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Friday, July 19,2013

National monument cuts grazing; WWP sues for more

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Located just a short drive south of the sprawling Phoenix metroplex, the Sonoran Desert National Monument is advertised as a haven for desert hikers and sightseers looking to admire the region’s stately saguaro cactus forests or glimpse southern Arizona’s abundant wildlife.

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Friday, June 28,2013

Festivities, water wars mark Oregon Cattlemen's 100th anniversary

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The quiet town of Baker City, OR, last week came alive with a three-day celebration honoring the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s 100th anniversary representing Oregon’s ranching community. Attendees were treated to a packed schedule over the weekend, which mixed the typical conference business meetings with a hearty helping of Northwestern fun.

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Monday, June 17,2013

FWS unveils plan to delist wolves across lower 48

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a move that drew applause from livestock groups and vigorous protestations from environmental activists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced June 7 that it aims to delist the gray wolf throughout all of the lower 48 states in the coming months.

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Monday, June 10,2013

Oregon ranchers, environmentalists reach settlement on wolf management

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In what is being hailed as a watershed agreement, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Gov. Kitzhaber’s office, and two environmental groups have hammered out a settlement clarifying how wolves are to be managed within the state.

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Monday, June 3,2013

Mining organization may sue BLM over sage grouse study

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
An organization representing the hard rock mining industry is accusing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of ignoring its own sage grouse conservation policies and replacing them with a much more heavy-handed approach on the false pretense that the move was required by the U.

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Tuesday, May 28,2013

Ninth Circuit decision puts damper on "sue and settle" tactic

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
A recent settlement agreement between federal land management agencies and environmental litigators over how to protect a slew of species in northwestern forests was struck down by the 9th Circuit Court, which ruled that the settlement violated federal laws requiring public participation for major rule changes.

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Monday, May 27,2013

Oregon town holds historic rodeo; fights horse roping ban

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In many ways, Jordan Valley, OR, is a lot like other small ranch towns in the Great Basin: a filling station, a Basque restaurant, goosenecks and pick-ups rumbling up and down the main drag.

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Monday, May 6,2013

Smithsonian seeks ranchers' stories for archive, exhibition

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers tend to be closet historians. Step into the living room of a family that’s been running cattle for a few generations and chances are you’ll spy the fruits of some amateur historian’s labor— yellowed photos of horseback ancestors, rusty...

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Monday, April 8,2013

The 9th Circuit favors ranchers in sage grouse ruling

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Located in Oregon’s extreme southeast corner, Louse Canyon and the surrounding environs are revered by backpackers, wildlife enthusiasts, and photographers for their remote and scenic splendor.

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Monday, April 1,2013

Supreme Court sends environmental group packing; loggers, ranchers celebrate

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
It’s a common complaint among loggers, ranchers, petroleum drillers, fishermen and other industries that depend on natural resources—federal regulations are taking over like creeping vines.

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