Klamath Tribes terminate water compact, potentially devastating ranchers, farmers

In April 2014, ranchers and the Tribes signed the Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement. The ranchers agreed to retire 18,000 acres of land or 30,000 acre feet of water and do riparian repair work on the rivers in exchange for an allotment of water each year… At the end of February, the Tribes indicated to the ranchers they wanted to terminate […]

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Local View: Recapture Canyon NOT reopened, Zinke hiding behind ‘PR smokescreen’

The problem is that none of the trails shown on the map were part of the Recapture emergency closure in 2007. Matter of fact these roads and trails have never been closed. So what did the citizens of San Juan County get out of this so called good news? Not one thing we didn’t already have. Monte Wells The Petroglyph […]

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Obama DOI employees paid millions while under investigation for misconduct, sexual harassment

The National Park Service spent the most on administrative leave among DOI agencies, with 69 employees on leave for nearly 62,000 hours at a cost of more than $2 million. Indian Affairs put the greatest number of employees on administrative leave at 83, for a total of nearly 55,000 hours, costing $1.8 million. Ethan Barton Daily Caller News Foundation Department […]

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Fossil Fuels Ascending: BLM Acting Director puts renewables on back burner

President Trump this week ordered BLM to “expeditiously” rescind its hydraulic fracturing regulations and review its methane venting and flaring rule. Zinke also ended the moratorium on new coal leasing, revoked the department’s policy on offsetting development impacts on natural resources, and ordered a review of all its rules on climate change, mitigation and energy development. Scott Streater Energy & […]

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Zinke: BFF of D.C. bureaucracies and environmentalist special interests

Once upon a time, environmental groups would purchase land for conservation. Now they conscript government to seize it. In 2011 the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to consider the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition to list 757 species under the Endangered Species Act, which could result in hundreds of millions of acres being withdrawn from private use. Secretary of Federal […]

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To delight of enviros, Obama slaps clean-power Glen Canyon Dam with expiration date

Obama’s ‘midnight rules-making’ marathon is unlikely to let up prior to the inauguration of President-elect Trump a month from now, so both Congress and the incoming Administration are expecting to have a lake of new rules, regulations and other executive actions to wade through, assess, and jettison if necessary. The Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, just south of the Utah border, has […]

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Interior pick Zinke: Western warrior or Green Decoy?

Green Decoys: Activists or organizations which adopt the appearance of rugged individualists; hunters, sportsmen, anglers, etc., but are, in fact, fronts for extreme green foundations pushing radical, anti-development ideologies and the increased federal control of lands, waters, and natural resources.   Editorial by Suzan Ellis Jones Like most Republican Conservatives, I have watched the selection of Trump’s cabinet appointments with great anticipation […]

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Native tribes divided, impoverished, yet Administration touts ‘progress’

“Photo ops with tribal children in native dress, pleasant pronouncements, and end-of-term self-congratulatory press releases, cannot hide the fact that federal nanny-statism along with Obama’s confiscatory federal land policies have made poverty, division, and disenfranchisement within Native American communities much worse.” On September 26, the U.S. Department of the Interior issued a press release announcing the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference with the […]

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