Colorado farming, ranching water ‘in the crosshairs’ as big reservoirs dwindle

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Water experts to discuss role of agriculture in Colorado River puzzle


Can ag water save the Colorado River?

Staff Report

FRISCO — A new $11 million effort to keep water flowing in the Colorado River to Lake Powell could up the pressure on Colorado farmers and ranchers to sell or lease their water.

In fact, agriculture is in the crosshairs in Colorado, according to the Colorado River Water Conservation District, which represents western Colorado water interests. Low water levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead — the key storage buckets on the Colorado — have prompted measures to put more water in the river.

The CRWCD’s annual water seminar (Sept. 19, Grand Junction) will focus on what that means for western Colorado, with panel discussions and presentations on ag efficiency, the worth of ag efficiency and how ag efficiency works with the chief goal of sustaining ag as a…

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CA Wild horse Alert, Carter herd in jeopardy

Originally posted on Wild Horse Education:

May 2014

May 2014

Same stallion, August 2014

Same stallion, August 2014

Your help is needed desperately to contact the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in California. 

The nature of the alert is simple, “A Dead Range Supports Nothing.” The Surprise field office in California has been extremely vacant in restricting livestock use due to drought. In the third year of drought nothing but “voluntary non use” was asked, not required. This has resulted in a situation where grass that was available was grazed to bare dirt on a range that supports one of California’s wild horse herds, the Carter mustangs.

The Carter Reservoir Herd Management Area is located in Washoe County, NV with a small portion in Modoc County, CA.  The NW corner of Nevada that includes the Carters, is managed by California’s Surprise office. The “AML” for the Carter it’s 25-35 animals. These AMLs are absurdly low. This herd carries distinct genetic markers…

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Something fishy is brewing in Red Wolf Country: Will the red wolf program survive?

Originally posted on Wild Muse:

Red wolf puppies (FWS/Ryan Nordsven)

Red wolf puppies (FWS/Ryan Nordsven)

For a few weeks now, I’ve been suspecting that something awfully fishy is going on in Red Wolf Country. I can’t escape the premonition that higher-ups in the Fish and Wildlife Service are positioning their pawns to kill or significantly alter the red wolf reintroduction program. Three years have passed since I finished writing my book on red wolves, and it’s been one year since it was published. But so much has changed since then I can only shake my head in disbelief. All the hope I held onto when completing the book is wavering. 

Red wolves are globally endangered, and though a captive population exists in some 40-plus breeding facilities across the U.S., the planet’s only wild red wolves, a mere 90 or so, inhabit 1.7 million acres on a spit of coastal swamp and forest known as the Albemarle Peninsula. The first reintroduced…

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Originally posted on ROLLING HARBOUR ABACO:

 Spotted Dolphins Abaco Bahamas (BMMRO)


The BMMRO has posted several reports of dolphin and whale activity around the coast of Abaco during August, with some outstanding photos to accompany them. I had been going to post rather generally about this until a couple of days ago, when an unusual dolphin species for the region was… er… spotted and some memorable images taken.

Spotted Dolphins Abaco Bahamas (BMMRO)

These are PANTROPICAL SPOTTED DOLPHINS Stenella attenuata, whose range encircles the globe but at a lower latitude than the far more frequently encountered resident  ATLANTIC SPOTTED DOLPHINS Stenella frontalis. Here are comparative range maps. The rarity of the Pantropical species in the Bahamas is indicated in the BMMRO report of a stranding in 2011 – see below.

ATLANTIC SPOTTED DOLPHIN                                              …

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A Global Tragedy In Thailand’s Forests?

Originally posted on Ann Novek--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors:

‘A global tragedy’ in the making? Thailand plans highway expansion through World Heritage Site

(08/29/2014) Dong Phayayen Khao Yai Forest Complex (DPKY-FC) is the largest tract of surviving forest in central Thailand, renowned for its biodiversity. Now, the Thai government is planning major expansions to a road that bisects the complex – which scientists say will bar animal movement throughout their natural ranges, result in higher rates of road kill, and give hunters and loggers increased access to the forest.

More trouble with tar sands: oil extraction leading to big forest loss in Alberta

(08/29/2014) Tar sands operations have been the subject of much controversy over the past few years as expected economic gains for Canada the may come at the cost of environmental damage from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and increased greenhouse gas emissions. Now another negative impact has come to light – deforestation of the boreal forest…

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Serbia: Save Nani Deer – Sample Letter to Copy and Send to the Serbian authorities. Please do NOW.

Originally posted on Serbian Animals Voice (SAV):

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Dear Sir, Madam

We have been informed about the case of the baby deer NANI by Serbian media, Serbian Animals Voice and EPAR – OIPA SRBIJA.

Since Nani’s mother was killed, a kind-hearted citizen Mrs. Dragana Mitic saved this baby deer and cared for it at her home.
But the police of Cicevac village, on 1 August 2014, was confiscated the baby deer and handed to the hunting association ”Hajduk Veljko”, where it is being held in extremely inappropriate conditions at the pheasant farm.

Mrs. Mitic visited the baby deer and states it is being terrified and treated in a highly unsuitable manner.
The treatment of this tiny creature violates Serbian animal welfare law, which include the humane handling of the animals.

This is international appeal to Serbian authorities to be humane and act in accordance with…

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Say “No” to Ice Bucket Challenge

Originally posted on Fighting for Hope's Blog:

Below is an article, from the Victims of Charity website by Animal Aid, that I thought well worth sharing.

Huge sums of money have been donated in recent weeks to motor neurone disease charities through the ice bucket challenge craze. Animal Aid is urging people to resist enriching these charities by dowsing themselves in iced water or challenging others to do so.

Instead, we are challenging the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the main beneficiary of the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) ice bucket phenomenon in this country, to stop funding cruelly invasive animal tests. Such tests include those using genetically modified mice bred to suffer severe motor impairment and muscle weakness.

Experiments using GM mice and other animals can in no way adequately replicate the complexities of ALS in humans, which are significantly affected by specific genetic traits, such as those relating to ethnic and geographic variables.

GM mouse experiments…

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Charlie Sheen says Danish authorities are complicit in pilot whale ‘slaughter’

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

Et tu Denmark? Shame.

Charlie Sheen says Danish authorities are complicit in pilot whale ‘slaughter’ | Environment |

Sheen accused the Danish authorities of being complicit in the “brutal slaughter

Actor had donated boat used by activists who were arrested after trying to save pod of 33 pilot whales in Denmark’s Faroe Islands

Australian Associated Press

Monday 1 September 2014

Charlie Sheen
Sheen: ‘I am proud that a vessel bearing my name was there and did all it could to try to stop this atrocity’.Photograph: Phil McCarten/Reuters

Hollywood star Charlie Sheen has criticised Danish authorities over the arrests of 14 anti-whaling activists in the North Atlantic.

Sheen donated one of three inflatable boats used by Sea Shepherd members to try to save a pod of 33 pilot whales being driven toward hunters on the Faroe island of Sandoy.

Full article:

Charlie Sheen says Danish authorities are complicit in…

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Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter begins at Taiji cove

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter begins at Taiji cove | Environment |

Bad weather could delay killing on first day of controversial six-month dolphin hunting season, official says


 Monday 1 September 2014

The selection process of dolphins, during the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan, 20 January 2014.
The selection process of dolphins, during the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan, 20 January 2014. Photograph: Sea Shepherd/EPA

The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

The annual catch, in which people from the southwestern town corral hundreds of dolphins into a secluded bay and butcher them, was thrust into the global spotlight in 2009 when it became the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.

“The dolphin hunting season started today and will last until the end of February,” said an official of the Taiji fisheries association, adding the season for hunting pilot…

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THE COVE: Japan and the Slauhter of Dolphins (1:31:22)

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Cove
The Cove 2009 promo image.jpg
Canadian free-diving world champion Mandy-Rae Cruickshank swimming with dolphins in a photograph used for the film’s movie poster[1]
Directed by Louie Psihoyos
Produced by Fisher Stevens
Paula DuPre Pesmen
Written by Mark Monroe
Starring Ric O’Barry
Music by J. Ralph
Cinematography Brook Aitken
Edited by Geoffrey Richman
Participant Media
Distributed by Lionsgate
Roadside Attractions
Release date(s)
  • July 31, 2009
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,140,043

The Cove is a 2009 documentary film that analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan. It was awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. The film is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills, change Japanese fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat. The film is told from an ocean…

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Illegal immigrants are enrolling in our schools – DOJ forbids verifying age

Originally posted on Fellowship of the Minds:

Mayor Kennedy and yep, she's a republican

Mayor Kennedy and yep, she’s a republican

DailyMail: The mayor of a city in Massachusetts has claimed that some illegal immigrants who have entered from Guatemala and are enrolled in public schools have greying hair and more wrinkles than her.

Judith Flanagan Kennedy, mayor of Lynn, said that many attending the schools are not children, but federal government will not allow officials to verify their ages.

One of the students was revealed to be 35 years old, while others are clearly much older than 21 – the oldest at which you are entitled to attend public schools in Massachusetts – Ms. Kenney said.

“One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults,” she told CNS News at a press conference. “There were people with greying temples,” she added. “There were people with more wrinkles…

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The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post

Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:

Arjun Sethi writes for The Guardian:

facebook surveillance illustration‘The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be. As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information.

This kind of data sharing, however, isn’t limited to the latest from Edward Snowden’s NSA files. It was confirmed earlier this month that the FBI shares its master watchlist, the Terrorist Screening Database, with at least 22 foreign governments, countless federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, plus private contractors.

The watchlist tracks “known” and “suspected” terrorists and includes both foreigners and…

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Focus: Nevada “Battle”

Originally posted on Wild Horse Education:

Newly captured wild horses in holding

Newly captured wild horses in holding

Over the course of the last couple of years tensions in the state of Nevada have continued to rise over public land issues surrounding livestock grazing.

We have written several articles in the past and encourage you to read these two:

Rangeland Under Fire:

Deranged War (or the God complex of public land ranchers):


Diamond colt after winter roundup 2012/2013

In December the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau filed litigation against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to remove and destroy wild horses. In less than 30 days Wild Horse Education, through it’s President Laura Leigh, was on file to Intervene in the case to speak for Nevada’s wild horses. Intervention was granted. Our latest motion in support of dismissing this case was filed just last week.

However that is the simplistic “sound bite” that sits…

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Reveille, 2014

Originally posted on Wild Horse Education:


2010 roundup in Tonopah

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be removing wild horses from the Reveille HMA 50 miles east of Tonopah. The date for the operation is scheduled to begin sometime AFTER September 15. The operation will take place after the Triple B removal and we will keep you posted as things develop (we have not received confirmation on the start date of Triple B but expect it to be around Sept. 12).

At the end of the fiscal year for 2014 (until October 1) BLM set certain criteria for removals due to budgetary issues. These criteria included emergency, safety and court order (among others). Reveille is an area of “court order.” 

From BLM press release: “The management of wild horses in the Reveille Allotment is subject to a 1987 District Court Order and two orders issued by the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) in 2001…

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Ebola Also Devastates Wild Ape Population

Originally posted on SAVES Club:

One day in 1996, boys from a village in northern Gabon brought home a chimpanzee they found dead in the forest. The villagers butchered it for food.  That act set off an Ebola outbreak that killed 21 people, according to the World Health Organization.

western lowland gorill voice of america

Years later, on a reporting trip in Gabon, author David Quammen met two men from the village who were there during the outbreak.

At the time Ebola was ravaging their village and their families, they noticed something strange. In the forest nearby, 13 gorillas lay dead.

Thirteen dead gorillas, 21 dead humans. Plus the chimpanzee the boys found in the forest.

All victims of Ebola.

‘Wave of death’

For the western lowland gorilla, the toll of Ebola has been devastating.

“There has been an epidemic wave of death passing through gorilla populations across central Africa,” Quammen said, “a wave of Ebola killing them as well…

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The Will to Change

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Stephen Capra

It’s ironic in so many ways; we live in a time where the earth as we know it is literally crying out in pain. The pain which comes from a human race at war with nature, a place that once was such a part of people’s lives is now something that stands in the way of profits, lifestyles beyond measure, and helps to define a world lacking in love and in need of therapy. For nature is perhaps our best reflection of love on earth.

It is not that it cannot be cruel or unforgiving; it is that in its purest form, it perfectly reflects harmony, life, evolution and beauty. Nothing synthesizes wild nature more than the wolf. It is the perdurable life force which reveals that nature is alive!

Today we confront not just ranchers, who since their first steps in the new world have killed, trapped…

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Originally posted on My Blog OceansSpirit:


International | Animal Liberation

Smack down !!! Japanese fake dolphin industry and tradition.
by toshio yashiro / time , Non Profit Individual
Sunday Aug 31st, 2014 4:55 PM

Again, the slaughter season just started now.

“Yashiro claims that the hunt is not concerned with Japanese food culture or tradition, but rather with the live dolphin trade, which is fuelled by demand in countries all over the world. “” Dolphin slaughter for food, according to Yashiro, is a skilful deception. “(more)
By Graham LandPlease support.;To stop dolphins and whales captivity in japan. no more captives. Set the captives free
;The Petitions of Boycott ” World Heritage in japan ” for saving whale and dolphin.;Taiji deceives skillfully as tradition for eating , and shifts to dolphin-trade business.;”The Huffington Post Japan ”…

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5 Worst Excuses People Make for Still Eating Meat | One Green Planet

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

meat-eater-excusitarianIf we look in the history books, it makes perfect sense why humans needed to kill animals for food to survive. Without transportation methods and phone lines and the Internet, humans hunted and gathered, being limited in their food choices. However, the world has come a long way. Foods that are native to certain countries can be shipped around the globe. Humans have created simpler solutions to eating, and the question isn’t “how will I eat?” but “what will I eat?” Plus, if you think about it, humans really aren’t suited to eat meat. We lack those animalistic instincts to hunt and kill with our bare hands. As Dr. Richard Leakey, a renowned anthropologist, said, “You can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand. Our anterior teeth are not suited for tearing flesh or hide. We don’t have large canine teeth, and we wouldn’t have been able to deal…

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The Is the Best Wi-Fi Router You Can Buy

Originally posted on TIME:


This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter. Read the original full article below at

By David Murphy

If your laptop, smartphone, or tablet uses the latest wireless-AC networking technology and you’re shopping for a new router, you should get the Netgear R6250. The benefits of wireless-ac are great: super-fast performance that can be stronger at longer distances than wireless-n routers. More than 100 hours of combined testing and research led us to the $150 R6250, which boasts the best combination of speed, price, and features of any router in its price range, and unlike more expensive and newer routers, has technology your most modern gear can actually take advantage of.

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How we decided on the R6250

Our pick supports two data streams for wireless-n and three for wireless-ac. Our research indicates that two-stream wireless-N and -AC technology are the most common connection types for laptops, tablets…

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Montana horse breeder begins sentence for animal cruelty

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:

Source: The Missoulian

“…five horses, some malnourished, with tight plastic bands that had caused severe leg injuries. Two died and two were euthanized…”

James Leachman

James Leachman

BILLINGS – A Billings horse breeder has begun a 120-day animal-cruelty conviction sentence after the Montana Supreme Court rejected his appeal.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says 72-year-old James Leachman turned himself in at the county’s detention center Friday.

Leachman operated a horse breeding business before the U.S. Farm Services Administration foreclosed on the property in 2010. Leachman still kept more than 400 horses on the property after it was sold.

Investigators discovered five horses, some malnourished, with tight plastic bands that had caused severe leg injuries. Two died and two were euthanized.

The Billings Gazette reports Leachman was sentenced to five years in jail with all but 120 days suspended.

Leachman has asked a judge to allow him to serve his sentence at his…

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Hunch-backed dolphins off Bahrain

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video is called Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis chinensis).

In Bahrain, there is not only ugly torture and beautiful birds, but also beautiful dolphins.

From the Bahrain News Agency:

Hunch-backed dolphins sighted in territorial waters

01:52 PM – 31/08/2014

Manama, Aug. 31: The rare species of hunch-backed dolphins (sousa chinesis)

Sic: Sousa chinensis. In scientific names, the first, genus, name always begins with a capital. While the second, species, name does not. Many people make mistakes in this.

have recently been sighted off Sitra Island.

A female dolphin accompanied by a swarm of dolphins was seen attempting to resuscitate her dying youngster who eventually succumbed. Regional experts were consulted to verify the specifies

Sic: species

. According to a previous study conducted in 2006, there were 227 dolphins in Bahrain’s territorial waters during the study period which prefer to inhabit shallow island waters.


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