My last “” post: the page turner

“Well hello there. My, it’s been a long, long time. And how’m I doin’? Oh, I guess that I am doing fine. Well it’s been so long now, but it seems now, it was only yesterday. Gee, ain’t it funny how time just slips away?”

Funny How Time Slips Away, Willie Nelson

It’s  hard to believe I’ve been blogging for you since I began my run for Tuolumne County District 3 Supervisor in 2006. Where does the time go?

Toward the end of my term on the Board in 2010, I realized I needed to be where I could impact decisions in state and federal government. It took me awhile to find my place, but almost a year ago I joined a state agency charged with balancing the needs of the environment and people: the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

In California, I won some, lost some, and spent countless hours looking out for your interests. I was one of five county decision makers constrained at times by simple arithmetic (majority votes on the Board) and serious budgetary conditions. It was a labor of love, but my passion was then and is now to balance natural resource protection with the interests of rural communities and our traditional Western way of life.

Here I work with farmers, ranchers, and other environmentalists, ensuring the beauty and health of Idaho’s natural resources are balanced with the responsibility of producing food and fiber for the nation. It’s as meaningful and fulfilling as my “job” in Tuolumne County. Perfect!

So, I’ve kept my site intermittently active, blogging now and then, but it’s not relevant anymore. I’m no longer an elected official with constituents to protect and inform. It’s time to turn the page.

If you want to stay in touch, sign up at my new blog (, follow me on Twitter at “TeriMurrison”, friend me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, or do all of the above.  

After all, I’m turning a page, not burning the book.  

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How You Say It Matters: No Z in Boise

Stumbled on this fun video this morning. Real Idahoans say “Boy-see”! There’s a lot to see and do here, for sure. Enjoy!

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Right There in the Center: Conservation Partnership Focused, Committed

The Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts just produced this excellent video on the relationship between and efficacy of local, state, and federal conservation partners – districts, the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

What’s next? We’re looking to expand the conservation partnership and the power of three to the power of four, five, and maybe even twenty-five! Join us!

Voluntary (non-regulatory), locally-led, on-the-ground conservation is both past and future of the state of Idaho!

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Saving the California Dream: War on Rural California

A TV station from LA ran this series last year about the plight of rural Californians in Siskiyou County.  What’s happening there is flat wrong, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Rural California is in big trouble. They’re outvoted and out-legislated by people who don’t want balance and won’t compromise. And it seems few in the urban areas are paying attention.

Come on, friends. Have a heart. Stand up for rural California.

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Remembering Rosemary: My Unread Blog

Rosemary was a dedicated reader of this blog, one of my biggest fans, and my mother. This is the first blog post she hasn’t read and it’s just as well: she’d be embarrassed. Unfortunately, it won’t be the last blog post she doesn’t see. I will miss her all the days of my life.

Longtime Ukiah area resident Rosemary Torell passed away after a brief hospitalization on Sunday, October 23rd. Her health had declined subsequent to a fall at home last winter. She was 89 years old.

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Howzit Goin’? Pretty Good, Mostly

The Capitol from the state parking garage. SWC office is across the street.

Inquiring minds want to know how I like my new job and the State of Idaho. From time to time I still pinch myself.  And for the most part, I’ve been welcomed with gracious hospitality.

That is, if you don’t count that man who saw my California license plate last week and flipped me off.

While the job’s not without challenges like the other best job I’ve ever had (serving on the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors), what’s not to like?

Idaho’s drop-dead gorgeous. The landscape goes from lush and forested on the Canadian border to dramatically arid on the Nevada and Oregon borders where big rivers flow in deep canyons through vast desert lands. And the people? Save one impatient motorist so far, they’re great too.

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Three-Legged Stools: Good for Idaho, California

When I interviewed with the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission last month, someone on the panel equated the conservation partnership in the recent past between local, state, and federal agencies to a three-legged stool: each leg of the stool is equally important to anyone planning on sitting down.

If you know anything about me, you know I’m big on locally led decision-making AND equally big on coordinating policy and projects between all levels of government. In order to do good things for the land you not only need willing landowners, you need strong conservation partners. Strong partners make for solid seating.

[California’s unwillingness or inability to sustainably fund local on-the-ground efforts has been an insurmountable problem and will likely be for some time: the legs of the stool are there, though just barely. Conservation efforts in Idaho benefit from annual general fund allocations (to the Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the largest portion of which is rolled directly down to local districts), special conservation account funds, contributions from federal and other state agencies, and matching funds from counties.]

While the fellow at my interview said use of the three-legged stool analogy is not so common  any more, we’re working to bring it back. Compared to what I’ve seen in other states (not naming names, just sayin’…), Idaho doesn’t have so far to go.

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