Tag Archives: Federal Government

Feds won’t kill wild horses in West to reduce overpopulation, official says

The Trump administration will not pursue lethal measures such as euthanasia or selling horses for slaughter to deal with what officials say is an ecological and fiscal crisis caused by too many wild horses on rangelands in the U.S. West, an official said Thursday. Source: Feds won’t kill wild horses in West to reduce overpopulation, […]
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Commissioner delivers wildfire speech to president

With President Donald Trump looking on, Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts called on federal agencies to fully suppress wildfires during fire season. Roberts was introduced by the president, then made a short statement Monday in Washington, D.C., during a press conference on environmental issues. Roberts said about half of the land in Jackson County is […]
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In Trump aid package for farmers, many blow past caps

When President Donald Trump’s administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act show. Source: […]
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How the Trump administration’s 2018 trade aid package works

The Trump administration’s Market Facilitation Program is meant to compensate farmers for income they’ve lost due to the U.S. trade war with China. Data provided to The Associated Press from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Freedom of Information Act gives some insights into where the money goes. Source: How the Trump administration’s 2018 […]
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Administration moves to ease drive-time rules for truckers

Truck driver Lucson Francois was forced to hit the brakes just five minutes from his home in Pennsylvania. He’d reached the maximum number of hours in a day he’s allowed to be on duty. Francois couldn’t leave the truck unattended. So he parked and climbed into the sleeper berth in the back of the cab. […]
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U.S. Senate approves $11 million to improve Columbia River fishing sites; look to president’s signature

For the first time since they were created, 31 sites dedicated to Northwest tribes who fish the Columbia River could see an immediate infusion of cash to improve conditions. The 31 sites were created for members of the Umatilla, Nez Perce, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes after the federal government flooded their traditional fishing sites […]
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Trump Administration Weakens Climate Plan To Help Coal Plants Stay Open

The Trump administration is replacing one of President Obama’s signature plans to address climate change. It could help some coal-fired power plants, but likely won’t slow the industry’s decline. President Trump has thrown his latest lifeline to the ailing coal industry, significantly weakening one of former President Obama’s key policies to address climate change. The […]
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State: Feds will imprison Gable if released

The Oregon Department of Justice says the U.S. Bureau of Prison still wants Francke’s cleared killer on firearms charge. Although a federal judge has ruled Frank Gable probably did not kill Oregon Corrections Director Michael Francke, he may stay locked up while the Oregon Department of Justice appeals the ruling. Source: Pamplin Media Group – […]
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Guest column: Politics, not science behind water quality rollback

I don’t know how you can be against clean water, but some of the industries in Washington state are. They have convinced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to roll back the water quality standards we established two years ago. Source: Guest column: Politics, not science behind water quality rollback | Columns | dailyastorian.com

Trump Administration Seeking To Overhaul Forest Management Rules

Federal land managers on Wednesday will propose sweeping rule changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow them to fast-track certain forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning. The U.S. Forest Service, under Chief Vicki Christiansen, is proposing revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act that could limit environmental review and public input […]
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