Wolf ESA plan should focus on species recovery, not shutting down ranchers

This plan set a recovery goal of 100 wolves, a target that was exceeded in 2014. However, instead of celebrating the recovery plan’s success by delisting the wolf and returning management to the states, the federal government decided to move the goal posts. It continues to manage the Mexican gray wolf under onerous ESA requirements, harming ranchers and other rural […]

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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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Mexican gray wolf attacks on rise in Arizona, along with costs, complications

“All that was left was a leg and a few bone shards. I just got lucky to find it,” he said, noting that he did find the kill sites with bloody, trampled snow riddled with wolf tracks. And he said, they found the wolves “in the middle of the cattle.” Dobson said he wants to see the U.S. Fish and […]

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EPA sends 1,115,539 pounds of toxic metals into Lake Powell, pats itself on back for clean rivers

Those toxic metals are now likely sitting at the bottom of Lake Powell where they could be stirred up by future storms and surges of water. Metals released from Gold King Mine, including arsenic and lead, were “transported out of the rivers with snowmelt runoff in 2016.” Most of the Gold King Mine release was made up of iron and […]

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Gosar hopes to spur La Paz County economy with BLM land transfer

Approximately 5.3 percent of land in La Paz County is privately owned. The balance is state, federal and Tribal land. “With the control of this land we can go out and try to attract businesses to come into the county to help generate revenue,” Irwin said. “In La Paz, we don’t have a big tax base and we are looking […]

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Mismanagement, waste, corruption plague Navajo Housing Authority

More than $100 million has been squandered on projects that never housed anyone. Some housing developments sit empty years after they were built. In the northern Arizona community of Tolani Lake, nearly $7 million was wasted on igloo-shaped fourplexes that still sit empty. The Navajo Nation accepted more than $1 billion for houses. So, where did it go? SHIPROCK, N.M. […]

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Arizona faces costly effects of protected wolf populations

The Livestock Loss Board voted unanimously Nov. 3 to compensate ranchers up to $2,500 per animal for confirmed wolf kills. The action is an interim policy while the board works to set up more formal measures for identifying wolf depredations and compensating ranchers for them. State takes steps to repay ranchers for wolf depredations APACHE COUNTY — The thorny problem […]

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Arizona senators move to give Mojave County more control over public lands

“Local politicians and business leaders have long contended that federal ownership of land limits opportunities for private ownership and economic development in the area.”  Mohave County Federal Land Act gives BLM process to sell federally-owned land by Hubble Ray Smith Daily Miner WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, both R-Ariz., introduced two pieces of legislation Thursday […]

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Rep. McSally shines light on cartel threats to ranchers on Arizona border

Making an issue Sierra Vista Herald “What is accurate are the continuing public statements of ranchers and other rural residents who report that smuggling and cartel activity threatens their livelihood and sometimes their lives.”  U.S. Rep. Martha McSally used her incumbent “bully pulpit” to draw media attention to a long-standing complaint among ranchers in Cochise County this week. On Tuesday, […]

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