Bears Ears designation “swallows up” lifelong rancher’s water, grazing rights, private property

The federal government should not have this kind of authority over a state and local people.  Especially when the federal government employees are so influenced and guided by well-funded special interest environmental groups. Open letter by Sandy L. Johnson* (see author’s note below) Stewards of San Juan County, Utah Dear Senator Lee, I appreciate the time and help you have […]

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Utah lawmakers to address ‘hell’ of BLM-created wild horse crisis

“It is a hell,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, sponsor of HCR22. “They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” Ivory said. “This is a hell for the ecosystem. This is a hell for wildlife species. … This is a hell for the animals themselves.” Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Lawmakers want feds to rein in wild […]

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Forest Service confiscates private property despite willingness of landowners to negotiate

The government’s claim that it, and hence the public, had a right to use the property without purchasing or negotiating with the family for an easement, meant that Wonder Ranch had to file a lawsuit against the government to quiet title to the property—meaning eliminate the government’s claim to a prescriptive easement. Terry Anderson Property and Environment Research Center USFS Claims Easement through […]

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Endangered Species Act: Poster child for backwards incentives

What if those incentives were reversed? What if landowners were paid to create and preserve habitat, or better yet, to raise endangered species as efficiently as they raise livestock? What if landowners knew that if a species’ population fell below a certain number it would certainly be listed — and if its population rose above a defined number it would […]

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Pruitt confirmation welcome in Colorado, the epicenter of massive EPA debacles

The EPA wants millions in fines from Colorado Springs for speculative environmental harm that could happen, but probably won’t, even though the city has begun upgrades at a furious pace to avoid the possibility. Yet, the EPA takes no responsibility for harm it absolutely caused to people downstream from a negligent spill the agency caused. Hypocrisy so blatant and unapologetic […]

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Obama Antiquities Act abuses challenged by Oregon lumber companies

“The monument expansion is already having an immediate impact,” said Murphy Co. President John Murphy. “The Griffen Moon Timber Sale within the expansion area that was scheduled to be sold this summer has now been withdrawn without any replacement timber sale. The sale would have generated in excess of $500,000 for Jackson County.” Vickie Aldous Mail Tribune Herald & News […]

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Grazing, management by ranchers critical to environmental health in West

But what does this decline mean for the health and vitality of our public lands? Like your lawn, which needs trimming and mowing, rangelands need attention or they die. Harvesting the annually renewing forage on our public lands maintains the health of these ecosystems by reducing fuel loads that could otherwise lead to catastrophic wildfires. Cattle, sheep and other grazing […]

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Arizona border ranchers want Trump wall, but leary of federal agents on land

“It used to take five days to get the ranch rounded up; it takes me seven weeks now and it’s because anybody coming through illegally cuts through fences and border patrol doesn’t know how to shut a gate,” Ladd said. Both Border Patrol and Ladd have keys to locks on his gates, but he said agents often leave the gates […]

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Former Colorado State Rep. calls out enviros for lies about bighorns on grazing allotments

In two different opinion pieces in the Durango Herald, Dan Parkinson and John Mumma  mislead readers about our sheep allotments on a very small part of the Weminuche Wilderness. They both insinuated that bighorn sheep had been killed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) because they had mixed with our sheep and therefore would be exposed to a disease that would […]

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House Oversight pushes for probe of ethics breaches, possible crimes of BLM bully Dan Love

“As a federal law enforcement officer, Love’s actions have the potential to not only taint your investigation, but to seriously undermine the trust in BLM’s law enforcement office and thwart congressional oversight of the Bureau. As such, I request that you investigate the specific allegations raised in your interviews of destruction of federal records, witness tampering, and obstruction of a […]

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