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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Citing brucellosis, Montana ranchers oppose environmentalists’ free-roaming bison plans

Brucellosis is an infectious disease transmittable to cattle, primarily through oral contact with an infected fetus, calf or placenta. The disease causes a near 90 percent abortion rate among young cows, and the small number of calves that do survive are often weak and unlikely to thrive. David Murray Great Falls Tribune “Not on my property:” Central Montana ranchers say […]

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Government regulations, big corporations killing off family ranches

As older ranchers see children leave for other lines of work, Boone said the ranches that families are forced to sell are often absorbed into bigger ranches. “A large part of them have been bought up by big corporations.” Bob Martin Legendary New Mexico The Disappearing Family Ranch While the number of beef cattle grazing on New Mexico pastures and […]

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Recordings show paranoid, abusive attitudes of federal agents at Bunkerville standoff

Defense lawyers, meanwhile, highlighted portions of the video that recorded agents mocking protesters. The line of questioning reflected an attempt to prove that the government witnesses’ fear is overstated. “There’s no gun there … He’s just holding his back, he’s standing like a sissy,” one agent said of a protester as authorities assessed the scene about 80 miles northeast of […]

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Forest Service confiscates private property despite willingness of landowners to negotiate

The government’s claim that it, and hence the public, had a right to use the property without purchasing or negotiating with the family for an easement, meant that Wonder Ranch had to file a lawsuit against the government to quiet title to the property—meaning eliminate the government’s claim to a prescriptive easement. Terry Anderson Property and Environment Research Center USFS Claims Easement through […]

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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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Corporate giants buying big influence over national parks, monuments

Government cronyism has had a disquieting and steep upward trend during the Obama Administration. Whether it be ‘alternative’ or ‘green’ energy corporations like Solyndra, receiving hundreds of millions in subsidies, or outdoor recreation companies getting rock star treatment by federal management agencies, these extra-constitutional trysts show disdain for ordinary Americans and their representatives. by Marjorie Haun Corporate National Parks The National Park Service (NPS) is chronically in the […]

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Opinion: Growing federal government shrinks liberty, property rights in the West

San Juan County, Utah is suffering because of it. This is where President Obama, from his Hawaiian vacation last week, seized 1.5 million acres with his pen. San Juan County, Utah has only 8% private land. The federal government already controls the overwhelming majority of the land in San Juan County (72%).  The Utah State Legislature, all statewide elected leaders, […]

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Ranchers: Obama midnight monuments designations will make practical management impossible

While President Obama, in his press statement, said the monuments (Bears Ears in Utah – 1.35 million acres and Gold Butte in Nevada — about 300,000 acres) came “following years of public input,” Johnson and others say much of that input was in the form of “no.” Johnson and others say the president ignored pleas of ranchers and local tribes […]

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OPINION: 3 elements critical to winning Western lands debates

The fundamental root of the problem in current resource land use development is Federal management. The incredibly large mass of land the Feds are attempting to manage, under one set of rules, is an abysmal failure for the resource, the environment, the resource user and the tax payer. This will always be, due to the sheer size and complexity of […]

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