Idaho Liberty Summit 5 – General Custer & Lucky Boy Mines Tour

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On Friday, July 26th, I will be conducting a tour of the historic General Custer and Lucky Boy mines. The tour is part of a weekend of fun and enlightenment scheduled for the Idaho Liberty Summit. There is no charge for this tour and all registered guests for the Summit are welcome. The tour will […]

Idaho Liberty Summit 5

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Saturday, July 27, 2019 Living Waters Ranch, Challis, Idaho Friends, the date is set and the speakers are confirmed for this Summer’s Liberty event of the year, Idaho Liberty Summit 5. Some of you have heard about this year’s action and now it is confirmed. You won’t want to miss our great lineup of speakers […]

The Western Lands Issue – Part 3

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Where it all went wrong In part 2 we looked at all the Organic (in American Law Organic=Territorial) legislation Congress had passed creating Territorial legislatures and that all the relevant legislation was initiated by the Northwest Ordinance which states that the lands were to be held by the Articles of Confederate system. The American lands […]

Network For Landscape Conservation

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It is well known that the federal government is heavily in bed with non-governmental organizations (NGO), especially our resource agencies through the Department of Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). What may not be understood is how big that bed is or why federal agencies continue to implement NGO objectives over the voice […]

The Western Lands Issue – Part 2

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In Part 1, we reviewed the Northwest Ordinance and its purpose as enacted legislation that established a legal framework for the creation of Territorial legislatures and judiciaries and the subsequent process for conversion and acceptance as new states of the union. We also discovered that the Northwest Ordinance language reveals an intent for the Articles […]

Is there Forest Service Bias in Forest Plan Revision?

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Should Forest Service managers with direct oversight for Forest Plan Revision attend (and chair) meetings of an organization that could influence plan revision? Forest Service personnel from the Salmon-Challis National Forest (SCNF) and Intermountain Region office are participating on the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) in their official capacity while the SCNF is revising the […]

The Western Lands Issue

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I was asked recently what ‘the western lands issue’ means. I use this term when speaking about the 11 western states that have substantial amounts of federally owned land within their borders. If we were making arguments in court as the plaintiff, I would call this ‘the issue at bar’ where the arguments presented would […]

Is there a Geologist in the House?

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I stumbled across a map of Idaho’s Mining Districts and couldn’t help notice the multitude of Districts and their coverage across our minerally endowed state. You might as well be surprised to discover that the lands encompassed by the Salmon-Challis National Forest are among the most prolifically populated with mining districts. Who would have guessed? […]

A Republic If You Can Keep It!

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The United States Constitution guarantees every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government (Article IV, Section 4). This simple promise to the States is only vaguely apparent in the operations of the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho or within any federally managed lands across the nation. The omission of this Constitutional mandate may […]

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