Utah takes steps to advance local stewardship of lands within the state

Public land ranchers won’t have to worry about their grazing fees skyrocketing or their allotments being sold to developers — if and when Utah gains title to millions of public acres from the U.S. government. Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune Prepping to gain control of thousands of acres of public land, Utah lawmakers create ‘Department of Land Management’ Public land […]

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Colorado’s Southern Ute tribe backs repeal of BLM ‘methane rule’

Existing regulations “already protect air quality” and the BLM’s methane rule should be abolished, Clement Frost, chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, said in a statement to Western Wire. The Tribe, located in southwest Colorado, develops oil and natural gas. The new restrictions pose a threat to the local economy and to funding levels for essential services, Frost said. “If […]

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Millard County Utah: A case study in urban ‘values’ infringing on rural property rights

Although Millard County is the literal definition of rural, “urban” values increasingly seem to dominate local thought processes and resulting public policy.  Despite lip service to the contrary, one of the biggest and most troubling aspects of those urban values is a growing lack of recognition and respect for basic, fundamental property rights. Todd Macfarlane Rangefire Among other things, basic […]

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Water battle pits City of Aspen against feds, enviros

When the rights of a city; such as its rights to water, property, and other resources, are constrained by county and federal governments, one must ask if property rights exist at all. Cities such as Aspen which are surrounded by federally-controlled lands, are under the thumbs of unelected bureaucrats in federal agencies which hold the reins on critical local resources. The largely liberal, ‘environmentally-minded’ residents of […]

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A failing legacy: Obama’s Bears Ears monument proposal gets D’s in every category

Since Obama took office in 2008, he has set aside more than 550 million acres in two dozen monuments — the most of any president in U.S. history.  Such wanton disregard of local economy has become a legacy of disparity and despair, nothing a President should be promoting. Report card for Pro Monument Campaign Gets all D’s The campaign driven […]

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Garfield County Utah: The case for restoring locally-sourced government

Just 9 years following President Clinton’s secretive executive taking of nearly 2 million acres in central Utah, Garfield County Commissioner Maloy Dodds testified in front of the House Oversight Committee in 2005. Less than 10 years following the creation of the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument in 1996, Garfield County was feeling the destructive effects of a burdensome federal presence. Now, 20 years […]

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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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