The Lewiston Tribune says “cheers” to Senator Risch

Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016

In Marty Trillhaase’s weekly “Cheers and Jeers” section of the Lewiston Tribune, Senator Risch receives a “cheers” for his introduction of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act.

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CHEERS … to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. When they close the books on his long political career, historians may open their account with what’s coming next: Risch’s pursuit of the first wilderness area in Idaho’s Panhandle.

Risch’s Scotchman Peaks wilderness bill incorporates about 14,000 acres north of Lake Pend Oreille. Montana’s congressional delegation is expected to run a separate bill covering another 74,000 acres on that side of the state line.

For decades, the area has been designated as potential wilderness. But Risch’s timing could not be better. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, passed an Owyhee Canyonlands wilderness package. With Risch’s help, Congressman Mike Simpson, R-

Idaho, passed a Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill.

The measure also has broad, local support. As the Tribune’s Eric Barker noted, Risch has the backing of the Bonner County commissioners, Idaho Forest Group and the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce.

All the obstacles have cleared away. But as a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Risch is the indispensable man. It’s now up to him.

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