According to reporting by Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman, Rep. Mike Simpson has addressed each and every one of Governor Otter’s concerns with the proposed CIEDRA legislation for wilderness and recreation in central Idaho. Otter threw a monkywrench into the Congressional works just as the U.S. Senate held a long-awaited hearing several weeks ago.
Notably, Simpson’s letter comes after the Idaho GOP convention and its right-tilting platform was approved opposing new wilderness. According to Barker, Simpson evidently hopes that Otter will go from actively opposing the bill to maybe inactively opposing the bill, and that will be enough to keep Senator Risch’s important support. Here’s hoping that that’s enough.