Interior Department fumbles, Nevada gets brief stay from sage grouse rules

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who filed the suit on behalf of the state, said of Du’s ruling, “The federal government’s greater sage-grouse land-use plan obstructs Nevada’s growth and development, and harms our ranchers, miners and recreation workers. Thomas Mitchell Elko Daily Free Press Commentary: State makes progress in challenging sage grouse rules Nevada won a temporary reprieve from the […]

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Federal judge rejects Oregon enviro lawsuit claiming grazing harms fish species

New information that’s emerged about threats to the fish and their critical habitat doesn’t rise to the level of requiring additional environmental analysis of grazing, Clarke said. For example, although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reached the “alarming” conclusion that shortnose suckers face a “high degree of threat of extinction,” this finding doesn’t influence the Forest Service’s assessment […]

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Feds side with enviros, ban grazing on 68,000 acres for frog study

Multiple environmental groups — Concerned Friends of the Winema, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Western Watersheds Project, Oregon Wild and the Center for Biological Diversity — have long opposed grazing within the pasture, which has been ranched by the Iverson family for more than a century. Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press Grazing halted to study impacts on Oregon spotted frog A  federal judge […]

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Feds hide identity of undercover FBI agent involved in Bundy Ranch standoff

The witness list prosecutors provided to the defense Monday gives only a pseudonym, “Charles Johnson,” not the agent’s true name. Santilli’s attorney said the agent’s identity is needed to prepare for cross-examination of the witness and any recorded information or logs the agent kept during the standoff are needed as well. Bundy case defendant seeks identity of undercover FBI agent […]

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