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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Will USDA lift grazing restrictions on lush Conservation Reserve lands to help Kansas ranchers?

At issue is the cattle that survived the wildfires but lost their pastures. Ranchers and others say some of the grass on CRP land could provide grazing until pastures have recovered from the fires and fences can be rebuilt. Katherine Burgess The Wichita Eagle Acres of the tall, generally untouched grass show up all across Kansas. But ranchers in fire-damaged […]

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Ranchers facing existential threat in wake of catastrophic wildfires

Ranching families across this countryside are now facing an existential threat to a way of life that has sustained them since homesteading days: years of cleanup and crippling losses after wind-driven wildfires across Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle killed seven people and devoured homes, miles of fences and as much as 80 percent of some families’ cattle herds. Jack Healy New […]

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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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‘Emotion’ behind Colorado bill to protect property, human rights from feds still simmering

The emotional stories of hardships drew the attention of several of the committee members. Rep. Tim Leonard (R-25) in particular asked about the current vehicles available to ranchers to address issues of mistreatment. Answers from both supporters and opponents of the bill described avenues that are both expensive and time consuming. This was a point Sylvester discussed at length. Kerry […]

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Arizona border ranchers want Trump wall, but leary of federal agents on land

“It used to take five days to get the ranch rounded up; it takes me seven weeks now and it’s because anybody coming through illegally cuts through fences and border patrol doesn’t know how to shut a gate,” Ladd said. Both Border Patrol and Ladd have keys to locks on his gates, but he said agents often leave the gates […]

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House Dems vote to keep ‘boot heel’ of Revenue Dept. on necks of Colorado land owners

It is an article of faith that Democrats in the Colorado Capitol care nothing for the state’s farmers and ranchers, and the big-city liberals on the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee have proven that yet again. That committee voted last week, strictly along party lines, to reject yet another attempt to remove the Colorado Department of Revenue’s boot […]

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Mexican gray wolf attacks on rise in Arizona, along with costs, complications

“All that was left was a leg and a few bone shards. I just got lucky to find it,” he said, noting that he did find the kill sites with bloody, trampled snow riddled with wolf tracks. And he said, they found the wolves “in the middle of the cattle.” Dobson said he wants to see the U.S. Fish and […]

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Free the Hammonds: A letter to the President from a family friend

A year ago, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, LaVoy Finicum, and their friends arrived in Oregon and camped at the Malheur Refuge to protest the November 2015 imprisonment of Dwight and Steven Hammond on federal charges of terrorism and conspiracy. What became known as he Oregon Standoff is still being tried in the courts, with all defendants–to this point–being acquitted of […]

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John Day, Oregon, The Meeting that Never Happened, inspiring a Western ‘Revolution’

Farmer, radio host, blogger, and patriot, Trent Loos reflects on his experiences at “The Meeting that Never Happened,” in John Day, Harney County, Oregon. Two days following the 1-year anniversary of the killing of rancher, LaVoy Finicum on a lonely highway in Harney County, Oregon, his wife and torch-carrier, Jeanette, held a public meeting at the very hall where LaVoy and […]

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