By MIKE CORN
OAKLEY -- A new round of letters from the Logan County Commission -- drawn up by conservative Idaho lawyer Fred Kelly Grant -- have gone out to federal officials.
Commissioners agreed at a special commission meeting Monday to sign the letters. The meeting was primarily called to sign off on the letters.
The letters, brought in after being reformatted by Sheila Ellis, Scott City, were signed with little fanfare, and without knowing what it's going to cost the county. The reformatting, she said, saves the county money.
A 31βΡ2 page letter prepared by Grant in June cost the county $1,350, and was based on an hourly rate of $150.
The four letters signed Monday varied in length from two pages to eight.
Two of the letters were sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency at the center of a controversy surrounding the reintroduction of black-footed ferrets on two Logan County ranches.
Another went to the chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality and the last one went to Valerie B. Jarrett, a senior adviser at the White House.
In the letters to FWS, Grant again calls for a face-to-face meeting -- a "coordination" meeting -- on either April 4 or May 2, dates he would be able to attend.
Mike LeValley, in charge of the office overseeing the ferret reintroduction project in Logan County, received his letter Wednesday, but said a decision on the meeting will be made by the regional office.
"Its addressed to the assistant regional director," he said.
Items to be discussed, according to the eight-page letter:
* A biological opinion on the use of Rozol.
* Consistency of effort to restrict Rozol use and the environmental assessment on the Logan County reintroduction project.
* Current and future status of the reintroduction project.
The suggested meeting is part of an effort by Grant, as a director of Trademark America, based in Nampa, Idaho, urging local governments to implement "coordination" plans.
In an article authored by Grant when he led the Stewards of the Range group in Idaho, he said local governments "are successfully fighting erosion of private property rights in their communities."
The coordination law Grant refers to, however, only mentions public land.
A July letter issued an ultimatum for the agency to meet with commissioners, or face the prospect of legal action.
No meeting took place and so far, there's been no legal action, although Grant renewed that possibility in one of his latest letters.