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Friday, December 3,2010

BLM takes steps to map sage grouse habitat

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In an attempt to aid management of the greater sage grouse in western states, the Bureau of Land Management released on Nov. 23 a range-wide breeding density map of the bird’s populations. The map identifies density of sage grouse populations across its range based on estimation of male grouse attendance at

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Friday, December 3,2010

Read the fine print

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
What do cell phone promotions, credit card solicitations, and the administration’s sales patter about its "new approach" to public lands management all have in common? Each one of them is tricked out with feel-good language to conceal the facts buried in that fine print they’d rather you didn’t read.

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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Lame duck Congress to vote on omnibus bill

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The current lame duck session of the 111th Congress may be preparing to vote on an omnibus public lands bill that packages together a raft of public lands proposals under one piece of legislation. The bill, proposed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, chairman of the Energy and

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Friday, November 12,2010

Elko County commissioners vote No on Pickens horse sanctuary

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Moving to a new neighborhood can present all kinds of challenges. Especially when you plan not just to move in, but to spruce the place up a bit, as well. If you hope to transform your new neighborhood with big changes, big money, and perhaps 1 million annual visitors, be prepared for some resistance.

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Friday, November 5,2010

WWP fails to expand scope of EAJA

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Idaho-based anti-grazing group Western Watersheds Project (WWP) is notorious among public lands ranchers for contesting the renewal of grazing permits in court.

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Friday, October 29,2010

Oregon rancher and statesman Denny Jones looks back on a century

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Every now and again, someone comes along who seems destined to become a legend in their own time. In eastern Oregon, and among Oregon cattle ranchers, that person is Denny Jones.

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Friday, October 22,2010

Third environmental group received funds to drop litigation against Ruby Pipeline

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In August, activity along the Ruby natural gas pipeline route rumbled to life within hours of the project's final approval. Across Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming, a daily cavalcade of pickups now lines the right-of-way along the pipeline. Work crews swarm like ants, blasting, digging, and furiously laying pipe.

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Friday, October 15,2010

East Nevada ranch is choice for horse sanctuary

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Imagine this: A tour bus creeps across the remote east Nevada desert and pulls over at a scenic overlook. Tourists spill out—Americans, Europeans, Japanese—and crowd around the railing, chattering and snapping pictures. Below, a herd of wild horses lazes in

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Friday, October 8,2010

Collared wolf killed in Oregon, ranchers worried about future

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Tension surrounding the developing wolf situation in northeast Oregon is bound to escalate after the Sept. 30 discovery that a male wolf wearing a radio collar had been shot near the town of Troy, in Wallowa County. Both U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) declined to comment on the shooting.

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Friday, October 1,2010

Proactive buckaroo outfit wins 2010 BLM Range Stewardship Award

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In all likelihood, many livestock operators have contemplated how collaborating with groups outside the industry might enhance rangeland, wildlife, public image, and even production levels. But the risk of going out on a limb to invite outsiders in to study, assess, and judge grazing practices makes many producers back away.

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