BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he’s cut or simplified 75% of Idaho’s administrative rules and made Idaho the least-regulated state in the U.S. Little said Wednesday that he’s eliminated more than 30,000 restrictions and some 1,800 pages of regulations this year. State officials say they base the state’s least-regulated status on information collected by George Mason University. The Republican governor had sweeping authority this year to eliminate thousands of rules after state lawmakers fought over the administrative rules process and failed to renew them before adjourning in April. Little says the cuts to regulations won’t make Idahoans less safe.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Democratic minority leader in the Idaho House announced that he is resigning and joining the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce as vice president of government relations. Lawmaker Mat Erpelding was an articulate spokesman for his party and found areas where he could work with Republicans. However, he did not shy from confrontations. Democrats will offer three possible replacements for Republican Gov. Brad Little to choose from to serve the rest of Erpelding’s term in the next legislative session that begins in January. He is resigning effective Friday,
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — National park officials in Wyoming have announced plans for the selective slaughter of between 600 and 900 Yellowstone bison this winter to help manage population numbers.The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday that the officials expect most of the animals to be taken by hunters or shipped to slaughter. Some would stay alive in corrals or under park quarantine.Officials say the exact number of bison expected to be culled out of the estimated 4,900 depends on the winter migration. Officials say the plan includes putting 110 bison into brucellosis quarantine to produce disease-free bison.
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Steelhead outfitters and guides at an Idaho forum talked about solutions to the declining fish population that’s hurting their businesses. The Lewiston Tribune reports that those who work the Clearwater River met Tuesday at an Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association forum to explore their potential role in reversing shrinking fish numbers. Idaho officials closed steelhead fishing this year because of low numbers of hatchery steelhead. Outfitters say they lost hundreds of customers, and one town had more than 700 reservation cancellations in the past two months.