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To say that El Paso Western Pipeline Group President Jim Cleary was met with an unfriendly welcome at the Idaho Capitol Wednesday might be an understatement. Cleary, whose entity is building the Ruby gas pipeline that will run underground from southwestern Wyoming to northwestern Nevada, stood before lawmakers Wednesday to discuss his company’s agreement with the Western Watersheds Project (WWP),…

Idaho's congressional delegation and Gov. Butch Otter sent a letter Monday to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, saying they will work to make sure that the sage grouse isn't added to the endangered list.  The letter to Salazar says that state efforts, including conservation agreements with with ranchers and other groups, should protect the bird that the U.S.…

Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) director Cal Groen said the declining elk populations in parts of the state could lead to a bigger wolf harvest this coming fall. The leader of a conservation group opposing the wolf hunt said he expects there may not be another wolf hunt in the state. Groen said in a statement released Monday…

The Idaho Department of Lands has been working for more than two years on new rules for how cattle farmers, conservation groups, and other groups can bid on leases for state lands amid court battles on the issue. The lands department issues leases on 1.8 million acres of grazing land in Idaho.  Money from those leases goes to a fund…