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September 30, 2006

House ESA Passage Should Add To Senate Debate

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September 30, 2006

Dance Tour Headed Across Idaho

Washington, DC â?? Residents of rural Idaho cities, schools, and tribal areas will get an up-close, personal experience with dance theater and techniques, thanks to a federal grant being announced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the Idaho Dance Theater. The National Endowment for the Arts grant for $10,000 will allow members of the Idaho Dance Theater to commence a tour across southern Idaho next month. Crapo is working with the dance company on an additional grant for a northern Idaho tour next… Continue Reading


September 29, 2006

Crapo Co-Sponsors Nuclear Waste Legislation

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring a Senate bill that moves up the shipment of spent nuclear waste from Idaho to the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada. One of the provisions of the bill introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) would put Idaho waste stored at the Idaho National Laboratory on a fast track for transfer to Yucca. Under the measure, shipments could come years earlier than a 1995 court-mandated deadli… Continue Reading


September 28, 2006

Crapo Recognized For Literacy Efforts

Washington, DC â?? This afternoon, a national childrenâ??s literacy organization honored Idaho Senator Mike Crapo for his efforts to secure books for Idaho children in need. Representatives from First Book met with Crapo in his Washington, D.C. office to thank him for his successful effort to secure a U.S. Department of Education grant for book distribution. In the past two years, First Book has handed out more than 330,000 books throughout Idaho.â??It is always a pleasure to find ways to bring … Continue Reading


September 28, 2006

Federal Judge Threatens Idaho's Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The Idaho Congressional Delegation expressed outrage Wednesday at U.S. District Judge James Reddenâ??s decision that no use of water in Idahoâ??s Snake River â?? neither our economy nor our way of life â?? is as important as complying with his interpretation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, said in a joint statement that they would take whatever action is necessary and possible t… Continue Reading


September 27, 2006

Owyhee Initiative Act has first hearing

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo cited five years of collaboration and a surge of public support for the Owyhee agreement today during testimony before the first hearing on his Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act, S. 3794. Idaho Senator Larry Craig chaired the hearing of a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests. Crapo thanked Craig for the timely hearing and said he was looking forward to working with Craig on the legislation following the upcomi… Continue Reading


September 27, 2006

Crapo seeks student interns in Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking applications from Idaho students who would like to intern in his Washington, DC office this winter. The application deadline for internships for the winter semester is October 1st.â??Interning in a Washington-based Congressional office is a tremendous opportunity to watch the legislative process firsthand and experience life in the nationâ??s capital,â?? Crapo said. â??Every year, my office and the Idaho delegation host dozens of students fr… Continue Reading


September 27, 2006

Crapo brokers regulatory relief agreement

Washington, DC â?? Agreement between the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee on a financial services industry package culminated today with expected House passage of legislation that will provide regulatory improvements in that industry. The measure, authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, brings regulations up-to-date and in line with current technology and practices. The Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 (S. 2856) cleared the Senate unanimously in M… Continue Reading


September 25, 2006

Crapo: Academy deadline fast approaching

Washington, DC â?? The deadline to apply for admission to U.S. military academies is fast approaching, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo reminds interested Idaho students. Applications for the nationâ??s four military academies must be submitted by Tuesday, October 31st, to be considered for the class entering in 2007. Every year, Crapo nominates selected Idaho students to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; the U… Continue Reading


September 22, 2006

Crapo: Water Research Programs Critical

Washington, DC â?? Legislation that will assist in funding an important University of Idaho natural resource research facility cleared the U.S. Senate today without objection, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo is one of the original co-sponsors of S. 1017, the Water Resources Research Act. The measure authorizes the funds for dozens of water research programs like the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) at the University of Idaho in Boise, which conducts research and provides ed… Continue Reading


September 21, 2006

Idaho Delegation to host Academy Day

Washington, DC â?? The Idaho Congressional Delegation is pleased to host the Sixth Annual Service Academy Day in Idaho on October 7th. Events will be held simultaneously in Boise and Coeur dâ??Alene. The purpose of these gatherings is to share information with students, parents, and counselors about the Congressional nomination process for the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the U.S.… Continue Reading


September 20, 2006

Idaho Shows 4-1/2% Annual Increase In Jobs

Washington, DC â?? A new federal report released today shows that Idaho had the nationâ??s third-largest jump in over-the-year percent increase for payroll employment. The numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor show Idaho with a 4.4% increase for the year, trailing only Nevada (5.3%) and Arizona (4.6%).â??The Mountain West, and Idaho in particular, remains the strongest area of job growth in the nation,â?? noted Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. â??Our continued economic growth shows the tax r… Continue Reading


September 20, 2006

Crapo Joins Cancer Activists on National Mall

Washington, DC â?? Today Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with other Idaho cancer survivors on the National Mall as part of the â??Celebration on the Hill,â?? an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Crapo met with cancer activists from Blackfoot, Boise, Burley, Coeur dâ??Alene, Eagle, Heyburn, Homedale, Idaho Falls, Mountain Home, Pocatello, Post Falls, Shoshone, Silverton and Twin Falls to discuss federal funding for cancer research and congressional prior… Continue Reading


September 20, 2006

Crapo Co-Sponsors Bill To Protect Rural Education, State's Rights

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo co-sponsored a bill today to protect rural schools by more fully addressing the challenges posed by federally-imposed school transfer requirements. S. 696, the Rural School Geography Act, takes rural concerns into account by not requiring local education agencies to provide a student with the option to transfer to another school if providing the option is impractical due to: the distance to be traveled, a geographical barrier or hazard, or an unusually… Continue Reading


September 20, 2006

Delegation Applauds Roadless Area Petition

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter commented today on Idahoâ??s petition to the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a roadless area rule for national forests in Idaho:â??The Bush Administration asked governors to recommend plans to manage roadless areas in their states because those closest to the land know it best. A one-size-fits-all policy for 60 million acres is simply not the answer. Governors Kempt… Continue Reading


September 19, 2006

Crapo Expresses Condolences on Soldier's Death

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed his condolences today to the family and friends of Specialist Harley D. Andrews, who died when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Specialist Andrews, whose father lives in Boise, was originally stationed in Germany with the 130th Engineer Brigade, 54th Engineer Battalion. He died on September 11th.â??My heartfelt sympathy is with Specialist Andrewâ??s father in Idaho and with his family and … Continue Reading


September 18, 2006

Crapo Notes A Very Special Birthday

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said recent debate in our nationâ??s capitol reflects once again the power of the U.S. Constitution, which turns 219 years old this week. September 17th is generally regarded as Constitution Day, but Crapo noted the entire week provides a good opportunity to reflect on how relevant our governing document has been over the more than 200 years it has been the benchmark of individual freedoms and liberty.Crapo worked with Idaho schools and the Idaho Depar… Continue Reading


September 18, 2006

Crapo Notes Effort On Rural Domestic Violence

Washington, DC â?? Rural residents of southwestern Idaho will receive continued support in the effort to stop domestic violence. Today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded a U.S. Department of Justice grant of $707,368 in Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant funding. Crapo has spearheaded efforts to retain Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funding for such projects, and has worked closely with Advocates Against Family Violence, Incorporated of Caldwell on programs and… Continue Reading


September 15, 2006

Crapo Announces $150,000 For CDA Tribe

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? A grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to the Coeur dâ??Alene Tribe comes just in time to keep its domestic violence prevention and intervention program operational, announced Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. â??This is welcome news for Native American women and children in Benewah and Kootenai County and the surrounding areas,â?? said Crapo. â??Native American women experience significantly higher rates of violence than other p… Continue Reading


September 14, 2006

Former Idaho DEQ Director Recommended For Interior

Washington, DC â?? The former director for Idahoâ??s Department of Environmental Quality could soon join his former boss at the U.S. Department of Interior. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo today introduced C. Stephen Allred before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Allred has been nominated to become Assistant Secretary of the Interior under Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.Craig, who chaired the hearing, commented, â??I have known Steve for a number of years and lo… Continue Reading

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