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Are Hunters Opposed to the Cat Creek Energy Project?

The Cat Creek area provides habitat for an assortment of native wildlife. The project area lies within a major migration corridor for mule deer, elk, and pronghorn moving from high elevation summer habitats to low elevation winter range and back. While the exact pathways and magnitude of the migration has not been quantified, several thousand animals likely use this corridor on an annual basis. Data from elk and mule deer radio-marked during winter in 2015 and 2016 confirmed, considerable seasonal movements through the project area. Energy development has the potential to disrupt these movements.~ The Feb. 1, 2016, Idaho Fish & Game response to the Cat Creek Energy project

Considering the Cat Creek Energy project will consist of wind, solar and hydroelectric “Energy Development,” and that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IF&G) said the project could disrupt elk and deer migration, hunters and all who enjoy the Elmore County backcountry should be opposed to it.

 

Elk and Deer Herds are Back

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game just releases their 2018 big game harvest report. Things have recently been looking good for elk and deer hunters with harvest numbers remaining above or near 2017 numbers.

Hunters took more mule deer and fewer white-tailed deer in 2018 compared to 2017, while the elk harvest was similar between the two years — dropping by less than 2 percent from 2017 to 2018.

The 2018 elk harvest was about 15.4 percent above the 10-year average. White-tailed deer harvest dipped in 2018 compared to 2017, but gains in the mule deer harvest – largely from spike and two-point bucks – brought the overall deer harvest for 2018 above that of 2017.

 

Migration Corridor

The planned Cat Creek Energy project would consist of a 590 acre solar plant and a 1,140 acre wind farm in the Cat Creek Summit area, plus a 2,000 acre reservoir on Little Camas Prairie. IF&G said “the project area lies within a major migration corridor for mule deer, elk, and pronghorn moving from high elevation summer habitats to low elevation winter range and back. While the exact pathways and magnitude of the migration has not been quantified, several thousand animals likely use this corridor on an annual basis.”

Will the migration patterns be disrupted?

 

So, Yes … hunters and backcountry enthusiast should research how this mega-energy project will adversely affect hunting and wildlife in GMU’s 43, 44 and 45 over the lifetime of this ill-conceived project.

Many hunters and local residents have already voiced their concerns and publicly stated their opposition to the Cat Creek Energy project.

How do you stand on this issue?

 

References

 

Please help us get the word out about how bad this project will be for the residents of Elmore County. There are much better locations to site this project where it won’t ruin the viewshed and our hunting heritage.

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Why … We Ask You to Write a Letter

You should ask Commissioners Wes Wootan, Bud Corbus and Al Hofer why they don’t want you to email them.”

Since we took on the Cat Creek Energy project, we’ve asked you to get involved and take action to put a stop to the ill-conceived mega energy project slated for our Elmore County backcountry. And since that time, the Elmore County Commissioners have removed the “Contact Us” form their website. Why?

Elmore County now asks that you physically write and mail a letter to them if you would like to testify during a Public Hearing if you cannot attend the meeting. And for some people, writing and mailing a letter is acceptable. For others, writing a letter and electronically mailing, emailing, a letter is a much better method of communicating with their elected officials.

Elmore County Sits Alone Among Surrounding Counties

We did some research and discovered the Elmore County Commissioners are the only local county commissioners that do not provide/publish an email address to ensure easy and consistent communications.

The included map graphics shows most counties publish the individual email addresses for their county commissioners (green). Three counties (yellow), however, limit the email address to a generic board of county commissioners email address. Still, writing and delivering a letter, an important idea or thought to those county commissioners is just a matter of pushing a button.

The Elmore County Commissioners (black) sit alone, however. We even emailed the clerk of the board of county commissioners months ago about this issue but received no response from her or anyone from the county.

Breakdown of Published Email Addresses for Local County Commissioner

  • Ada County: Group BOCC email available
  • Owyhee County: Individual commissioner email addresses available
  • Canyon County: Individual commissioner email addresses available
  • Boise County: Individual commissioner email addresses available
  • Camas County: Individual commissioner email addresses available
  • Gooding County: Individual commissioner email addresses available, although not convenient to access.
  • Twin Falls County: Group BOCC email available
  • Blaine County: Individual commissioner email addresses available
  • Jerome County: Individual commissioner email addresses available, although not convenient to access.
  • Custer County: Group BOCC email available

Ask “Why” Today

With a next Public Hearing on Friday, December 14, 2018, you should ask your county commissioner why they wish to limit you from communicating with them only through the United States Postal Service. No other local county restricts their residents in such a way.

Standing out in this manner shouldn’t be considered normal if transparency and open communication is a goal.

Write and Mail to:

Elmore County Land Use and Building Department
520 East 2nd South Street
Mountain Home, Idaho, 83647

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Did You Know: The Proposed Power Infrastructure for Cat Creek Reservoir

  • The proposed powerhouse would house twelve 60 MW ternary turbines.
  • The powerhouse would also house additional pump facilities which would utilize the same penstocks feeding the turbine/generators to lift the stored water 840 feet from Anderson Ranch Reservoir for storage in the new Cat Creek Reservoir on Little Camas Prairie.
  • The penstocks would be six 14-16 ft diameter steel pipelines each 2,500 feet long.

Reference: Cat-Creek-Energy-FERC-Application-Nov2018.pdf at … Cat Creek Energy FERC Application - Nov 2018 or at the direct link at http://catcreek-energy.com/download/743/

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14 Dec. 2018 Public Hearing to Amend the Cat Creek Energy Development Agreement

Can you attend?

The Elmore County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing in our county courthouse at 1:30 p.m. On Friday, December 14, 2018. The purpose of the hearing is to gather testimony regarding two possible amendment issues involving the development agreement between the county and Cat Creek Energy, LLC.

The complexity and unknowns involving this possible Cat Creek Energy mega-project continue to grow. And now the county commissioners and the Gooding, Idaho based corporation want to discuss amending a portion of an agreement they signed on February 9, 2018.

NOTE: Public testimony will be accepted at this hearing. We hope opponents of the Cat Creek Energy project will attend this meeting or provide written testimony prior to the hearing.

What are the Amendment Issue Options?

Officially, Elmore County indicates the two possibilities are:

1) Extend the period of time for Cat Creek Energy, LLC to enter into an agreement with Elmore County regarding the diversion and delivery of water

Or …

2) Amend the diversion and delivery of water for Elmore County.

More Information?

As of the publish date of this blog post/Facebook post, we don’t have the amendment wording that the commissioners and Cat Creek Energy will be discussing at this hearing.

Hopefully, Elmore County will release the proposed amendment wording early enough to allow our citizens time to read, research and craft an educated rebuttal.

Take Action Today

Even though we don’t have any information regarding how Cat Creek Energy would like to amend the diversion and delivery of water agreement from Anderson Ranch Reservoir to Little Camas Reservoir, we believe contacting your elected officials would be helpful.

You can call the two Elmore County Commissioners who will make the decision whether to allow the Cat Creek Energy project to move forward.

Commissioner Wes Wootan (208)599-3131

Commissioner Bud Corbus: (208) 599-1294

FYI: Commissioner Hofer has been recused from any decision making authority on the Cat Creek Energy project.

Anyone who wishes to testify, but is unable to attend the 1:30 p.m., Friday, December 14, 2018, hearing, may submit written testimony prior to the hearing by sending it to the:

Elmore County Land Use and Building Department
520 East 2nd South Street
Mountain Home, Idaho, 83647

You should also consider contacting other elected official listed on the webpage:

Mailing Addresses for Cat Creek Energy Issues

Reference: “Dec 14, 2018, Public Hearing Notice – Cat Creek Energy Development Agreement” that can be viewed or downloaded HERE Dec 14, 2018 Public Hearing Notice - Cat Creek Energy Development Agreement or at the direct link found at http://catcreek-energy.com/download/731/

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Get More Info at the Mountain Home Highland Games

Stop by and learn why we oppose the Cat Creek Energy Project

Help Stop the Cat Creek Energy Project

We’ll be at the Mountain Home Highland Games on Oct 20 & 21, 2018 to help answer questions about why we oppose the Cat Creek Energy project.

When: Oct 20 & 21, 2018

Where: Mountain Home’s Carl Miller Park

Address: 350 N 10th E St, Mountain Home, ID 83647

Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/PY92WVAufTR2

Time: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Please stop by our booth, sign our petition, watch a video, learn about this ill-conceived project and maybe throw a few Frisbees around.

More About the Highland Games: http://www.mountain-home.us/event/5th-annual-mountain-home-highland-games-and-light-weight-world-championship

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Mailing Addresses for Cat Creek Energy Issues

Contact Information for Cat Creek Energy Issues

Last updated on March 5, 2019

Idaho’s Senior Senator
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
239 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-6142


Idaho’s Freshman Senator
U.S. Senator James E. Risch
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-2752


Idaho’s 1st Congressional District
Congressman Russ Fulcher
1520 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-6611


Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District
Congressman Mike Simpson
2084 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Phone: 202-225-5531


Idaho’s Governor
Governor Brad Little
State Capitol
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

Phone: 208-334-2100


Idaho District 23 State Representatives

District 23 Senator:

(While in Session Contact Info)
Senator Bert Brackett
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0081

Phone: 208-332-1336
Email: bbrackett@senate.idaho.gov
Website: https://legislature.idaho.gov/legislators/membership/2018/id14/

 

(Not in Session Contact Info)
Senator Bert Brackett
48331 Three Creek Highway
Rogerson, Idaho 83302

Home Phone: 208-857-2217


District 23A Representative:

(While in Session Contact Info)
Representative Christy Zito
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0038

Phone: 208-332-1181
Email: czito@house.idaho.gov
Website: https://legislature.idaho.gov/legislators/membership/2017/id4281/

 

(Not in Session Contact Info)
Representative Christy Zito
8821 Old Highway 30
Hammett, Idaho 83627

Home Phone: 208-590-4633


District 23B Representative:

(While in Session Contact Info)
Representative Megan Blanksma
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0038

Phone: 208-332-1054
Email: mblanksma@house.idaho.gov
Website: https://legislature.idaho.gov/legislators/membership/2018/id4283/

 

(Not in Session Contact Info)
Representative Megan Blanksma
595 S. Thacker Road
Hammett, Idaho 83627

Home Phone: 208-366-7976
Campaign Website: https://meganblanksma.com/


General Correspondence to the BOCC:

BOCC
150 South 4th East
Mountain Home, ID 83647

Online Feedback and Correspondence

As of March 1, 2019, an online form was made available at:
https://elmorecounty.org/contact/

Commissioner Phone Numbers :

Bud Corbus – Phone: 208-587-2129 ext. 505 / Home Phone: 208-599-1294
Wes Wootan – Phone: 208-587-2129 ext. 505 / Home Phone: 208-599-3131
Al Hofer – Phone: 208-587-2129 ext. 505 / Home Phone: 208-599-1620

Communication During BOCC Meeting Involving Cat Creek Energy

Elmore County Commissioner (mail goes to P & Z for Cat Creek Energy issues)
Elmore County Land Use and Building Department
520 East 2nd South Street
Mountain Home, Idaho, 83647

Website: https://elmorecounty.org/

Possible Elmore County Email Addresses

NOTE: Kacey Ramsauer was the official POC for CCE issues in the recent past.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you ask that official enter the documents into the record and confirm this has been done by return email.


Others

Cat Creek Energy Corporate Offices

Cat Creek Energy LLC
398 S. 9th St., Ste 240
Boise, ID 853701

Mountain Home Mayor

City of Mountain Home
ATTN: Mayor Dick Sykes
160 South 3rd East Street
Mountain Home, ID 83647

Email: mayor@mountain-home.us

 

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Commissioners Select Oct. 5 for a new Cat Creek Energy Public Hearing

Testify during the Oct 5 hearing.

Public testimony will be accepted at a 1:30 p.m. hearing on Friday, October 5, 2018, in the Elmore County Courthouse regarding the Cat Creek Energy project. This public meeting was made necessary when the county commissioners refused to approve Cat Creek Energy’s previous draft amendment during a September 7, 2018 hearing pertaining to a development agreement between the fledgling energy company and the county.

During that Sept. 7th hearing, Commissioner Corbus lectured the lawyers and spokesmen for Cat Creek Energy for trying to undermine the county’s efforts to obtain a water right from the South Fork of the Boise River. The major concern that the commissioners had with the proposal was the lack of detail Cat Creek provided for the money they could be charging the county for any water they might deliver to the citizens.

This new hearing and the proposed amendment is obviously an effort to smooth things over after the two parties walked away from the deal. In previous meetings, Corbus indicated that Cat Creek Energy categorically stated Elmore County wouldn’t have to worry about getting the water down to the Mountain Home area as Cat Creek Energy could get it there. However, Corbus said the actions and protests Cat Creek threw in front of the county was a sign that the energy company didn’t mean what it said.

According to Elmore County documents, “Any and all interested persons shall be heard at said hearing and the public is welcome and invited tsubmit testimony. Testimony will be limited to the Amendment of the Development Agreement and its terms and conditions.

Anyone who wishes to testify, but is unable to attend, may submit written testimony prior to the hearing by sending it to:

Elmore County Land Use and Building Department
520 East 2nd South Street,
Mountain 
Home, Idaho, 83647

Download the Public Hearing Notice by clicking here …  Oct. 5, 2018 Public Hearing - Cat Creek Energy Development Agreement

or, the same information in a public link at http://catcreek-energy.com/download/586/

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