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August 27, 2015

Announcing Linwood Laughy as the new Board President of Advocates for the West

Our Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Linwood Laughy is the new Board President of Advocates for the West!  A long-time resident of Idaho’s Clearwater Valley, Lin has guided over 5,000 heritage travelers in north-central Idaho as an outfitter and through such organizations as Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic. Lin cherishes his rural lifestyle beside the Middlefork of the Clearwater River…

July 13, 2015

Former Idaho Governors Andrus And Batt Fault Doe For Hiding Information About Proposed Commercial Spent Fuel Shipments To INL

For Immediate Release: BOISE, ID –  Former Idaho Governors Cecil Andrus and Philip Batt submitted comments today heavily criticizing the Department of Energy for not disclosing information to the public about two proposed shipments of commercial spent nuclear fuel rods to Idaho National Laboratory. The two proposed shipments would require Idaho to “waive” the provision of Governor…

July 10, 2015

Laird Lucas Returns as Executive Director of Advocates for the West!

Our Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Laird Lucas is returning as Executive Director, as Wendy Wilson departs to re-engage in her lifelong passion for policy and advocacy work on water, climate and energy issues. “We are all thankful for Wendy’s leadership in taking Advocates for the West to a new level as an organization,” said Laird Lucas. “As…

June 19, 2015

Take action – Keep nuke waste out of Idaho!

Former Idaho Governors Cecil Andrus and Philip Batt have retained Advocates for the West’s Director of Litigation, Laird Lucas, to fight the Department of Energy’s proposal to ship commercial spent nuclear fuel to Idaho for “testing” and “research” at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The former governors are upset because the 1995 Batt Settlement Agreement –…

April 10, 2015

Treasure Valley air – just a fair weather friend?

When beautiful spring weather arrives in Boise, it’s easy to forget about the dismal days of winter inversions. As we all enjoy the clean, crisp air of springtime, Advocates for the West will be hard at work – ensuring improved air quality for every season! It’s no surprise to locals that air quality can be less than pristine…

March 25, 2015

Mountain Caribou Get Second Chance at Adequate Habitat Protection

BOISE, ID – In response to a lawsuit brought by Senior Attorney Laurie Rule on behalf of six conservation allies, a federal court ordered the US Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its 2013 decision to reduce by 90 percent its designation of critical habitat for the endangered mountain caribou. The court found in Monday’s decision that the agency did not give…

March 5, 2015

Representing former Idaho Governors Andrus and Batt to challenge planned nuke waste shipments

BOISE, IDAHO – On March 5, 2015, former Idaho governors Cecil D. Andrus and Philip E. Batt called upon the State of Idaho and the federal Department of Energy to fully disclose their plans for shipments of commercial spent nuclear fuel to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).Representing the Governors, Advocates for the West Director of Litigation, Laird Lucas, sent a letter today to Energy Secretary…

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February 26, 2015

Federal court finds that agency broke law in permitting Sonoran desert grazing

ARIZONA – On Thursday, February 26th, Federal District Judge Paul G. Rosenblatt found that “[T]he process by which BLM made its decision to allow grazing on the Sonoran Desert National Monument…was not adequately explained nor adequately supported…and thus violates NEPA.” This is a tremendous victory for the delicate Sonoran landscape and its many sensitive species, such as…

January 21, 2015

New suit filed challenging inadequate Gunnison sage-grouse protections

DENVER, CO: On Tuesday, January 20th, Advocates for the West filed suit against the US Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of WildEarth Guardians and retired state biologist Dr. Clait Braun, seeking endangered species protections for the rare Gunnison sage-grouse. Despite clear ongoing threats to the bird’s survival, in November 2014, the agency designated Gunnison sage-grouse as a ‘threatened’ species, rather than the…

November 25, 2014

BLM Withdraws Permit for Idaho Predator Killing Derby!

Boise, ID:  In response to our lawsuit, the Bureau of Land Management backed down from its decision to allow the Idaho Predator Hunting Derby on 3.1 million acres of our public lands surrounding Salmon, Idaho. Advocates for the West’s Director of Litigation Laird Lucas and Staff Attorney Bryan Hurlbutt represent Defenders of Wildlife in this case, filed…