On a political front, Idaho has had it’s fair share of embarrassing if not downright humiliating episodes in the last few years. Whether it’s toe tapping in the men’s bathroom (Craig) or joking about hunting our President (Rammell), we who live and dwell here have had to endure the disgrace of our politicians on more than one occasion.
It looks like we may be headed down the same path, again….. The news is swirling about Gov. Butch Otters proposed idea to dismantle our Parks and Recreation Department and in doing so risking our States most cherished park, Harrimans. (Home of the famous Henry’s Fork)
Article Found here: Idaho Statesman ~ Harriman Deed puts Gov. Otters plan for parks at risk. (which can I mention, I think that’s a ridiculous headline via the Statesman. It should read, “Gov. Otter puts Harriman Park and Deed at Risk”)
Not only does Gov. Otters ploy risk the future of Harrimans State park (because the benefactors were smart enough to put conditions on their enormous gift) his plan continues on to put our State run Parks in the hands of his precious Department of Lands($$$). Every angle I view this ’proposel’ paints the potential decline of our State Parks, with Harriman being a straight loss to anglers, winter visitors and the economic stability of Eastern Idaho.
Just a side note. One I can’t help but mention….. Gov. Butch Otter, is first and foremost, a rancher, of the rancher, for the rancher……(of the private lands, range lands and $$$)
Tom Chandler posted an article about this situation on his website The Trout Underground, that I suggest others read. “Public Access to Harriman Ranch Stretch of the Henry’s Fork In Peril? (or, Time to Kick Political Butt & Leave the Name Taking For Later)”
I live in Idaho and will do what I can to help, protest, kick political butt, preserve and protect something that is precious to all Idahoans, and the visitors to our state. I encourage all Idahoans to do the same.
I also think old Butch needs a bit of out of state snarl as well…….what say you……
Lets make it really easy thanks to commenter Bill ~
Visit this link and let ‘what say you’ be heard ~ Electronic Correspondence to Governor Otter Fast and Easy ~
Once you are done there….please visit this site to sign the petition~ Keep Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation