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Friday, October 10,2014

Less doesn't mean none

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Case in point: I spoke with Katie Fite, Biodiversity Director at Western Watersheds Project (WWP), while working on my sage grouse ruling story for last week’s paper.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Guest Opinion

Sage grouse program established in MT

by WLJ
Last month, Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order establishing the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program. The program has been in the works for some time with several Montana groups having the opportunity to provide input on maintaining state management of the sage grouse species and its habitat in the state of Montana.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Pasture Management

It“s true that healthy land equals healthy food equals healthy people

by Wayne Burleson
Recently, I spent some time in Africa as a USAID (United States Agency for International Development) volunteer on two farmer-to-farmer assignments, each about three weeks in length. One was in Malawi and the other took me across the central plains of Mozambique.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Ranching Woman of the Year nominations needed

by WLJ
The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Montana Ranching Woman of the Year. The annual award is presented to an MSGA member who has made great contributions to the Montana ranching community and has gone above and beyond to support her family and friends.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Range workshops put Oregon ranchers and agencies on same page

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
A series of workshops being conducted in Oregon are bringing renewed focus to rangeland monitoring, pulling ranchers and agency personnel together on the subject, and providing ranchers the opportunity to take an active role in monitoring the health of both public and private rangelands.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Meanwhile, back in Battle Mountain

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
As the Grass March Pony Express makes its way to Washington, D.C., families back on the ranch in Battle Mountain, NV, are doing all they can to handle the loss of their summer pasture.

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Friday, October 10,2014

2015 Citizen of the West named

by WLJ
Anschutz, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has had a major impact on many institutions in the state of Colorado. He will receive the award on January 12, 2015 at the National Western Events Center. A committee of community leaders selects the recipient.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Section 1031 exchanges targeted in congressional tax reforms

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Since 1921, Federal tax law under IRC Section 1031 has permitted a taxpayer to exchange business use or investment assets for other like-kind business use or investment without recognizing taxable gain on the sale of the old assets. The taxes, which otherwise would have been due from the sale, are thus deferred.

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Friday, October 10,2014

University of Wyoming Foundationās Riverbend Ranch off the market

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Riverbend Ranch is 15 miles west of Laramie and consists of 6,700 acres with 6.5 miles of the river. It’s an excellent hay ranch and winter headquarters for livestock. It is permanently protected by a conservation easement held by Wyoming Game and Fish, which added some extra complexities to the sale.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Whose mountains are these? Recreation vs. production

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“Prior to the recession, the recreational properties were the focus of the markets. And then when the recession hit, those properties became very stagnant, very difficult to sell. But they have slowly started coming back,” reported Sam Middleton of Chas.

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