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Friday, January 8,2010

Researcher cleared of misconduct charges levied by western environmentalists

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Following a seven-month investigation, the University of Idaho announced Jan. 4 that Dr. Marie Bulgin of the Caine Veterinary Teaching Center in Caldwell, ID, will be allowed to resume her full duties as a teacher, researcher, and administrator. According to Jack McIvar, vice president of research for the university, the investigation, which centered on Bulgin’s 2009 testimony

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Monday, November 30,2009

Lawsuit gives environmental groups right to bid on state lands

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers leasing grazing land from the state of Idaho may soon face stiffer competition for those leases as a result of major rule changes proposed by the Idaho Land Board. Under the proposed changes, conservation will be added as an acceptable use of lease lands, a move many fear will pave the way for environmental groups to irrevocably disrupt grazing activities on these lands.

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Friday, November 6,2009

Rustlers roam western states

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As fall roundups get into full swing and cattle begin to come in off summer ranges, ranchers in some areas may need to look closely and make sure their cattle are all present. Whether the result of a bad economy or simple greed, livestock theft seems to be a growing problem in many western

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Friday, October 16,2009

EPA emissions ruling will affect feedlots

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a final rule last month that will require many feedlots to report their emissions as part of a mandatory greenhouse gas registry. According to the new rule, any facility that emits more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gas per year will be required to report to the EPA.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Federal officials remove problem wolves in Oregon

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Two juvenile wolves that have been killing livestock in Oregons Baker County have finally been removed, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). According to officials, the two problem wolves were shot and killed from a helicopter by representatives of the USDAs Wildlife Services division on the morning of Sept.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Idaho senator prepares two animal welfare bills

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Two pieces of legislation currently being developed by Republican state senator Tim Corder are aimed at addressing animal cruelty laws in Idaho.

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Friday, August 14,2009

Idaho reaches agreement with sheep producers

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Following a directive from the Idaho state government, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has announced agreements with 11 sheep producers designed to maintain separation between domestic sheep and wild bighorn populations on public land throughout the state.

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Friday, July 24,2009

House passes wild horse bill despite opposition

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The House of Representatives, on a 239-185 vote, recently passed a bill changing how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is allowed to manage the nations wild horse population.

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Tuesday, July 7,2009

USDA to revamp brucellosis plan

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a tentative proposal regarding brucellosis that, if enacted, could drastically change the way the disease is managed in the U.S. The proposal is actually a revised version of a plan that was first released last fall,

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Friday, June 19,2009

Oregon judge allows grazing to continue

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Grazing will continue on Oregons Malheur National Forest, albeit under increased scrutiny, as the result of an order filed by Oregon Federal District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty.

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