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Westerner 08/14/2020 14:14
Shawn Regan & Tate Watkins. W. ords. have meaning — or at least they should. And a high-profile legal battle over the Endangered Species Act has prompted the federal government to finally define the meaning of a simple word with potentially big consequences: habitat. Last week, in response to a 2018 Supreme Court , the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries Services proposed a definition of habitat that seems long overdue. Despite criticism of the definition, it could reduce conflicts surrounding the far-reaching and controversial law and pave the way for more effective approaches to protecting endangered species. The would mandate that “critical habitat” for a species — more or less the areas “essential” to the species’s conserv.
Westerner 08/14/2020 13:30
Jerry Dunleavy. A. former lawyer with the FBI plans to plead guilty today for falsifying a key document related to the surveillance against a onetime Trump campaign associate as part of a deal with U.S. Attorney John Durham. Kevin Clinesmith, who worked on both the Hillary Clinton emails investigation and the Trump-Russia inquiry, will admit that he falsified a document during the bureau’s targeting of Carter Page, according to . Clinesmith, 38, claimed in early 2017 that Page was not a source for the CIA when he actually was — a falsehood used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act renewal against Page. ...Clinesmith is not directly named in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report, but he is the "Office of General Counsel
Westerner 08/13/2020 21:48
The old saying has that the only two inevitables in life are death and taxes. Well, business owners in Minneapolis whose operations were torched during the riots following the death of George Floyd at the hands of city police may have escaped death. The the city is demanding that owners prepay any remaining 2020 property taxes before they are allowed to have a demolition permit to clean up. "Minneapolis has not been particularly friendly toward business for some time," said Don Blyly, whose bookstore was burned down. The lot still is filled with debris. He's already prepaid the $8,847 the city demanded, but still is awaiting his permit. Minneapolis officials claim it’s a state law that forbids removing any structure until "all of the taxes
Westerner 08/13/2020 13:52
Cash fed cattle prices are posting significant gains at mid-week as the market rally runs into its sixth consecutive week. Cash trades on the southern plains were reported at $103 to $105 per cwt., $3 to $5 higher. Nebraska and Iowa saw $105 live and $165 to $167 dressed, with many cattle priced higher. Cattle feeders have gained leverage in recent days as the supply of fed cattle tightens due to the drop in spring placements. Overall, the market has moved $10 higher since late June. CME cattle futures are also higher. The August contract was up more than $1 at $106.10 at midday Wednesday. October Live cattle traded above $109 and December was above $112. “Backlogged cattle are still around, though most of them appear to be cattle already c.
Westerner 08/13/2020 10:34
When the Chicago rioters and looters attacked a Ronald McDonald House, where the families of sick children are staying, they reached a new low.On Monday morning, rioters in Chicago destroyed large sections of the city for several hours. Looters ran riot and no place was safe, not even the Ronald McDonald House. A local TV station reported on the riots and destruction:
Westerner 08/13/2020 08:26
Firefighters across three states are battling wildfires that have destroyed more than 60,000 acres in the US West. In the rugged hills near California's Lake Hughes in Los Angeles County, the Lake Fire has grown to 10,000 acres and is 0% contained as of Wednesday evening. The fire was first reported at 3:40 p.m. and is spreading at a very rapid rate, according to fire officials. Several structures are threatened and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has set up an evacuation center at a local high school. More than 400 firefighters have been assigned to control the blaze. "This robust number of resources will be placed strategically to protect homes that may come under fire threat," the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Clou.
Westerner 08/12/2020 17:20
Two decades ago, Rosa María Ruiz purchased 4,000 hectares (9,885 acres) of land along the Beni River, near the small village of Rurrenabaque, with the goal of transforming it from a heavily logged patch of the Bolivian Amazon into a thriving private wildlife reserve. The Bolivian eco-warrior had just had success creating what the Wildlife Conservation Society believes is the on the planet, the nearby Madidi National Park, but her vocal criticism of Madidi's protections under government control got her kicked out.
Westerner 08/12/2020 15:07
Smithfield Foods, Inc. says it spent $350 million to protect its team members and the American food supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, causing adjusted operating results to swing to a loss in the second quarter of 2020. Smithfield Foods, owned by China-based WH Group, is the largest U.S. pork producer with 930,000 U.S. sows in the 2019 Pork Powerhouses ranking. The first half of 2020 was “a tale of two tapes”: prepandemic and pandemic, said Smithfield in a news release. Prior to the onset of COVID-19 in the U.S., Smithfield delivered record results in the first quarter of 2020, which were 190% higher than 2019. However, the impact of the pandemic weighed heavily on the company’s second quarter, pushing adjusted operating results 140% belo.
Westerner 08/12/2020 09:35
At least five horses have been killed and butchered in a community south of Houston since late May. The Pearland, Texas, police department said in a Facebook post officers made the first discovery on June 10, after responding to an animal cruelty report. Police and Pearland Animal Services found a horse that had been killed by what investigators say was a fatal stab wound to the chest. The perpetrators then removed the horse’s backstraps and the front and hind quarters, leading officers to believe the animal was killed for its meat. On August 8, Pearland officers were again called to investigate two missing horses. The owner reported the horses were missing and her property fence had bee cut. The two horses were discovered dead and butchere.
Westerner 08/11/2020 10:19
A new report from the Interior Department’s watchdog reignites questions over the involvement of the agency's top lawyer in withholding public documents. The report could give ammunition to Democrats who have accused Interior Solicitor Daniel Jorjani of perjuring himself before lawmakers. The report from Interior’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) centers around the “awareness review” process at Interior that allowed political appointees to review Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests — something critics say gave Trump appointees undue influence over what records were released. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has already accused him of having “lied to the committee and perjured himself” when asked about his role in the process during his May
Westerner 08/11/2020 09:53
Campers beware! It's about to be much more important to zip up your tent. The annual tarantula migration around Colorado is set to begin at the end of August as thousands of male tarantulas hit the road in search of a mate. According to an published by Colorado State University, the tarantula migration typically starts in southeastern Colorado at the end of August, lasting through September. It is followed by a southwestern migration that typically peaks in October. Following the mating season, all males typically die within months if the cold weather doesn't kill them first. The fall breeding season involves a few different species of tarantulas found Colorado including aphonopelma echinum (nicknamed the Colorado chocolate brown), aphonope.
Westerner 08/11/2020 09:43
...Farmers routinely make changes to their acreage intentions as the calendar advances, substituting in different crops if the weather mucks up their original plans. But leaving the ground bare is new territory for U.S. farmers who typically plant fencerow to fencerow, trying to squeeze profit out of every available acre. The most recent acreage data from the government showed corn and cotton plantings in particular were far below initial expectations, with corn seedings in June dropping the most from March in 37 years. The coronavirus pandemic caused many farmers to give up on their corn crop before it was even in the ground. When calculating their plans for 2020, they had viewed corn as the crop most likely to turn a profit as ongoing ten.
Westerner 08/11/2020 07:43
Grand Junction, Colo., officially became the headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Monday, capping a move that has cost the agency nearly 70 percent of its Washington, D.C.-based employees. An order signed by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt “completes the process of relocating the federal agency headquarters closer to both the land it administers and to its employees,” the BLM said in a release. The move to the new headquarters leaves just 61 of the agency’s 10,000 employees in D.C. as part of a plan to move about 25 employees to the Colorado office while scattering roughly 200 at existing offices across the West. However, most of the BLM’s D.C.-based employees opted not to make the move, as public lands groups argued t.
Westerner 08/11/2020 07:22
The Maxwell Foods system includes 150 contract farms; company will shutter operations in a phased approach over time based on growing cycles. After more than 31 years, Maxwell Foods will be permanently closing its hog operations in 2021. A subsidiary of Goldsboro Milling Co., the company cited low prices together with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, in making the current and projected financial losses unsustainable for the company to continue operating. "The prices received by Maxwell Foods for its products make this decision necessary. The company will be shuttering operations in a phased approach over time based on growing cycles. Current grower contracts will be honored. The company expects all operations will end by mid-2021. The
Westerner 08/10/2020 17:07
A recent surge in arrests along the Mexico border has been partly driven by soaring numbers of migrants trying to enter the United States again and again, as emergency pandemic measures that rapidly "expel" most detainees have had the unintended consequence of allowing them to try repeat illegal crossings, according to two Department of Homeland Security officials with knowledge of the unpublished statistics.
Westerner 08/10/2020 16:22
The Pine Gulch Fire 15 miles north of Grand Junction and 19 miles west of Parachute, Colorado has been very active for the last three days, spreading to the west, southeast, and especially to the north (see map below). The growth on August 7 was described as explosive, and at 7 a.m. Sunday morning a large smoke column was forming, which is unusual for that time of day. The fire has burned 23,882 acres. Garfield County issued an evacuation order for residences on CR 202 and a pre-evacuation order for all residences on county roads 204, 207, 209, and Clear Creek Road...
Westerner 08/10/2020 14:30
Our beloved son and brother, Matthew David Reitzel, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from a fast and overwhelming blood infection that took our strong and powerful Cowboy. He was twenty-nine years old, and full of dreams. Matthew was ambitious, hard-working, and passionate about cattle ranching, nature and the great outdoors, his family, friends and LIFE. Matthew, known to most as “Matt,” was Ranch Foreman and Partner in his family’s ranch, Esperanza Land and Cattle L.L.C. in Cebolla, New Mexico. At a very early age Matthew was taught to ride horseback and work cattle with his three loving uncles, and he discovered that he was genetically coded with the Chacón family love for all things related to ranching. He supported every facet of.
Westerner 08/09/2020 22:14
The Camaraderie of Country Women. by Julie Carter. There are many women who inspire me to write about a lifestyle that sets them apart from the majority; one that finds understanding only from those that share the same. When they tell me their stories, I use their experiences along with mine to weave a word tapestry depicting the lives of cowgirls, ranch wives and country women. These are strong, independent females who can ride, rope, cook, shoot and laugh even when it takes a special effort to find something humorous in the moment. They clean up quite tolerably for polite company or a trip to town and often surprise the gentry with their ability to carry on an engaging conversation on just about any topic. We like to think there is a callin.

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