Feds convict 4 Oregon Standoff protesters on minor charges, sentencing in May

Prosecutors conceded in their legal brief that the vehicles and equipment had no government markings, but argued strong circumstantial evidence showed the defendants knew they belonged to the refuge. But even so, Barrow argued, the government didn’t need to show the defendants knew the vehicles belonged to the Fish & Wildlife Service because ownership isn’t an element of the tampering […]

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Michigan landowners testify about Forest Service harassment, seizure of property

Hinkson testified he was approached, unannounced, by USFS and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials about the location of his camp. Casperson’s constituent was informed his camp was on forest land and that it must be removed and the land restored, at his expense. Hinkson received two citations and faces criminal charges for the claimed encroachment which he has spent […]

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Minnesota ‘Buffers Act’ will take thousands of productive acres from rural landowners

When enforcement of the ‘Buffers Act’ begins in a few months, all productive economic activity within the buffer zones will be prohibited. Not only is the value of the land taken away, but all potential value from future economic use will also be lost. by Marjorie Haun In April of 2016, Mark Dayton (D), the Governor of Minnesota approved a […]

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4 reasons Congress should disapprove economy-killing sage grouse regulations

Ironically, at the time the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service finalized the harmful sage grouse plans in 2015, the bird was doing fine, with an increasing population of nearly 425,000, due to a successful incentive-based approach to conservation led by states. Brian Seasholes Daily Caller Good news for grouse & the economy Across 173 million acres in […]

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Endangered Species Act: Stories of Abuse

…the current use of the ESA is incredibly expensive to American tax payers and our economy. As of December 2014, the average listing cost $789,966 per species. This federal funding is siphoned directly from tax payer’s wallets. Posted by ProtectAmericansNow.org Endangered Species Act: Stories Of Abuse In a 5 part series, Protect Americans Now will analyze the Endangered Species Act […]

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Feds try to crucify second round of Oregon Standoff defendants on minor charges

Defense lawyer Jesse Merrithew, representing Ryan, said the general trespass provision in federal regulations governing national wildlife refuges is unclear. It states: “No person shall trespass, including but not limited to entering, occupying, using, or being upon, any national wildlife refuge, except as specifically authorized in this subchapter C or in other applicable Federal regulations.” Maxine Bernstein OregonLive Lawyers vigorously challenge misdemeanor […]

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BLM Idaho management plan to prohibit hobby rock collecting

Approximately 3 million acres are targeted for withdrawal in Idaho. Affected areas include much of the land in and around the Lost River basin between Challis and Arco as well as huge swaths of land around Carey. This area is prime rockhounding country. It would be a shame to effectively shut down recreational rockhounding in this mineral paradise. Gerald Gibeault […]

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Recordings show paranoid, abusive attitudes of federal agents at Bunkerville standoff

Defense lawyers, meanwhile, highlighted portions of the video that recorded agents mocking protesters. The line of questioning reflected an attempt to prove that the government witnesses’ fear is overstated. “There’s no gun there … He’s just holding his back, he’s standing like a sissy,” one agent said of a protester as authorities assessed the scene about 80 miles northeast of […]

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How Trump can drain the EPA swamp

Unnecessary environmental regulation imposes incalculable costs in foregone innovation and economic growth, and the loss of private property rights and liberty. Despite dramatic gains in environmental quality, both the number and cost of federal regulations have been increasing for decades. Diane Katz The Daily Signal There were mixed signals from the White House on Tuesday about whether spending cuts or […]

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Making The Rural American West Great Again

Commentary by: Tony Franco | 2/23/2017     President Trump was elected thanks to voters in states surrounding the Great Lakes, thanks to his concern for blue collar industrial workers who find that their jobs and communities have been sacrificed for the benefit of coastal elites and international trade.     There is another wide swath of “forgotten” Americans whose […]

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