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Exclusive: Secretary Ryan Zinke Ready to Restore Trust in the Interior Department

Zinke outlined plans of a reorganization of the department to shift resources out of Washington, DC, to the front lines… Sounds reasonable but don’t hold your breath. — jtl, 419 By Charlie Spiering via THE WESTERNER Montana Congressman and former … Continue reading

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Public Lands in the West

The best “rundown” on the public lands situation in the West can be found here: jtl, 419 Land and Livestock International, Inc. is in a position to assist the buyer in purchasing ranches like these anywhere in the Western United … Continue reading

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Prosecutor: No formal agreement to conspire in refuge takeover, but a ‘meeting of the minds’

Neil Wampler, one of the defendants acquitted during the trial last fall, attended, and just before a lunch break, stood to address U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown. “I still haven’t gotten my property back,” Wampler told her. And probably … Continue reading

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Jury seated for first trial in Bunkerville standoff case

Some of the jurors seated in the case have friends or relatives in law enforcement. One expressed during jury selection her belief that government agents should be held to a higher standard than the general public. I wouldn’t say that. … Continue reading

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The meeting that never happened

“We need a revolution,” he said. “Not a revolution of arms, a revolution of thought, a revolution of morality, a revolution of community standing up and supporting each other.” It looks like we may be well on our way to … Continue reading

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Utah Congressman introduces bill to strip police powers from BLM, Forest Service

The undeniable perception was that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents using dogs, Tasers, armored vehicles, full body armor and automatic weapons to confront a rancher who was delinquent with his grazing fees, constituted a terrifying overreaction. The only “justification” anywhere in the constitution for … Continue reading

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Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others

“You get rid of public lands, you end hunting and fishing in this country as we know it today,” Fosburgh said. That is the biggest crock of crap that I’ve heard in a while–and Texas is living proof. Unfortunately, just … Continue reading

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Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Ryan Zinke and the future of The West

 I recall that not long after receiving my appointment to the Dept. of Interior the NRA called and invited me to have lunch with them. There had been some controversy over using BLM lands for shooting ranges during the Carter … Continue reading

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Ruled by DC: Get the Feds Out of Western Lands

The real debate here, however, isn’t over strip mining vs. conservation. It’s about whether or not a president thousands of miles away can — with the stroke of a pen — dictate how millions of acres in a faraway state … Continue reading

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Changes coming to West as wildlife refuge occupiers await trial

 “The election of Donald Trump does throw a huge wrench into the works,” Notre Dame law professor Bruce Huber said. “To the extent that Trump prevailed among rural voters, it’s entirely possible that we see policy more sympathetic to the … Continue reading

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