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Tipton Advocates For Local Sage Grouse Control

Congressman Scott Tipton advocated for local sage grouse management control during a Natural Resources Committee hearing this week. During the meeting, Tipton questioned three expert witnesses about the success of Western sage grouse management plans.  He emphasized the need for continued coordination between federal, state and local partners. The Obama Administration issued Resource Plan Continue reading

BLM To Dump “Job Killing” Mineral Moratorium

The Bureau of Land Management announced recently that they plan to cancel a 20-year mineral moratorium on ten million acres of land.  The moratorium was instituted by the Obama administration, in an effort to protect Greater Sage Grouse habitat. Western Caucus Chairman Paul Continue reading

Changes Coming To Sage Grouse Management

The Trump administration is expected to publish a notice of intent soon that would overhaul Obama-era sage grouse protection plans. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered a review of Obama’s sage grouse plans earlier this year, in an effort to see if they were limiting energy production. A sage grouse task force issued recommendations last month, which focused Continue reading

Colorado Targeted By Russia During 2016 Election

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced last week that he had been notified by the Department of Homeland Security, that Colorado Election systems had been scanned by the Russians prior to the 2016 Presidential Election. This makes Colorado one of the 21 states the Department of Homeland Security had previously Continue reading

Bill Looks To Give Oil And Gas Control To States

Wyoming U.S. Representative Liz Cheney has co-sponsored a bill which would give control of oil and gas development on federal lands to the states. The Federal Land Freedom Act would allow states to demonstrate they have the enforcement and regulatory infrastructure to oversee oil and gas permitting on federal land. Proponents of the bill Continue reading

Zinke Sage Grouse Plan Released

Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unveiled his new plan to protect sage grouse this week, which will give Western states more flexibility for managing the birds habitat, and will help encourage economic growth. Zinke believes the federal government and the states can work together to protect sage grouse and its habitat while not affecting the economy and job creation. Zinke said he has received complaints from several Western governors that the Obama Continue reading

EPA Nears Repeal Of Waters Of The U.S. Rule

The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced yesterday that they are nearing repeal of the Waters of the United States Rule, which was instituted by the Obama administration in 2015. The rule significantly increased federal jurisdiction over local waterways which were historically regulated by state governments. President Trump ordered the two Continue reading

Trump Admin Looks At Sage Grouse Conservation

According to multiple reports, the Interior Department under the Trump administration is considering changes to federal greater sage grouse protection. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is said to be thinking about changing the conservation for sage grouse management in the U.S. from focusing on Continue reading

Wyoming Police Learn About Gangs

wyoming-flag-graphicWyoming law enforcement learned more about gangs this month during the 8th Annual Western States Gang Conference. Gang experts from across the country were at the conference to provide instruction on a wide range of gang related issues.  Police from across the state Continue reading

Are Regulations Negatively Affecting Business In CO

colorado-state-seal-300CEO’s from around the country have rated Colorado as the 15th best state in which to do business. In “The Best and Worse States Survey” CEO’s are asked to provide insights on factors that affect their decision on weather to do business in a state. These factors include tax and regulatory requirements, quality of workforce, and quality of living environment. Colorado’s ranking in the survey feel from 11th in the previous Continue reading

Survey Shows Americans Want More Power for States

WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCEAmericans strongly support using resources on public lands to produce energy, and giving states more control over regulating those activities. That’s according to a poll commissioned by Continue reading