From the monthly archives: March 2014

Early morning earthquake was in area NNE of Norris Geyser Basin-

The big news on the web yesterday was about the moderate tremblor at Los Angeles. However, a quake about a third as strong happened inside Yellowstone National Park 4 miles north by northeast of Norris. This doesn’t mean there is about to be an […]

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Wilderness Act of 1964 was the beginning of statutory protection of wild country-

It took seven years to move the Wilderness Act through Congress, but finally in 1964 it passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill into law. 

While some Forest Service lands had already been administratively protected as a kind of backcountry […]

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Did militant unlimited property-rights firebrand die in Oso landslide?

Many speculate why there was so little action to prevent building below an obvious landslide area near Oso, Washington, where now 25 bodies have been recovered. A likely contributing factor has just emerged in the news.

Living in the path of the landslide was Thom Satterlee, 65, and […]

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Warning after warning was given-

Although first reports from local officials after the lethal mud slide were basically, “we had no idea, a bolt from the blue, this came out of nowhere, an Act of God,” etc., many warnings were given over the years from experts, […]

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Popular Lake Mead/BLM desert area to be closed in portions to secure cattle of scofflaw rancher-
See updates at the bottom of the article.

“Public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Clark County, Nevada, within the Gold Butte, Mormon Mesa, Bunkerville Flats Areas will see temporary closures to the public […]

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Our readers find a lot of news, and they have many comments. Please post your news and comments below at “Leave a reply.” Here is the link to the old thread that’s now being retired — March 3, 2014.

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Today Idaho’s Governor Otter signed H0470, the Wolf Control Board bill, and H0649, the bill that appropriates $400,000 in general funds to the Board, into law.  The Board will receive additional funds up to $220,000 with $110,000 coming from Idaho Department of Fish and Game and $110,000 coming from the livestock industry for a total […]

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Just a week and a half after hearing arguments in a case brought by Idaho Wool Growers Association; American Sheep Industry Association; Public Lands Council; Wyoming Wool Growers Association; Carlson Company, Inc.; Shirts Brothers Sheep; and Colorado Wool Growers Association, against the Payette National Forest’s decision to close 70% of the domestic sheep grazing on the […]

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What happened to wolves ate all the elk?

Wyoming Game and Fish Department has announced that their 2013 elk hunting season produced a “near record” elk harvest.  They estimate that  25,968 were taken, a near record. However the number one year was 2012 when the hunt saw 26,365 elk reported killed. In a news release, the […]

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Friends of the Clearwater announces the 3-month countdown to the national event, Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014.

It is set for June 28-29 at Arch Park in Gardiner, Montana. Organizers say, “It’s an exciting time. We are recruiting speakers, gaining event sponsors, creating educational materials and designing logos, etc. The event website has been launched […]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey