho will further dewater the Snake River
The ratification of the Snake River Water Agreement sets off an adjudication of water rights on the Snake River. It's expected to take 10 years to determine how much unappropriated water remains to be diverted.
Look at the forest as well as the trees
A court decision could force the Forest Service to do comprehensive, cumulative studies on the effects of roads built into roadless areas.
A Western tradition ends with a conference on America's parks
A report on the Institute of the American West's conference, Parks in the West and American Culture.
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