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“It’s like having gasoline out there,” said Brian Steinhardt, forest fire zone manager for Prescott and Coconino national forests in Arizona, in a recent AP story about the increasingly fire-prone West.

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If the PAUSE Act or Initiative 16 is something you would like to see defeated and you would like to know what to do, here is tip No. 1.

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I love fish — the way they look, the way they fry up, the secret lives they live under the water. And of all the fish in the sea, river or lake, I most prize those that descended from the great oceangoing salmonids, trout and char.

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What a concept. The cattle biz went communal in May. For years, the fractured membership of more than a half dozen major organizations have put up a less than unified front in the face of a tidal wave of profoundly serious matters that face our livestock producers. One entity has had enough.…

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The only way climate change remains useful to its proponents is if it remains a potential disaster. Take the negative effect away and it becomes nothing more than a point of interest and a fun footnote about a time when some people really believed that they were more powerful than the mechan…

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I have not written about the assault on the livestock industry in the form of Initiative 16 for a couple of weeks. That is partly because we assumed everything was on hold until the Colorado Supreme Court rules on the alleged illegal title of the petition.

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You know that stupid picture you still see here and there, the one showing a fence line with almost no grass on one side and lush hip-high flora on the other side? It has been used for decades to try and convince the world that cattle automatically overgraze the land and cause erosion. It ha…

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To almost no one’s surprise, Oregon has joined Colorado to become the second state where animal rights activists are out to shut down livestock farming. And the group known as End Animal Cruelty, under the guidance of activist David Michelson, have gone a few steps farther than the Colorado crowd.

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I had the pleasure of speaking to the Montrose Cattlewomen during their meeting on Tuesday to give them an update on all the vicious attacks ag is facing, not only here on the Western Slope, but all over the state. We talked about the PAUSE initiative, the Farm Workers’ Rights Bill, and wolves.

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Colorado’s U.S. Sen.Michael Bennet has reintroduced his bipartisan Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act. It won’t help the ag transportation mess that will ensue as the Little Blue Canyon project on U.S. 50 starts moving rock this week. The 19-hour-per-day highway closures begin next …

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Pushback against a “meatless day” proclaimed by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last month was predictably vigorous. It was part of the “war on rural Colorado,” said a state senator who runs a cattle-feeding operation. Twenty-six of Colorado’s 64 counties adopted “meat-in” proclamations. Governors…

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Three rings? We passed three rings a long time ago. For those who have yet to move into their fourth decade, the rings I am referring to are those that used to make up the classic three-ring circus show. There were the elephants in ring one, the clowns in their exploding car in ring two, and…

Japanese General Isoroku Yamamoto said after his country bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 that he feared they had awakened a sleeping giant. Of course, he was right.

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It seems that the rather foolish ballot initiative with the title, Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation, or PAUSE, (read that “shutdown the livestock business”) will have until August of next year to collect something near 125,000 signatures, required to place it on th…

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The guy who thought the Impossible Burger was great; the guy did a photo op with a summer straw (cowboy hat) on backwards; the guy who three weeks ago called ag the cornerstone of our state; the guy who appointed an animal right advocate to the veterinary board is now the same guy who picked…

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According to Vegnews.com, Governor Jared Polis will declare March 20, 2021, as MeatOut Day as a way to promote meatless diets to his constituents. I’m not anti-vegan, but declaring such a day pokes at one of our most important industries in Colorado. According to the story, Polis will be joi…

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There is a big difference between Bill Gates and me — I mean besides all that money — and that is that I have worked with his product, a lot, and understand it. I have also endured the stress of using his company’s bug-ridden software over the decades. He, on the other hand, has perhaps eate…

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In a recent Delta County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Don Suppes’ frustration with what appears to be an unfair equibilte COVID-19 vaccine delivery system boiled over. Suppes stated that he believes the distribution by county looks to be politically motivated. In his opinion, it appea…

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I know, I’m going to step in it. But I’ve stepped in it before — I just shuffled my boots through the dirt and I was good. So here goes.

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Eckert rancher Hugh Sanburg will chair the national Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) after the election held during the group’s winter meeting. The board is responsible for providing direction for the national Beef Checkoff program during 2021. Sanburg was vice-chair last year.

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Look out, Yellowstone and Longmire, here comes Tyson vs. Easterday.

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I, like many Americans, was appalled by the actions of those who stormed the Capitol building with only one intention in mind: To stop the democratic process that we hold so dearly. Sedition is one of many words that come to mind to describe what took place Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

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They are shooting off fireworks up in Wyoming this week. The reason for the celebration is that the Wyoming legislature just passed another amendment to the state’s Food Freedom Act, a five-year-old, work-in-progress bill that they are kind of making up as they go. The newest addition will a…

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