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Friday, November 21,2014

Lawsuit follows in the tracks of predator hunting decision

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Several environmental groups have filed lawsuits to block a controversial hunting derby in Idaho set for early January on public lands. This comes after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to approve Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit allowing wolves, coyotes and other predators to be hunted for cash prizes.

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Monday, November 10,2014

Predator hunt delayed a week in Idaho

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Sarah Wheeler, Public Affairs Officer in the BLM’s Idaho Falls District office, said the BLM had hoped to announce its decision on Nov. 5, but definitely will do so by Nov. 12. The week’s delay allows the bureau to analyze a large volume of responses, she said.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Cattle shootings worsen in remote areas of northern Nevada

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers are fit to be tied about the indiscriminate shooting of some 65 cattle in recent months across a wide swath of remote northern Nevada. A reward for the arrest and conviction of the culprits has climbed to more than $25,000 since last week’s coverage.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Fires burn what drought left parched

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The wildfires that have raged through much of the West this past summer took a heavy toll on cattle, grazing land, fences and ranchers striving to survive one of the most devastating droughts ever recorded. Now many cattle producers are wondering if they will be allowed.

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Monday, September 15,2014

Ranchers say Keystone route unconstitutional

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The attorney representing three Nebraska landowners opposed to construction of TransCanada Corporation’s $5.4 billion Keystone XL Pipeline through their property argued their case before the Supreme Court of Nebraska on Friday, Sept. 5, challenging the Legislature’s fast track routing approval for the massive, controversial project.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Massive quake rocks northern California

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Cattle ranchers and their families were among the hundreds of thousands rudely jolted awake at 3:20 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, when the worst earthquake to hit northern California in 25 years struck with a vengeance, causing an estimated $1 billion in damage, injuring more than 200 people, wreaking widespread havoc.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Crop problems caused by railcar shortage

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
North Dakota appears to be the hardest hit of the northern tiered states that include Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota as they cope with the shipping dilemma. Grain elevators could run out of storage capacity during the looming harvest, requiring grain to be stored on the ground and risk.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Cattle take backseat to salmon in Klamath

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s decision at the end of July to not release extra water into the Trinity River and Klamath River will make conditions in Oregon and northern California more difficult for ranchers, fisheries, tribes and many others as the prolonged drought worsens in those states.

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Monday, July 28,2014

CA cattle bills have ranchers cheering

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Those convicted will be required to submit to more frequent inspections by the California Bureau of Livestock Identification. Fines of $1,000 per incident also will be imposed.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Wind energy gets pass on wildlife deaths

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Long lines of large, tall wind turbines are cropping up on range lands and pastures throughout America, changing the appearance of agriculture landscapes as the United States places more emphasis on renewable energy and less reliance on foreign oil imports.

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