Bighorn Sheep
March 2, 2016

Court upholds critical protections for bighorn sheep in Idaho!

IDAHO––  In an exciting win for bighorn sheep today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Payette National Forest’s decision to close 70% of the Forest to domestic sheep grazing in order to protect bighorn sheep from contracting an often-fatal disease from the domestics. Bighorn sheep are gregarious animals and will commune with domestics if they…

February 10, 2016

Letter to Army Corps of Engineers – Protect our Salmon!

Wednesday, February 10th – In a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, Advocates for the West and a group of allies demand emergency measures to protect migrating salmon in 2016. In 2015, a staggering 96% of the 500,000 returning ESA listed Snake River sockeye died before reaching Lower Granite Dam due to unusually high water…

January 28, 2016

Welcome John Lamson to our Board!

Advocates for the West is pleased to welcome John Lamson, Executive Vice President of the nonprofit PR firm Resource Media, to our Board of Directors! John is a seasoned communications strategist with 23 years of experience in advocacy, elections and higher education. He manages the senior staff that oversee all of Resource Media’s program work, and partners with the…

October 27, 2015

Update: case against DOE still hot

On Friday, October 23rd, the New York Times and Idaho Statesman ran an AP article with some great news for Idaho: the Department of Energy (DOE) decided to cancel its planned shipment of 25 spent nuclear fuel rods to Idaho National Laboratory from the Byron Nuclear Power Station in Illinois. We and our clients, former Idaho Governors Cecil D….

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…