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  • U.S. Forest Service barricades a forest road, destroys game trails in Idaho

    06/30/2016 11:10:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 20, 2016 | Marjorie Haun
    The United States Forest Service severely damaged a forest road and trail in Northwestern Idaho earlier this month, raising serious questions about the agency’s ability to care for federally-managed lands. During the first weekend in June, several members of Northwestern Gold Prospectors Association (NWGPA) planned to attend a gathering to prospect private claims in the Bedrock Gulch and Eagle Creek areas. When the prospectors arrived, Forest Road 152 was blocked with cement barricades and hundreds of felled trees. ... Photographs from that day show large logs laid crosswise and laterally on the trail, covered with hundreds of large pine branches...
  • Aisha Qadaffi Flees The Country But Her Plane Is Denied Entry Into Malta

    02/23/2011 8:54:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/23/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    Libyan leader Muommar Qaddafi says he'll stay and die on Libyan soil, but that apparently doesn't apply to his lone daughter, Aisha. Word is she's left the country, but having a hard time finding a country that will take her. A plane she was on just got denied entry into Malta, says Al-Jazeera. Meanwhile, the Lebanese wife of Qaddai son Hanibal was denied entry into Lebanon last night.
  • Forestry Company Sues Greenpeace Under Anti-Mafia Law For Conspiracy

    05/31/2016 4:43:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 05/31/2016 | Andrew Follett
    A forestry company filed a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against Greenpeace Tuesday for misrepresenting the company’s environmental record to raise funds and promote its agenda. Greenpeace knowingly and deliberately made false claims about the company while fundraising, and fabricated evidence of Resolute’s alleged environmental malfeasance, according to the forestry and paper company Resolute Forest Products. RICO is an anti-mafia law designed to combat organized crime. Greenpeace’ is a global fraud,” states the 124-page legal complaint. “For years, this international network of environmental groups collectively calling themselves ‘Greenpeace’ has fraudulently induced people throughout the United States and...
  • Energy industry sues over grouse plans ( Colorado )

    05/13/2016 7:12:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 12, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    Oil and gas industry groups on Thursday sued federal agencies over revisions to land management plans in Colorado and other western states to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Western Energy Alliance and the North Dakota Petroleum Council filed the suit in North Dakota, saying the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to follow proper procedures for public involvement in adopting the land use plan amendments. They also say the plans ignore sound science and will hurt western economies. Plan revisions being challenged include ones in northwest Colorado, where greater sage-grouse habitat substantially overlaps with oil and gas...
  • Club for Growth to launch million-dollar attack on Donald Trump

    02/24/2016 3:58:17 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/23/16 | Alex Isenstadt
    The conservative group Club for Growth is set to launch an anti-Donald Trump advertising campaign in two states voting on March 1. The organization, which supports anti-tax policies, has purchased nearly $1 million in commercial bookings in Arkansas and Oklahoma on TV and digital platforms, according to a source familiar with the buy. Both states hold their primaries on Super Tuesday, when about 25 percent of the party's delegates are to be awarded as a dozen states hold their primaries. The offensive comes at a time of growing consternation among some in the Republican Party about stopping Trump. Numerous polls...
  • This gun failure test ended in an unexpected way

    02/19/2016 8:22:39 AM PST · by w1n1 · 21 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 2/19/2016 | M Sargent
    A gun failure test is designed to see what it takes to stop a firearm's operation. This test was conducted by firing an AR on full auto going through several magazines, before the unexpected thing happened. The gun didn't stop firing, but it did burst into flames. The test itself appeared to involve shooting the gun as fast as possible until it quit firing. Well, that didn't happen. Watch the video to see if you think this gun passed or failed.
  • Utah files lawsuit claiming feds' sage grouse conservation strategy is unlawful

    02/04/2016 7:02:30 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 4 2016 | Ben Lockhart
    The Utah Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture, claiming the agencies' strategy to disallow new mining on or near greater sage grouse habitats is a breach of "numerous federal laws and regulations." The lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeks an order voiding the federal government's land-use plan amendments submitted last year that would directly prohibit new hard rock mining on 233,300 acres in Utah. "The state of Utah claims that the 2015 federal plan amendments disregarded the hallmark of federal land management -- multiple use and sustained yield --...
  • 3 people killed in separate shootings in Little Rock (Mother killed while holding 2 yo daughter)

    02/01/2016 10:21:45 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01 FEB 16 | AP
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Three people were fatally shot over the course of a day in Little Rock, including a mother who was holding her young daughter while she was struck, police said Sunday. The killings bring to five the number of homicides in the city so far this year, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Little Rock police spokesman Lt. Steve McClanahan said 19-year-old Junius Pitts Jr. died early Sunday morning after being shot while apparently sitting in his car at a red light near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus. A witness who was in the car...
  • Need some AR advice.

    01/26/2016 6:15:16 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 55 replies
    BTLD | 1/26/16 | BTLD
    I have been given first shot at a Primary Weapons Systems PWS MK114 rifle in .223 Wylde. I've always wanted something like this but know nothing about them. Good, bad or otherwise, please share your vast and valuable knowledge. Thank you all, in advance.
  • Saudi Arabia Plans 'Thatcherite Revolution'

    01/07/2016 11:35:14 AM PST · by EBH · 14 replies
    Saudi Arabia is mulling the sale of shares in Aramco, believed to be the world's most valuable company, as part of plans to repair its finances and open up its economy. The announcement was made by the country's deputy crown prince as Saudi's secretive, state-owned oil firm grapples with the effects of oil prices nearing 12-year lows . Mohammed bin Salman told The Economist: "That is something that is being reviewed, and we believe a decision will be made over the next few months." The Saudi economy has taken a battering from the oil price decline and the finance ministry...
  • How Federal Missteps Make the Case to Transfer Public Lands to States, Localities

    12/28/2015 12:17:56 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | December 27, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A growing number of state organizations seek to remedy what they consider negligent policies and shoddy oversight of public land on the part of federal agencies. Under the umbrella name Transfer of Public Lands, the movement offers a solution to the problem that is simple in concept: transfer ownership and management of public lands administered by federal agencies to equivalent state agencies. These agencies, being accountable to governors, state legislators and citizens, will manage the public lands in a more conscientious, cost-effective way. ... Unlike states east of the Continental Divide, public lands in Western states such as Washington and...
  • Deal approved to protect grizzly bear habitat in Montana ( Donald Molloy )

    10/10/2015 11:13:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-10-2015 | Laura Zuckerman
    A U.S. judge on Friday approved a deal between conservationists and Montana officials to restrict road-building and logging in roughly 22,000 acres of state forest lands that make up core habitat for federally protected grizzlies. The agreement resolves a lawsuit brought by conservationists after the state had sought to open 37,000 acres , mostly in the Stillwater State Forest, to timber harvesting despite what environmentalists said would be the destruction of prime grizzly bear territory. ... U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy in a decision last year found the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by...
  • Mining on 10 Million Acres in Six States Impacted by BLM’s 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...
  • Benghazi committee, under fire, releases more Clinton emails

    10/09/2015 9:24:20 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 31 replies
    Yahoo Political News ^ | 10/9 | Michael Isikoff
    Hillary Clinton used her private email account to pass along the identity of one of the CIA’s top Libyan intelligence sources, raising new questions about her handling of classified information, according to excerpts from previously undisclosed emails released Thursday by Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. On March 18, 2011, Sidney Blumenthal — Clinton’s longtime friend and political adviser — sent the then secretary of state an email to her private account that contained apparently highly sensitive information he had received from Tyler Drumheller, a former top CIA official with whom Blumenthal at...
  • 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...
  • Victim of Kalispell Bear Attack Dies ( Inside her home: Montana )

    10/01/2015 5:32:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Tristan Scott
    Barbara Paschke, 85, died as the result of injuries she suffered during a black bear attack inside her home ... from injuries she suffered during a black bear attack inside her Ashley Lake home last Sunday afternoon. The woman, Barbara Paschke, died at 10:30 a.m. while she was hospitalized at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She died due to injuries from the attack ... The attack occurred inside Paschke’s home between Batavia Lane and Ashley Lake Road; although it’s not clear how the bear got inside Paschke’s home, it exited through a window, investigators said. The attack was severe, officials said,...
  • Trump [26%] Steady in NC; Biden Polls Well (Rand and Lindsey now at 0%)

    09/29/2015 11:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 29, 2015
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Donald Trump is holding his ground- at least compared to where he was in the state six weeks ago. Trump leads with 26% to 21% for Ben Carson, 12% for Carly Fiorina, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Mike Huckabee, 5% for Jeb Bush, 4% for John Kasich, and 2% for Chris Christie. Rounding out the field are Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rand Paul all at less than 1%. Trump's 26% is almost identical to his 24% standing...
  • 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 BLM’s 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,...
  • Hunter stabs black bear in self-defense in Michigan

    09/22/2015 11:23:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    MLive ^ | September 19, 2015 | Brad Devereaux
    GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, MI — A 46-year-old man was injured in what the Michigan Department of Natural Resources suspects was a black bear attack. ... a black bear came from behind, knocked him over and attacked him. "Using his hunting knife, the man stabbed the bear, which scared it off. The bear is thought to be injured," the DNR said in a news release. "The DNR was informed about 45 minutes later." Sgt. Jon Wood spoke with the hunter and advised him to seek medical attention. The DNR's Law Enforcement Division is continuing to investigate the incident. The DNR plans to...
  • ‘Crazy’ European Model Causes Flight Diversion To DIA All Because Of A Cat (Germany from Las Vegas)

    08/31/2015 7:09:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    CBS4 ^ | August 30, 2015
    A flight was diverted to Denver International Airport on Friday because of an unruly passenger who wanted to see her comfort cat. Passengers resumed their flight on Saturday after a 24-hour delay. A passenger on the flight to Germany from Las Vegas shot video of a clearly agitated woman, described at a European model, taken off the Condor Airlines flight that landed prematurely in Denver. The female passenger was reportedly demanding to be seated with her comfort cat. “That lady wasn’t happy with the crew putting their cat in the lavatory and then everything went wrong. She started screaming and...
  • 5 states defund and 13 states investigate Planned Parenthood

    08/20/2015 5:36:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | Danny Burton
    Since the release of the first incriminating Planned Parenthood video from the Center for Medical Progress, a flurry of investigations have ensued. These videos at least show evidence indicating a strong likelihood of illegal activity, and at worst show despicable, callous disregard for the law, human life, and women. Here are the ongoing official investigations and government actions taken against Planned Parenthood. As of Wednesday, five states have made moves to defund Planned Parenthood, or end participation in the funneling of federal money to the unscrupulous organization. These states are New Hampshire, Utah, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama. Thirteen states have...
  • Shut down coal mines, group urges ( WildEarth Guardians : Colorado)

    08/07/2015 11:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | August 6, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Industry blasts suggestion as harmful to the country. A conservation group that has succeeded in dealing recent legal setbacks to western Colorado coal mines called Thursday for a phase-out of federal coal leasing to help combat climate change. “It’s time for the Interior Department to shut it down,” Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program director for WildEarth Guardians, said in a news release. The group outlined a plan for ending the federal coal program over 10 to 25 years through a moratorium on leasing publicly owned coal, retiring existing leases that aren’t producing, honestly reporting the climate impacts of the...
  • Gun used in Garland, Texas attempted terror attack may be from Fast and Furious

    08/02/2015 7:41:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/02/2015 | Taylor Millard
    The gun used during the attempted terror attack on the “Draw Muhammad” event in Texas may have been bought from the Arizona store linked to Fast and Furious. Los Angeles Times broke the news yesterday which also included the nugget that Nadir Soofi’s purchase was known by the federal government (emphasis mine). Soofi’s attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after...
  • Recapture Canyon case want judge disqualified ( Utah : BLM )

    07/23/2015 8:22:30 AM PDT · by george76
    Ch 13 ^ | July 20, 2015 | Ben Winslow
    Lawyers for a San Juan County commissioner convicted of his role in a protest ride in Recapture Canyon are asking a judge to disqualify himself, citing his ties to an environmental group. ... Judge Shelby is “close friends” with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance’s legal director, Stephen Bloch, who has advocated for a stiff sentence for Lyman. Judge Shelby disclosed the relationship ... Steve Bloch, on behalf of SUWA, Steve Bloch and his wife Kara are friends of mine and have been for a long, long time. I practiced with Kara at Snow Christensen starting in 1999. My wife and...
  • Free Meal with Concealed Handgun License

    07/02/2015 5:23:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Chicken Express, located at 2 Warnock Springs Rd in Magnolia, Arkansas, is offering a free meal to people who present a concealed handgun license at their location on July 4th, 2015.   From facebook.com: On Saturday July 4th we will be giving a FREE #1 combo to anyone with a Conceal Handgun License. This will be DINE IN ONLY. You must have your License with you! We hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July! There have been a number of other businesses that welcome both the open and concealed carry of firearms and offer promotions based on...
  • Hundreds attend town hall meeting to discuss BLM's plan for closures of public land ( Colorado )

    06/25/2015 6:38:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    KJCT ^ | Jun 24, 2015 | Daniela Pardo
    Grand Junction, COLO. It's a hot debate that's sparked a lot of controversy in Mesa County. The updating of the Resource Management Plan has been in the works for years. It was announced a few months back, but not everyone's happy about the proposal. The Mesa County Commissioners and the Bureau of Land Management took turns speaking at the town hall meeting. The public listened to what happened in a meeting with representatives from the governor's office, in regards to the Resource Management Plan, and had the chance to share their concerns and suggestions. At last week's meeting with the...
  • Christie Finally Figures Out the Confederate Flag is 'Divisive' (Many other GOP contenders agree

    06/24/2015 4:16:37 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 6/23/2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    On Tuesday, after the entire Republican primary field - including Donald Trump and George Pataki - had taken a position on the Confederate flag, and after the Republican governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, had asked for its removal from the state capitol grounds, Chris Christie seemed to calculate that it was politically safe to do the same. The New Jersey governor said in a statement that Haley had "demonstrated what it means to be a leader" and that he commended her decision. ... Every Republican presidential candidate, including the not-yet announced ones, had said something, even if it was,...
  • AR: Bizarre Article Attempts to Discredit AR Constitutional Carry

    06/09/2015 7:15:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Act 746 went into effect in 2013.  The law was clear at the time, and is clear now.  The Democrat Attorney General when the law went into effect, Dustin McDaniel, expressed an opinion about the law which seemed designed to cause confusion about the issue.   In the opinion, former AG McDaniel simply ignores the most important change in the law.    Here is the relevant section, ignored by McDaniel: 5-73-120. Carrying a weapon.(a) A person commits the offense of carrying a weapon if he or she possesses a handgun, knife, or club on or about his or her person, in...
  • AR: Permit holder wins Gunfight with 20 Shots of 5.7

    04/18/2015 9:43:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     A Five-Seven pistol was successfully used for self defense in Arkansas on April 13, 2015.  More than 20 rounds were fired, 20 of them being fired by a permit holder armed with what appears to be an FN 5.7 pistol.  The casing on the left is being held by Henry Richards, who witnessed some of the gunfight.  If you look at the casing closely, it is clear that it is a 5.7.  The identifying characteristics are the rimless base shown by the extractor groove on the bottom, and the beginning of the bottleneck shown at the top.  An additional...
  • Western states coalition disputes ‘biased’ federal science on sage grouse

    03/18/2015 10:28:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    predation, not human activity, has reduced bird’s numbers. A coalition of rural Western counties and business interests is contesting the science being used to decide whether to list the Greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened, accusing the Obama administration of relying on “selective, false and biased” research. Denver attorney Kent Holsinger filed three Data Quality Act challenges Wednesday with the Department of the Interior on behalf of the coalition, which includes the Western Energy Alliance, ranchers, mining and drilling companies and 19 counties in Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Utah. “We’ve documented real issues with transparency and scientific integrity ... The...
  • Obama’s Law School Professor: EPA Is ‘Burning The Constitution’

    03/17/2015 10:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 03/17/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    resident Obama has found himself at odds with his old law school mentor over the Environmental Protection Agency. Laurence Tribe, a liberal constitutional scholar at Harvard University, told House lawmakers that EPA carbon dioxide regulations are tearing the Constitution apart. “EPA possesses only the authority granted to it by Congress,” Tribe told lawmakers in a hearing Tuesday. “Its gambit here raises serious questions under the separation of powers… because EPA is attempting to exercise lawmaking power that belongs to Congress and judicial power that belongs to the federal courts.” “Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy...
  • ( Mesa ) County signals its intent to sue over sage grouse ( Colorado )

    03/10/2015 8:47:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Grand Junction - DAILY SENTINEL ^ | March 10, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners have thrown their first jab in a growing fight against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the department’s decision last November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Commissioners on Monday approved and signed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for listing the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened and for designating a critical habitat for the bird in western Colorado and eastern Utah. The notice of intent to sue claims the listings are improper because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service noted the Gunnison sage-grouse population in the Gunnison Basin is “stable...
  • Washington state wolf population grows by 30 percent

    03/07/2015 2:13:15 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    ap ^ | March 7, 2015
    Washington's wolf population grew by more than 30 percent last year and formed four new packs. ... The state also found there are now 16 wolf packs and at least five successful breeding pairs.
  • TX: Cross Border Open Carry March scheduled for Texarkana 28 March

    03/03/2015 2:00:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Arkansas became a constitutional carry state in August of 2013.  It took about a year and a half, dozens of open carry marches, and a change of the Attorney General, for that fact to be generally recognized.  The picture above is one of the marches taking place in Little Rock.  I do not recall a single marcher ever being arrested for carrying a firearm.    From thv11.com: In 2013, former attorney general Dustin McDaniel issued an opinion saying he did not consider Arkansas an open carry state under act 746. We asked new attorney general Leslie Rutledge about her interpretation...
  • AR: 'Controversy' about Constitutional Carry Over

    02/25/2015 9:13:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The questions about whether Arkansas is a constitutional carry state are over.  The result was never in any real doubt.  On April 4th, 2013, the Governor of Arkansas signed Act 746.  The law clarified a definition in Arkansas law, that had been abused over the years.  The change likely returned the law to its original meaning.  I wrote about it on 25 April. I wrote: This change clarifies the meaning of the law to what was likely the original intent; that a person may not carry a weapon with the intent of using it for unlawful purposes. There does...
  • The End of the Affair

    02/12/2015 2:17:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    The message on the phone was there waiting for me after a long day and longer week at work. The news was sad but not unexpected. Like the death of a dear aunt who had been putting up a good fight for years. The time to let her go in peace had finally arrived. The only surprising thing about the call was that it should have taken so long in coming. When it did, it came in a voice familiar from my days -- and years -- writing editorials for the Pine Bluff Commercial here in Arkansas. The voice was...
  • Grizzly bear-human conflicts increase in Wyoming in 2014

    01/23/2015 8:23:35 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | January 23, 2015 | BOB MOEN
    Grizzly bears were the leading category among the 385 total conflicts between humans and large carnivores in Wyoming last year. Black bears were second with 134 conflicts, followed by wolves (64) and mountain lions (23). ... grizzly bears continue to expand their range. "They've far exceeded the expected geographic recovery distribution ... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide this year whether it will lift protections for some 1,000 grizzlies that scientists say live in the Yellowstone region of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Removal of the protections would transfer jurisdiction over grizzlies to states
  • Environmental Groups Seeking More Protection For Sage Grouse ( CO & Utah )

    01/20/2015 5:15:34 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | January 20, 2015 | Donna Bryson
    Two environmentalist groups filed suit Tuesday seeking stronger protection for a bird found only in Colorado and Utah ... The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project said in court papers that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should go back and produce an “adequate finding” on the status of the Gunnison sage grouse ... The threatened designation could result in restrictions on oil and gas drilling, agriculture, recreational and other land uses. ... both camps will be watching litigation closely, in part to see how it might influence policy on the more common greater sage grouse. The...
  • Threatened bird showing up at higher elevations [ Colorado: yellow-billed cuckoo ]

    01/20/2015 6:54:00 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | January 19, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Expert says western yellow-billed cuckoo may be more prevalent than first thought. Paonia ornithologist Jason Beason likes to say that there are a lot of cuckoos out there. The line is good for laughs at presentations like the talks he gave in the Roaring Fork Valley last week, and it accurately reflects the fact that dozens of species of cuckoos populate the Earth in both the Old and New Worlds. These include birds people might not immediately think of as being cuckoos, such as the greater roadrunner in the southwestern United States. But in the case of the cuckoo of...
  • Secretary Jewell Unveils Greater Sage Grouse Plan

    01/11/2015 5:15:40 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. The strategy will begin to be implemented during the 2015 fire season. Goals include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response. “Targeted action is urgently needed to...
  • AR: Victim Didn't Shoot, Safety was on

    01/04/2015 6:13:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 78 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An Arkansas burglary victim's pistol did not fire when he intended it to, because the safety was on, and he did not realize it.   Wayne Murrey, above shows some tactical sense as he cautiously peered through a doorway, exposing little of himself while he looked to determine what was happening.  When he saw that a curtain was disturbed, he realized that someone was trying to break in.   That is when he accessed his firearm.  From katv.com: “I got up, walked over here and I peeked like this, and I see the curtain kind of pulled back a little, so...
  • AR: Armed Woman in Gunshop Saved by Book; Robber Shot (Video)

    12/10/2014 5:38:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 49 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video here In this dramatic video of an attempted armed robbery of a gunshop in Springdale, Arkansas, on December 6, 2014, one robber is wounded, and the gunshop owner is hit by a spent bullet that does not break the skin. The two suspects, Marcus Gould, and Leon Roberson, are from California and are in custody.  Gould has a long criminal record, and was wounded in the arm by a shot fired by Shirley Cornett, who owns the store with her husband.   A bullet fired back was slowed by coin books on the counter before it hit Shirley. ...
  • New York City Council Will Weigh Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages ( Follow the money )

    12/08/2014 5:16:53 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    npr ^ | December 08, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's bill to ban horse-drawn carriages reached the City Council on Monday, in a move to phase out the carriages that often give tours around Central Park. The legislation says that as of June 1, 2016, "it shall be unlawful to operate a horse-drawn vehicle in the city of New York or offer rides to the public on a vehicle drawn or pulled by a carriage horse." ... It also boosts the penalty for breaking horse-carriage rules to a maximum of $25,000 instead of the current $500. The proposed ban was introduced one day after...
  • Sage grouse's fate shaping energy development in US West

    12/04/2014 1:00:37 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | December 04, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN and MEAD GRUVER
    Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse... the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s delay on the parcels underscores just how much is at stake for an industry that finds its future inextricably intertwined with a bird once known primarily for its elaborate mating display. The grouse’s huge range, covering portions of 11 states and an area more than four times as big as New England, includes vast oil, gas and...
  • New Jersey Hiker Photographed Bear Before It Killed Him

    11/26/2014 9:51:44 AM PST · by george76 · 100 replies
    CBS NewYork/ ^ | November 26, 2014
    Police in West Milford have released five photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve. The photos show the bear behind a fallen tree in the woods. Investigators say the phone was found with puncture marks from the bear. ... West Milford police and the state Environmental Protection Department said last month that the bear did not seem interested in food and exhibited “stalking type behavior.”
  • New England coastal communities threatened by feds' ban on cod fishing

    11/12/2014 9:57:04 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2014
    Federal regulators slapped a six-month ban on most cod fishing off New England this week and are threatening to cut next year’s catch by up to 75 percent, in a move some say will destroy the livelihoods of fishermen across the region. ... NOAA announced several measures, including the ban which expands no-fishing zones, on Monday. But fishermen whose livelihoods rely on catching cod, as well as the coastal communities that depend on money coming in from that industry, worry the new regulations will devastate them.
  • Gunnison sage grouse gets federal protection ( Colorado and Utah )

    11/12/2014 10:30:17 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    ap ^ | Nov. 12, 2014
    Federal wildlife officials have granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse, a move that could to bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other land uses to preserve the bird's habitat in Colorado and Utah. ... They're related to the greater sage grouse, which is at the center of a separate and larger debate over federal protection across 11 Western states.
  • Wildlife agency drops hunter confidentiality plan ( Montana )

    10/29/2014 5:36:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    NBC Montana ^ | Oct . 29, 2014
    Montana wildlife officials are dropping a proposal to keep confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill wildlife in Montana. ... That information is now available under the state's right-to-know laws. Some hunters and trappers had claimed they were being harassed by people who had obtained the information.
  • Utah congressmen cry foul over yellow-billed cuckoo protections ( UN Agenda 21 )

    10/08/2014 9:12:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 7 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Two Utah congressmen say the public needs more time to weigh in on a "sweeping" proposal to designate more than a half-million acres as critical habitat for the Western yellow-billed cuckoo. Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart are among 17 members of Congress who urged U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to extend the comment period on the designation beyond Oct. 14. "While we oppose this listing proposal, we find it completely unacceptable that the (agency) has proposed only 60 days of public comment with no public hearings, effectively shutting out meaningful comment on a sweeping critical...
  • NPR, Fox News Polls: Republicans lead in Senate battleground states

    10/03/2014 3:19:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/03/2014 | Guy Benson
    Consistent: The topline results — Republicans are ahead. Inconsistent: The margins. NPR measures Obama’s job approval at (41/56) in states with contested Senate races, and an abysmal (29/67) among independents. But on the generic Senate ballot, the GOP leads by just three, fueled by a 16-point advantage among those aforementioned independents: In case you’re curious, NPR’s partisan sample is a reasonable, if slightly generous, D+4. Fox News’ pollster included two more states in their survey, but excluded Alaska. Results: Unless I’m missing something glaringly obvious (Fox’s poll sample is D+0, in line with 2010), I can’t quite wrap my...