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Forest Service ‘stall tactics’ threaten Minnesota mining jobs, education funding

July 16, 2017 1

The stall tactics and fear-mongering amount to a direct attack on mining in Minnesota and the good people of the Iron Range. The federal government’s proposed withdrawal of leases for mineral exploration and development not only would have a chilling…

Jordan Cove natural gas project will help environment, increase geopolitical stability

July 12, 2017 1

If you truly care about the environment, then supporting the export of natural gas to Asia, India and other Eastern European countries makes sense.  The air quality issues in those countries can be detrimental to our global environment, and natural…

Wildfires ravage 3.2 million acres in 2017, and it’s only July

July 7, 2017 0

As of July 7, wildfires have consumed nearly 3.2 million acres throughout the country, and have impacted states from Alaska to Florida. Only a few thousand acres have been torched in prescribed burns designed to mitigate larger incidents. posted by…

IG cleared EPA of wrongdoing in Gold King Mine disaster using information from known liar

July 6, 2017 3

The IG referred the unidentified EPA employee to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for prosecution for making false claims to investigators and for violations of the Clean Water Act, but the case was never filed in federal court. House Republicans…

Ranching

Idaho ranch research suggests grazing improves sage grouse habitat

June 11, 2017 0

“Through using grazing as a tool, we can improve sage grouse habitat — not just coexist, but improve it,” Prescott said. John O'Connell Capital Press Research ranch seeks balance between conservation, grazing HAILEY, Idaho — During his years as executive…

BLM ditches obligations as Oregon ranchers’ water rights lawsuit dismissed

June 8, 2017 0

When the Whites tried to enforce their water rights with the Oregon Water Resources Department more than two decades later, however, the BLM determined the agreement was invalidated. Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press PORTLAND — An Oregon ranching couple claims their…

‘Environmental bias’ has WA ranchers wary about Forest Service monitoring

May 5, 2017 0

The agency has been scolded and received enough pressure from members of Congress for its “blatant mistakes” and “environmental bias” in monitoring that it’s “kind of in a sit-back mode,” said Jim DeTro, Okanogan County commissioner. “They know they’ve messed…

South Dakota ranchers sued by biker who lost in run-in with bison

May 3, 2017 1

Their lawyer, Cassidy Stalley, cited three defenses: contributory negligence by Heidrich, the risk she undertook when she chose to ride a motorcycle into a herd of buffalo, as well as her failure to mitigate damages, such as “unnecessary medical and…

Land Disputes

‘Authoritarian’ overreach one reason for land management agencies shakeup

July 17, 2017 0

It is a perennial issue in the West, because access to national forests, parks, wildlife refuges, and BLM land sometimes requires crossing private land. That means relationships between those landowners and the federal agencies is delicate, and vital. Greg Walcher…

Despite ranchers’ concerns, Zinke recommends no changes to Craters, Hanford monuments

July 14, 2017 0

Craters of the Moon was first designated in 1924 and occupied 54,000 acres. In 2000, President Clinton expanded it more than ten-fold, to 700,000 acres. This monument in central Idaho is distinguished by its craggy basalt fields; remnants of ancient…

Organ Mountains Monument: Too much land, too many restrictions

July 13, 2017 0

A responsible review of the designation will loosen the bureaucratic grip that Washington has over thousands of acres and help put our lands back where they belong – in the hands of New Mexicans. A significant cross-section of the community…

‘Failure’ of Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument due to negative economic impact

July 12, 2017 0

The executive action instantaneously shut down a major American coal operation, killing thousands of jobs and driving a regulatory stake into the heart of Utah's coal country.  It was widely reported that Clinton's designation had little to do with environmental…