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Westerner 11/17/2019 09:00
A Russian national was shot by a Border Patrol agent Thursday night in the Arizona desert near Lukeville, on the Mexican border southwest of Tucson. The individual, whose identity was not released by authorities, was taken to a Phoenix-area hospital. Around 7:15 p.m., the agent "responded to a single subject suspected of crossing the border illegally just east of Lukeville," a Customs and Border Protection spokesman said. As the agent attempted to detain the person, a struggle took place, and the agent shot the individual. The Russian's name or other identifying information was not released by federal authorities Friday, when CBP informed the press about the incident. Lukeville is an unincorporated hamlet with a border crossing, and lies wi.
Westerner 11/16/2019 06:25
Stone Bank Elementary School in Oconomowoc (Wisconsin) has canceled its first grade Thanksgiving play "out of respect for Native Americans" and concerns about "the sensitivity of this time in our history." "Unfortunately, the children are unable to dress as a Pilgrim or Native American," teachers wrote in an email to parents. "We apologize if you already purchased or made your child’s costume. There have been some conversations and concerns about the accuracy of the first Thanksgiving story. Out of respect for Native Americans, and the sensitivity of this time in our history, we are not going to reenact the first Thanksgiving story. "Please disregard the practice paper your child has been busy reading over the last few days. We still plan t.
Westerner 11/15/2019 18:15
A federal appeals court ruled this week that the Trump administration illegally excluded millions of tons of dangerous and toxic materials in public use from a safety review. that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must include risks from asbestos, lead and other toxins regardless of whether or not they are currently being produced. The substances are still present in some homes, including in home insulation, house paint and other products. Under the Obama administration, the EPA said it would take risks posed by older products into consideration under the congressionally mandated safety review. However, the Trump administration has sought to limit the review to products that are currently being manufactured, ...
Westerner 11/15/2019 18:09
A federal judge yesterday declined to impose an emergency stop to bison hunting near Yellowstone National Park. On the eve of Montana's bison-hunting season starting today, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell rejected a by Montana resident Bonnie Lynn and her group called Neighbors Against Bison Slaughter. Since actual hunting isn't imminent, Howell declared the "plaintiffs fail to demonstrate the exigency" required for a temporary restraining order. In another blow to Lynn, Howell also granted the government's request to move the case from the District of Columbia to Montana. "The citizens concerned about the hunt's intensity are citizens of Montana," Howell noted. "Many of the citizens who will be denied the chance to hunt if plaintiffs succ.
Westerner 11/15/2019 16:48
The Trump administration abruptly disbanded an advisory committee earlier this month whose recent recommendations to greater privatize national parks were met with heavy criticism. The Interior Department quietly ended meetings of the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee on Nov. 1, more than four months before its charter was set to expire on. March 13, 2020.
Westerner 11/15/2019 14:54
TGIFF! Its Fiddle Friday and we also hear some Country Roots as we go back to May 28, 1930 with the Mississippi Possum Hunters and . According to the liner notes "Two fiddler shared on honors on the Possum Hunter's sessions: John Holloway, a carpenter by trade, and Lonnie Ellis." On today's tune, "Holloway plays the fiddle, backed by Pete Herring of Poplar Creek on guitar and Ellis on mandolin." THE WESTERNER.
Westerner 11/15/2019 06:51
The Interior Department delivered hundreds of relocation notices on Tuesday, starting a 30-day clock for employees to either agree to move to a location in the western United States or face removal. The official “management directed geographic reassignments” were delivered in-person today to each of the employees at the Bureau of Land Management headquarters facing relocation. BLM is moving 27 employees to a new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado, and about 220 more Washington, D.C.-based workers to field offices in western states. The employees will have until Dec. 12 to agree to their specific new post or they will be placed into removal proceedings. BLM held an all hands meeting Tuesday morning to go over the details of the plans,
Westerner 11/14/2019 20:35
A former state representative from the Upper Peninsula, Steve Lindberg, spied a three-antlered deer this weekend and posted photos to his Facebook page. "Five days before rifle season for Whitetail Deer and look who I get to see, along with his girlfriend," the retiree wrote. "A three antlered, nine or twelve point buck (depending if you want to count the two little tines on the right antler, and the small tine on the left antler)." It was a rare sighting. An amateur photographer who lives in Marquette, Lindberg said he decided after a lifetime of hunting, he'd rather shoot deer with a camera than a gun. The 75-year-old to social media, and it's usually something from nature because it's a lot like hunting. Many commenters gushed over the p.
Westerner 11/14/2019 19:52
Quote of the Day - "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending... So Forget all the reasons why it won't work... and believe the one reason why it will." ~ Artist ~ Chris Owen.
Westerner 11/14/2019 19:38
Jackson. An escalating fight between the Environmental Protection Agency's top political aide and its internal watchdog has forced a behind-the-scenes Washington operator into the spotlight. Ryan Jackson, a native Oklahoman who worked for Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) for more than a decade and a half, has maintained a relatively low profile since becoming EPA's chief of staff in the early days of the Trump administration. He weathered the headline-grabbing scandals that brought down former Administrator Scott Pruitt and helped transition Pruitt's replacement, Andrew Wheeler, into the job. Now Jackson finds himself facing off with EPA's acting inspector general, who took the rare step last week of publicly accusing Jackson of stonewalling invest.
Westerner 11/14/2019 17:13
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated progress Thursday toward a final agreement on President Donald Trump’s North American trade deal replacement. House Democrats have negotiated with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as they push for better tools to enforce labor and environmental standards under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Speaking to reporters, the California Democrat said “we are moving positively” toward a deal. “I do believe that if we can get this to the place it needs to be, which is imminent, that this can be a template for future trade agreements. A good template,” Pelosi said. he White House aims to pass USMCA, its replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, by the end of the year as the 2020.
Westerner 11/13/2019 19:49
The 2,400-MW Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in northeastern Arizona — the largest coal plant west of the Mississippi River — is shutting down this week. The affiliated Kayenta coal mine will also shut down. Salt River Project (SRP), NGS’s Tempe-headquartered operator, says the coal plant’s shutdown date will be determined by the remaining coal supply. According to :. Of the 433 workers who were at the plant before the closure was announced, SRP said about 280 accepted offers to relocate to jobs in different facilities, while others either refused or opted to retire. There will be 50 employees left, most of whom are working on contract. The Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe are mainly affected by the closure. Navajo community groups have called f.
Westerner 11/13/2019 11:23
Employees at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) were given reassignment letters Tuesday as the agency marches toward its relocation across the West, giving staff 30 days to accept the move or face being booted from the federal workforce. The delivery of the letters means BLM employees will begin moving over the next four months, cementing a. that spreads about 300 Washington-based staffers across various offices out west and leaves just 61 of the bureau’s 10,000 employees in the nation’s capital. A copy of the letter obtained by The Hill makes clear that employees who do not choose to move could lose their jobs. Current BLM employees said the agency has not done enough to help employees who wish to remain in D.C. find another job elsewhere
Westerner 11/12/2019 16:27
...Specifically, the outlines that while farmers are in dire need of assistance, the Administration’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP) has treated farmers unfairly by, among other things, sending 95% of the top payment rates to southern farmers, who have been harmed less than other regions, and helping farms owned by billionaires as well as foreign-owned companies, including awarding $90 million in purchase contracts to a Brazilian company. Picking Winners and Losers between Regions and Crops:. 95% of top payment rates have gone to southern farmers, who have been harmed less than other regions. Helping Wealthy Farms and Foreign Companies Instead of Small Farms:. Payments made to billionaires and foreign-owned companies, including $90 million
Westerner 11/12/2019 15:11
It’s not just bad press from “Breaking Bad.” New Mexico, the setting for the wildly popular AMC crime drama, is one of the most crime-ridden states in the country, with the second-highest rate of violent crime in the U.S. and the highest rate of property crime. The state posted 857 violent crimes and 3,420 property crimes per 100,000 residents, according to the most recent FBI statistics. The national rate was about 369 violent crimes and 2,200 property crimes per 100,000 residents during the same time period. Alaska is the only state with a higher rate of violent crime. In New Mexico’s biggest city, Albuquerque, residents’ chances are one in 11 of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime. With a crime rate of 89 per 1,000 resi.
Westerner 11/12/2019 15:01
Not even the white-hot star power of celebrated fashion designer, perfumier and filmmaker Tom Ford can guarantee a home finds a buyer. Which is why the 58-year-old fashion icon has just slashed the sticker-price of his stunning 22,000-acre New Mexico ranch from $75 million to $48 million—a not-so-trivial chop of $27 million. Ford first listed his Cerro Pelon Ranch back in 2016 and, surprisingly, has had no takers. We say “surprisingly” because the vast ranch is set in one of the most visually-stunning areas of the Southwest—the Galisteo Basin, south-east of Santa Fe. Add to that the fact that after Ford purchased the ranch back in 2001, he commissioned renowned Japanese starchitect Tadao Ando to design a spectacular, single-story modern con.
Westerner 11/12/2019 14:42
After pushing U.S. oil and natural-gas production to record levels, some shale companies are doing the unthinkable: They are planning to pump less. The pullback is sharpest among the country’s largest natural-gas drillers. Several producers, including EQT Corp. and Chesapeake Energy Corp., have said during third-quarter earnings that they may shrink output next year. But even more oil-focused shale companies are promising to rein in spending and forecasting slower growth. Diamondback Energy Inc., Callon Petroleum Co. and Cimarex Energy Co., all active in the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, told investors last week that they were contemplating holding next year’s spending around current levels. Voluntarily restricting growth is a new

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