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Friday, March 8,2013

USDA will process NM horse slaughter application; asks Congress to "reinstate ban"

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Although the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has reluctantly agreed to go ahead with processing Valley Meat, Co.’s application for final inspection, it is unlikely that the matter will be laid to rest. In an unprecedented move, USDA has publicly urged.

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Friday, March 1,2013

Adapt or die

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
It happened to Kodak. It happened to Blockbuster. It happened to Borders, Oldsmobile, Hostess, Circuit City and Pan Am. Written into the history of these once towering companies is a cautionary tale about survival that public lands ranchers would do well to heed: Adapt to change or get dumped in the dustbin of history.

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Friday, February 15,2013

Recreation executive is Obama's pick for Interior secretary

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Bucking a long-standing presidential tradition of placing western lawmakers at the helm of the Department of Interior (DOI), President Obama last week nominated outdoor retail executive Sally Jewell to manage the nation’s vast portfolio of public lands.

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Friday, February 1,2013

No easy exit for Jackson as allegations build

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
As Lisa Jackson takes her final bows as the nation’s top environmental overseer following her announcement last month that she will be resigning from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Republican lawmakers are scrambling to get to the bottom...

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Monday, January 28,2013

USFS report flags housing encroachment, water use as major threats to renewable resources

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In an attempt to answer these tough questions, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released in December a report that examines the current status of renewable resources across the country, and determines how trends in demand for those resources could shape the future.

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Friday, January 25,2013

Environmental groups warn OR governor: Don't increase timber harvest on federal lands

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a clear warning to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Northwest timber industry, several environmental groups have sent a letter stating that attempts to negotiate an increased timber harvest on public lands in western Oregon could result in more regulation—and less logging—on privately-owned forests.

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Friday, January 18,2013

Activists hope for wolf re-colonization in Pacific NW

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Since gray wolves were reintroduced into northern Idaho in 1994, the rapidly expanding wolf population has mainly been a worry for intermountain and northwestern ranchers.

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Friday, January 4,2013

Judge slaps Forest Service over water rights rule

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers aren’t the only ones who obsess over water rights. Many industries, municipalities and individuals jealously guard their rights to develop, divert, and otherwise use water—often located on public lands—as a lifeline to business and prosperity.

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Friday, December 21,2012

Administration eyes Antiquities Act in NM; Bishop calls for caution

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Their hopes fading that the current lame duck session of Congress will approve protective designations on hundreds of thousands of acres in New Mexico, Democrat lawmakers from the Land of Enchantment are urging President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to create two national monuments, bypassing congressional approval.

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Friday, December 14,2012

EPA cracks under pressure to disclose secret emails

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The emails are from a government account under the name “Richard Windsor,” which internal EPA sources tipped off CEI as being one of several accounts Jackson uses that is not traceable to her personally.

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