Public Lands: Keep them public

Judy Ferro    [Published by the Idaho-Press-Tribune on Aug. 11, 2014] August is wildfire season, and this year is no exception. A recent AP article states “some 30 large fires are burning their way through federal and state forests in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.”  Drought-stricken California is suffering the worst with 209 square miles …

Elections: Woodings can save us

Judy Ferro    [Rejected for publication] Holli Woodings may not look like the Lone Ranger, but that’s the role she’s been called upon to play this year. You know the scenario: the cattle baron and his ranch hands run roughshod over the citizens and drive out one, two, three challengers. Things look bleak. Then the music stills, and a silent …

Politics: Republican primaries

by Judy Ferro Gotta love Idaho politics. Primaries are behind us, and now Republican factions are arguing over who won. Butch Otter can claim victory because he actually won the Republican nomination for governor. But Russ Fulcher is also claiming victory for his anti-Obamacare, anti-Feds, anti-public schools faction.   Getting 46% of the vote against an …