Ranchers nervous about slickspot peppergrass ‘endangered’ listing

Idaho mulling options following listing of tiny desert plant BOISE — It’s unclear if Idaho’s long-running battle with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a tiny desert flower will continue. Gov. Butch Otter’s office is weighing its options after the USFWS again listed the slickspot peppergrass as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Otter, a rancher, has fought a […]

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Pacific Legal Foundation: BLM fracking rule is bureaucrats run amok

Should unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats have free rein to regulate whatever they please? PLF argues “no,” in an amicus brief supporting four states, industry groups, and an Indian tribe in their challenge to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) unlawful fracking regulation. It purports to regulate all fracking on federal lands based on the potential impacts of fracking to underground drinking […]

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Did federal informant’s tip result in killing of rancher LaVoy Finicum?

Court Documents Expose Mark McConnell as a Government Informant against Oregon Occupiers Tim Brown Freedom Outpost Court documents now prove that Mark McConnell, the man who was allegedly arrested the day LaVoy Finicum was murdered and claimed he was not an informant, was a government informant. Oregon Live reported: Mark McConnell, the driver of the Jeep that Ammon Bundy was […]

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COMMENTARY: Feds now control most of the West. Do they want it all?

“According to an internal, 21-page Obama administration memo, 17 energy-rich areas in 11 states have been targeted as potential federal “monuments.” The lives of coyotes, deer and prairie dogs would be elevated above states’ needs to generate jobs, tourism business and energy solutions.” Michelle Malkin First published in 2014 Have you heard of the “Great Outdoors Initiative”? Chances are, you […]

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Feds want ‘convoluted’ ruling against Nevada ranching family to stand

Feds urge against Supreme Court review of Hage dispute Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press The federal government is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to review its lawsuit with deceased Nevada rancher Wayne Hage, an icon of the “Sagebrush Rebellion.” Hage’s decades-long battles with federal agencies have become emblematic of the broader resistance to government management of public lands. His son, […]

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PLI Bait and Switch: It’s not about protection, it’s about energy corridors

video courtesy of The Petroglyph SITLA, PLI and Energy Corridors Each state has school trust lands, which were reserved for the purpose of helping to fund public education from revenues produced through the development of those lands. Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) exists to fulfill that promise with the dual benefit of funding schools and creating jobs through encouraging local enterprise. […]

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Is Utah’s Public Lands Initiative about creating energy corridors?

Related: San Juan County violates due process with wind farm, sticks taxpayers with $250K legal bill Is PLI more about transmitting money and power via energy corridors than it is about protecting wilderness? in cooperation with The Petroglyph Utah’s Public Land Initiative (PLI), is what many consider to be a proactive measure to thwart the Presidents proposed 1.9 million acre Bears […]

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Utah Senators introduce act to protect state from executive land grabs

Lee, Hatch Introduce the Utah National Monument Parity Act From the office of United States Senator Mike Lee Sep 15 2016 WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Utah National Monument Parity Act, Tuesday, a bill that would extend the same Antiquities Act protections Wyoming now enjoys to Utah. “New Yorkers would not appreciate it […]

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OPINION: A Colorado Cowboy’s path to liberty

“There’s a Fork in the Trail” Denny C. Behrens “Distractions of racial and ethnic prejudice among those men didn’t exist. Freedom won the day because the Rough Riders had one goal, one dream: to defeat the enemy and win the battle. They united, and all sacrificed to defeat the enemy.” The systematic demoralization of our Country began when Bill Clinton […]

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San Juan County violates due process with wind farm, sticks residents with $250K legal bill

“Monticello, a largely agricultural and ranching town of about 2,000 located in San Juan County, now finds its wind farm in the midst of a legal battle which may threaten the future of the giant turbines.”   Free Range Report Those familiar with the beautiful view of the Abajo Mountains rising up to the west of Monticello, Utah, have witnessed […]

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