Feds order destruction of wolf elk kill data because helicopters were used

Their stated goal was to learn why the elk population there has declined “related to excessive predation following federal reintroduction of wolves into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in the mid-1990s.” Idaho has a game management plan calling for the removal of 60 percent of the wolf population in the River of No Return area to boost elk […]

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Addressing inequality of western states through locally-sourced stewardship

Federal land agencies have managed the West like a museum for years. This hands-off management approach has resulted in watershed destruction, air pollution, and forest and wildland fires. Our communities and the environment deserve better. States have the know-how and incentives to repair decades of federal neglect by tending to the environment like the garden that it is. FAQs complied […]

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Federal prosecutors file criminal charges against Ammon Bundy’s attorney

Prosecutor files formal criminal information, lodging three charges against Marcus Mumford Maxine Bernstein Oregonian A federal prosecutor has filed a formal criminal information charging Marcus Mumford, Ammon Bundy’s lawyer, with three misdemeanors. It accuses Mumford of creating a disturbance by impeding or disrupting official government duties by “verbally and physically interfering with” deputy U.S. marshals in their “transportation of a person in […]

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Property rights group addresses misunderstandings about federal grazing laws

Misunderstandings about the history and original intent of federal grazing law by both ranchers and federal agents is fueling tensions across the West, making the issue timely and important, she said. “We don’t know our rights,” she said. “But now we’re learning so much.” Like many other ranching families across the region, Bonds’ family settled the area prior to the […]

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Fake news about looting used to push federal Bears Ears takeover

San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally testified to this fact in a Congressional hearing last September. In her testimony she asserted that not only were the FCM and BLM accounts of looting inaccurate, but that a federal designation would actually increase vandalism and looting due to a massive upswing in tourist traffic. Alarmist stories about widespread looting and vandalism of Native American […]

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Interior nominee promises to revisit Obama monuments takeovers

“I’m absolutely committed to restoring trust. If confirmed, I’ve committed to go out to Utah first, and talk to the governor and talk to the people on the ground, and come back and make a recommendation to the President.” Ryan Zinke In this CSPAN video, Utah Senator Mike Lee questions President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Montana Congressman […]

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Letter: Trump Ag Secretary critical to future of America’s small farmers

Meanwhile, we know that 80% of the Farm Bill goes to SNAP and only 15% is actually paid to farmers in the form of a safety net for domestic food production. It would appear to me that the farmer would be the perfect person to run the USDA and implement this reduced reliance strategy for the nation as a whole. […]

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Remembering the Bunkerville Standoff as Nevada Bundy trial nears

The first political leader who stepped up to the plate to do anything to support the Bundys was Iron County Commissioner, David Miller, who quickly and clearly identified the injustice and hypocrisy the BLM’s actions as it sought to spend $5 Million dollars to remove the Bundy cattle, while claiming that it had inadequate resources to manage its own wild […]

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Jeanette Finicum continues fight for property rights in behalf of slain husband

“It is the anniversary of my husband’s death. We want to continue with his mission. The people within counties and states should decide how to use those properties, not the federal government.” LaVoy Finicum’s widow wants to ‘continue his mission’ Associated Press Leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were driving to a public […]

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Will Bears Ears go the way of Grand Staircase/Escalante, or can it be reversed

President-elect Trump has agreed to look into reversing the Bears Ears National Monument designation, all or in part, and he has the authority to do so. But if this Obama land-grab–one of many comprising tens of millions of acres of land–holds, the ensuing economic, social, and human costs will leave San Juan County and its diverse population in ruins. Video produced by The County […]

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