News Releases

February 04, 2005

Idaho's Bull Trout Efforts Recognized

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. "Butch" Otter today hailed a new federal management plan for protected bull trout in the Northwest as well-deserved recognition of effective local recovery efforts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan calls for imposing use restrictions on far less "critical habitat" area for bull trout, a subspecies of char designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, than was… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Appropriations Amendment Helps Rural, Volunteer Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Volunteer and part-time firefighters are a step closer to qualifying for reimbursement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) when they attend approved terrorism response courses, thanks to an amendment in the Fiscal Year 2005 Homeland Security appropriations bill, Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo announced today. The bill was approved by the Senate Tuesday evening.Currently, only full-time firefighters are compensated for the additional overtime hours they … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Dating Violence Victims To Receive Last Needed Federal Recognition

Washington, DC â?? Language to complete Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's efforts to include dating relationships in federal domestic violence cases has been included in a bill that passed committee this week. The language is in a bill to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA and Rape Kit samples just reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. This completes a legislative process Idaho Senator Mike Crapo started four years ago to amend the Violence Against Women Act to include vic… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Grant Funds Help To Stop â??Cycle Of Abuseâ??

Washington, DC â?? Domestic violence prevention efforts in Idaho will get a boost with the announcement of a Department of Justice (DOJ) grant to Idaho Legal Aid Services, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced today. The grant, in the amount of $317,809, will be used to develop and implement a statewide domestic violence prevention and public awareness campaign, focusing primarily on rural areas of the state. â??Domestic violence is a terrible and destructive force in homes and communities,â?? Crap… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Disappointed In SEC Vote

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, expressed disappointment today after a divided Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to require mandatory registration of hedge fund advisers with the SEC. The 3-2 vote, taken this afternoon, means that, starting in February 2006, hedge fund advisers must register under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The change applies to hedge fund advisers managing $30 million or more in assets. There had prev… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Idaho Panhandle Forest Bill Clears Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Legislation to consolidate lands on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest cleared Congress today and is expected to be signed by the President. The legislation aims to consolidate holdings and provide revenue for modernizing the ranger station in the Silver Valley. Senator Larry Craig praised its passage, â??This is a sensible solution to make the Forest Service more efficient. Disposing of these parcels enables the Forest Service to focus on priorities important to the public… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Urges Non-Profits, Fire Departments To Apply For Grants

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo urged Idaho fire prevention groups today to apply for a portion of $27.5 million being offered in Fire Prevention and Safety Grants by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Applications for the funds, which are being offered as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will be accepted through September 30, 2004. â??The residents of Idaho are familiar with the threats posed by fire,â?? Crapo said. â??Idaho had 1,462 residential fires in … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Hires Idaho Students As Interns

Washington, DC â?? This week Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomed three new interns to his Washington, DC office for the fall semester. The interns will fulfill their duties through mid-December. â??This internship program is designed to give students a hands-on learning experience about the political process,â?? said Senator Crapo. â??Each of the interns is a valuable part of our office and this internship will help them understand how government works.â?? Intern duties include legislative support… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Gonzales Well-Qualified To Become Next U.S. Attorney General

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today concerning President George W. Bushâ??s nomination of Judge Alberto R. Gonzales, presently Counsel to the President, to take over as U.S. Attorney General, replacing John Ashcroft. â??Judge Gonzales is very well-qualified to become our next Attorney General and I am confident he will be confirmed quickly by the U.S. Senate. Gonzales has not only a long and distinguished legal career as a lawyer both in Texas and in … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Project Search Funds Celebrated In Glenns Ferry Water Event

Washington, DC â?? A pilot project to help fund projects in smaller communities will be on display tomorrow when officials in Glenns Ferry dedicate a new water treatment plant. Glenns Ferry residents have had to take precautions with their drinking water for nearly five years while they await completion of a new water plant. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo worked with Idahoâ??s Region IV Development office to make about $55,000 available to Glenns Ferryâ??s water project as part of Crapoâ??s Project SE… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

NAS Meeting Location/Time/Format Set

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation announced today that the location and time of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Radiation Effects Research meeting are set. Additionally, the Board has set the format of the meeting as follows. Here are the details: November 6, 2004 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BSUâ??s Taco Bell Arena (formerly the Pavilion) Those wishing to give oral testimony must register in advance with the Board on Radiation Effects Research by contacting Dr. Isaf Al-Nabu… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Meet With Downwinders, Attend Mountain Home, Hispanic Center Events

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will spend Saturday, September 11th in Idaho by honoring veterans in Nampa and Mountain Home, attending the first anniversary celebration of the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho, and meeting in Emmett with Idaho residents concerned about fallout from bomb testing in Nevada during the 1950s. Crapo will be also be available to discuss issues surrounding the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania on September 1… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Expresses Condolences On Soldierâ??s Death

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed his sorrow today over the loss of Marine Captain Alan Rowe, 35, of Hagerman from an explosion while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. â??My condolences go out to Captain Roweâ??s wife, children, and family during this difficult time,â?? Crapo said. â??Captain Rowe loved the Marines and was committed to his country. He served honorably in Iraq on three occasions, returning for each tour with a sense of duty and purpose. … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Help Distribute 25,000 First Books

Washington, DC â?? Idaho children will benefit by the distribution of some 25,000 free books this week as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joins with First Book and other sponsors to distribute books during an event Friday, October 15th at the Boise Office Solutions warehouse. The event marks the first in Idaho utilizing a new U.S. Department of Education grant Crapo assisted in obtaining that will ultimately lead to more than 200,000 books distributed statewide over the next two years. Crapo will be jo… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To View Fire Damage In North Idaho

Coeur dâ??Alene â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s schedule this week will take him from a fire site in North Idaho to a conference in central Idaho. On Monday, he will tour the site of the Myrtle Creek fire with private company officials and Forest Service personnel. He will also have lunch with USFS staff and discuss forest rehabilitation efforts and collaborative efforts under the recently-enacted Healthy Forest Restoration Act. On Tuesday, Crapo will address the Western Regional Mortgage Lende… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Delegation Announces Release Of Cleanup Funds

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Representatives C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, and Mike Simpson today announced $15 million in funding for mining waste cleanup work in the Coeur dâ??Alene Basin. The funding will assist with ongoing Basin cleanup efforts. â??I appreciate the EPAâ??s continued commitment to cleaning up the Basin through the dedication of this much needed funding,â?? said Crapo who sought to secure ongoing federal funding for Basin cleanup through legislat… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Elder Haight Demonstrated Unwavering Devotion

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed admiration for Elder David B. Haight as well as condolences to his family on news of Haightâ??s death. Haight, the oldest living apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away early Saturday morning of causes incident to age. Crapo said, â??Elder Haight came from humble beginnings in tiny Oakley, Idaho, and faced significant challenges throughout his life. Yet he persevered through those challenges and became a noted … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Financial Relief Coming To Rural Hospitals

Washington, DC â?? Patients and medical providers in Idahoâ??s rural areas stand to benefit from a new rule finalized this week by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today praised a rule change that will increase Medicare payments to Idahoâ??s rural hospitals by more than six percent. The new rule, which takes effect October 1, 2004, implements payment and policy changes as required by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Idaho To Receive Sage Grouse Management Funds

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig applauded todayâ??s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of $500,000 to fund Idaho sage grouse habitat protection efforts. The funds are part of $2 million the USDA will make available in Idaho, Utah, Washington and Colorado for special projects to help protect sage grouse habitat. State and local partnerships will provide technical and additional financial assistance for the projects. "Private landowners, state wild… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Honor Troop Support Efforts With â??Spirit Of Idahoâ?? Award

Twin Falls â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will honor three Magic Valley-based efforts to support our troops with his â??Spirit of Idahoâ?? Award tomorrow in Twin Falls. One award involves students from Kimberly High School who are assisting children and family members of Idaho Army National Guard and active duty military members serving in Iraq. Kimberly High School student Trevor Barrott helped organize the Dare to Care program, which includes fundraising efforts to assist the families of soldier… Continue Reading

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