June 21, 2018

Idaho Gov. Otter Using Wolf Politics to Bolster His Political Power Struggle

Below is a press release (with a link) from Idaho Governor Otter’s office attempting to show his support for the need to control wolves in Idaho and appearing to show agreement with statements made about big money to be made in promoting and litigating wolf issues.

Steve Alder, head of Idaho for Wildlife and referenced in the press release quote, in a brief email notification stated that the governor “must be desperate.” That may be. However, I see Otter’s efforts at nothing more than political posturing to gain support for his own selfish needs. When Idahoans consider (whether they are or not I have my doubts) that the Governor supported the legislation that would force ranchers and hunters to pay for “management” of GI wolves forced down their throats, how does such action show any kind of real support for the people of Idaho and/or the “need” to control wolves? Politics is dirty, disgusting business. This nonsense by the governor is nothing more than some half-assed attempt at gaining a few more votes for personal gain.

Regardless of my personal feelings about this issue of wolves in Idaho, here is what came in a press release from Governor Otter’s office:

Governor Otter Reinforces Need for Controlling Wolves

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter released the following statement in response to the Twin Falls Times News article run on Monday, July 7, 2014 regarding wolves in Idaho.

“Nobody in Idaho or anywhere else has any doubts about where I stand on wolves. I fought to keep them out; I fought to limit their impact; and I fought successfully for Idaho’s right to manage them. I am committed to asserting whatever control we can by having Idaho people manage the federally imposed challenges we can’t avoid. Unfortunately, my Democrat opponent disagrees. He supported the wolves being brought to Idaho from Canada, and he thinks spending tax dollars to help control the damage they’re doing to Idaho’s big game and livestock is a waste of money. Once again, while I’m working for us and fighting to protect Idaho values, he’s supporting environmental absolutists and rolling over to the Obama White House.”

Below is an excerpt of the article titled Wolf War Renews as Big Money Flows, July 7, 2014.

“While wolves were busy killing a record number of sheep and cattle in Idaho last year, lawmakers and environmentalists were busy amassing money to renew their longstanding battles over the predator.

On July 1, the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board was established to kill wolves that attack livestock and eat elk through $400,000 in tax money, livestock levies and sportsmen’s fees.

In response, Defenders of Wildlife, a national organization, began a high-dollar media campaign in Idaho calling for Gov. C.L. Butch Otter to end his “War on Wolves.” The conservationists purchased online ads in Boise and Hailey-based newspapers and radio spots across the state. Clicking on some of them leads to an online petition, others have a “donate now” button.

That proves what Steve Alder, executive director of Idaho for Wildlife, said he has long suspected — conservationists are using Idaho’s wolf population to line their pockets. As one of the state’s leading anti-wolf contingents, Alder’s group has frequently locked horns with environmentalists, including a winter wolf derby and a spat over a dead colt in Hailey.”

To view the entire article, visit http://magicvalley.com/news/local/wolf-war-renews-as-big-money-flows/article_8384f9dc-0595-11e4-a828-001a4bcf887a.html.

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No Wolf Pimps On Gov. Otter’s Totalitarian Wolf Board

Idaho’s HB 470 passed forcing hunters and ranchers to pay for damages done by wolves by the totalitarian wolf worshipers. The only good side of this bill is that, according to Idaho Business Review, the governor does not have to place a wolf pimp on the board that will decide which wolves live and which ones die.

If anything, this is just desserts for a group of brats who have always demanded their way, never an ounce of reasonableness and always moving the goal posts in order to protect their wolves at all costs. Now, once reality has set in, and was ably predicted by many whom the government fascists and totalitarian organizations would not listen to, it’s time to pay the fiddler.

Kill them wolves and bring their numbers down to what was agreed upon in the original lie perpetrated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Scott Rockholm Speaks Out: “Evasion of Justice”

*Editor’s Note* Below is a response from Scott Rockholm to allegations made against him by Steve Alder. If you have not been made aware of previous articles and responses about this, you can view the following stories: “Witnesses Claim Idaho Game Commissioner Has Seriously Threatened to Murder Scott Rockholm“; “Steve Alder’s Response to Threats of Murder Letter, RE: Scott Rockholm and Tony McDermott“; “In Idaho: McDermott Should Go, Summit a Waste of Tax Dollars.”

By: Scott Rockholm

I first learned of the many death threats by Tony McDermott, February of 2012. Billijo Beck (A friend of Governor Butch Otter) had become a little loose-lipped one evening on the Facebook Page, Wolf Information Central, a page I had created. She began leaking the story she was instructed to keep quiet about, and the person who instructed her to hide this important information was Steve Alder.

Billijo usually likes the drama, and really enjoys stirring the pot, so I pressed her for more information. Although she was intoxicated, she declined to give me more information, and said I would be extremely upset when I learned of what was going on behind my back.

The following day I called Steve Alder (Steve never called me), and I pressed him to tell me what was going on. He reluctantly began to tell me about death threats that had been directed at me. At first, Steve would not divulge who it was threatening to kill me, but when I pressed him further, he finally told me it was Commissioner Tony McDermott.

Steve and I discussed this at length, and I asked him the particulars of when and where these threats took place. Steve told me the first time he had heard the threat by Commissioner McDermott, was while he was on a horse back ride near Salmon Idaho in August 2011. This ride took place after a meeting in Salmon
Idaho, where Steve Alder gave a speech.

He claimed the second threat was on the telephone, but he just laughed it off. Alder claims that it wasn’t until he learned of the threats made to Beck, that he became concerned.

I asked him why he had kept me in the dark on this, as it was extremely dangerous, and could have resulted in something terrible happening to me or my family. Alder claimed to have kept this entire six months of death threats from me, because he thought I would go public with the information, and he didn’t want to upset the Commission. He told me that he had talked to Commissioner Trevey about these incidents, and he said that Commissioner Trevey would quit the commission if Tony McDermot was removed for making the death threats.

I asked for a written statement from both Alder and Beck, and I was told that they would be provided. Beck wouldn’t provide anything unless Alder gave the go ahead.

Alder then tried to concoct a scheme to record McDermott. Alder asked me if I had anyone that would be willing to set up McDermott, and he suggested that if we did have that recording of McDermott, then we would surely have him. I told Alder that I didn’t need the recording, as the two written statements would
be enough. The other two parties I had as witnesses would not come forward, because of their fear
of reprisal.

Around this same period I had a conversation with Beck, she sent me a private message on Facebook, which I immediately copied, due to the nature of her personality. I have no idea if her treachery was intended to upset my charges against McDermott, or if her undertones meant that her and Alder were going to betray me over the failed Wildlife Summit.

Although I knew Beck to be one that could not be trusted, I did have a certain level of confidence in what Alder had warned me of. Alder described McDermott as a sick man, who had the potential to follow through on his threats. We discussed the amount of times that McDermott made threats to kill me, and Alder confirmed two, maybe three occasions he had heard, and also told me Beck had heard it on two occasions as well.

Alder made a point to explain that they were not the only people who heard these threats, and if I followed through with a police report, that I should have the investigators talk to the entire Commission, as they too had heard McDermott threaten to kill me. I asked Alder if Commissioner Trevey had confided this information to him, and Alder stopped short of outright agreement, but did go on to reaffirm his previous suggestion to have the Commissioners questioned.

I took the threat very seriously at this time, and I advised my wife to maintain her current practice of keeping herself armed.

The level of heightened awareness was necessary because McDermott’s wife was a client of my wife, and I also had to have direct contact with him at public meetings. I had to arm myself at all times at this point, even carrying my firearm in open sight at public meetings. I wanted McDermott to take notice of the fact, that if he did try to put a .45 to my head, he would have to work at it to get the job done.

I finally acquired the letters describing the death threats from Alder and Beck, but their letters were watered down versions of what they described on the phone to me. Read for yourself what the two had described in their letters, and remember, this is not at all as serious as the descriptions Alder had warned me of.

I turned the letters over to the Sheriff’s office, and the report was filed. I then tried to obtain a protection order, but in Idaho that is next to impossible. The only avenue for this to occur is through the court.

When the sheriff deputy tried to contact Alder, he could not be reached. Alder purposely made himself unreachable, as to not have to validate his own written statement. Beck was also unavailable. The deputy tried on several occasions, but soon dropped his investigation due to Alder and Beck’s refusal to cooperate.

From the time Alder sent me a copy of his statement, to the time I filed the report, was approximately three hours. The deputy called Alder immediately following my filing. I believe Alder purposely sabotaged the investigation, and is most likely the reason McDermott was not formally charged.

The above letter by Beck took months to collect, as she complained that it was going to hurt her plans to work with Idaho Fish and Game. I later learned, this letter was going to hurt her chances to become a commissioner herself, or so she thought. Beck only listed one of the threats made on me, and withheld much of the important details. In her description to me, she described McDermott in wording that would leave you to believe McDermott is crazy. This letter obviously stops short of that.

Alder’s letter is somewhat more descriptive, and it took him two attempts to word it in a way that would do the least amount of damage to his personal relationship with the Commissioners. Never mind the fact that six months had passed since Alder first heard the threats, and I was unaware of any of the danger the entire time. Alder was more concerned with his “Relationship” with the commissioners than he was with another human being’s life. Alders affinity to be important in politics, has left my family exposed to a mentally ill individual, who holds a position of power.

From: Steve Alder
To: Scott Rockholm
RE: IDFG commissioner Tony McDermott
Date: 3/1/12
It is with deep regret that I come forth with the following comments regarding a phone conversation I
had with IDFG commission Tony McDermott in July of 2011.

Last July I received a phone call from my friend Dr. Charles Kay from Utah state university indicating that IDFG commissioner Tony McDermott recently phoned him for advice on the wolf issue. I was very pleased that commissioner McDermott had reached out to Dr. Kay for advice and I phoned commissioner McDermott to thank him and we had a long conversation. I was planning a horseback trip in Salmon, ID to get Dr. Kay, commissioner McDermott and a few others together to visit. During my conversation with Tony McDermott he mentioned his hatred for Scott Rockholm. What shocked me was he claimed he wanted to kill him and he said he was serious. He said he’d like to take a .45 pistol and shoot him right between the eyes. I had never heard of anyone hating someone so badly and I hoped this was in jest. During our horseback trip in Salmon in July, Tony mentioned his hatred again for Scott but didn’t mention he wanted to kill him.

Since the trip in Salmon I’ve had multiple email exchanges with Tony McDermott and was pleased with his position on wolves and aggressive predator control to help rebuild our ungulate populations. Then a couple of months ago, Billijo Beck phoned me after an hour and a half phone conversation with Tony McDermott and she said that Tony wants to kill Scott Rockholm. Then I realized we had a problem. I told Billijo not to mention this to anyone as we’ve got to think this through.

I‘ve had disagreements with Scott Rockholm as we are both very passionate but we’ve always been able to get past our differences.

That night I couldn’t sleep as I began to worry for Scott’s safety and I didn’t want this on my conscience if anything happened to Scott. The next morning I phoned Scott and told him about my conversation last July with Tony and the phone call the night before with Billijo. I also asked Scott to try and make things right with Tony and work on his relationship with Tony. Scott promised me he would. I knew commissioner McDermott was doing some good things for us and I did not want this issue to disrupt the IDFG commission. Scott finally phoned me this morning and said he would like me to record my experience as he is afraid for his safety as others have heard the same threats against his life from
Tony.
Sincerely,
Steve Alder
3/1/12

It is important to recognize the obvious amount of time praising McDermott, and downplaying the death threats. This is pure unadulterated politics at it’s finest. A man threatens to take a .45 pistol and shoot a man in the head, and it is all that Alder can do to contain his blathering self important rantings of how great McDermott is. Alder admits that months had passed, and he did nothing. He also states ” I told Billijo not to mention this to anyone, that we had to think it through”. Alder himself, has some serious issues if he thinks that it is okay to leave a human being vulnerable to murder for months.

If we wash away all of the political tones of this story, we are left with the fact that McDermott has, on multiple occasions, threatened to shoot a private citizen. He didn’t stop at a threat of violence, but took it a step further, saying “I would like to shoot Rockholm in the head with a .45”. Ask any psychiatrist, and they will tell you that this is a BIG RED FLAG.

I followed all of the steps required by a private citizen, to report a government appointee. I began with the sheriff’s office, and when that produced no protection, I went to the Governor’s office. The Governor’s assistant, Bonnie Butler, assembled Steve Alder, Billijo Beck, and Tony McDermott for a telephone conference, to discuss the facts of the case. At no time was I included in the investigation.

I made several attempts to speak to Mrs. Butler, but produced nothing. It appears the Governor will sweep this entire threat under the rug. Absolutely no justice for the common man in the State of Idaho.

Both Alder and Beck are recanting their written testimony, and severely downplaying the entire series of many months of threats. I have two other witnesses to some of McDermott’s death threats, and they may come forward in the coming days. Many people have heard this coward’s threats to kill me, and I do not think the man is capable of a broad daylight murder, but I do fear that this man is capable of walking up behind me, in a crowded room, and pulling the trigger. Alder expressed this exact fear to me on the phone on several occasions.

In the wake of the latest school shootings in Connecticut, I believe it is very important to take threats like these very serious. The potential threat to me and my family is very real, and I hate to think that the authorities in this matter are not taking into account McDermott’s new claims of PTSD. This disease was recently made public by Alder and Beck, as a means to further downplay McDermott’s threats to kill me.

Any and all threats need to be taken very serious, and the two written statements of a clear and present danger exists, must be evaluated.

Mr. McDermott is not fit for the office he has been appointed to hold. He is no voice of the hunting public at all, but rather a bully who holds an office of authority. He should be removed from his appointment, given a mental health examination, and he should never own another firearm again.

I demand that the Governor take action, and remove Mr. McDermott from the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. I ask the Governor to encourage the Bonner County authorities to investigate this threat, and to impose the serious nature of these death threats. No person should have to undergo this kind of bullying by a public official. The evasive posture the Governors office is displaying smells of a cover up, and it appears that no action will be taken. I sure hope the Governor takes this threat serious. The letters provided by Alder and Beck are enough to convict McDermott, even though the two have used the change in political events to recant their written testimony. If this were a domestic violence case, these written accounts would be all that were needed to issue a protection order. Do the right thing Mr. Governor, and allow justice to be served.

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In Idaho: McDermott Should Go, Summit a Waste of Tax Dollars

Let me make a few things clear for readers. I am an independent writer. I am owned by no one. I owe no one. My thoughts are my own. I am on nobody’s “side”, as use of such a definition may apply. I am neither republican nor democrat, libertarian, green, red, yellow or purple. I seek the truth and report news. In seeking the truth, it sometimes makes strange bedfellows. What I write on my blogs reflect my thoughts, exemplify the efforts of my research, educate and attempt to move issues forward. As readers have come to understand, under certain circumstances, I will publish guest columns and seek permission to republish information created by others.

Having cleared that issue up, let me also make sure readers understand the actions that took place that led up to the publication of a post regarding information in a letter written by Steve Alder of Idaho for Wildlife, to Scott Rockholm, founder of Save Western Wildlife.

I was made aware of this letter for the first time in a post on Facebook by Scott Rockholm at Wolf News Network. In that post Scott wrote: “Tom Remington you may want to see this.” I downloaded the letter read it and gave serious thought as to what I wanted to do about it.

Knowing if I decided to publish specific information in the letter, it would certainly result in demands for a response from those named in the letter, I felt that there was enough very serious information contained in the letter to bring it to public attention.

I did not contact anyone involved prior to the publication of that post. I also did not contact anyone about a rebuttal or a response. I was contacted by Steve Alder on the very same day the article was published. In our conversations (email and telephone), Mr. Alder asked if I would publish his response and I agreed. As I said before, I felt certain any mention of such a letter of this serious a nature would muster a response. I believe it to be the responsible and credible thing to do. As I have explained, I have no “side” in this issue but I do take issue with no fewer than two things that I wish to address.

What I will first address are the publications I have made about the Idaho Wildlife Summit. You can find all previous articles about the Wildlife Summit here.

As most know by now, some of Idaho’s sportsmen became divided over the Wildlife Summit; in essence whether they should fight to stop it from happening and/or boycott the event, or attend the event and participate. On the issue, I expressed that the Wildlife Summit would be a dog and pony show. I’ve studied about these public forums and personally find them an absolute waste of taxpayers’ money, along with the fact they are corruptly formulated to achieve desired results. I still believe that and stick by the statements I have made about it.

Some readers made the assumption that because of my stance on this issue, that I was “on the side” of Save Western Wildlife, who were fighting to get the Summit shut down. I have explained my personal opinion on this topic and provided enough information to support my reasons. That should be enough.

The second issue that is most imperative in my opinion, addresses the problems that have riddled Idaho Department of Fish and Game commissioner Tony McDermott. I do not know Mr. McDermott personally, but like most Idaho sportsmen, have read about and heard about some of his actions as a member of that commission.

I think the first crazy thing I remember reading and writing about was back in August of 2010. In an email response by Mr. McDermott, at the time involving certain sportsmen seeking the ouster of Commissioner Budge, McDermott wrote some unprofessional comments. You can read those here but here is what I wrote about his actions:

This kind of childish response from a man holding down a public position is sure to set off a firestorm, one that nobody really needs at this time……or anytime for that matter. The wolf debate is full of passion and opinion and words become sharp, cutting into the souls of individuals. However, calling others “idiot”, “lost cause”, begging guys to “come out of your rabbit hole” and then seeking a meeting in a manner resembling calling a drunk outside for a brawl, isn’t going to get the job done. His reference to asking the guys if they would like a “dose of the truth” only confirms the arrogance Idaho sportsmen have perceived from this Commission. That comment shows us he believes only he is the one holding truth.

And now, Idahoans find out that their fish and game commissioner, Tony McDermott, threatened to “take a .45 pistol and shoot him [Scott Rockholm] right between the eyes.” In Steve Alder’s response to this letter that tells of Mr. McDermott’s actions, he says that he doesn’t think Tony McDermott would actually carry through with his treat. Probably he wouldn’t. I don’t know and I am going to say that I doubt very many people do.

I suppose that until the cows come home, all of us can discuss context, intent, capabilities, etc. However, what is just as important as determining whether a threat to another human being is valid or not, is whether the citizens of Idaho want a man of these actions and reactions representing them on the fish and game commission. The governor must also decide. His staff are a reflection of him.

I have heard from some sportsmen that Mr. McDermott has done a great job and fights hard for them. McDermott’s unprofessional and short-fused actions and reactions to issues can only leave citizens wondering about his ability to make the best of decisions; after all, the decisions I’ve spoke of are not the best in judgement making.

These are two of my positions on this issue and I land on nobody’s “side.” If I have caused inflammation between two people or two organizations because of my writings, so be it. My intentions are not to hurt people. Perhaps, through the grace of God, these two groups and the many good people associated with them, can recognize they each have differences, recognize them and move on together toward the search for truth, while granting each other the space and respect each deserves.

In that search for truth, I have expressed my opinions that Idaho taxpayers should stop wasting money they don’t have on outcome-based summits and seriously consider the constitutional make up of who should serve the governor on the fish and game commission.

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