Basalt Colorado: Sane forest management vs recreation

Council members are concerned that logging-truck traffic will pose danger to the many bicyclists, campers, boat enthusiasts and anglers using Frying Pan Road. The project would generate an estimated 700 to 900 truck trips on Frying Pan Road and through Basalt. “What’s sticking for me is we’re not a logging town, we’re a recreation town,” Councilman Auden Schendler said Tuesday night in […]

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Local witnesses testify of kindness, good manners of Oregon Standoff defendants

“They took very good care of my place. I trusted them completely,” she said. During cross, Overton acknowledged that Patrick left her a $100 tip at the truck stop one night. She also said the men paid her electric bill and bought her a new set of pots and pans. Maxine Bernstein Oregon Live Refuge visitors, character witnesses testify for […]

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South Dakota ranchers, farmers hit with rising property taxes based on soil type

Martin said that if all tax money stayed within the county, the system might not be so bad. But since the state gets some of the county’s tax money, and the state is shuffling money into different pots, the system seems inequitable for Fall River County ag producers. With ranchers paying corn ground rates on land being used as grassland, […]

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Cliven Bundy’s ideas about public lands management reflected in recent legislation

“Disarm the National Park Service,” the recalcitrant cowboy cried in a video played in court recently, during the ongoing trial against six people charged as gunmen in the 2014 standoff in Bunkerville. A witness testified about the “unreasonable” nature of Bundy’s demand. But a Utah Congressman has introduced legislation that would remove the law enforcement function from the Bureau of […]

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California county may owe dairy farmers $48 million for taking of private land

San Bernardino County could pay $48 million for the property of one of the few remaining Chino dairy farmers after the family complained in a lawsuit that most of their spread, located under a landing pattern for Chino Airport, had been turned into a no-build zone without compensation. Richard K. DeAtley Daily Bulletin San Bernardino County may have to pay […]

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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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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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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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House Dems vote to keep ‘boot heel’ of Revenue Dept. on necks of Colorado land owners

It is an article of faith that Democrats in the Colorado Capitol care nothing for the state’s farmers and ranchers, and the big-city liberals on the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee have proven that yet again. That committee voted last week, strictly along party lines, to reject yet another attempt to remove the Colorado Department of Revenue’s boot […]

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With timber communities at risk, Oregon counties fight Cascade-Siskiyou expansion

The association sued President Donald Trump, the United States, Acting Secretary of the Interior Kevin Haugrud and the Bureau of Land Management. It asks the court to declare Obama’s executive order illegal under the O&C Act and directing most of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument to be managed again as O&C Lands, rather than as a national monument. Karina Brown Courthouse […]

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