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Monday, December 15,2014

Klamath Basin: A lesson in war tactics, bias, distortion

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Water’s for fighting, and if you’re going to fight and win, you need strategy. A few strategies famously used over the millennia have been “divide and conquer” and the old “Trojan horse” trick.

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Monday, December 15,2014

New spending, tax laws will affect rural West

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Last week, Congress was scheduled to make some big decisions just after print time. Late Thursday or Friday, Congress was expected to pass a spending measure to avoid a government “shutdown”—or, more accurately, “slowdown”—and possibly a tax extender package.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Klamath Basin: A lesson in war tactics, bias, distortion

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Some farmers and ranchers in Northern California and southern Oregon think that both strategies are being used against them in the Klamath River watershed. In 2002, a federal judge granted the Klamath Tribes senior water rights in the Klamath Basin.

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Monday, December 8,2014

Could Utah benefit from land transfer?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Can the states afford to own and manage the federal lands within their borders? The question is echoing across the West as several states make moves to transfer hundreds of millions of acres from Uncle Sam’s hands to the states’.

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Friday, December 5,2014

What 'coexisting' with wolves means from a rancher's perspective

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If a rancher receives cash payments in exchange for feeding his cattle or sheep to wolves, is he still a rancher? And what is a cow or a sheep truly worth? Ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico are being asked to support wolf populations on their ranches in exchange for payments from the “Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council.

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Monday, November 24,2014

Ranchers speak out about Gunnison listing

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“We worked hand-in-hand with FWS in good faith that our actions were going to prevent a listing,” said Colorado rancher and Public Lands Council (PLC) member, Robbie LeValley. “Producers have made a lot of big sacrifices—some of them permanent. The population is documented to be stable.

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Monday, November 17,2014

The Constitution does apply... even to ESA

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Thanks to a group of landowners and concerned citizens in southwestern Utah who took the federal government to court over prairie dog regulations, implementation of the ESA could see a nationwide change of course.

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Monday, November 3,2014

Cowboy Express founder dies, but leads on

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Grant Gerber, the leader of the Nevada-born Grass March/Cowboy Express movement, died last week in the aftermath of injuries sustained on a coast-to-coast horseback ride for land rights in the West.

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Monday, October 27,2014

Ranchers talk transferring fed's land to states

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
At a recent council meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, some 90 individuals from 14 states convened to discuss the prospect of transferring the majority of federal lands to state ownership. The federal government owns at least 30 percent of each state west of the Rockies—all told, about 50 percent of the West.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Meanwhile, back in Battle Mountain

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
As the Grass March Pony Express makes its way to Washington, D.C., families back on the ranch in Battle Mountain, NV, are doing all they can to handle the loss of their summer pasture.

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