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Jewell wins confirmation as Interior secretary

April 12, 2013

By a vote of 87 to 11, the Senate approved Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell on Wednesday as the next Interior secretary.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told his colleagues Wednesday that Jewell had...

Water board votes to make 'priority call' on N.M.'s Pecos River

April 11, 2013

A small water agency in southern New Mexico has moved to force state agencies that control water distribution to deprive some users of their supplies.

The local agency, the Carlsbad Irrigation District, or C.I.D., acted to ensure that its alfalfa farmers receive the supplemental...

BLM advises grazing reduction in 8 Montana counties due to drought

April 9, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management is asking ranchers in southwestern Montana to reduce grazing on public lands due to drought.

The agency on Friday asked those with grazing permits to graze no more than 70 percent of their allotted forage on land administered by its Butte and Dillon field...

Ranchers, BLM settle suit over Wyoming wild horses

April 5, 2013

A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers by about half on more than 4,300 square miles of sagebrush country in the Red Desert of southwest Wyoming.

Under the agreement, the BLM would allow no more than 1,050 wild horses in...

With drought season off to a bad start, scientists forecast another bleak year

April 1, 2013

Drought conditions in more than half of the United States have slipped into a pattern that climatologists say is uncomfortably similar to the most severe droughts in recent U.S. history, including the 1930s Dust Bowl and the widespread 1950s drought.

The 2013 drought season is already off...

New Mexico farmers seek ‘Priority Call’ as drought persists

April 1, 2013

Just after the local water board announced this month that its farmers would get only one-tenth of their normal water allotment this year, Ronnie Walterscheid, 53, stood up and called on his elected representatives to declare a water war on their upstream neighbors. “It’s always been about us...

N.M. valley farmers resorting to groundwater

March 27, 2013

Farmers in southern New Mexico’s Hatch Valley are struggling their way through the drought by pumping saline water from shallow aquifers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the farming valleys that stretch across southern New Mexico from Elephant Butte Reservoir to the Texas border are...

Settlement to remove wild mustangs from Wyo. grazing lands riles mustang advocates

March 25, 2013

For more than three decades, the Rock Springs Grazing Association had agreed to allow up to 500 wild horses to roam free among herds of cattle it grazes on a checkerboard of public and private lands in southwest Wyoming.

But as numbers swelled into the thousands, the horses degraded the...

USFS head calls for stewardship contracting, warns of sequester impacts

March 15, 2013

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell yesterday urged Congress to permanently authorize an expiring program that allows proceeds from timber sales to be used for forest restoration, arguing it enjoys broad bipartisan support.

Tidwell said a recovering housing market has generated more demand...

Yellowstone sending some bison to research facility

March 12, 2013

As Yellowstone National Park looks to reduce its bison population, government officials plan to transfer 63 of the animals to a nearby Agriculture Department research facility.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) has given his approval for the relocation, his office said yesterday. The...

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