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Remembering Hatfield

Who Survives? USFS or NPS I’d like to combine two of the recent posts in this space by Chris Carlson and offer up a provocative wager to our readers. To set the stage: Chris opined, and I agree, that we’d … (Read More)

Double Down

Who Survives? USFS or NPS I’d like to combine two of the recent posts in this space by Chris Carlson and offer up a provocative wager to our readers. To set the stage: Chris opined, and I agree, that we’d … (Read More)

Half Way There

Mark Trahant on the lousy economy… Writing recently at the NewWest website, author and Fort Hall, Idaho resident Mark Trahant says the United States is halfway into a “lost decade” of economic growth. Trahant says: “The late, great author Wallace … (Read More)

Western Water

It’s All About Water, Stupid! With apologies to James Carville, the political consultant who came up with Bill Clinton’s campaign mantra – “it’s the economy, stupid,” the future in the American west is all about water, its allocation, its cost … (Read More)

Dam Politics

When the famous photographer Margaret Bourke-White made her iconic 1936 Life magazine cover shot of the still under construction spillway at Fort Peck Dam – the very first cover of the magazine – the country had no environmental impact statements. A cost-benefit analysis? Huh, what’s … (Read More)

A Better Way?

A Department of Natural Resources? Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was in Boise during the Easter week congressional recess.  During his visit he spent part of a day touring the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) at the Boise Airport. the air arm of joint Bureau of … (Read More)

The Parks Service and Alaska

Over the Horizon Former Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus’s uncanny ability to look over the horizon and see how the future might unfold is one of the many hallmarks that make him such a unique figure not just on Idaho’s … (Read More)

Go Easy on the Parks

A Stand Against Racing Dr. John Freemuth, Senior Fellow at the Andrus Center for Public Policy and a professor of political science at Boise State University, wrote recently on a national park controversy in Colorado involving bike racing. “I  hold with … (Read More)

Teton Dam

To rebuild or not to rebuild? A couple days after the Teton Dam catastrophically collapsed in eastern Idaho on June 5th, 1976, causing the deaths of 11 people, millions of dollars in damages as well as displacing hundreds from their homes and … (Read More)

Andrus Center White Paper Published

The Andrus Center has published a White Paper for “Life in the West: People, Land, Water and Wildlife in a Changing Economy” Download pdf (Read More)