GOP targets Endangered Species Act for big changes

FILE - In this May 9, 2008, file photo, male sage grouses fight for the attention of female southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. Republicans in Congress are readying plans to roll back the reach of the Endangered Species Act after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities on public lands. Over the past eight years, GOP lawmakers sponsored dozens of measures aimed at curtailing the landmark law or putting species such as gray wolves and sage grouse out of its reach. Almost all were blocked by Democrats and the White House or lawsuits from environmentalists. (Jerret Raffety/Rawlins Daily Times via AP, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. — In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government’s most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

Thirty antelope die crossing frozen Snake River

Twenty antelope had to be euthanized after being injured trying to cross the Snake River at Lake Wolcott on Monday. Courtesy Fish and Game

Idaho Fish and Game staff on Monday euthanized 20 pronghorn antelope that were injured and stranded on the ice while attempting to cross the Snake River at Lake Walcott. Fish and Game staff also rescued six pronghorns, and another 10 were killed and partially consumed by coyotes.

National park visits hits record high again

FILE - In this Aug 26, 2016 file photo, a man takes a picture as the morning light illuminates the Grand Tetons, in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. Visitation to America's national parks has set new records for three consecutive years. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

SALT LAKE CITY — Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity that brought collateral headaches stemming from overcrowded roads and trails and increasing visitor misbehavior.

Decision on grizzlies delayed

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials are delaying their decision on whether to lift protections for more than 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park and allow hunting, amid opposition from dozens of American Indian tribes and conservation groups.

Learning the ropes

Josh Williams, the Nordic center director at Bogus Basin, skis along the Nordic Highway using the classic technique. Chadd Cripe / Idaho Statesman

The first time I tried cross-country skiing, I was in junior high in southern Minnesota wondering why anyone would want to work that hard in bitter cold when they could be downhill skiing (or hiding indoors) instead.

Should we feed elk?

Elk at Alpine, Wyo., are crowded by development and will join in the feeding operation just down the road when winter deepens.

As our horse-drawn sleigh glided out onto the National Elk Refuge north of Jackson, Wyo., 2,000 elk, about a third of what is expected to eventually show up, pawed at the snow for the grass beneath or rested contentedly in small groups.

Exec: Outdoor retail show should leave Utah

FILE - This March 2, 2015, file photo, Black Diamond Equipment founder Peter Metcalf speaks during a rally to demonstrate opposition to efforts by some Western states to seize control of federal lands, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Metcalf, a powerful outdoor recreation industry executive says the world's largest outdoor retail show should leave Utah after two decades because of what he calls an assault on public lands by the state's top political leaders. Metcalf's comments Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, come on the opening day of the Outdoor Retailer show. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — A powerful outdoor recreation industry executive said Tuesday the world’s largest outdoor retail show going on this week in Salt Lake City should leave Utah if the state’s top political leaders continue what he calls an assault on public lands.

Boyd Guymon

Boyd Guymon

Boyd Neal Guymon, 56, of Ammon, passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, from complications of Lupus, at his home, surrounded by family.


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