From the monthly archives: June 2012

Jury rules that public land arson was committed-

The trial of two East Oregon ranchers, a father/son duo, has ended with their conviction by a jury in Pendleton, Oregon. .  Dwight L. Hammond Jr. and  son Steven D. Hammond were found guilty of setting range fires on public lands. One was in 2001 near […]

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Despite the ecological reality that beetle-kill is part of healthy functioning forest ecosystem, Montana Senator Max Baucus successfully added an amendment to the Farm Bill that would provide additional funds to log beetle killed trees as well as “stream line” the process of getting out timber sales. Baucus stated this would be “good news” to […]

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Update: June 27, 2012

Congressman Mike Simpson has withdrawn his proposed new rider which the story below is about. He said he is going to try to bring people together in a roundtable soon. He also said his new rider had amplified the rhetoric on the issue which was not what he wanted. Ralph Maughan


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Farm bill being debated will not permit votes on savage anti-conservation amendments-

The Farm Bill in the Senate originally had over 300 proposed amendments, including several that would be real outdoors wreckers such as deliberately misnamed “Sportsmens Heritage Act“. . A few […]

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A rare subspecies of red fox that was once thought to be extinct, only to be rediscovered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, has been discovered living in the Cascades of Oregon as well. The fox is adapted to living in the alpine tundra and scientists think that livestock grazing, and the poisoning of […]

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Small canine predator chows down on white footed mice-

People have sometimes blamed white-tailed deer as a factor spreading this growing menace, but a new study “Deer, predators, and the emergence of Lyme disease” hypothesizes through modeling and correlation analysis that the ecology of small mammal predators plays a key role in controlling or facilitating […]

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Jim Halfpenny puts together all his past wolf charts, making a valuable insider’s wolf guide-

In 1996 Dr. James Halfpenny and Diann Thompson wrote Discovering Yellowstone Wolves. It described the original wolves brought from Canada and released in Yellowstone National Park.  The wolves’ first travels and adventures were chronicled. Discovering Yellowstone Wolves was a must […]

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Aasif Mandvi delivers the fake news about Idaho’s two-headed fish from a creek below Simplot’s Smokey Canyon Mine. Selenium has been a problem associated with the massive amount of phosphate mining that is taking place in eastern Idaho.

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Senator Ben Nelson is retiring from the US Senate at the end of his term and he is trying to help former Senator Bob Kerrey take his place after he leaves by pointing out the hypocrisy of Kerrey’s opponent Tea Party/Republican Deb Fischer.  Fischer is a public lands rancher who only pays a pittance to […]

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This week there have been two significant developments for bighorn sheep in Idaho that relate to the closing of domestic sheep grazing in occupied bighorn habitat.

Payette Decision Moves Forward

First, in an unusual ruling from the bench, Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that the closing of three domestic sheep allotments on the Payette National […]

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June 2012


‎"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