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  • The Uses and Abuses of Federal Land

    12/28/2023 6:56:53 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    American Conservative ^ | Dec 13, 2023 | William Perry Pendley
    The Biden administration has continued the modern Democrat tradition of perverse federal land use policy. It comes as a surprise to most Americans that the federal government owns nearly one-third of the nation’s land mass, in excess of 640 million acres. (It also owns 1.7 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), but that is another story.) Most know of the National Park Service in the Department of the Interior and its 80 million acres of parks, preserves, reserves, monuments, memorials, historic sites, battlefields, and recreation areas, in every state. Many Americans may be familiar with the 141 national...
  • Jogger killed by wolves shows wisdom of national park gun rule change

    03/13/2010 3:24:18 PM PST · by george76 · 97 replies · 2,426+ views
    Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | March 13, 2010 | Kurt Hofmann
    We recently looked at the growing threat posed by the presence of violent drug gangs on pubplic land, such as national parks, and the wisdom of no longer mandating that park visitors be rendered unable to defend themselves from that danger. While the greatest threat of violence is undoubtedly posed by rogue humans, a recent tragedy reminds us that sometimes, lethal danger walks on four legs. we were constantly told that wild places like national parks are "oases of peace in a violent society," and thus having a means of self-defense in such places is unnecessary. Some of our national...
  • ‘This is family’: Wolves kill two dogs in northern Colorado

    03/18/2023 12:27:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 66 replies
    Craig Daily News ^ | Mar 17, 2023 | Dylan Anderson
    North Park rancher Greg Sykes said he has tried to do things the right way since wolves migrated across the boarder from Wyoming into the area near Walden. He has kept an eye on the predators as they could be seen in the distance around the ranch he manages and got guardian dogs to watch over his cattle. “I was that one rancher that said, ‘OK, they’re here. Let’s figure out how to get along,'” Sykes said. “That’s what I intended to do.” Early on Monday, March 13, wolves killed one of his cattle dogs named Cisco, according to Colorado...
  • Gunnison Stockgrowers raise issues with CPW Draft Wolf Plan, call out absence of required federal authorizations and federal coordination. ( Colorado )

    02/20/2023 7:57:50 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    The Fence Post ^ | Feb 17, 2023 | Rachel Gabel
    The Gunnison Stockgrowers’ Association filed a 22-page comment with the Colorado Wildlife Commission detailing the group members’ concerns about the Draft Wolf Plan process laid out by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Ken Spann, who has delivered public comment to the CPW Commission on behalf of the group, said the endorsement of the comments lies in every acre of agricultural land in Gunnison County. The basis of their concerns is the survival of the area’s long standing ranching operations as well as the existing big game and other wildlife in the Gunnison Valley. According to Spann, established in 1894, the Gunnison...
  • Federal Government Announces Agents Will Be Shooting Cattle from Helicopters. ( New Mexico and .. )

    02/19/2023 1:13:25 PM PST · by george76 · 51 replies
    Western Journal ^ | February 19, 2023 | Peter Partoll
    The Federal Government has announced a plan to begin shooting feral cattle from helicopters in order to protect the environment. ... Local ranchers, however, have criticized the plan as cruel and have warned about the unintended consequences ... They say it sets a dangerous precedent, as more and more ranching plots are left vacant across the West and fences become untended. They claim that this could result in privately owned cattle wandering off and getting caught up in the mix. ... ranchers are also worried that the wolves who eat the carcasses of the dead animals will become used to...
  • Polis turns his back on Colorado agriculture | OPINION

    01/27/2023 10:07:46 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | 1/23/2023 | Ty Winter
    Last week, Gov. Jared Polis gave his State of the State address before a joint session of the General Assembly and to all Coloradans around the state. As I and other rural legislators listened to his speech, we couldn’t help but notice something so significant to our state barely received more than a brief mention. As the speech lagged on, it was evident the governor was clearly avoiding talking about it. It became the industrial elephant in the room, if you will. In his 70-minute, 8,000-word monologue, the governor mentioned the word “agriculture” one single time. The words “farms” and...
  • State regulators get 'unprecedented' complaints about Xcel's proposed rate hike. ( Colorado )

    12/23/2022 7:00:56 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Denver 7 ^ | Dec 21, 2022 | Jaclyn Allen
    Commissioners promise to 'scrutinize this to a degree we've never done before' ... DENVER — State regulators with the Public Utilities Commission questioned Xcel's proposal for an electric rate hike in Wednesday's meeting, following "unprecedented" comments objecting to the proposed increase. Xcel has proposed a $312.2 million revenue increase, which would result in an 8.2% increase ($7.33/month) for the average residential customer. The commission has suspended the effected date of the higher rates, while the case was scheduled to be taken up again to set procedures in early February. Commissioner John Gavan called for the commission to "scrutinize this to...

    10/10/2022 5:42:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Steamboat Radio ^ | October 9, 2022 | Shannon Lukens
    New wolf depredation incidents are being reported in northern Colorado. First, in Rio Blanco County, just south of Meeker, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has confirmed 18 head of 600-pound calves were attacked and killed by wolves ... on the LK Ranch, owned by Lenny and Jackie Klinglesmith. The cattle were up in their summer pasture, when the wolf depredation incidents were discovered. Travis Duncan with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says necropsies on each animal have been performed and it is an active investigation. ... A second Colorado wolf depredation incident was in the past few days in Jackson County, near...
  • Mountain lion attacks boy, 7, at Southern California park

    09/28/2022 3:57:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 28, 2022,
    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Wildlife officers on Wednesday were tracking a mountain lion that attacked a 7-year-old boy and prompted the closure of a sprawling Southern California park, authorities said. The child and his father were walking up stairs at Pico Canyon Park near Santa Clarita around dusk on Monday when a cougar emerged from brush and bit the boy on the buttocks, said Capt. Patrick Foy with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Foy said the father, who was walking behind, heard his son cry out and charged toward the big cat. “The lion let go and retreated...
  • Judge refuses to block grazing in eastern Oregon pastures

    04/02/2022 4:00:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    KATU 2 ^ | March 31st 2022
    A federal judge this week denied a temporary restraining order sought by environmental groups that would block grazing in six eastern Oregon pastures. The Capital Press reports U.S. District Judge Michael Simon said the plaintiffs haven’t shown that turning cattle out on the pastures will cause irreparable harm to sage grouse or to rangeland research. He said continued grazing isn’t likely to irreparably harm the ability of environmental plaintiffs to enjoy undisturbed sagebrush grassland, since the pastures have long been grazed and are rested on a rotating basis. The case was filed against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management by...
  • EDITORIAL: Polis’ actions cast doubt on interest in governing all of Colorado

    03/11/2022 7:53:38 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Journal- Advocate Sterling ^ | March 8, 2022 | Journal- Advocate Editorial Board
    A question must seriously be asked whether Jared Polis is interested in governing all of Colorado, or just the narrow strip that contains the vast majority of the state’s population. Polis has repeatedly angered the small band of hardy farmers and ranchers that make up Colorado’s second-largest industry by his insensitive slights and tone-deaf insults. It’s as if the governor pays lip service to agriculture one day and then slaps it in the face the next. Case in point: In February Polis ignored the recommendations of his own Department of Agriculture and appointed yet another animal welfare extremist to a...
  • Craig, one of Colorado’s last coal towns, grapples with its future as its power plant and mine shut down

    01/27/2022 7:53:20 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 22, 2022 | Patty Nieberg
    The coal plant is closing, along with the mine that feeds it and has nearly 115 more employees, and all the workers will lose their jobs over the next decade ... The same scenario is playing out in other small towns across the U.S. After decades of relying on coal for their workforce, tax base and way of life, the towns face uncertain futures as new state and national legislation forces the retirement of fossil fuels ... The impact spreads beyond the plants workers and is felt by the rest of the community, too. In Craig, much of the infrastructure...
  • Voices’ sound off to Gov. Polis: Boot Ellen Kessler from vet board

    01/22/2022 5:25:38 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Sterling Journal-Advocate ^ | January 21, 2022 | Jeff Rice
    Controversial appointee accuses ranchers of ‘scam’ in recent wolf kills.. For a day and a half, county officials, policy experts and politicians discussed the challenges unique to rural Colorado, but the most satisfying moment for most attendees came at the very end. The annual Voices of Rural Colorado Conference returned after a one-year COVID-19 hiatus, hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The conference is a joint effort by Action 22, Pro 15 and Club 20, organizations that represent the interests of 59 of Colorado’s 64 counties. The 2022 conference covered such things as affordable housing, higher education, energy...
  • Ranchers in some states can shoot wolves that attack their livestock. But not in Colorado.

    01/22/2022 5:17:31 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    The Colorado Sun ^ | Jan 21, 2022 | David Gilbert
    Attacks on cattle and dogs by wolves that migrated into northwest Colorado from Wyoming have stoked a rancher-wolf controversy sooner than expected. Don Gittleson woke up Wednesday morning to a sight that’s starting to feel common on his North Park ranch: a cow torn up by wolves, the third attack on his livestock since a few days before Christmas. If this were Montana, Wyoming or Idaho, Gittleson could pull out a gun and shoot the predator dead. But this is Colorado. Wolves in Colorado are protected under state law. Killing them – no matter how many cows or sheep or...
  • Colorado’s first wolf kill in decades

    12/21/2021 4:05:08 PM PST · by george76 · 88 replies
    Fence Post ^ | 12/20/2021
    A confirmed wolf kill was discovered near Walden, Colo., the home of one of Colorado’s wolf packs. An approximately 500 pound purebred replacement heifer was found dead after being attacked and eaten by this pack of wolves. This is the first confirmed wolf kill of livestock in Colorado in over 70 years. In early 2021, Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed the existence of this pack in north central Colorado; however, individual wolves have been sited in the area previous to the pack confirmation. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are working closely with the livestock producer to learn as much from...
  • Landlord Group Sues Biden's CDC Over Eviction Ban Extension

    08/05/2021 6:29:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04 August 2021 | Eric Mack
    Landlord groups are suing the Biden administration for extending the pandemic eviction moratorium from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, claiming the new order can only be extended by new legislation, as ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Alabama and Georgia associations of Realtors filed an emergency motion Wednesday night with Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asking her to enforce the Supreme Court's recent order stating that the CDC could not extend the moratorium without new legislation. The Alabama Association of Realtors said the CDC issued the new order "for...
  • Colorado utilities seek temporary price hikes to cover sky-high costs from February deep freeze -- Regulators will take testimony before deciding on proposed increases

    07/10/2021 4:37:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Brush News Tribune ^ | June 29, 2021 | Judith Kohler
    Customers across Colorado could see higher electric and natural gas bills if regulators approve proposals by utilities to recover costs from a winter storm that had them scrambling along with many other companies to buy enough fuel to make it through the freezing weather. During its meeting Wednesday, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission will consider the next steps after receiving applications from Xcel Energy-Colorado and Black Hills Energy, which have proposed spreading out the expense for customers over at least a year. The PUC is reviewing how utilities prepared for the weather in February. The frigid weather that gripped the...
  • Farmer sues over being forced to choose between farming or his constitutional rights

    05/29/2021 2:46:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota; : A third-generation farmer filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is unlawfully preventing him from farming one of his fields. In 2011, a division of the Department of Agriculture ruled that a small seasonal mud puddle on Arlen Foster’s farm is protected by federal law as a wetland. Even though the federal government has no authority to regulate such puddles, the department is forcing Foster to choose between productively using his field or participating in federal programs for farmers, like crop insurance. “The government lacks the authority to insist that he...
  • Rural Colorado is footing the bill for February’s deep freeze — even if rural Colorado never got very cold

    04/12/2021 7:37:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Colorado Sun ^ | Apr 7, 2021 | Michael Booth
    Angry utility customers in places like Grand Valley and Grand Mesa pen poison letters: “It’s a monopoly! Reduce obscene CEO pay!”. When Grand Valley Power CEO Tom Walch gets worked up explaining what he sees as the avarice and ignorance of Xcel Energy and worries he is not conveying his rage, he pulls out a letter from an angry co-op customer and starts reading. “They shouldn’t unload this blunder on customers who happen to be on their electrical grid,” Walch recites. “This is going to hurt a lot of businesses here and elsewhere that are already hurting due to the...
  • Wildfires Will Become Worse Thanks To Decades-Old Liberal Policies, Says Fire Expert Who Predicted Uptick In Blazes

    09/13/2020 7:30:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | September 13, 2020 | CHRIS WHITE
    Bill Clinton’s land management rules and other liberal policies paved the way for future debilitating wildfires ... Zybach warned of potential disastrous wildfires shortly after Clinton signed a slate of rules in the mid-1990s that drastically reduced logging and road creation on federal lands. ... Shortly before leaving office in 2001, Clinton limited the ability of the United States Forest Service to thin out a dense thicket of foliage and downed trees on federal land... created a ticking time bomb ... “If you don’t start managing these forests, then they are going to start burning up. Thirty years later, they...