Monthly Archives: October 2016

Otter Pushes Collaboration in Forest and Rangeland Issues

Idaho Governor Butch Otter talked about the importance of collaboration during his welcome remarks to those attending a workshop of the Western Governors Association in Boise on October 20.

Governor Otter pointed to the creation of Rangeland Fire Protection Associations in Idaho as an example. Before 2012 it was illegal for ranchers to fight fires. The Governor, legislature, and federal and state fire agencies subsequently created the RFPAs. There are now eight districts with almost 300 volunteers overseeing more than 7 million acres.

Otter also discussed finding projects of value on which to collaborate.

(Audio from live stream provided by Western Governors Association. Photo courtesy WGA.)

Jim Lyons, Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management, said in his opening remarks that in the battle against the impact of wildfires and invasive species, collaboration has a role. He said these issues are not public land issues or private land issues, but resource issues.

The workshop focused on the WGA’s National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative, which “creates a mechanism for states and land managers to share best practices and policy options for forest and rangeland management,” according to the WGA website.


Rangeland Fire Protection Associations in Idaho

WGO Forest and Rangeland Initiative

Posted October 23, 2016




U-Idaho Leads Excavation at James Castle Home in Boise

A group of University of Idaho students and faculty led an archaeological dig in Boise this month at the home of the celebrated Idaho artist James Castle. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:40)

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They were looking for things related to Castle or his family at this most recent University of Idaho archaeological dig in Boise.

Graduate student Renae Campbell was co-field director of the project:

Renae Campbell: “The city has been generous enough to invite us out here because they’re turning the house into sort of an interpretive cultural center, and anything that we can find out about Castle or his family helps them fulfill that.”

And so the hunt was on for items Castle and his family might have dropped, pieces of their daily lives, or even pieces of Castle’s artistic process.


James Castle’s work is celebrated around the world. The Idaho visual artist was born deaf in 1899 and during his lifetime– he died in 1977– he used found materials to produce his art– sticks, scraps of paper, and even trash from his neighborhood.

Project co-field director Mary Petrich-Guy says a variety of methods were used, including historical research, in deciding where to look:

Mary Petrich-Guy: “The city of Boise is working with folks that have photographs or drawings that we can base some assumptions on. We can try to look there to confirm what, you know, is there is there. And then also we have a group of metal detectors out.”

This particular dig ended October 12th. It’s hoped the renovated Castle home will open in October 2017.


UI crews have been on several digs in Boise in recent years, including one at Fort Boise this summer. The digs have been open to the public and volunteers come in from the community to help. The students describe the work as a great hands-on learning experience.

I’m Glenn Mosley.


College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

James Castle

James Castle House

Copyright 2016 Idaho Public Radio

Posted October 13, 2016





“We are running out of accessible water”

We are dealing with a global water crisis– that’s what Maude Barlow, the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, told the 2016 Palouse Basin Water Summit this week. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (:50)

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Maude Barlow, the recipient of fourteen honorary degrees and author of eighteen books, didn’t mince words this week when she told the 2016 Palouse Basin Water Summit that the world is running out of accessible water. Recent United Nations reports, she said, indicate seven billion people may be affected by water shortages by 2075.

Barlow says demand is going straight up and the supply is going straight down:

Maude Barlow: “We see water as a resource for our pleasure, our convenience and profit.We do not, I don’t believe, see it as the living element of an eco-system that gives us life.”

Barlow says what’s needed is a new relationship with water. She suggests a new water ethic based on the principles of water sustainability, water as a public trust, and water as a human right.

I’m Glenn Mosley.


Maude Barlow

Palouse Basin water Summit

Copyright 2016 Idaho Public Radio

Posted October 7, 2016



Agriculture and American Foreign Policy

Agriculture may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you consider America’s foreign policy, but it plays a large role, according to Daryl Brehm, the recently retired deputy administrator for foreign service operations of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

“It’s U.S. exporting, and it’s working on trade policy with other countries, international agreements, international negotiations, to make these exports possible,” Brehm said in an interview with Idaho Public Radio. “We also support international agricultural development, food security, and providing food assistance.”

Brehm explains why he thinks should pay attention to agriculture issues:


Brehm said that over the years he interacted with several Idaho organizations on international agricultural issues, including the Idaho Wheat Commission and the U.S. Dry Pea and Lentil Council.

During his career, Brehm represented U.S. agricultural trade interests at the World Trade Organization, the Codex Alimentarius of the United Nations, and the Office of Economic Cooperation and Development. He was posted in Indonesia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, South Korea, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Afghanistan.

Brehm spoke at the University of Idaho in Moscow on Wednesday, October 5th, as part of the Martin Forum series, and on Tuesday, October 4th, at the UI’s Renfrew Colloquium.

Posted October 6, 2016




Vandal Football Takes on Louisiana-Monroe

Vandal football will be looking for its third win of the season Saturday at Louisiana-Monroe. Idaho Public Radio’s Dylan Latting has a preview. (:45)

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Vandal football is into the conference portion of its schedule now and head coach Paul Petrino says the team will need to be focused and execute for four quarters to be successful:

Paul Petrino: “You know, I think it’s just about getting better every single day, and then, you know, finding a way to fight all four quarters. I thought we did a great job of that at Vegas, but I think with Troy, you know, there was a part in the second quarter and the third quarter where we just didn’t stay mentally focused enough and stay executing, and in this conference stretch we gotta be focused and concentrate and execute for four quarters.”

Up next for the Vandals is Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday. Petrino says Louisiana-Monroe’s quarterback is playing very well, and that on defense the team likes to bring a lot of pressure to try to confuse the offensive line.

Game time Saturday is 4:00 p.m.m PT.

I’m Dylan Latting.

Posted October 4, 2016

Audio via Sun Belt Teleconference, October 3, 2016