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bethmarkley has written 139 posts for'tal Idaho

7/16/14 – Amendments to Fish and Wildlife Draft Program

The Northwest Power Act of 1980 requires the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to develop a fish and Wildlife Program based upon public recommendations, particularly those of fish and wildlife agencies and Indian Tribes. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I’ll talk with NWPCC’s Peter Paquet and Jeff Allen, and Becky Johnson of the Nez … Continue reading

7/9/14 – Managing Idaho Wolves (rebroadcast)

On Monday, Governor “Butch” Otter announced three members of the new Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board created by the legislature to manage wolf populations. In January, Elemental Idaho featured IDFG’s director Virgil Moore discussing the 2013 Idaho Elk Management plan and the new board. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from March, former Valley County Commissioner … Continue reading

7/2/14 – Idaho’s Plans for Water (Rebroadcast)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I rebroadcasted a conversation I had in February with Brian Patton of the Idaho Department of Water Resources. We talk about the Governor’s $15 million Water Sustainability Initiative proposal and an update for us on the Idaho Water Plan, which went into effect in 2013, with strategies and milestones for executing management policies and evaluating … Continue reading

6/25/14 – Innovation in Fire Fighting (rebroadcast)

The Paradigm Project is a plan by the Bureau of Land Management to establish fuel breaks for a nearly 300,000 acre area from the historic Bonneville Point to Glenns Ferry, and from the foothills south to the Union Pacific rail line. Within the last 53 years, more than 75% of the area has burned, resulting in native plants being … Continue reading

6/18/14 – National Monument Status for the Boulder White Clouds (rebroadcast) 

Last month, after designating The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico, President Obama promised more monument signing ceremonies before leaving office. On this episode, rebroadcast from last fall, I talked with various groups about the impact of National Monument status on the Boulder-White Cloud area. Our guests included Rick Johnson of the Idaho Conservation … Continue reading

6/11/14 – Boise’s Ridge to Rivers Trail (rebroadcast)

On the outskirts of Boise, more than 130 miles of interconnected roads and trails course through the foothills, linking not only neighborhoods with public lands but also connecting people with the natural environment. On this program, rebroadcast from March, Tim Breuer, former director of the program (now at the helm of the Land Trust of the … Continue reading

6/4/14 – Of fish consumption standards and water quality

In May, The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality began a statewide survey to estimate fish consumption rates among Idaho residents. Information from the survey will be used to tailor water quality criteria to protect human health in Idaho. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we’ll talk about the potential outcomes for the survey and what … Continue reading

5/28/14 – In with the new

Are recent GOP primary election results indicators of increasing voter enthusiasm for collaborative efforts in environmental public policy? And what do these results portend for the push for Idaho’s bid to take over land currently controlled by the federal government? On Wednesday’s episode of Elemental Idaho, Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker, and Boise State University … Continue reading

5/21/14 – Keep Clear of the Sheep (rebroadcast)

Boise’s foothills are managed for multiple use, and domestic sheep have been trailed through the Boise Foothills for more than a century. In the spring, trail users are likely to encounter sheep moving through the foothills, which sometimes presents a challenge for ranchers. On this episode, rebroadcast from last spring, I talked with outdoor recreation writer Steve … Continue reading

5/14/14 – The Food Safety Modernization Act (rebroadcast)

The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most significant expansion of the FDA safety authorities since the 1939 Food and Drug Cosmetic Act. Recent, high profile outbreaks of contaminations have raised the profile of food safety in the US. While it’s true that the regulatory system was fairly outdated, industry representatives are concerned about the … Continue reading


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