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Congress approved more than $38 billion in budget reductions for the next five and a half months, but only one member of Idaho's all-Republican delegation, Rep. Mike Simpson, supported the plan. The majority of Republicans in Congress favored the spending plan, though most of Idaho's delegation said the reductions didn't go far enough. The spending plan also could cause a…

Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is taking a new tack to get wolves removed from federal protections, by attempting to tie the wolf issue to the latest spending plan Republicans and Democrats are negotiating. If that effort is successful, that action would supersede a plan approved by the Idaho Legislature to declare a wolf disaster emergency. Opponents say lawmakers in…

The Idaho House has approved a measure that would call on Gov. Butch Otter to issue a disaster declaration due to the state’s population of wolves. The measure, House Bill 343, passed 64-5.  The measure will be heard by a Senate committee Wednesday afternoon.  The bill is co-sponsored by 59 Republican lawmakers in the Legislature. If the measure clears the…

Idaho lawmakers are considering a plan that would encourage Gov. Butch Otter to declare a disaster emergency due to the state's wolf population. House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, is sponsoring the plan that was introduced Friday in the House Ways and Means Committee. If the legislation is approved and the governor follows through with the declaration, it could let the…

For those who believe in de-listing of wolves in Idaho, there was a step in that direction Friday when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached an agreement with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and eight other conservation organizations on a possible solution to present to the federal court that has refused to de-list the wolves. If the…

Firebrand Jim Beers, the former federal fish and game worker now known for his anti-wolf, anti-government crusade, delivered a message of hope to a crowd 200 strong at Boise State University Wednesday night. "The possibility of reform has not been so great since ... the 1960s," Beers said, exhorting those present to mobilize to beat back wolves, and federal intervention,…

Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch spoke to Idaho lawmakers Wednesday about the serious problems facing the federal government due to its $1.6 trillion spending deficit in the current budget. “Your country is in serious, serious trouble, not because of an enemy at the door, but because what we have done to ourselves,” Risch said in the Idaho Senate. “This is…