Judge restricts BLM access in Red River case, but not completely

The federal judge overseeing the case of Texas landowners and others against the Bureau of Land Management made a mixed ruling Sunday that grants access to land by the federal agency, but with restrictions. Judge Rules on Red River Access The federal judge overseeing the case of Texas landowners and others against the Bureau of Land Management made a mixed […]

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Livestock killed, burned near site of Dakota Pipeline protests

Over the past five weeks, more than a dozen animals in the region have been killed or injured, and nearly three dozen others have been reported missing. The incidents are near the site where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline, but the Stockmen’s says there is no evidence that there is any connection. MANDAN, N.D. (AP) […]

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Colorado marijuana black market explodes, small town resources strained

Scenes involving large illegal marijuana grows on public and private lands and in gutted-out homes are playing out across Colorado and more frequently on the Western Slope. People have been growing marijuana illegally in Colorado for decades, but law enforcement officials say the uptick in the number and magnitude of illegal marijuana grows have been taxing their resources since recreational […]

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Ranchers, wolf advocates unite to address livestock depredation

The meetings are only the latest effort at outreach to ranchers by the Wolf Center, which has set up a range rider program with volunteers to help livestock producers determine if there are wolves in the area. YREKA, Calif. — A wolf recovery group that has sought common ground with ranchers is hosting another series of workshops in Northern California […]

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Locals fear Owyhee monument would ‘inflame’ deep wounds in Oregon communities

In an open letter to President Obama, who has authority to declare a new monument and has done so several times in recent months, the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition said the verdict “does little to heal the wounds created in our state and nation by the unfortunate events of the past year.” Opponents: Owyhee monument designation will inflame divisions Designating […]

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Border ranchers hold out hope for Trump wall

“I live in a no-man’s land. I live in a land that is occupied by the Sinaloa drug cartel,” he sighed, pointing to mountains on his ranch where he said scouts equipped with sophisticated equipment are posted as lookouts for smugglers. Trump’s US/Mexico border wall wins Arizona Ranchers To many, Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the US-Mexico […]

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Wild horse crisis explodes under BLM, still no strategic plan

While the inspector general’s review pointed to probable scenarios outlined by the BLM’s national director to reach targeted levels in three to five or 10 years, it said the agency has no formal plan in place to deal with the problem. Report: BLM has no strategic plan for wild horses   SALT LAKE CITY — The nation’s wild horse and […]

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Ammon Bundy’s attorney tasered, tackled following Oregon standoff acquittals

“It just blows my mind,” Paris said. “To have a lawyer who’s making an argument in court physically restrained and taken down is extraordinary. He’s entitled to make these arguments. If he was repeating himself over and over, the more typical response is to hold him in contempt. But to physically accost him is just shocking.” As trial ends, surreal […]

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Self-identified ‘very biased’ former BLM employee dismissed from Bundy jury

 That’s relevant because another federal land management agency — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — oversees the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which Bundy, his brother Ryan and five others took over last winter in a 41-day armed standoff near Burns, Ore.  The Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management are both under the umbrella of the […]

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Forest Service turns to pricey private management to improve facilities, services

A plan to transfer the management of campgrounds, trailheads and day-use facilities throughout the national forest to Parks Management Company included price increases of up to 300 percent, according to Los Padres ForestWatch officials. Los Padres National Forest Recreation Fees Will Rise as U.S. Forest Service Privatizes Management Parks Management Company will run 52 recreation sites in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Ventura […]

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