Camas Prairie, Elmore County, Idaho

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Will Local Tourism Dollars go Elsewhere Because of Cat Creek Energy?

Our local tourism industry will suffer because of the Cat Creek Energy project.

On February 10, 2017, the Elmore County Commissioner voted to approve five conditional use permits (CUPs) for the Cat Creek Energy mega-project. That approval went against the ruling of the Elmore County Planning and Zoning Commission who denied those same five permits to the Gooding-based company on July 13, 2016.

That unfortunate reversal quite possibly will damage our fledgling Elmore County tourism industry just when the city and others are looking to pour time and money into local tourism.

How Will Cat Creek Energy Damage Tourism?

During a public hearing on November 17, 2016, local resident, Nancy Thompson provided the following testimony:

Reference: Page 13 of the Petition for Judicial Review document at https://catcreek-energy.com/download/928/

 

Among several others who provided negative comments about the Project, Nancy Thompson, a resident of Mountain Home and the owner of a vacation home in the Featherville area, testified that she sits on the travel tourism committee, and is manager of the visitor’s center in Mountain Home.

She told the Commissioners that they get over 8,000 visitors every year, many from other countries, and they come to Idaho to see what the nature and the meaning of Idaho is about. Tourism brings about $7 million a year into Elmore County. They are sent on a scenic drive that is called the “Boise, Sun Valley Historic Loop Tour” that goes through Lowman, Idaho City, Stanley, Hailey, Fairfield, across the Camas Prairie, into Mountain Home and back to Boise.

They return to the center and comment on what a beautiful drive it is. She added: “I can’t imagine that I’m going to get the same kind of comments from these visitors when they come back to tell us what they’ve done when they cross up over the top of Cat Creek Summit and see wind turbines and solar panels. Ugly is as ugly does. You can’t make them beautiful. You can’t make them blend in.”

And under that glaring fact, we believe a judge will see that the county commissioner erred in approving the previously denied CUPs. We also believe the judge will remand the entire project back to the Director of the P&Z Commission.

You can download the entire 64 page “S Bar Ranch Petition for Judicial Review” document at https://catcreek-energy.com/download/928/

Please help us stop the Cat Creek Energy project from moving forward. You should contact your elected officials. Begin with contacting County Commissioners Bud Corbus, Wes Wootan and Al Hofer and tell them you are opposed to this ill-conceived mega-energy project.

You can use the county website “Contact Form” at https://elmorecounty.org/contact/

or

See https://catcreek-energy.com/mailing-addresses-for-cat-creek-energy-issues/

 

Thanks.

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Stop the Cat Creek Energy Project (CCE) – Spread the Word

On October 20 & 21, 2018, we set up an information booth and spent the day at Carl Miller Park in Mountain Home, Idaho talking to the people who attended the 5th Annual Mountain Home Highland Games & World Fair.

Our goal was simple … Raise awareness about the Cat Creek Energy Project and how bad the project is for the residents of Elmore County.

The Cat Creek Energy Project is bad for Elmore County

What We Discovered – Many Locals Were Unaware of the CCE Project

A vast majority of the people who stopped by our booth were unaware that a corporation based in Gooding County wants to build a mega-energy project in our mountains just 21 miles from Mountain Home.

While we did talk with a few individuals who were from out-of-state, most of those who were interested in learning more about the ill-conceived project were from the Mountain Home area and knew nothing about the CCE Project. This means we have more work to do.

Video Highlighting Why Cat Creek is Bad for Elmore County

By The Numbers:

Booth Statistics – Number of Adults Interested in the Cat Creek Energy Project (CCE)

  • # of people who talked to us at the booth about the CCE Project: 104
  • # Opposed or Strongly Opposed to the CCE Project: 81
  • # who neither support nor oppose the CCE Project: 18
  • # who support the CCE Project: 5

Please help us stop the Cat Creek Energy Project. How? You can share a link to this website with your friends, co-workers, and neighbors, “like” our Facebook Page (@SBarRanch) and write to your federal, state and local government leaders. Tell them you are opposed to the entire project.

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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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S Bar Ranch Letter to Congressman Mike Simpson

This is what the road leading to the Cat Creek Summit Scenic Overlook would look like with wind turbines.

Chris Stephens, owner of the S Bar Ranch located on the western portion of Camas Prairie wrote to Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson and the rest of the Idaho Congressional Delegation explaining why the proposed Cat Creek Energy project is incompatible with the local environment and the wishes of many local residents and ranchers.

Please download and review this letter at …  S Bar Ranch Letter to Idaho's Congressman Mike Simpson

Here is a copy of the letter the S Bar Ranch mailed to Congressman Raul Labrador …  S Bar Ranch Letter to Idaho's Congressman Raul Labrador

To view the letter to Senator Crapo please click here … S Bar Ranch Letter to Idaho's Senator Mike Crapo

Here is a snippet from that letter:
I believe that this Project has not been fully vetted by the Federal and State agencies,
including but not limited to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the National
Environmental Protection Agency, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho Public
Utility Commission, and the State of Idaho Department of Water Resources, who oversee our
Federal government’s and State’s critical wildlife, fish habitat, and environment. It is my
opinion, and the opinion of many other people that this Project should not proceed until all
parties fully understand what affect this Project will have on our land and the citizens of Elmore
County

We hope you will take the time to research why this mega-project, slated to be built in Elmore County, is not compatible with Idaho’s time-honored tradition of being good stewards of our land.  Once you do the research you may wish to write to your Idaho Congressional Delegation to ask them for help in delaying this project until all issues have been explained and satisfactorily negotiated.

Idaho Congressional Delegation and Mailing Addresses:

Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District
Congressman Mike Simpson
2084 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-5531

Idaho’s 1st Congressional District
Congressman Raul Labrador
1523 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202- 225-6611

Idaho’s Freshman Senator
U.S. Senator James E. Risch
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-2752

Idaho’s Senior Senator
Senator Mike Crapo
239 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202- 224-6142

 

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