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Westerner 06/03/2020 17:17
Fly over permits, grazing allotments and wildfire damage. Federal management. Some argue for federal control of resources because of the economies of scale. The big boys would rather deal with the feds than fifty different states, and the enviros have always favored a centrally planned, top-down approach, where they only have to lobby in D.C. A recent court decision highlights a great example of federal management of air and land resources. In a D.C. Court of Appeals decision, we learn that Congress passed the Air Tours Management Act of 2000 which requires vendors who wish to conduct commercial air tours over certain national parks and tribal lands to first obtain a permit from the FAA. The act specifies that the FAA, “in cooperation with” t.
Westerner 06/03/2020 15:52
Four executives were indicted Wednesday for allegedly conspiring to fix prices on chickens sold to restaurants and grocery stores, the Justice Department's first charges in a continuing criminal antitrust probe. The one-count indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in Colorado, alleges current and former senior executives at Pilgrim's Pride Corp. and Claxton Poultry Farms fixed prices and rigged bids from 2012 to 2017. Colorado-based Pilgrim's is the nation's second largest producer. Company Chief Executive Jayson Penn was charged, as was a former Pilgrim's vice president, Roger Austin. The president of Georgia-based Claxton, Mikell Fries, and a vice president, Scott Brady, were both indicted...
Westerner 06/03/2020 15:45
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, massive pandemics seemed relegated to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. So, could a COVID equivalent happen today in crops? There have been some ominous signs in recent years. In 2005, Asian soybean rust (which originated in Japan in 1902) ravaged Brazilian soybeans, threatening U.S. production. Fortunately, it could not survive the hard freezes that occur in most of the U.S. Citrus greening (which has placed the future of U.S. citrus crops at risk) is caused by a bacterium spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. This crop plague originated in China. “Those are a couple examples of diseases that have been spread on a global basis,” says Mike Miile of Joyn Bio. Ag trade remains in flux Joe Glauber of the Internation.
Westerner 06/03/2020 14:40
When Reeves’ horse Do Get Famous “Rattle,” the 2019 Steer Wrestling Purina Horse of the Year presented by AQHA, passed away, it was a devastating blow to last season's Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average winner. Rattle passed away of a ruptured stomach. She was 8. Reeves, who is leading the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $82,929, fortunately still had Roy, 12, in his stable. “Roy has stepped up, and maybe they know (when a horse passes away),” said Reeves, 41. “I have won a pile of money on Roy. I won The American on him in 2018, I won rounds at Calgary (Stampede) on him and I won first, first and first at Pecos (Texas) last year. That horse has placed at every rodeo he’s been to this year and won multiple checks, except for Jackson, Mi.
Westerner 06/03/2020 10:50
Wildlife officers have relocated a young male mountain lion that was found taking a nap underneath an SUV inside of an open garage in Longmont Monday afternoon. The animal was spotted just before 5 p.m. on Steele Street, which is near Highway 66 and Hoover Street in north Longmont, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) spokesperson Jason Clay. “This was the first report of a mountain lion in Longmont since May 2019,” Clay said. “It doesn’t mean there haven’t been mountain lions there before, it just means it hasn’t been reported to us.”
Westerner 06/03/2020 03:11
E. urope. was awash in protests on a scale seen neither before nor, arguably, since. The year was 1848. “A specter is haunting Europe,” Marx wrote. “The specter of communism.” Others saw it as the “springtime of the nations,” a surge of liberal nationalist rebellion. Many of his contemporaries, however, at work. now see it too. Beginning in 1845, a series of supply disruptions had sent retail food prices across Europe surging. Food inflation, for neither its first nor the last time, was at least a co-conspirator in a bout of political upheaval. As no country is immune to COVID-19’s disruptions in the food-supply chain, food inflation is now again on the prowl. In the United States, grocery prices last month rose 2.6 percent (month-on-month),
Westerner 06/03/2020 03:10
The Bureau of Land Management recently released an updated report regarding a program aimed to relocate wild horses and burros populations, which officials say are continuing to grow at an alarming rate. However, a national wild horse advocacy group is blasting a federal plan to round up additional horses this year. Officials from the federal agency wrote in the May 8 report there were 95,000 wild horses as of the beginning of March, which far exceeds the 27,000 wild horses and burros it believes the land can sustainably hold. That number continues to rise. In fact, the bureau projects there will be 2.8 million horses on the land by 2040 at the current population growth rate. "They can grow pretty rapidly — 15-20% a year, which means a herd.
Westerner 06/02/2020 17:28
James Bovard The by Minneapolis police spurred widespread protests which have been followed by looting in dozens of American cities. CNN’s Don Lemon compared looters who plundered Neiman Marcus and other upscale . But far more Americans likely agreed with Quinta Caylor, a black North Carolina nurse on Twitter, who denounced the looters who businesses that owners had worked long and hard to build. There are not yet any solid estimates of the total damage from the looting and burning that has occurred in many cities across the nation. Total losses may range in the tens of millions of dollars or perhaps in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The pillaging has been especially ruinous to many small family-owned businesses, some of whom may not
Westerner 06/02/2020 14:31
Margot Cleveland ...While Sullivan’s entire response is weak and screams of bias, his final point actually proves Powell’s case for mandamus. In closing, Sullivan argues the D.C. Circuit should deny Flynn’s petition for mandamus because he has yet to rule on the government’s motion to dismiss. Here, Sullivan stresses that mandamus is rare and is only appropriately granted when no other remedy is available. He then posits that, since Flynn could appeal any future denial of his motion to dismiss, there is no reason for mandamus now. This point cannot withstand scrutiny, however, because as the brief filed yesterday by a group of U.S. senators argued, there is no longer a live “case or controversy” in the Flynn case. The senators’ amici curiae.
Westerner 06/02/2020 01:39
As bear activity is picking up across northwest Montana, grizzly bear managers are juggling the uncertain and unexpected impacts of COVID-19 on wild places. On Friday, state, federal and tribal wildlife officials met remotely over Zoom for their semi-annual meeting. The group discussed how to manage the largest grizzly populations in the lower 48 states – the bears in and around Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park superintendent Jeff Mow reported last year was the second busiest on record for tourists in the park. “This year’s gonna look very, very different,” he said. The park is gearing up for a limited reopening. He expects local, Montana-based tourism to flow in, while visitors from far away will likely stay closer to home. It
Westerner 06/01/2020 18:25
The Trump administration gutted a key portion of the Clean Water Act on Monday, limiting states’ ability to block controversial pipeline projects that cross their waterways. The final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) targets Section 401 of the law, which lets states halt projects that risk hurting their water quality. It’s been a target of President Trump, who last April ordered the agency to accelerate and promote the construction of pipelines and other important infrastructure. “Today, we are following through on President Trump’s Executive Order to curb abuses of the Clean Water Act that have held our nation’s energy infrastructure projects hostage, and to put in place clear guidelines that finally give these projects
Westerner 06/01/2020 17:57
A new finds further evidence that humans are driving the world’s sixth mass extinction. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday, this research focuses on terrestrial vertebrates—amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles—and found that more than 500 species are “on the brink of extinction,” per the paper. The extinction of vertebrates isn’t just about losing beautiful creatures to admire. Each and every species plays some type of ecological function. The loss of a single one can have a cascading effect on the rest of the species within its ecosystem, effects that can impact humans as well. “The current extinction crisis is one of the more urgent global environmental problems and the only one [that is] truly irr.
Westerner 06/01/2020 11:28
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The “Shutdown & Fed Up Taking a Stand for Ag” protest happened this afternoon in Klamath County where farmers and ranchers are standing up for what they believe is an injustice to their way of life. The Farmers and Ranchers I spoke with just want to be heard when it comes to water allocations of the Klamath Basin. “We’ve got to do this rally, to make the case to the country,” said Congressman Greg Walden. According to event co-organizer Bob Gasser, “This rally is not just about this year, it’s about the future of this farm community. We need changes, so we won’t be out here in another ten years, doing the same darn thing.” The event was broken into two parts, a motorcade and a rally. The 20-mile long motorcade of tract.
Westerner 06/01/2020 03:34
Researchers at New Mexico’s two largest public universities are teaming up to analyze food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico are asking residents over the age of 18 to complete a survey about access to and affordability of food. “Our goal is [to] gather a representative sample of the state to figure out how needs related to food access have changed during the pandemic,” said Stephanie Rogus, an assistant professor of family and consumer sciences at New Mexico State who studies food assistance programs. “We hope to pull something together describing what trends we’re seeing in the state in terms of food security and access.” The survey, which is available in English and Span.

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