Exclusionary BLM planning rule in crosshairs of rural, western interests

Lane believes the emphasis on the environment would come at the expense of BLM’s current mandate to manage for “multiple use and sustained yield.”  “It’s wholly inappropriate for them to change their mission unilaterally to plan for intangibles like social and environmental change,” Lane said.  Rural Interests Plan to Fight new BLM Planning Regs A national livestock industry leader warns […]

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Colorado students supporting federal Bears Ears takeover vandalize antiquities

Davis said the students responsible have been identified, but instead of punishment, the school has chosen to use the incident as a learning experience, and also a way to make amends. Defacing occurred on college-led trip A group of Fort Lewis College students defaced ancient Native American ruins in the Comb Ridge area near Bluff, Utah, while on an outdoor […]

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Grassroots movement in SE Utah defies Obama monuments agenda

The proposal to make Bears Ears a national monument has created divisions throughout the state of Utah. But in San Juan County, residents of all backgrounds are taking a stand to oppose the monument designation. While support for a monument has received national media coverage, residents in small towns including Blanding, Bluff and Monticello have started their own grassroots movement to […]

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Movement gains traction to pardon Oregon ranchers

The official petition was posted on the We the People website Saturday. It has until December 19 to get 100,000 digital signatures to guarantee an official response from the White House. Trump urged to pardon Oregon ranchers who sparked Malheur standoff Supporters of the father and son ranchers whose case led to a protracted armed standoff earlier this year have started a petition on the […]

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Southeastern Utah Navajo overwhelmingly oppose Bears Ears Monument

Massive tracts of land being declared National Monuments violates the very Antiquities Act used to enact them as they are to be “confined to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” What object is being protected that requires a landmass larger than Delaware to protect it? The Act was never intended as […]

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National Monuments: The New Feudalism

In areas designated national monuments, productive activities are heavily restricted or even banned. These are precisely the sorts of restrictions that federal agencies have been prevented from imposing through traditional means. Grinding westerners under the federal boot The national monument designation is a backdoor land grab ANALYSIS/OPINION: The federal government owns an estimated one-third of all the land in the […]

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Feds used decoy journalists to extract information in Bunkerville raid

“It puts a chill in the air for people who want to report newsworthy events,” Rasmussen explained. “This creates a cause for concern for journalists everywhere that their sources can’t be confident they’re talking to a news agency.” PROSECUTORS CONFIRM FBI AGENTS POSED AS FILM CREW IN BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF INVESTIGATION Federal prosecutors confirmed late Wednesday that undercover FBI agents posed […]

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Who defines ‘domestic terrorism’ is at stake in election

The Bundy brothers and their friends, including radio host Pete Santilli and a number of women, became known as ‘domestic terrorists,’ ‘welfare ranchers,’ ‘armed militants,’ ‘armed occupiers,’ ‘an armed militia,’ ‘sovereign citizens,’ ‘anti-government extremists,’ and worse, having been defined by vicious enemies who themselves incited a form of media terrorism against the protesters. The definition of ‘terrorism’ is up for […]

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What’s behind flaring land disputes in the West?

Despite all the media attention on the trial, many have overlooked the underlying issues that make federal lands so contentious in the first place. Nearly half of the entire western United States is controlled by federal land agencies. Shawn Regan Foundation for Economic Education Nearly half of the entire western United States is controlled by federal land agencies. Last week’s […]

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Eyewitness North Dakota farmer talks about DAPL protest tactics

“I would have to say 99 percent of the protesters are from out of state. Most of them are white.” This North Dakota farmer, whose property is adjacent to that where Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrators have been camped out for months–conducting sometimes violent protests–shares his eyewitness of their tactics, including intimidation and vandalism. Posted on YouTube.com by Phelim McAleer Free […]

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