Caswell to Lead BLM

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President George Bush has nominated another Idahoan to run a major federal land management agency.

First it was former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, to run Interior.

Today he nominated Jim Caswell to be the new leader of the Bureau of Land Management. If he gets the job, he'll work for Secretary Kempthorne.

Most recently, Caswell was the director of the Idaho Office of Species Conservation. He was a big part of Idaho's effort to move toward a new roadless management plan under then-Gov. Jim Risch.

Caswell will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Bush's announcement, made today without much fanfare, came on a day when Bush was also busy nominating a new head of the World Bank, so it's no wonder it slipped under the radar.

Of course, many readers were probably distracted by another item in the same White House news release:

"The President intends to designate Senator Ted Stevens, of Alaska, to be Personal Representative of the President of the United States at the 47th International Paris Air Show."

Stop the presses!