Thanks, Delta County Sheriff McKee! McKee, pictured on the cover of America's 1st Freedom, and 54 more Colorado sheriffs spearhead a coalition successfully opposing Colorado's inane new gun laws, which restrict lawful owners but won't deter criminals or mass murderers. Thanks, sheriffs!
McKee has also opposed more firearms restrictions on BLM lands. We're fortunate to have a sheriff willing to protect our constitutionally guaranteed rights, especially when our federal government seems determined to trample them.
The federal government is constitutionally restricted to owning land only for necessary buildings and post roads. Yet today it owns about one-third of our country. Much of that land was open for logging, mining, and grazing, but every year more of it is placed off limits except to hikers.
It was recently reported that one-third of the Grand Mesa/GMUG forests has been devastated by spruce beetles. This is no surprise; I wrote of this infestation four years ago. It exploded because little was done to initially stop the bugs, and now many are in "n-no" lands, where bugs can enter but loggers can't.
The infestation grew because poor policy excludes management from far too much of our federal lands. Across Colorado, trees are dying by the thousands because of non-management policies.
Yes, the dead spruce "could be a boon to the wood products industry" per a Grand Junction Daily Sentinel article. A real boon would have been to log the trees when they were green and more valuable instead of letting bugs kill our forests.