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Tension Between Ranchers and BLM Rising...

Tension Between Ranchers and BLM Rising

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tensions bubbled over on the range in a turf battle that has been simmering for decades over one of the icons of the American West and scant forage on arid, high desert lands from Nevada to Wyoming. With the presence of wild horses continuing to pit animal advocates against ranchers, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which is caught in the middle, on Saturday began seizing hundreds of cattle from a longtime rancher that it says are trespassing on public land in southern Nevada. The action came a day after the agency agreed to remove horses from the range in southwest Utah after Iron County...

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Statement from the National Mining Association...

Statement from the National Mining Association

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement today (May 15th) upon passage of the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013” (H.R. 761) by the House Natural Resources Committee:  “The ‘National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013,’ approved today by the House Natural Resources Committee, would streamline the permitting system for U.S. mining and reverse a 30-year trend of increasing import reliance for minerals we have here at home. “The United States is endowed with $6.2 trillion worth of key minerals waiting to be tapped, but our lengthy, outdated and duplicative permitting system discourages investment and hinders economic growth...

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Tension Between Ranchers and BLM Rising...

Tension Between Ranchers and BLM Rising

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tensions bubbled over on the range in a turf battle that has been simmering for decades over one of the icons of the American West and scant forage on arid, high desert lands from Nevada to Wyoming. With the presence of wild horses continuing to pit animal advocates against ranchers, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which is caught in the middle, on Saturday began seizing hundreds of cattle from a longtime rancher that it says are trespassing on public land in southern Nevada. The action came a day after the agency agreed to remove horses from the range in southwest Utah after Iron County...

Tension Between Ranchers and BLM Rising...

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tensions bubbled over on the range in a turf battle that has been simmering for decades over one of the icons of the American West and scant forage on arid, high desert lands from Nevada to Wyoming. With the presence of wild horses continuing to pit animal advocates against ranchers, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which is caught in the middle, on Saturday began seizing hundreds of cattle from a longtime rancher that it says are trespassing on public land in southern Nevada. The action came a day after the agency agreed to remove horses from the range in southwest Utah after Iron County commissioners threatened to take matters in their own hands....

Tension Between Ranchers and BLM Rising
posted on: Apr 12, 2014 | author: admin

Hage Takings Case Denied Hearing by Claims...

  Story Featured on Fox News this Weekend The historic Hage v. United States takings case is finally coming to a close after 23 years in court. The award of compensation for the taking of the Hage’s water, rights-of-way and range improvements was reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2012 (Appellate Court). Now it appears that the United States Court of Federal Claims (Claims Court) will not be granting the Plaintiffs a hearing to allow them to argue that only parts of the compensation claim were reversed. Plaintiffs asked for the hearing in the Claims Court to allow them to argue that the Appellate Court reversed part, but not all, of the...

Hage Takings Case Denied Hearing by Claims
posted on: Apr 12, 2014 | author: admin

North Carolina vs One Man’s Private Property...

Are government officials upset that someone can survive without them? Thirty years ago, Eustace Conway bought 100 acres in North Carolina with a vision of a self-sufficient, simpler life style. Turtle Island Preserve became his home and livelihood, with income earned by teaching eager groups self-dependence using nothing but the land and their wits. He lives simply without the need for a single government subsidy, program, or hand out. The now 1000 acre settlement is a working, educational farm, with every building and facility made from materials and often forgotten skills once utilized by our pioneering ancestors. This lost art of survival, and simple living is alluring to many in a culture that is consumed with materialism and dependence on the government....

North Carolina vs One Man’s Private Property
posted on: Jul 26, 2013 | author: admin

Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis

What about the ratings agencies? That’s what “they” always say about the financial crisis and the teeming rat’s nest of corruption it left behind. Everybody else got plenty of blame: the greed-fattened banks, the sleeping regulators, the unscrupulous mortgage hucksters like spray-tanned Countrywide ex-CEO Angelo Mozilo. But what about the ratings agencies? Isn’t it true that almost none of the fraud that’s swallowed Wall Street in the past decade could have taken place without companies like Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s rubber-stamping it? Aren’t they guilty, too? Read...

Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis
posted on: Jun 26, 2013 | author: admin
Temporary Victory in Round 1 for Property Rights in Kootenai County, Idaho

Temporary Victory in Round 1 for Property Rights in Kootenai County, Idaho...

posted on: Jun 26, 2013 | author: admin

“The county planners want to plan our lives and control our property, but they can’t even plan a meeting,” an angry property owner commented at the Kootenai County Planning Commission meeting at the Kootenai County Court House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Monday evening, June 17. The expressions of anger and exasperation grew as the overflow crowd of nearly 300 tried to pack into a 150-capacity room to comment on the proposed new Unified Land Use Code, a comprehensive rewrite (and vast expansion of) the county’s existing land use regulations, which were already the source of much discontent. The meeting was the first of a planned four-meeting series that was scheduled to run each evening from June 17-20, with each night covering several chapters of the new 500-page ULUC Draft. Sparks began flying (metaphorically) from the start. The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department came to the rescue a little over an...

George Monbiot on Solar Energy

George Monbiot on Solar Energy

posted on: Jun 26, 2013 | author: admin

Summer solstice. At dawn. What better time could there be for resolving a duel, albeit one not fought with flintlocks? The time is of my choosing, as the other party, though he accepted the challenge, would not agree terms. It is appropriate in another sense too, as this is the day with the longest hours of sunlight and therefore – for I honour the sporting tradition – it offers my opponent the best shot. Three years ago, in the course of our debate about the best means of generating electricity, I bet £100 against a claim made by Jeremy Leggett, chairman of the company SolarCentury. He had asserted that domestic solar power in Britain would achieve grid parity by 2013. This means that it would cost householders no more than conventional electricity. Read...

Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

posted on: Jun 16, 2013 | author: admin

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors was the first to take action on a request to file an extension of the public comment period regarding the  proposed rules to list the the Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog as an endangered species, and the proposed rule designating critical habitat. They deserve recognition for doing so. Their letter is worth reading for the additional information it contains. Here is the...

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