• Rancher Profile: Bob Skinner

    Bob Skinner’s ranch was homesteaded by his Great Great Grandfather in 1863, and now has its seventh generation involved in ranching operations. Although his grandchildren are still in school, they have learned the family business and help their fathers – Bob’s two sons – and grandfather take care of the land and rangelands on which the […]

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  • Reid Pushes for Further Abuse of Antiquities Act

    WASHINGTON (April 8, 2016) – Yesterday morning, Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) boasted on the Senate floor that he is actively lobbying the White House to lock off yet another large western landscape using the Antiquities Act, stating that, “Congress created the Antiquities Act to empower the president to protect our culture, our historic and natural […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Dave Eliason

    A fifth-generation rancher, Dave Eliason works with his family to run cattle in both Idaho and Utah on private and public lands, and has long been a leader in his tight-knit community. In addition to his current position as the Vice President of the Public Lands Council, he has been a local church leader, a […]

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  • Rancher Profile: JJ Goicoechea

    In north-central Nevada, JJ Goicoechea can be found taking his two young daughters down to the water to see the sage grouse nesting or bald eagles circling in the sky. He’s proud of the more than 1.2 million acres of land – including private and public land across two ranching properties – his family cares […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Joe Guild

    Joe Guild’s path to ranching may have started initially with family tradition, but he leverages his education on behalf of the ranching community. “What’s really interesting about public land ranchers is you’ll find most are college-educated, with many having at least one advanced degree. They know how to ride and train horses; rope cattle; evaluate […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Brenda Richards

    Brenda Richards knows the value of hard work. Growing up around agriculture as a child, she raised and managed a small herd of sheep, using the profits to pay her way through college to earn her degree in accounting. Today, she is the Owyhee County treasurer, an advocate for the ranching community serving as president […]

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  • What ‘coexisting’ with wolves means from a rancher’s perspective

    By Theodora Dowling Special to Western Livestock Journal, December 8, 2014 If a rancher receives cash payments in exchange for feeding his cattle or sheep to wolves, is he still a rancher? And what is a cow or a sheep truly worth? Ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico are being asked to support wolf populations […]

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  • Rancher Profile: John O’Keeffe

    John O’Keeffe’s family has ranched in the rangelands of Lake County, Oregon since they emigrated from Ireland in the early 1900s. Now, John runs his cattle ranch with his wife and son, Patrick. Patrick is recently back from college and runs the day-to-day operation while John prepares for his position as president of the Oregon […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Robbie LeValley

    Robbie LeValley’s cow-calf operation in western Colorado is run by her family—and has been for four generations. Her two sons will be the fifth generation to ranch the lands. Robbie’s ranch also partially owns its own U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) processing plant. They market a portion of their outputs through the plant, selling high-quality […]

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  • Federal Agency Negligence Leads to Catastrophic Wildfires Across the West

    WASHINGTON (August 17, 2015) – As massive wildfires blaze across the West this week, the need to address the increasing wildfire threat is even more apparent. According to the Agriculture and Interior Departments, there are currently 19,000 interagency personnel fighting wildfires across 13 states. The Soda Fire that burned across southern Idaho and eastern Oregon […]

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  • President Obama Adds One-Million More Acres to Increased Red Tape and Regulation

    WASHINGTON (July 10, 2015) – The abuse of power continues as President Obama designates three more national monuments under the Antiques Act. The Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and Basin and Range in Nevada together add over one-million acres to federal jurisdiction. With these designations, President Obama will have used the […]

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  • President Obama Adds One-Million More Acres to Increased Red Tape and Regulation

    WASHINGTON (July 10, 2015) – The abuse of power continues as President Obama designates three more national monuments under the Antiques Act. The Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and Basin and Range in Nevada together add over one-million acres to federal jurisdiction. With these designations, President Obama will have used the […]

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  • Capital Issues Newsletter: May 2015

    Capital Issues Newsletter May 2015

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  • Western Coalition Files Data Quality Suit Against Feds on Greater Sage-Grouse

    WASHINGTON (March 18, 2015) – The Public Lands Council, as part of the a coalition of western counties and ranching, mining, and energy associations, has filed three Data Quality Act challenges to the information that the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey are using to make public lands […]

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  • Capital Issues Newsletter: March & April 2015

    Capital Issues Newsletter May 2015Capital Issues Newsletter March & April 2015

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