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  • Financial claims add up after Gold King Mine spill ( Colorado )

    11/23/2015 4:56:48 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | November 21, 2015 | Jonathan Romeo
    More than 30 individuals, businesses seek damages from EPA. Financial damage claims for those affected by the Aug. 5 Gold King Mine blowout eclipsed $1.3 million just two months after the Environmental Protection Agency triggered the release of 3 million gallons of mine wastewater down the Animas River. ... more than 30 individuals and business owners filed Form 95, the claim process for financial reimbursements from economic loss caused by wrongful U.S. government actions. The combined claims total about $1.3 million in damages ... the hardest hit are rafting companies and their employees, who were forced to shut down for...
  • Utah School Under Fire for Asking Students to Write ISIS Propaganda Poster

    11/20/2015 3:17:08 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 63 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2015 | ESTHER CASTILLEJO
    The teacher, who's been on the job for just a few months, gave the in-class assignment to students in her two World Civics classes at Salem Junior High School in Salem, Utah, on Wednesday. About 60 students received the assignment, which required them to create a "neat, colored, professional" poster for the terrorist group, to "help students better understand the goals of terrorist groups and the methods they use to gain support," the assignment read. The possibility of having to search for ISIS recruiting material on the web at a time when officials are looking to detect potential threats was...
  • Rep. Mia Love endorses Marco Rubio for president

    11/19/2015 4:48:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 11/19/2015 | By Dennis Romboy
    The Utah Republican endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, on Thursday, saying he is strong on defense and foreign policy. "We have to do everything we can to make sure we strengthen our national defense, and do everything we can to make sure that this country and the people that are living in this country are safe, and Marco is the right person to do that," Love said in a statement. Love, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said she realized at a roundtable discussion with Rubio when he campaigned in Utah last month that their stories are similar. "And for the...
  • Mia Love endorses Marco Rubio for president

    11/19/2015 4:41:43 PM PST · by Angels27 · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11-19-15 | Jonathan Easley
    Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for president on Thursday, as the Florida lawmaker and GOP candidate continues to pick up steam in the endorsement primary. Speaking on Fox News Channel, Love said she was inspired by a recent Rubio visit to her home state and cited his strength on national defense in the wake of the terror attacks in France as a reason she will support him over others. “I saw him inspire people, but this [terror attack] just solidified things for me,” Love said. “He’s been talking about these threats from the very beginning … he’s...
  • Flight Diverted, Security Concerns

    11/17/2015 7:15:38 PM PST · by abigkahuna · 84 replies
    CNN | 2015-11-17 | CNN
    The title says exactly what is known. The only addition is that it was being diverted due to a security incident. Flight 65 from LAX to Paris has been diverted to Salt Lake City.
  • Yellow River: EPA Forces Secrecy On Gold King Mine Spill Firm ( Colorado )

    11/15/2015 5:17:21 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 11/12/2015 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency officials require contractors to sign secrecy pledges that in the case of the Gold King Mine spill kept the public in the dark earlier this year about a Colorado mining disaster that turned waters yellow as they flowed through two states and the Navajo Nation. ... these secrecy clauses are typical with the EPA - the same government agency whose former administrator, Lisa Jackson, used an alias email address to avoid public scrutiny. ... the EPA controls the flow of information by circumventing federal regulations that dictate when an agency can use non-disclosure clauses by including secrecy...
  • After outcry, judge reverses order taking baby from lesbians

    11/14/2015 2:11:01 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 11/14/15 | MICHELLE L. PRICE and BRADY McCOMBS
    April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce, a Utah couple who married last year, went to a routine hearing Tuesday expecting to hear an update on how long it would be before they could adopt the baby girl they'd been raising as foster parents for three months. Instead, they were shocked and devastated when a judge in the central Utah city of Price ordered the child be removed from their home within a week and placed with a heterosexual couple, citing a belief that children are worse off when raised by gay couples. There were audible gasps in the courtroom, Hoagland said,...
  • Utah Judge's Reverses Order to Take Baby From Lesbian Couple

    11/13/2015 10:10:08 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/13/2015 | Brady McCombs/AP
    A Utah judge reversed his decision to take a baby away from her lesbian foster parents and place her with a heterosexual couple after the ruling led to widespread backlash. Judge Scott Johansen signed an order, which was released Friday, that will allow the 9-month-old baby to stay with April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce, a married couple who live in the city of Price. It comes after Johansen said in court Tuesday that the baby would be removed from the couple's home. Utah officials and the couple filed court challenges demanding the judge rescind the order. In his first decision,...
  • AP Exclusive: Colorado disputes key part of EPA's account of toxic waste spill from old mine

    11/12/2015 5:23:49 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    ap ^ | November 12, 2015 | Dan Elliott
    Colorado officials say they didn't endorse an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup operation that caused a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine, disputing a key claim by federal agencies that state experts signed off on the plan. ... a blow to the EPA's contention that outside technical experts supported its plan ... also raises questions about an investigation of the spill by the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which claimed two mining experts from the state approved of the project
  • Lesbian Couple to Fight Court Order Moving Adoptive Child To Heterosexual Family

    11/12/2015 3:07:53 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/12/15 | Eric Scheiner
    April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce of Carbon County, Utah said the baby they've raised for the last three months is to be removed from their home and sent to heterosexual foster parents because a judge ruled the baby would be better off.According to a KUTV report on Wednesday, Judge Scott Johansen ordered the baby removed from their house in seven days.(video at link)Utah’s Division of Child and Family Services approved the women as foster parents earlier this year after passing home inspections, background checks and interviews.The couple says the judge told them there was a lot of research that indicated children who...
  • Judge removes child from gay foster parents

    11/12/2015 11:14:27 AM PST · by redreno · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/12/2015 | unknown
    A Utah judge removed a foster child from a lesbian couple, saying the 1-year-old girl would be better off with a heterosexual couple.
  • Fight over Confederate Flag decal could be investigated as hate crime, police say [Salt Lake City]

    11/04/2015 6:26:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    fox13now.com ^ | Updated at 10:45am, November 3, 2015 | by Matt McDonald
    SALT LAKE CITY -- A fight outside a Salt Lake City hotel early Sunday morning could possibly be investigated as a hate crime, authorities said Monday. Cell phone video captured a black man throw a punch at a Caucasian man who knocked him out. The fight was over an argument about a Confederate Flag decal on a truck parked at the Red Lion Hotel. The truck belonged to Kelly Leeper’s friend. Leeper was in town for the Garth Brooks concert. On Sunday, he said looked out the window of his room at the Red Lion and saw a group of...
  • Black Gang Beats White Men Unconscious for Little Rebel Flag Sticker in Truck

    11/03/2015 6:09:58 PM PST · by amorphous · 100 replies
    The Gatewaypundit.com ^ | 3 Nov 2015 | Jim Hoft
    It's an Obama world. A black gang of six youths brutally beat two white kids for having a Confederate flag decal in their truck window. The entire assault was caught on tape. One of the white men was talking to the men when he was knocked unconscious. That's when the second man was attacked by at least six black youths.
  • Extreme Much? Che Guevara Tribute Kicks Off National Environmental Summit

    11/03/2015 11:41:09 AM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Steamboat Institute ^ | November 2nd, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    It's no secret that many U.S. environmental groups have become more strident and ideological during the Obama residency. But you may be surprised just how extreme they have become. In early October, a national network of environmental groups - called Stop the Frack Attack (STFA) - held a summit in Colorado to discuss their campaign strategies. The STFA alliance is led by Earthworks and includes other well-known national activist groups, such as the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Food & Water Watch. Dozens of smaller groups, which routinely serve as the face of national groups in state- and...
  • Coal mine expansion stalls in lawsuit citing climate change ( Montana: WildEarth Guardians )

    10/31/2015 9:53:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 26, 2015 | MATTHEW BROWN
    Judge stalls approved Montana coal mine expansion in 2nd successful suit citing climate change. The U.S. Interior Department should not have approved the expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine without taking a closer look at its effect on the environment, a federal judge said about a lawsuit arguing the government ignored coal's contributions to climate change. Environmental groups sued the Interior Department after it approved an expansion of the Spring Creek Coal mine in 2012. The case marks the second time conservationists have used worries over climate change to successfully challenge approval of a coal mine after it had...
  • The 10th Co-Op Created Under Obamacare Has Collapsed, Leaving Nearly 50,000 Consumers...

    10/28/2015 1:23:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 10/28/15 | Melissa Quinn
    A 10th co-op created under Obamacare has collapsed.Combined, the failed nonprofit insurance companies have received more than $1 billion in loans with more than 600,000 consumers affected.The latest casualty, the Utah Insurance Department, announced yesterday that Arches Health Plan, a consumer oriented and operated plan, or co-op, will not sell insurance in 2016. The co-op received $89.7 million in loans from the federal government.It is regrettable that the co-op model has not worked across the country, Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd Kiser said in a statement. I want to assure you that the Utah Insurance Department supports the states free market...
  • Utah school districts prohibited from asking which teachers concealed carry

    10/20/2015 5:34:52 PM PDT · by Rameumptom · 9 replies
    ksl.com ^ | Oct 19th, 2015 | By Jed Boal
    SALT LAKE CITY KSL News received a question from a parent on the story presented last week about teachers taking a concealed weapons permit class. The viewer asked whether there was any way parents could see a list of schools where teachers are armed. By state law, Utah teachers are allowed to bring guns onto schools grounds, and districts are not allowed to ask who has a permit. Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said he regularly gets questions about guns in the classroom, usually from out-of-state media. "Probably a call a month saying, 'Do you really allow concealed...
  • Why Conservatives Might Not Demand a Conservative Speaker

    10/18/2015 4:43:38 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | 10/18/15 | Josh Siegel
    For the conservatives who helped push out Speaker John Boehner, finding a replacement isnt about picking someone who is as conservative as them. The Freedom Caucus, a group of about 40 conservative lawmakers whose votes are key to leadership races, wants the next speaker to commit to numerous process and rules changes to the way the House currently operates. These lawmakers believe the changes would allow them to advance conservative policies by empowering rank-and-file members to have more influence in the legislative process. The new speaker could be Paul Ryan, Justin Amash, or Charlie DentI dont care who it is,...
  • Teachers treated to free concealed weapons class on UEA break

    10/17/2015 2:56:25 PM PDT · by TheDon · 12 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Tori Jorgensen
    Staplers, rulers and grade books are classic items teachers take to school, but 20 Utah teachers could be carrying a more unexpected tool in the coming months a gun. During the Utah Education Association break Friday, the Utah Shooting Sports Council offered a free concealed weapons class structured specifically for teachers and others working within schools. The class involved discussion, demonstration and practice scenarios in safe gun use in school environments. After the instruction, participants could pay a $49 fee and submit an application for a concealed carry permit to the Department of Public Safety. ...
  • Man-Eating Giants Discovered in Nevada Cave [8 feet tall!]

    12/22/2010 1:49:27 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 137 replies · 6+ views
    Salem News ^ | 20 December 2010 | Terrence Aym
    (CHICAGO ) - The Paiutes, a Native-American tribe indigenous to parts of Nevada, Utah and Arizona, told early white settlers about their ancestors' battles with a ferocious race of white, red-haired giants. According to the Paiutes, the giants were already living in the area. Roaming, man-eating giants The Paiutes named the giants Si-Te-Cah that literally means tule-eaters. The tule is a fibrous water plant the giants wove into rafts to escape the Paiutes continuous attacks. They used the rafts to navigate across what remained of Lake Lahontan. Giants roamed the Earth According to the Paiutes, the red-haired giants stood as...
  • Who Were The Si-Te-Cah

    11/23/2003 6:48:27 PM PST · by blam · 118 replies · 6,004+ views
    Runestone.org ^ | Steve McNallen
    WHO WERE THE SI-TE-CAH? Note the cranial similarities between this Lovelock Cave skull discovered in the 1920's and the Kennewick Man sketch by Jamie Chatters (Click on the site) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This 1995 article by Steve McNallen was written months before the discovery of the Kennewick Man or the current controversy over ancient Caucasians in North America. In retrospect, it seems hauntingly prophetic. The history of the European peoples in the are we call California is generally assumed to have begun with the Spanish in the 1500's, followed later by the English (represented by Sir Francis Drake) and by the...
  • Sanctuary cities divide GOP (Jeff Flake, Mike Lee, Dean Heller attempting to derail bill)

    10/11/2015 10:58:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/15 | Jordain Carney
    A battle over sanctuary cities is dividing Senate Republicans. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has teed up legislation that would crack down on cities that don't comply with federal immigration law. But its unclear whether the bill can get through the Senate and not just because of opposition from Democrats. In addition to limiting federal money for sanctuary cities, Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) bill would increase the amount of prison time an undocumented immigrant could serve if they re-enter the United States after having previously been deported. Conservatives like his plan, but it has drawn opposition from Sens. Jeff...
  • Mining on 10 Million Acres in Six States Impacted by BLMs Proposed Withdrawal ( sage-grouse )

    10/10/2015 6:09:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Western Mining Alliance ^ | October 9, 2015 | mucker
    On September 24, 2015, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a Notice of Proposed Withdrawal (BLM notice), proposing to withdraw from mineral location and entry federal lands identified as sagebrush focal areas in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. The BLM notice commences a two-year temporary segregation period, prohibiting location and entry of new mining claims on BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands in these sagebrush focal areas. If the BLM decides to withdraw the area at the end of the segregation period, the withdrawal will last up to 20 years, but could be extended in the...
  • Medias Concern Trolling Over GOP Chaos Proves Chaos Is Good

    10/10/2015 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    The news alert about Kevin McCarthys abandonment of his pursuit to become John Boehners successor hit my phone just as I was about to go for a run. Rather than read the whole story, I just smiled and hit the pavement. Within the first few steps I wondered how long it would take before the hyperbole-laden garment rending would begin in the left media about conservatives being the death of the Republican Party, congressional compromise, and the frolicsome joy we so love to see in puppies and kittens. It was a short run, but they were on it by the...
  • EPA triggers another wastewater spill at Colorado superfund site ( Crested Butte )

    10/08/2015 9:28:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Watchdog ^ | October 8, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Once again the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has failed to notify the appropriate local officials and agencies of the spill in a timely manner. These are the words of U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) of Colorados 3rd Congressional District in response to another toxic spill resulting from EPA activities at an abandoned mine in western Colorado. According to the Denver Post, an EPA mine crew working Thursday at the Standard Mine in the mountains near Crested Butte, triggered another spill of some 2,000 gallons of wastewater into a nearby mountain creek. Supporting Tiptons remarks to Watchdog Arena, the Denver Post...
  • Paul Ryan says 'I will not be a candidate' after Kevin McCarthy pulls out of Speaker race

    10/08/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 10/08/2015 | Bill Novak
    Powerful Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) stood firm on Thursday in his desire not to become the next Speaker of the House. Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued a statement after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shocked the GOP when he abruptly ended his candidacy to replace Speaker John Boehner. "While I am grateful for the encouragement I've received, I will not be a candidate," Ryan said. "I continue to believe I can best serve the country and this (Republican) conference as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee." CNN reported McCarthy was with his wife...
  • House conservatives spurn McCarthy, flex muscle ahead of speaker vote

    10/08/2015 3:47:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    A group of hard-line conservatives threatened to upend the Republican race to succeed outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner, announcing on Wednesday it will throw its support behind a little-known Florida lawmaker to become the next speaker. The House Freedom Caucuss backing of Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) ahead of a crucial internal party vote Thursday deeply complicates Majority Leader Kevin O. McCarthys bid to succeed Boehner. The group counts enough members about 40 to deny McCarthy the majority of the whole House he would need to claim the speakers chair. But in an opening for the California Republican,...
  • Trey Gowdy on Kevin McCarthys Hillary comments: Apologizing doesnt fix the damage

    10/07/2015 11:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2015 | AllahPundit
    Man, this is tough stuff from an influential conservative at a moment when McCarthy’s desperately trying to convince righties in the House to give him a chance as Speaker. In an unguarded moment, House speaker-in-waiting Kevin McCarthy claimed credit for the decline in Hillary Clinton's poll numbers because House Republicans had formed a congressional committee investigating the attacks in Benghazi, making it look like a political witch hunt. “I heard from him at 6 a.m. the next morning,” Gowdy told the Post on Tuesday when asked about McCarthy. “How many times can somebody apologize? Yes, he’s apologized as many...
  • Rep Devin Nunes: Kick All Republicans Who Wont Support McCarthy On Floor For Speaker Out Of GOP

    10/07/2015 11:03:56 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 68 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/7/15 | Matthew Boyle, Alex Swoyer & Patrick Howley
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), an ally of House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in the upcoming Speakership elections, tells reporters that he thinks any GOP House member who doesnt back McCarthy on the floor should be kicked out of the GOP to go form their own third party. Weve been down this road several times and at some point you have to realize how elections work, how the Congress functions and howwhats laid out clearly in the Constitution as a Democratic Republic, Nunes says. Several conservative House members are considering bucking McCarthy on the floor...
  • House Democrats Will Try To Dissolve Select Committee On Benghazi Tonight

    10/06/2015 4:08:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    It probably wasn’t the best idea for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the presumptive successor to outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, to suggest that Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers were sinking due to the existence of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. The Clinton Team already has a campaign ad about it, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who is challenging McCarthy for the speakership, called the remarks “absolutely terrible.” In a second salvo, House Democrats are aiming to dissolve the Select Committee on Benghazi tonight, with Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) proposing the Rules Committee eliminate it tonight, though it’s bound to...
  • Environmentalists stop grazing on monument ( Wild Earth Guardians - Colorado )

    10/05/2015 2:47:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | October 04, 2015 | Jim Mimiaga
    Two allotments delayed pending more studies. A coalition of environmental groups have forced public land managers to delay a grazing permit decision on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Grand Canyon Trust, Western Watershed Project, Wild Earth Guardians, National Resource Defense Council, Wildlands Defense, the Sierra Club and Durango-based Great Old Broads for Wilderness collectively filed a 27-page protest against the proposed Flodine and Yellow Jacket grazing allotments on the monument ... they want the two allotments permanently closed to grazing ... The groups challenged a recent decision plan by the BLM to issue 10-year terms for the allotments, located...
  • Three of Obamas ambassadorial nominees put on hold after Secret Service leak

    10/05/2015 10:39:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/05/2015 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday morning that he is putting a hold on three of President Obamas ambassadorial nominees until the administration shows it is taking steps to punish Secret Service staff involved in leaking unflattering information about a lawmaker. This was apparently a violation of law, and absolutely shocking conduct, Cotton said in an interview. The executive branch all the way up to the West Wing needs to treat this with the seriousness it requires. Cotton called on Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to personally attend to disciplining top Secret Service leaders specifically including new Director Joseph...
  • Ted Cruz to meet with House insurgents one day before GOP elections

    10/05/2015 9:49:36 AM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 10/5/15 | David Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz will meet with a group of House Republicans one day before they're scheduled to vote for a new senior leadership team. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has invited the Texas Republican, leading presidential contender, to address his Conservative Opportunity Society at a Wednesday breakfast meeting. The agenda, according to the invitation, is "conservative strategy for the remainder of the year." Cruz has meddled in House affairs on several occassions, advising supportive insurgent Republicans in the chamber on key legislation and strategic matters. However, it's unclear if Cruz, who ranks fifth in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, plans...
  • Milbank: Trump will lose, or I will eat this column

    10/04/2015 9:42:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | October 4, 2015 | Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
    I never expected to write these words, but I miss Mitt Romney. Last Wednesday, the day the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination was in New Hampshire alleging that Syrian refugees fleeing for their lives may actually be clandestine terrorists, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee was in Washington, talking sense. "Donald Trump will not be the nominee," Romney told a group of business-school students at Georgetown University. And why won't Trump, who when he isn't besmirching Syrian refugees as terrorists is maligning Mexican immigrants as rapists, get the nod? Because, Romney said, "when all is said and done, the...
  • Sarah Palin speaks in SLC for pregnancy center fundraiser [Utah]

    10/03/2015 7:46:43 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    ABC4Utah.com ^ | October 3, 2015 | Glen Beeby
    Sarah Palin was the featured speaker for the annual Pregnancy Resource Center of Salt Lake City fundraiser. The former Alaska Governor highlighted the importance for woman to have options and a place to turn to for help. The organization helps give counseling, pregnancy tests, and free ultrasounds to women. The group spends around $375,000 for their services and this event is their biggest fundraiser of the year. Executive Director Jim Kerr said Palin's story is an inspiration to a lot of people and their clients that's why he invited her to come. By giving food, clothing, and sullies to mothers...
  • Chaffetz prepares long-shot bid for House speaker

    10/02/2015 12:02:33 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/02/2015 | RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is planning to run for House speaker, taking on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in what appears to be a long-shot bid to lead House Republicans, according to multiple sources. The Utah Republican, first elected to Congress in 2008, is launching a campaign less than a week before the Oct. 8 leadership elections for the House GOP Conference. The date for a floor vote to pick the next speaker has not been set yet. McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the overwhelming favorite to win, and its unclear how many votes Chaffetz can garner. Chaffetz's office would not comment.
  • Jason Chaffetz prepares long-shot bid for House speaker

    10/02/2015 12:00:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/02/2015 | RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is planning to run for House speaker, taking on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in what appears to be a long-shot bid to lead House Republicans, according to multiple sources. The Utah Republican, first elected to Congress in 2008, is launching a campaign less than a week before the Oct. 8 leadership elections for the House GOP Conference. The date for a floor vote to pick the next speaker has not been set yet. McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the overwhelming favorite to win, and its unclear how many votes Chaffetz can garner. Chaffetz's office would not comment....
  • Ted Cruz Versus The Establishment, Again

    10/01/2015 7:23:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2015 | Emily O'Neill, co-founder Envallo
    This week, Politico released on article suggesting that Ted Cruz has lost the trust of his peers, save for libertarian-leaning Mike Lee, who chimed in to his defense. The comments on the article, mostly from liberals who will never agree with a conservative philosophy anyway, resorted to ad hominin attacks. Criticism from the left is to be expected; however, the concerning part of this story is that conservatives and libertarians are voicing their opposition to Cruz fighting the status quo. The irony? Both camps claim to share the belief that Washington is dysfunctional, and many public opinion polls show that...
  • Watchdog: Top Secret Service official wanted information about Chaffetz made public

    09/30/2015 3:06:48 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 30,2015 | By Carol D. Leonnig and Jerry Markon
    The Secret Services assistant director urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday. Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out, Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director on March 31, commenting on an internal file that was being widely circulated inside the service. Just to be fair. Two days later, a news Web site reported that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, had applied to be...
  • More layoffs hit Bowie coal mine ( Colorado, Utah, and )

    09/30/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Bowie Resource Partners plans to lay off nearly 100 people at its Bowie #2 Mine near Paonia in the latest setback to coal employment in the North Fork Valley. The company said Tuesday that it anticipates laying off 78 workers and 19 contractors from the mine, where 181 full-time employees and 19 contractors work now. ... it is continuing to evaluate the market for the mines coal after losing a contract to sell to the Tennessee Valley Authority a year ago. The loss of that contract caused Bowie to eliminate about 150 jobs at that time. Bowie operates three underground...
  • Bureau of Land Management set to close 600 miles of Colorado roads

    09/29/2015 9:46:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 96 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 25, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Despite a long process involving collaboration between local officials the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Western Colorado, the federal land agency is proceeding with the closure of roads that have been traveled for 50 or more years. The road closures comprise a portion of the BLMs Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Mesa County, of which, 73 percent is controlled by the federal government . ... public roads, used by off-roaders, hunters, farmers, ranchers and, during wildfire season, firefighting crews. ... Jody Green, a member of Public Lands Access Association and long-time activist working to preserve access into federally-managed lands,...
  • CO Attorney General Orders Boulder to Stop Issuing Fake Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    09/27/2015 6:29:57 PM PDT · by lonestar67 · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 1, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Update: Hall ignored the deadline and proceeded to issue unconstitutional marriage licenses. As reported by The Denver Post: "This was not a hard decision. I'm proud to do this for my community," Hall said Tuesday afternoon, adding, "it's not about politics. This is about people who love each other." Hall's office has issued 88 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since Wednesday, when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck Utah's ban on gay marriage.
  • GOP Representative: Mitch McConnell Next Guy in the Crosshairs

    09/25/2015 1:06:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | September 25, 2015 | JOEL GEHRKE
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) will be the next target of conservatives frustrated with party leadership, according to one of the conservative representatives who pressured House speaker John Boehner in the weeks leading up to his resignation. Next guy in the crosshairs will probably be McConnell, Representative Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.) said in a text message to Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah), ... That fits a theory of Boehners struggles that is common among the outgoing speakers friends and foes alike that his unpopularity among the grassroots stems more from McConnells failure to take advantage of the...
  • Rock Fall Closes SR-9 in Zion National Park

    09/24/2015 7:35:06 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 60 replies
    KSL ^ | September 23, 2015 | Faith Heaton Jolley
    ZION NATIONAL PARK A major rock fall closed state Route 9 in Zion National Park early Wednesday morning and is expected to remain closed into the weekend. The large rocks fell on the highway about 4:30 a.m. about 200 feet from the Pine Creek Bridge on a switchback near the Mount Carmel Tunnel, according to park officials. The largest boulder is around 19 feet high, 20 feet long and 15 feet wide and officials said it weighs around 200 tons. The second boulder measured at approximately 10 feet high, 10 feet long and 15 feet wide, weighing about 100...
  • US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West

    09/22/2015 7:19:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 22, 2015 | Gruver
    The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections ... The fight over whether to list the bird as endangered or threatened recalled the battle over the spotted owl 25 years ago, where federal protection greatly impeded the logging economy. ... could help defuse a potential political liability for Democrats heading into the 2016 election; ... House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop said Tuesday's announcement was a "cynical ploy" intended to mask the fact that the Obama administration has imposed limits on development...
  • Utah Supreme Court: Right of Self-Defense Outweighs Employer-Mandated De-escalation Policies

    09/19/2015 5:51:41 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/19/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On September 18 the Utah Supreme Court ruled that under circumstances where retreat is not possible, business policies requiring employees to disengage or withdraw when under duress cannot be used as grounds for firing an employee who takes action to protect his or her life.The decision came in a case revolving around a 2011 incident in which six workers were fired after they fought with a shoplifter who pulled a gun on them inside the Layton Wal-Mart.According to Fox 13, when Walmart defended their actions, Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham asked if employers should be able to fire employees...
  • Trump panic: GOP establishment floats Romney 3rd-party candidacy

    09/18/2015 1:57:10 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 139 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/18/15 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON The Empire strikes back? First, the Republican Party made Donald Trump sign an oath of loyalty by pledging to support its eventual presidential nominee and not run as a third-party candidate. Now, the establishment GOP may be planning to do the very thing it made Trump promise not to do: bolt from the Republican party and run a third-party campaign. Mark McKinnon, former President George W. Bushs chief media strategist, suggested a scenario to NPR the GOP elite might follow if it looks like Trump will win the partys presidential nomination. The Republican establishment completely freaks out. They...
  • New Mexico official: EPA kept water data secret after spill

    09/17/2015 1:36:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2015 4:20 PM EDT | Matthew Brown
    Federal officials refused to share water-quality data for weeks following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, New Mexicos top environmental regulator said Thursday. The move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed to downplay the severity of the spill, hobbling the states response, said Ryan Flynn, New Mexico secretary of Environment. His criticisms, aired before a U.S. House committee investigating the Aug. 5 accident, offered more fodder for congressional Republicans eager to find fault with a federal agency they perceive as having an anti-business agenda. An EPA cleanup team accidentally triggered...
  • BUSTED! EPA Violated Endangered Species Law in Animas Spill

    09/17/2015 12:06:55 PM PDT · by kitchen · 13 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | September 17, 2015 | ColoradoPeakPolitics
    Sweet Gods of Karma, we cried nerd tears of joy today watching the EPA getting nailed for violating the sacred Endangered Species Act for their negligence in the Animas River spill. Turns out that it is very illegal, as in, criminal and civil charges illegal, when someone does not consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service prior to undertaking a project that poses a threat to endangered critters. In this case, downstream fish. But, but, but, we didnt mean to spill all of that acid and lead and whatnot into the river, stammered EPA Chief Gina McCarthy. That didnt satisfy...
  • CRY US A CONTAMINATED RIVER: EPA Chief Takes a Beating at Senate Hearings

    09/17/2015 6:56:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | September 16, 2015
    It was a dirty river before, its a dirtier river now, were moving on. That sums up the attitude of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy who testified before two Senate committees today. Democratic lawmakers made excuses for the agency while Republicans hammered at McCarthy to take responsibility for the rusty contaminated sludge her agency unleashed on the Animas River and across three states. ... Has anyone been fired for ? ... Colorados Sen. Cory Gardner attended both hearings, and drilled McCarthy on the agencys appalling lack of telephone etiquette downstream users werent notified until days after the incident. When Gardner...