Text of Utah resolution to rescind Obama Bears Ears takeover

Backed by majorities in both the Utah House and Senate, and likely to be signed by Governor Herbert, this Resolution is an offensive strike against federal power in a battle over lands and resources that has been simmering for years. Just days following the inauguration of President Trump, Utah State Representative Greg Hughes introduced a resolution aimed at reversing the 1.35 million acre Obama […]

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Zinke affirms support for unconstitutional federal control of America’s lands

Excessive federal ownership is not only illegal; it is also bad policy. Federal land management is subject to the constant buffeting of special-interest politics, and the effects on management can be dreadful. As Zinke conceded in his congressional testimony, the national parks are suffering from years of neglect. Throughout the West — including Zinke’s own state of Montana — you […]

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John Day, Oregon, The Meeting that Never Happened, inspiring a Western ‘Revolution’

Farmer, radio host, blogger, and patriot, Trent Loos reflects on his experiences at “The Meeting that Never Happened,” in John Day, Harney County, Oregon. Two days following the 1-year anniversary of the killing of rancher, LaVoy Finicum on a lonely highway in Harney County, Oregon, his wife and torch-carrier, Jeanette, held a public meeting at the very hall where LaVoy and […]

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Feds side with enviros, ban grazing on 68,000 acres for frog study

Multiple environmental groups — Concerned Friends of the Winema, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Western Watersheds Project, Oregon Wild and the Center for Biological Diversity — have long opposed grazing within the pasture, which has been ranched by the Iverson family for more than a century. Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press Grazing halted to study impacts on Oregon spotted frog A  federal judge […]

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Utah leaders issue resolution to undo decades of federal monuments injustices

“When Democratic Presidents exit, Utah has become the ATM for paybacks to special interest groups.”  Utah State Representative Greg Hughes “The Tsunami wave of government regulations is taking the family ranch (or farm) out of production.  Those waves have decimated a community.”  Sterling Brown Janet Wilcox On Jan. 26, 2017 the Utah House Rules Committee passed both resolution, H.C.R. 11 urging […]

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LaVoy Finicum: Killed by government agents while defending property rights, human dignity

If the federal authorities had been serious about desiring a peaceful resolution to this conflict, they could have coordinated with Sheriff Palmer to arrest Finicum, if just cause existed for an arrest [they knew Finicum’s destination]. Instead they chose to shoot him numerous times and refuse him medical attention from Virginia Sharp, a trained EMT and his friend, as he […]

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Movement to rescind federal monuments takeovers ignites in Utah legislature

Noel believes the appropriate size of the monument should be no more than 500,000 acres and that multiple laws exist on the books to protect Native American artifacts and paleontological resources. Critics such as Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock rejected assertions that public land protections like national parks or monuments yield dollars for surrounding communities. At the monument’s creation, he […]

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Feds get slammed by courts in WOTUS jurisdiction case

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Hawkes, setting a precedent that landowners may challenge the Corps’ jurisdictional determinations. The case was then remanded back to the district court for a final decision on the facts, which found the Corps failed to prove that a WOTUS was present on Hawkes’ land. Landowner wins case against Army Corps of Engineers Northern Ag. […]

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Flashback: Did pressure from Oregon Governor Brown lead to killing of LaVoy Finicum?

Brown’s appeal to Loretta Lynch for a ‘swift resolution’ to the matter was a rhetorical grenade thrown into the middle of an otherwise peaceful–though sometimes tense–situation. It’s ironic that ‘swift’ federal action was requested of the United States chief law-enforcement officer simply because a couple dozen peaceful ranchers were camped out at an abandoned federal structure on public lands. The leftist mantra, ‘keep public […]

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Jeanette Finicum to sue feds for killing of LaVoy one year ago

The suit will allege that the FBI fired at Finicum “when he’s getting out of his car to surrender,” Claypool said. “What’s critical is he’s not even out of his door and there are gunshots blowing through his windows. That’s excessive force 101.” Maxine Bernstein Oregon Live A federal civil rights lawsuit in the death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum will […]

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