Idaho Joins Western States in Drought Discussion

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — The governors of 10 Western states, including Idaho, began a three-day meeting Wednesday in Lake Tahoe to tackle drought and other problems that don’t respect state boundaries.

The Western Governors’ Association, chaired by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, will also address energy and transportation at its annual meeting.

However, any substantial policy changes on issues such as the drought or the potential endangered species listing of the sage grouse will require cooperation between historically independent Western states and the federal government.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewel addressed the governors Wednesday and took sometimes heated questions on federal policies involving the sage grouse and drought response. She said working together was preferable to surrendering control to Congress.