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Western states hold summit on controlling federal land, say ‘It’s simply time

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs, Threats to agriculture

PNP comment: We also say it is way past time. The mis-management of all federal agencies over state lands is outrageous!  States and communities and the environment are paying devastating costs for the illegal and unconstitutional heavy-handedness of the tyrant federal agents. — Editor Liz Bowen

April 18, 2014: Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks at a protest camp near Bunkerville, Nevada.AP

Lawmakers from Western states said Friday that the time has come for them to take control of federal lands within their borders and suggested the standoff this month between a Nevada rancher and the federal government was a problem waiting to happen.

“What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, a Republican, told The Salt Lake Tribune.

The lawmakers — more than 50 of them from nine Western states — made their proclamations at the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands, in Utah, which was scheduled before this month’s standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management.

The agency rounded up hundreds of Bundy’s cattle, saying he hasn’t paid more than $1 million in grazing fees he owes for trespassing on federal lands since the 1990s. But Bundy does not recognize federal authority on the land, which his family has used since the 1870s.

The agency released the cattle after a showdown last weekend with angry armed protesters whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid referred to as “domestic terrorists.”

Whether the federal government will use the courts system or other methods to try to resolve such disputes remains unclear. Reid, D-Nev., said earlier this week that he talked to Attorney General Eric Holder and that a task force might be formed, in response. However, a law enforcement official said Saturday that there are no plans for a task force.

The idea of Western states taking control of parts of wide tracts of federal land is nothing new. Those involved in the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion and similar movements have argued for decades that states and local governments west of the Mississippi River often can best manage the land and that doing so would allow them to use it to improve their economies.

On Friday, political leaders from the nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal of wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the U.S. government, according to the paper.

 ”It’s simply time,” said Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, a Republican who co-organized the summit with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.”

Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee also spoke to the attendees.

Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke argued that Idaho forests and rangeland managed by the state have suffered less damage and watershed degradation from wildfire than have lands managed by federal agencies, the newspaper reported.

The Associated Press also contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/19/western-lawmakers-strategize-on-taking-control-federal-lands/?intcmp=latestnews

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NEVADA: Clinton/Obama cronies behind push to remove Bundy cattle

Agriculture, Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, CORRUPTION, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs, Threats to agriculture

LATEST: Clinton/Obama Cronies Behind Push To Remove Bundy Cattle

Written By: James Simpson
DC Independent Examiner

Note: a slightly altered version of this story appears at WND

 today as well.

Following a weeklong confrontation between protesters and police from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), events at the Bundy ranch

 in Bunkerville, Nevada came to an abrupt end on Saturday, April 11, when the BLM suddenly threw in the towel and left. Speaking to a local TV news program Monday, Nevada Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said

, “This isn’t over…” And he is certainly correct. The showdown between BLM and Cliven Bundy – the last rancher in Clark County, Nevada – was but the latest battle in a long-running conflict, and it is sure to continue. Too much is at stake.

Supposedly at issue was the desert tortoise, a reptile on the endangered species list which could not coexist on the land with Bundy’s cattle. But why would the turtle suddenly be threatened by animals it had cohabited with for the 100 plus years the Bundy ranch has been in operation?

BLM document

 unearthed last week discusses mitigation strategies for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. Dry Lake is just southwest of the Bundy ranch. The “mitigation strategy” proposed to use the grazing lands

 near the Bundy ranch as a kind of sanctuary for the desert tortoise, because the entire region is slated for a large number of solar, wind and geothermal energy generation facilities. The solar projects especially will obliterate most of the turtle’s natural habitat.

Bloggers quickly made a connection between the effort to remove Bundy’s cattle and a solar energy project located in Southern Nevada and financed by the Communist Chinese energy firm ENN. It was to be the largest solar farm in the U.S. Senator Reid had lobbied heavily for their business, even traveling to China to do so. Reid’s son, formerly a Clark County Commissioner, became a lobbyist for ENN, and Reid placed a former senior advisor, Neil Kornze

, to lead the BLM, presumably to assure the enterprise’s success.

Seemed like a slam dunk. But a solar energy complex financed by the Communist Chinese was not at the heart of the Bundy Ranch fiasco after all. That project died last year

. However, the BLM’s library of renewable energy projects 

accessed by the author revealed it was only one of more than 50 solar, wind and geothermal projects planned for Nevada, California, Arizona and other Western states. Reid was actually focused on at least one, and maybe more of these projects, much closer to the Bundy ranch. He was at the work site on March 21, 2014 to help break ground on the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project

. A close inspection of this project reveals why there is so much interest in the area and why the BLM, presumably at Reid’s urging through his water boy, Neil Kornze, is so intent on getting Bundy off the land. Reid, for all his rampant corruption (the Nevada mob call him “Cleanface”), looks to be little more than the bagman in this caper. Oh sure, he and his boys will get rich, but not like the others.

The leaseholder for this project is K Road Power, LLC

 

, a New York City-based energy company. An examination of their website finds their business development manager to be none other than Jonathan Magaziner

. Magaziner was formerly an associate at the Clinton Climate Initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation. He is also the son of Ira Magaziner

, former senior policy advisor for Bill Clinton, also now conveniently working for the Clinton Foundation on health and environment issues. Just one big, happy, and soon to be even richer, family. There are doubtless more connections to Democratic insiders here.

But that is not all. A company called First Solar

 is listed on a BLM renewable  energy project map

 of southern Nevada, one of 11 sited in Clark County. Additionally, the map shows six wind projects in Clark County, and also lists the K Road Moapa project under “transmission projects.” In other words, there is a lot going on. How did the media miss all that?

First Solar investors

 

 comprise a who’s who of the corrupt, Democratic Left insider crowd, including major Obama campaign bundlers, billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones, Al Gore, Ted Turner and Goldman Sachs. First Solar’s CEO is Michael Ahearn

, former fundraiser for both Obama and Senator Harry Reid. First Solar has at least three other solar projects in California. So it becomes very apparent why the BLM, Harry Reid and many other interested parties have such an intense interest in the desert tortoise. They see green, oceans of it. But it is the kind that lines pockets, not the high desert.

This story has been completely missed by all mass media, even Fox News, but it explains both why Cliven Bundy has been facing such intense intimidation and why all the other ranchers have been chased out. Bundy is not merely threatening Harry Reid’s gravy train, but Obama’s, Clinton’s, Gore’s and an A list rogue’s gallery of professional Democrat sponges. It is surprising he is still alive.

This is what has been discovered by examining only a few of the 50-plus projects. Doubtless there is a similar story behind all of them. These entrepreneurial parasites are planning to turn the West into a massive money pit for “green” energy. The projects will eventually go as all others have gone before: falling in flames as the unsustainable costs, maintenance problems and true environmental catastrophes they create become intolerable. The true goal

 of “green” energy is to make these people wealthier, not to save the environment. As usual with this president, the American taxpayer will be left holding the bag, while he and his cronies will be long gone, laughing all the way to the bank.

This story needs to make national headlines. If there is a shred of integrity left in the mass media, now would be the time to show it. It is not possible that they are unaware of what is happening.

 

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Mill in Alturas nearing operation

Forestry & USFS, Modoc County

Modoc Record

Alturas mill nearing operation

It appears the small log mill at the Alturas Mill site is going to be up and running in the next couple of months. The Council held its first Tuesday afternoon meeting since 1984 this week.
John Lance, of Warner Mountain Lumber Company, told the Alturas City Council Tuesday that four to five employees arenow working at the site and he expects the mill to start producing in May or early June. Once it goes on line, Lance told the Council it should provide about 20 jobs.

The mill will use small logs up to about 12 inches in diameter to start. The finished products would be four-by-fours, two-by-fours and possibly some one-inch lumber. In some cases, the products could be more landscape oriented.

Lance believes there is good potential for the mill’s success in Alturas and likes the idea of putting local people back to work in the logging and lumber business.

The Council is supportive of the new mill and agreed to a rent offset until August. That rent is $1,500 per month. The regular rent agreement will come back into place after August.
Lance told the Council that there were logs decked at the mill site and work is ongoing to get the mill set up and operable. One big thing will be the installation of the electric power. The City granted an easement to Pacific Power on Tuesday to bring the power lines underground to the control panel.

He also said he appreciated working with the City and Public Works Director Joe Picotte in a very cooperative manner.
The Council also agreed, under protest, to continue to pay the Sheriff’s Office $375 per month for dispatch services.

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After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs, Threats to agriculture
Eric Parker from central Idaho stands watch on a bridge with his weapon as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp, where cattle that were seized from rancher Cliven Bundy are being held, near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014. REUTERS-Jim Urquhart

1 of 2. Eric Parker from central Idaho stands watch on a bridge with his weapon as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management’s base camp, where cattle that were seized from rancher Cliven Bundy are being held, near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Jim Urquhart

Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:37pm EDT

(Reuters) – Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert.

He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management.

The rangers had rounded up hundreds of Bundy’s cattle, which had been grazing illegally on federal lands for two decades. Bundy had refused to pay grazing fees, saying he did not recognize the government’s authority over the land, a view that attracted vocal support from some right-wing groups.

Citing public safety, the BLM retreated, suspending its operation and even handing back cattle it had already seized.

No shots were fired during the stand-off, which Bundy’s triumphant supporters swiftly dubbed the “Battle of Bunkerville,” but the government’s decision to withdraw in the face of armed resistance has alarmed some who worry that it has set a dangerous precedent and emboldened militia groups.

“Do laws no longer apply when the radical right no longer agrees?” said Ryan Lenz, a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors militia group activity.

Armed Americans using the threat of a gunfight to force federal officers to back down is virtually unparalleled in the modern era, militia experts said. But the BLM, which says it is now pursuing legal and administrative options to resolve the dispute, has won praise for stepping back and avoiding violence.

Energized by their success, Bundy’s supporters are already talking about where else they can exercise armed defiance. They include groups deeply suspicious of what they see as a bloated, over-reaching government they fear wants to restrict their constitutional right to bear arms.

Alex Jones, a radio host and anti-government conspiracy theorist whose popular right-wing website, Infowars, helped popularize Bundy’s dispute, called it a watershed moment.

“Americans showed up with guns and said, ‘No, you’re not,” before confronting the armed BLM agents, Jones said in a telephone interview. “And they said, ‘Shoot us.’ And they did not. That’s epic. And it’s going to happen more.”

Militia experts interviewed by Reuters said they could not think of another example in recent decades where different militia groups had banded together to offer armed resistance to thwart a law enforcement operation.

In the days since the showdown, right-wing websites have begun searching for other Bundys. Several conservative and survivalist blogs have seized on the case of Tommy Henderson, a rancher on the Texas-Oklahoma border who they say is fighting BLM attempts to seize some of his land.

MILITARY FATIGUES, RIFLES

Few people had heard of Bundy and his ranch until a few days before the stand-off. Right-wing websites and advocacy groups such as Americans for Prosperity, founded by one of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, cast his tale in a folksy David and Goliath light and helped spread it online.

Someone who has known Bundy since his early 1990s fall-out with the BLM is Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff who founded the militia group Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.

Mack is also a prominent member of Oath Keepers, a similar group of serving or former soldiers, police and firefighters who view themselves as defenders of the U.S. Constitution. More than 100 Oath Keepers headed to the desert, Mack said.

Mack, who proposed putting women on the front line of the stand-off with the agents, said armed resistance was a justified response to a “totally unnecessary” show of force by the BLM.

“It was so obvious it looked like it was going to be another Waco or Ruby Ridge,” Mack said, referring to two bloody sieges in the 1990s involving federal agents and armed civilians that fueled the militia movement.

“We weren’t going to let that happen again,” he said.

A number of Bundy supporters wore military fatigues and carried rifles and pistols and had traveled from California, Idaho, Arizona, Montana and beyond. Most kept their handguns holstered.

Mack, who wore his gun on his hip, and other Bundy supporters interviewed by Reuters said they would not shoot first but would retaliate if fired upon.

“We did not want anything to get out of hand,” Mack said.

GAME-CHANGER?

The weekend showdown marked the latest resurgence of violent, anti-government sentiments that have existed in rural America for centuries, said Catherine Stock, a history professor at Connecticut College who specializes in rural militias.

“The question is whether we’re going to see sustained flame-up now. We could see more of that if they actually think that the federal government is going to stand down,” she said.

“It’s not the groups, it’s not their concerns, it’s not their anger, all of that is old, but the federal government backing down? I was like, wow! Seriously?”

Stock said the rise of right-wing media outlets and websites and the election of Republican politicians who have shifted the party further to the right have given a new legitimacy to groups that were once dismissed as being on the fringe.

At least half a dozen state legislators from Nevada, Washington, Utah and Arizona attended protest rallies in Bunkerville at the weekend.

Michele Fiore, a Republican Nevada assemblywoman from Las Vegas who said she joined the protesters daily after getting a torrent of supportive emails about Bundy from constituents, called the resistance “justified.”

“This is historic,” she said. “This is the first time we went arm to arm with the federal government.”

GOVERNMENT MISSTEPS?

The Bundy dispute has been simmering since 1993, when the BLM took over the management of the land on which his cattle grazed. The agency ordered him to reduce the number of grazing cattle to protect the habitat of the desert tortoise, which had been listed as “threatened.”

Bundy refused and has not paid grazing fees since then. The BLM says he now owes more than $1 million.

Critics of the BLM, which administers 245 million acres of public land in the 12 Western states, say it mishandled the situation and was unprepared for the armed resistance, despite fears in past years that the seizure of the illegally grazing cattle could spark violence.

BLM spokesman Craig Leff said the “safety of employees and the public was key throughout the course of the operation.” The BLM, National Park Service and the U.S. Park police “had the minimal personnel needed to maintain the safety of the operation,” he added.

Two sets of images were frequently cited by those who saw the roundup of Bundy’s cattle as a call to arms.

The first showed BLM agents using a stun gun to subdue one of Bundy’s sons at a small protest on April 9, bloodying his shirt over his heart, and a female relative of Bundy being knocked to the ground in a tussle with agents.

“Looking at that made it extremely clear that these federal agents are willing to hurt people and didn’t think they would be accountable,” said militia leader Mack.

Photographs of a so-called “First Amendment Zone”, a taped-off patch of desert where agents would allow protests to be held, also prompted outrage.

Mack, and other militia members, say they have yet to pick their next battle. “We’re only reacting to what the government does,” he said. “We hope that they’ll keep it a little calm from now on and not overreact.”

(Additional reporting by Jennifer Dobner in Bunkerville, Nevada and Timothy Gardner in Washington; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Ross Colvin)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/17/us-usa-ranchers-nevada-militia-insight-idUSBREA3G26620140417?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

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Attend “The Real Wolf” meeting 4-24-14

Wolves

Learn the facts about wolves –

 

You are invited

To a presentation by

 

Attorney and Author Ted B. Lyon

 

“The Real Wolf”

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

 

Yreka Community THEATER

812  N. Oregon Street

Yreka, CA.

7 p.m.

 

“The Real Wolf” books will be for sale and for autograph by Ted B. Lyon

$20 each or two for $35

 

Admission is FREE

Donation to help pay for rent of the Theater will be appreciated

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Klamath Basin Crisis.org news

Klamath Basin Crisis.org

KBC News

 

http://www.heraldandnews.com/email_blast/article_16da815a-c5f6-11e3-ba61-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Historic pact to be signed Friday

  Ceremony for water agreement finalization will begin at 9 a.m. at Collier Memorial State Park

    Several federal, state and local dignitaries will gather at Collier Memorial State Park Friday for the signing of the Klamath Basin water agreement between the Klamath Tribes and water users.  

  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce Kathryn Sullivan, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, California Resources Secretary John Laird, Klamath  Tribal Chairman Don Gentry and members of the Klamath Basin Task Force will gather Friday for the official signing of the historic Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, according to a news release.

  The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. and continues to 11 a.m.       Members of the Klamath Tribes and Upper Basin water users have come together and developed solutions to water issues affecting the region. The Upper Basin Agreement represents a historic milestone for one of the most complex and contentious natural water wars in the West.

  Friday’s event will celebrate the leadership, good faith and hard work that made the agreement possible, while highlighting the economic and environmental benefits for the Klamath region, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office.  

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www.klamathbasincrisis.org

 

Upper Klamath Webpage

Water Task Force webpage

Freedom of speech is key when talking irrigation, by Bruce Topham, Sprague River letter to H&N, posted to KBC 4/9/14. This is what is currently beingdemanded of those of us who are ranchers in the north half of Klamath County. A foreign sovereign government (aka the Klamath Tribes) is requiring that for any water settlement to be met for irrigation or drinking water for our livestock we must surrender our right as Americans to express any opinions contrary to those advocated by the Klamath Tribes…”

 

 

 

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LaMalfa to Hold Series of Constituent Meetings in Plumas, Lassen and Modoc Counties

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA


Richvale, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today announced that he would be holding three constituent meetings in the Plumas, Lassen and Modoc Counties in the coming week. Constituents are invited join the Congressman to share their thoughts on current events, learn more about his work in Congress and discuss issues facing our communities and families today.

 

Quincy Community Coffee Meeting

When: Thursday, April 24th, from 3:00-4:30 PM

Where: Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds, Mineral Building

204 Fairgrounds Road, Quincy, CA  95971

 

Susanville Town Hall Meeting

When: Thursday, April 24th, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Where: Lassen County Fairgrounds, Jensen Hall

195 Russell Ave, Susanville, CA 96130

 

Alturas Community Coffee Meeting

When: Friday, April 25th, from 9:30 am – 10:30 AM

Where: Niles Hotel, 304 South Main Street

Alturas, CA (530) 233-3773(530) 233-3773.

 

For more information or to RSVP to any of the meetings, please contact Rep. LaMalfa’s Oroville District Office at (530) 534-7100.

 

Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties. 

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Patriot Party at Bundy Ranch 4-18-14

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs

Everyone is invited

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bring your own picnic

Play in the River

Music and entertainment throughout the day

Thank you to all who has supported the  Nevada Bundy Ranch

 

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California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere

Dept. Fish & Game, State gov, Wolves

By SCOTT SMITH
Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 – 12:22 am

Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 – 4:24 pm

While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday postponed for three months a decision on whether to list the gray wolf as endangered. Commissioners heard impassioned arguments from environmentalists who want the wolves to again to roam the state and from cattle ranchers who fear for their herds.

“I think we made them blink,” said Amaroq Weiss of the Center for Biological Diversity,which leads the push for protection. “I think they heard our arguments.”

State wildlife officials say they don’t support the listing because wolf packs haven’t roamed in California for nearly a century and there’s no scientific basis to consider them endangered.

Recent interest in protecting the species started in 2011, when one wolf from Oregon — called OR-7 — was tracked crossing into California. The endangered listing has been under review for the last year.

Nationwide, bounty hunting and poisoning drove wolves to widespread extermination in the early 1900s. They have rebounded in recent decades, and federal protections have been lifted in the last several years in the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes.

But with the resurgence have come more livestock killings and declines in some big-game herds that wolves prey on. States have responded by adopting increasingly aggressive hunting programs designed to bring down the predator’s numbers, but so far that has not resulted in significant declines.

The Northern Rockies population has been pushing west into Oregon and Washington and now numbers almost 1,700 animals, down slightly from its peak in 2011 when protections were lifted in parts of five states.

A pending proposal from federal wildlife officials would remove protections for gray wolves across most of the remaining Lower 48 states, including California. A peer review panel recently faulted the government plan for relying on unproven research about wolf genetics.

The desert Southwest has a small group of Mexican gray wolves that would keep federal protections under the proposal. Those wolves in parts of Arizona and New Mexico have struggled to survive despite an intensive reintroduction program.

In California, the Fish and Game Commission members decided to delay a decision on wolf protections so they can hear more public comment.

Wildlife officials oppose the listing because wolves have been absent from California, so researchers have no way of measuring threats or the viability of the animal in the state, said Eric Loft, chief of wildlife programs for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Yet, the animal is iconic of the western landscape and California could easily become the home to functioning wolf packs within a decade, said Chuck Bonham, director of the wildlife agency.

He said he supports wolf conservation efforts but not listing it as endangered.

“You may hear we actually hate wolves,” he said, maintaining that wasn’t true. “We’re committed to the long-term prospect of the wolf.”

The commission on Wednesday heard from more than 60 people, most of them in support of wolves but others in opposition.

Kirk Wilbur of the California Cattlemen’s Association, which is fighting wolf protections, said the state’s endangered species act is designed to help species at risk of going extinct.

“The species is not at risk of disappearing in the state of California,” he said. “It is, rather, reappearing.”

Mike Williams, a cattle rancher in Ventura County, said wolves cause high stress on cattle, increase illness and weight loss, and kill valuable livestock.

“Wolves are beautiful animals,” he said. “But they’re also vicious, brutal and efficient killing machines and a threat to people, livestock and pets.”


Associated Press writer Matthew Brown contributed to this report from Billings, Mont.

 https://finance.yahoo.com/news/california-mulls-wolf-listing-amid-231152875.html

 

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Will California rich get the message: You are not wanted in this state?

CA & OR, State gov

California Political News and Views

See the full story by clicking on the below headline

Will California Rich get the Message: You Are NOT Wanted in This State

by Stephen Frank on 04/15/2014

Sacramento is making it clear, with higher taxes and high tax rates—the rich need to leave.  Some of Californians wealthiest yesterday paid an INCREASE in their taxes more than many middle income people make.  The good news for these folks is that they can leave, go to Texas and vacation in California—and save tens of thousands of dollars and not worry about an out of control government.

“The affluent account for a significant chunk of consumer spending, which drives 70 percent of the economy. Their spending has played an even greater role amid the anemic growth that followed the 2008 financial crisis. Already, travel deals are touting last-minute deals on luxury cruise lines. Then there are special deals for popular destinations such as Hawaii this summer, which is traditionally a peak travel season for the Aloha State. In my opinion, that signals the travel industry isn’t seeing the demand they typically see this time of year. We’re likely to see more deals from those catering to the affluent.

And expect more nickel and dimin’ as companies look for creative ways to make up lost revenue elsewhere. In Las Vegas, for instance, the Bellagio Hotel recently adopted a $4.50 per person charge for room service. That’s almost double the previous charge of $5 per order, when guests had a room service dinner for two.

Wonder how much revenue the State will LOSE as the rich leave the poor and illegal aliens behind and enjoy the good life in Texas, Tennessee, Florida or other mostly free States?

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