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Avid hunter and angler Dean Finnerty, 52, of Scottsburg, Oregon, stares at a locked gate on a logging road through which for years he would hunt black bear and elk before the land was sold and he lost access inside the Elliott State Forest in southwest Oregon, U.S. on July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Johnson

Party Lines Don’t Apply In Fights Over Western Land

“When the federal government owned these lands they were better equipped to keep and maintain them,” said Finnerty, who keeps a handgun in his truck in case he encounters a mountain lion. “The idea that we could lose these federal public lands is not acceptable.”

August 20, 2016

No, There Isn’t A Racial Double Standard At Work In Oregon

It’s tempting, but specious, to draw comparisons between the publicity-seeking antics in Oregon and senseless tragedies involving law enforcement. That hasn’t stopped ideologues on the left from being as vocal in their enthusiasm for a shootout as anti-government militia types.

January 6, 2016

A White Man Just Can’t Catch A Break

“You think if a bunch of damn Muslims had took this place over, the cops and the media would be diddling around like this? The blacks, the Muslims, the Mexicans, they get all the attention they want even when they’re not doin’ nothin’, but guys who look like you and me, we get bupkes. A white man just can’t catch a break.”

January 6, 2016

FBI Seeks Peaceful End To Occupation At Oregon Wildlife Refuge

Federal law enforcement officials on Monday sought to bring a peaceful end to the weekend occupation of a headquarters of a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon by self-styled militiamen, while authorities said all staff at the facility were safe.

January 4, 2016

Conservatives Taking Hunters For Granted

Conservative politicians routinely declare their love of hunting, but they are in effect calling for the closing of the land used by 72 percent of Western hunters.

October 27, 2015

The Odd Politics Of Fighting Wildfires

Much of the Forest Service’s swelling bill for suppressing wildfires comes from the rising cost of protecting residences in the “wildland-urban interface.” About 16 million houses were built in fire-prone rural areas over the last two decades.

August 27, 2015

Bureau Of Land Management, Local Police Tension Nears Breaking Point

Los Angeles Times LAS VEGAS — James Perkins sees the federal Bureau of Land Management more as a belligerent occupying army than a government agency serving U.S. citizens, including those like him in south-central Utah. Perkins is the sheriff of Garfield County, a rural bastion about the size of Connecticut with only 5,500 residents, where […]

August 7, 2014

Red River Land Dispute Echoes Cliven Bundy

By Nick Swartsell, The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON — A federal agency’s planning effort for land along the Red River has ignited a new skirmish in the fight between conservative Texas politicians and Washington. The uproar follows a high-profile controversy around the Bureau of Land Management’s actions in Nevada. The tangle between the bureau and Texas […]

May 2, 2014