Alaska sues federal government, contending state controls riverbed, not BLM

In its complaint, Alaska said it gained title to submerged lands and navigable waters when it acquired statehood, unless the federal government made any claims prior. The state said the federal government based its claim to ownership on a 1984 administrative decision of the Alaska office of federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Chris Ford Frontiersman.com Alaska files lawsuit over […]

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Cliven Bundy’s right to speedy trial violated by federal judge, says lawyer

“It is the United States’ obligation to provide innocent citizens accused of crimes a speedy trial,” Whipple wrote. “As such, the United States cannot extend time before trial due to alleged logistical problems it itself is creating.” Whipple requested a trial date of no later than June 5. Jenny Wilson Las Vegas Review-Journal A lawyer representing Cliven Bundy has accused […]

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BLM revision plan means states have more say, but enviros hate it

Indeed, in directing BLM to “make every effort to restore order, focus, and efficiency to the Federal land planning process,” Zinke clearly takes aim at green groups, as well as what the former Republican congressman from Montana often complained was federal government overreach. Scott Streater E&E News Zinke orders BLM ‘back to the drawing board’ on land use, NEPA Interior […]

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Does Judge Navarro ‘drama’ portend surprise jury decision in Bundy trial?

Judge Navarro was concerned enough that the jury was considering all of the possible implications that, at one point, she threw her arms wide, then bringing them slowly back together. She said that they need to guide the jurors back down to a more narrow point of view as they could be looking at sentencing implications, and other extremes. Shari […]

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Zinke reopens Recapture Canyon, site of 2014 public access showdown

“Recreation on public lands is a big part of what we do at the Interior Department and the BLM, but for many persons with disabilities or for people who just don’t get around like they used to, our public lands aren’t accessible without motorized vehicles. Allowing ATVs and other vehicles in Recapture Canyon will open up opportunities for people to […]

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Would move west improve BLM accountability, or put the fox in the hen house?

All this make it worth pondering the question of whether BLM HQ should be moved to rural Western Colorado–which, by the way, has been economically harmed because of anti-fossil fuel BLM regulations, and its heavy-handed interference with ranching, farming, and other resource-based industries. Will moving the less-than-popular Bureau of Land Management’s national operations to the rural West be the equivalent […]

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Texas landowners win victory against Obama-era BLM land grabs

“It was our contention all along that the BLM’s surveys were conducted improperly and unlawfully,” Paxton said in a statement. “We will vigilantly defend Texas’ border from federal overreach.” David Lee Courthouse News Service Texans applaud suspension of U.S. land surveys WICHITA FALLS, Texas (CN) – Texas landowners cheered Friday for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s halting of controversial […]

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Defense witnesses bring perspective to Bunkerville standoff trial

Some of the defendants were photographed on the highway bridge above the cattle impoundment site. Defense witness Shannon Bushman, another protester, was shown a picture of defendant Scott Drexler, who was kneeling and holding a long gun. Bushman was asked whether Drexler looked ready for war. “If he does he’s really bad at it … he’s got a hat and […]

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Harry Reid’s pet judge violates civil rights of Bundy Ranch defendants

 Most of the prosecution’s witnesses (federal agents) were allowed to be in the court room before they took the stand, but potential witnesses for the defense have been restricted from hearing the trial before taking the stand. The prosecution witnesses have spoken of their fear, and were even allowed to cry on the stand, but the defense witnesses were told […]

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Extreme greens lawsuits delay BLM payment of $69.9 million to New Mexico

BLM spokeswoman Donna Hummel said two environmental groups — Wild Earth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity — formally protested all parcels in the BLM’s Sep. 4 lease sale. That triggered a formal review process that has yet to be completed. Until it is, there’s no certainty the leases will be finalized, or that the money the state is due because […]

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