Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A bias against Cove Springs?

We were present at the Cove Springs hearing on Feb. 22—the same hearing that Steve Benson of the Idaho Mountain Express reported on with the dramatic headline: "Fish and Game asks county to reject Cove Springs." We find the reporting to be troubling and biased.

To read the article, one would think that the owners and the certified wildlife biologist who spoke that night weren't even present. They were, and they gave a very comprehensive discussion of information that was not mentioned in the story. They also denied Fish and Game's charge that they were unwilling to meet. The Express never reported this.

There was no mention of a local biologist and hunter's comments about our appreciation of this conservation-minded plan. We both think this project presents an opportunity to marry preservation of wildlife, open space, agriculture and a place people can actually afford to live. To our minds, the real threat to wildlife and rural values is the cumulative effect of a bunch of small, piecemeal developments that are too small to do any ecologically sound planning.

Maddy and Michael Citrone


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