November 3, 2004 



The Boise State University College of Business and Economics, in conjunction with the John and Orah Brandt Foundation, will bring Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan to the Boise State campus on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Buchanan is best known for developing the "public choice theory" of economics, which changed the way economists analyze economic and political decision making. His work opened the door for greater examination of how politicians' and bureaucrats' self-interest as well as non-economic forces affect government policy and political institutions. His lecture, "Afraid to be Free," begins at 7 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union and is free to the public.

Charlotte Twight, Boise State professor of economics, says Buchanan's visit "provides an exceptional opportunity for our community to hear a Nobel Laureate in economics and consider his thoughts about government and public policy at a time when these issues are so prominent in the news

For more information on Buchanan's lecture, call 426-3351. Additional information about Buchanan can be found at



Oregon may soon be the first Western state to independently welcome back wolves following their near eradication and reintroduction in the Lower 48. In September, a citizen panel of ranchers, hunters and wildlife activists presented the state Fish and Wildlife Commission with a blueprint that would allow eight or more wolf packs to move in from neighboring Idaho.

The strategy calls for at least four breeding pairs of wolves on both sides of a north-south line dividing Oregon roughly in half. The division is designed to spread the responsibility for wolf recovery across the state: Eastern Oregonians could loosen protections for the animals, even if they haven't fully recovered in the western half of the state.

"I just don't want people in northeast Oregon to be stuck with having to deal with them, while people in Portland say, 'Isn't it nice we have wolves in Oregon?'" says Joe Colver, a Portland trapper who helped draw up the plan.

If the Fish and Wildlife Commission accepts the plan in October and the Legislature adjusts the laws accordingly, ranchers will be allowed to kill wolves they catch attacking livestock, although they will need a permit to do so on public land. A compensation fund will reimburse them for losses to wolves.

"I would prefer never to have a wolf in Oregon, but that's not realistic now," says rancher Clint Krebs, who summers livestock in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon and also served on the citizen panel. Oregon's state Endangered Species Act requires the state to restore wolves across much of their range.

--Michael Milstein,

High Country News


U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1,119 U.S. service members (including nine Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 860 in combat and 259 from noncombat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 8,287. Last week 15 U.S. soldiers died.

Since President George W. Bush declared "mission accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, 981 soldiers have died and 7,745 have been injured.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 14,219 and 16,352.


COST OF IRAQ WAR: $143,044,000,000.

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