Governor Otter has proposed eliminating Idaho’s Department of Parks and Recreation. It’s a proposal that is causing, to say the least, a great deal of controversy. I suspect you’ll be hearing a lot more about this — from us and from others. Here are the basics:
The provisions of the deed creating Harriman Park created the Idaho Department of Parks. Get rid of the Department, you get rid of the park too? — Idaho Statesman and Rocky Barker’s Letters from the West blog
Disagreement within Idaho GOP on role of government when it comes to parks — Rexburg Standard Journal
Parks chief addresses lawmakers, says nothing — Eye on Boise
Eliminating Parks Department is a “false economy” — West Yellowstone News
Are Idahoans prepared to pay for parks? — Westword via Magicvalley.com
An online petition — Keep Idaho Parks and Recreation
UPDATE 1/18: Gov. Otter already backtracking, looking to save face? — Idaho Statesman
UPDATE 1/24: Indeed, Gov. Otter backs off. — Spokesman Review.
And Here‘s the Governor’s Press release.
Gov. Otter’s idea that Idaho parks still need to pay their own way remains a challenge, however. — Idaho Statesman