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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


June 8, 2024 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Idaho AG appeals FAA decision on Lava Ridge wind turbine project

Attorney General Raúl Labrador announced an administrative appeal with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the Lava Ridge project, a proposed wind turbine development on Bureau of Land Management property in Idaho’s Magic Valley. The appeal requests the FAA to reconsider its determination that the project poses “no hazard” to aviation in the area. The majority of power generated at Lava Ridge would be sent to California, with hundreds of wind turbines planned for federal lands adjacent to irrigated farms . . . Complete story »


March 12, 2024 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Congress inserts conditions for Idaho wind farm in federal spending bill

Congress passed a federal spending package late into the evening on Friday that funds several key agencies through September, avoiding a government shutdown. Tucked inside one of the bills is a measure that specifically addresses a proposed wind farm in Idaho. The appropriations bill for the Interior Department includes a section about the Lava Ridge Wind Project, proposed on public lands in the Magic Valley. It says no funds in the package can be used for “granting, issuing or renewing . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2023 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Japanese Americans were jailed in a desert. Survivors worry a wind farm will overshadow the past.

Behind the barbed wire, the little boy pressed his ink-covered index finger onto the mint-green exit card. And a photograph was snapped of his frightened face. Paul Tomita was four. It was July 4, 1943. Independence Day at Minidoka, a camp in the vast Idaho desert, where over 13,000 Japanese American men, women and children were incarcerated during World War II as security risks because of their ancestry. The wallet-sized paper meant the scared boy in the photo could leave . . . Complete story »


October 26, 2023 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Idaho politicians are saying “Don’t DO IT” to Department of Interior

Idaho Senator Jim Risch, alongside Senator Mike Crapo, Congressman Mike Simpson and Congressman Russ Fulcher introduced the Don’t Develop Obstructive Infrastructure on our Terrain (Don’t DO IT) Act. This act is in response to the Lava Ridge Wind Project in Southern Idaho. The project is being led by the Department of the Interior, despite local opposition. “Idahoans have been loud and clear on Lava Ridge: Don’t DO IT! Yet, the Department of the Interior is still moving full speed ahead,” . . . Complete story »


August 18, 2023 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

BLM extends land status two more years for more analysis of the proposed Lava Ridge Wind Project area

The Bureau of Land Management said that more than 106,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands in the Lava Ridge Wind Project area will continue to be set aside from appropriation. That means that lands cannot be sold or have mining claims filed under the public land laws for another two years. The Lava Ridge Wind Project is a proposed commercial scale wind energy facility of up to 400 turbines submitted by the Magic Valley Energy, LLC to be constructed on . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2023 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Under threat of wind farm construction, Minidoka pilgrimage more bittersweet than ever

In a photo from the 2023 pilgrimage to what was Minidoka Internment Center in Idaho, former incarcerees stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, hands on their hearts. They are all senior citizens now. One of them wears a red, white, and blue shirt emblazoned with the United States flag. There was never any doubt as to their loyalty to our nation, and yet the U.S. government did doubt, and in 1942 sent almost 13,000 people of Japanese ancestry to Minidoka. . . . Complete story »


May 8, 2023 • Idaho, Print storyE-mail story

‘Memorial to all who suffered’: survivors protest wind farm near Japanese American incarceration site

Paul Tomita was just four when his family was interned. He was too young to remember Franklin D Roosevelt, then president, issuing the executive order that saw him and at least 125,000 others of Asian descent packed onto blacked-out trains and sent to prison camps during the second world war. But his memories come alive when he recalls the hard, clattering train filled with fear and anxiety. “They did not tell us anything. So there were just these crazy rumours,” . . . Complete story »


April 13, 2023 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Resolution against Lava Ridge adopted by Idaho Senate

A resolution opposing the Lava Ridge wind energy proposal has been adopted by the Idaho Legislature, after a unanimous vote in the state Senate on Tuesday. LS Power and Magic Valley Energy have proposed a large-scale wind energy project on public lands east of Jerome. It would be the first such project on public lands in Idaho, and, if the targeted 1000 MegaWatt capacity is reached, it would be among the largest terrestrial wind energy projects in the country. House . . . Complete story »


April 13, 2023 • Idaho, Print storyE-mail story

Counties sign resolution calling for halt to Lava Ridge, other wind projects in Magic Valley

In a rare act of intercounty solidarity, the commissioners of eight counties signed a joint resolution opposing three wind energy projects proposed for public lands in the Magic Valley. At a ceremony held in the sunshine at Minidoka National Historic Site in front of hundreds of supporters, commissioners from Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka, and Twin Falls signed the resolution which asks the Bureau of Land Management to select the “no-build” option for Lava Ridge, and to pause the . . . Complete story »


April 13, 2023 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

‘I’ll fight like a badger’: Lava Ridge opponents rally in Twin Falls

As the end of the public comment period for the Lava Ridge draft Environmental Impact Statement approaches, opponents continue to raise their voices against the massive wind energy project proposed for public land in Jerome, Lincoln and Minidoka counties. Several hundred people turned out to the Stop Lava Ridge Rally on Tuesday at Twin Falls Downtown Commons. Speakers addressed their individual perspectives on the possible impacts of the project. “I hope that this is enough to put a plug in . . . Complete story »


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