8 May 2010, 1:32pm
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Elko County heating up again over USFS road plan

By JULIE WOOTTON, Elko Daily Free Press, May 6, 2023 [here]

ELKO — “No action” isn’t a viable final decision for the Travel Management Plan, a U.S. Forest Service ranger told Elko County Commissioners Wednesday.

The public comment period opens Friday on the Forest Service’s draft environmental impact statement and continues until mid-June.

Gar Abbas, Ruby Mountains and Jarbidge district ranger, said a final decision must be made by the end of the year. The original deadline was December 2009.

The Mountain City, Ruby Mountains and Jarbidge Ranger Districts’ Combined Travel Management Project is the only plan in Nevada that hasn’t been approved, Abbas said.

Commissioner Warren Russell asked whether “no action,” which is one the Forest Service’s five alternatives in the draft EIS, is actually a real option.

“Is it baloney or not?” Russell asked.

Abbas said the Forest Service is required to include “no action” as an alternative in the draft EIS because it serves as a baseline for the environmental analysis. However, the Forest Service can’t choose the “no action” alternative as a final decision because it would violate former President George W. Bush’s 2005 executive order for each forest to establish a Travel Management Plan.

Elko County Planner Randy Brown said he is in the process of reviewing the draft EIS for the second time and he has about three pages of questions.

“It makes me angry every time I turn a page,” he said. “We’ve been lied to again.”

Brown said he would recommend the “no action” alternative.

“We’re losing a lot more than we’re being told,” he said. …

Commissioner John Ellison said through closing roads, the federal government is setting people up for failure.

“What are you guys doing?” he asked. … [more]

6 May 2010, 6:55pm
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Democrats thwart Rep. Rob Bishop’s move to obtain ‘national monument’ documents

By Lee Davidson, Deseret News, May 5, 2023 [here]

WASHINGTON — Democrats on Wednesday narrowly beat back a Republican attempt co-led by Rep. Rob Bishop to force the Obama administration to turn over the still secret portions of a partially leaked document that showed the administration was considering creating 14 new national monuments, including two in Utah.

However, Bishop said the administration did turn over 383 out of 2,399 pages Republicans have been seeking, but that means its batting average is only .149 in providing the documents.

“By refusing to turn over thousands of pages of documents to Congress about this administration’s potential plans to lock up millions of acres of lands, they have destroyed any remaining illusion about being transparent,” Bishop said.

Bishop and Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., tried to push through the House Natural Resources Committee a “resolution of inquiry” to force the release of the full document.

However, the committee on Wednesday killed a motion to favorably report it on a 22-20 vote. Instead, it reported the resolution by voice vote without recommendation, a sign that it has small chance of making it to the House floor. … [more]

Note: Oregon District 4 Congressman Peter DeFazio voted to bury the documents behind a stone wall. Secret insider dealings with the public’s land are none of the damn public’s damn business, according to “Boston” Pete.

6 May 2010, 6:41pm
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House Minority Leader looks to AG for answers on LNG controversy

BY SARAH ROSS, Oregon Politico, May 6, 2023 [here]

SALEM- House Minority Leader Bruce Hanna, R-Roseburg, sent a letter Thursday to Attorney General John Kroger asking him to release documents related to the AG’s former special counsel, Brent Foster.

Foster is currently under investigation by the Marion County District Attorney after misrepresenting himself in a criminal environmental case.

NorthCoastOregon.com had requested to see 69 e-mail documents having to do with Foster’s time in the AG’s office but was declined. Now Rep. Hanna is requesting that the same documents be released.

“Mr. Foster’s involvement in the LNG issue, as well as recent revelations regarding Hood River Juice, leads me to question your commitment to promoting a positive business climate and defending the rights of all Oregonians,” wrote Rep. Hanna.

Rep. Hanna expressed how troubled he was at the office’s “unwillingness to disclose documents relating to interactions between your office, various state agencies and various special interest groups.”

The House Minority Leader was also concerned that the Attorney General had granted special waivers to Foster during his work with special interest groups to “undermine the development of energy projects.”

Taxing the Heart out of Australia

by Viv Forbes, Freedom Advocates, 03 May 2023 [here]

The Carbon Sense Coalition today claimed that the Rudd Resource tax was just another in a long line of taxes helping to depopulate rural Australia.

The Chairman of “Carbon Sense,” Mr. Viv Forbes, said that depopulation of the outback started with the fringe benefits tax and the removal of accelerated depreciation, both of which penalise companies who provide housing for employees.

“Every government since then has accelerated the drift to the coastal and capital cities.”

“The heavy burdens of excessive fuel taxes, coal royalties, rail freights and infrastructure bottlenecks have for years restricted the development of the outback resource industry. Only deposits that are rich or close to the coast can pay their way, which is why the Galilee Basin has been undeveloped for so long.”

“The vegetation control bans, water mismanagement and growth of carbon credit forests are depressing agriculture and will depopulate rural towns.”

“Humans and their industries are also prohibited from vast areas of our land and sea sterilised by a confusing mixture of exclusion zones. And the lack and high cost of outback infrastructure has fed the fly-in mentality of industry and governments.” … [more]

5 May 2010, 11:00pm
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Court upholds timber sales in Tongass Nat’l Forest

By MARY PEMBERTON (AP), Google News, May 3, 2023 [here]

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two conservation groups have failed to stop four timber sale offerings they say threaten a rare species of wolf that lives in the Tongass National Forest.

Greenpeace and Cascadia Wildlands Project filed a lawsuit two years ago accusing the U.S. Forest Service of violating federal environmental laws when planning for the sales.

Together, the timber sales amount to 30 million board-feet of Tongass timber — about the same as was harvested last year from the nation’s largest national forest.

U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline found no wrongdoing on the part of the Forest Service, describing the problem as more of a “scientific disagreement” rather than an error by the agency. He said the Forest Service conducted an extensive environmental analysis of the four projects in the national forest that covers about 26,500 square miles — more than the entire state of West Virginia.

Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole said Monday that the timber industry has changed since the projects were planned with the idling of another mill in southeast Alaska.

Pacific Log and Lumber, one of the mills that might have been interested in the largest of the timber sales, is no longer operating on Gravina Island. The company’s website says, “Extreme pressure from environmental groups combined with the inability of the Forest Service to implement change rapidly has resulted in insufficient log supply to sustain milling operations on a continuous basis.”

Cole said that generally when timber sales face legal challenges, they are not put up for bid until those issues are resolved. He said he’s glad the legal issues have been resolved for now.

“I am pleased to be out of District Court and at a place to at least look at what opportunities we have available,” Cole said.

Greenpeace and Cascadia Wildlands sought a court order to stop the projects … [more]

5 May 2010, 10:59pm
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Federal Judge Upholds Drilling In SW Colorado

CBS4 Denver, May 3, 2023 [here]

DENVER (AP) A federal judge has upheld approval of gas wells in parts of the southwestern Colorado mountains, rejecting arguments by environmentalists that the plan doesn’t adequately protect sensitive areas and wildlife.

U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch said in his ruling, issued Monday, that any flaws in the plan authorizing about 140 natural gas wells in the San Juan National Forest are “minor in proportion to the full context of the agency action under review.”

Environmental groups contend the project conflicts with the forest management plan. They say federal agencies’ pledges to avoid old growth forests and protect key wildlife habitat and waterways on the public land have been ignored.

Of special interest are the HD Mountains, which include roadless areas and make up roughly 45,000 acres of the 125,000-acre project area.

Environmentalists also argued in a December hearing that the environmental assessment of the project didn’t adequately consider the potential effects on air quality, particularly on nearby federal wilderness areas and national parks in Colorado and New Mexico.

Matsch said the environmental groups can appeal to state and federal environmental agencies if the pollution from the energy development violates air-quality standards. He also disagreed with the argument that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management acted arbitrarily in approving the drilling. He said the plan authorizing the wells contains detailed ways to protect wildlife and old-growth forests and the measures have not been “regularly disregarded” as the environmental groups claim.

Matsch rejected the groups’ contention that the agencies should have considered whether approving the wells would prevent the HD Mountains and the Archuleta Mesa from future designation as federal wilderness areas. He wrote that the HD Mountains are managed for multiple uses, including oil and gas development.

Energy companies that intervened in the lawsuit on the government’s behalf note there are already gas wells in the area. … [more]

USDA announces programs to get kids active in national forests

Forests as a tool to fight obesity

Summit Daily News, May 5, 2023 [here]

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that the U.S. Forest Service will contribute $500,000 this year to the “More Kids in the Woods” program for projects that promote active lifestyles and connect kids to nature.

One of the funded projects will be in the White River National Forest.

“If we are going to put an end to childhood obesity, we must promote healthy, active lifestyles and encourage our kids to get off the couch and go outside,” Vilsack said. “Our More Kids in the Woods challenge not only promotes physical activity, it fosters environmental awareness and stewardship among young people as we face critical environmental challenges, such as the effects of climate change.”

Vilsack said the initiatives supported by the program will help children make a connection among “healthy forests, healthy communities and their own healthy lifestyles.” … [more]

5 May 2010, 10:57pm
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Forester Warns Of Closures In Beetle-Killed Areas

by MEAD GRUVER, CBS4 Denver, May 4, 2023 [here]

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) A top U.S. Forest Service official says he might have to close off national forests in Wyoming and Colorado unless more work is done quickly to cut down beetle-killed trees near roads, trails and campsites.

Regional Forester Rick Cables told congressmen Tuesday he expects 100,000 trees a day to fall in the forests of Colorado and southern Wyoming over the next decade.

Trees are falling on roads and trails and are a safety concern, Cables told the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, which discussed the beetle epidemic during a field hearing in Cheyenne.

“We’ve had several near-misses already,” he said.

A representative of a Colorado forest products company said it’s ready to help.

But Gov. Dave Freudenthal was skeptical about the need to close forests — a touchy proposition in a state where people love to hunt, hike, camp and fish and frequently second-guess the motives of federal land managers.

“I think that is a bit of an overreaction,” Freudenthal said in a news conference later.

Committee member Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., hosted the field hearing, one of several planned as the committee looks ahead to the 2012 farm bill. Beetles were a topic because the U.S. Forest Service is within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Beetles have been killing pine forests across the West over the past decade. Late last year, the Forest Service allocated $40 million to clear some of the 3.6 million acres of beetle-killed forest in Colorado and Wyoming.

All of the money already has been dedicated to projects to clear trees near roads and other infrastructure, Cables said, and more is needed. The forests have more than 3,000 miles of roads and a typical contract to clear trees along roads runs $40,000 a mile, he said.

That multiplies out to more than $100 million needed, Cables said.

“We really appreciate the $40 million,” he said. “But the scale of this problem is very large.” … [more]

5 May 2010, 10:56pm
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Sierra program aims to nurture forest

Plan targets management, jobs and environment.

By Marc Benjamin, The Fresno Bee, May 02, 2023 [here]

A state agency overseeing the 22-county Sierra region is preparing an ambitious plan to add jobs in mountain communities, keep forests healthy, protect water supplies and reduce fire danger.

And, to make sure the Sustainable Sierra Nevada Initiative has wide support, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy is working with timber, environmental, biomass and government officials to develop it.

Most agree that forests need thinning to reduce the threat of catastrophic fire, and those forest operations could create new job opportunities.

But balancing forest management with environmental concerns has been a tricky proposition.

The initiative “is an opportunity to move things forward in a different way,” said Jim Branham, executive officer for the Auburn-based conservancy, a state agency charged with promoting the Sierra’s environment and economy.

Sustainable Sierra Nevada Initiative

The initiative will set principles to follow in the coming years, providing the framework for specific policies, officials said.

Almost everyone agrees on the types of principles needed in the initiative, much of which has to do with clearing brush and tree fuels that can spark large fires, said Craig Thomas, executive director of Sierra Forest Legacy, an environmental group based in Sacramento that is one of six environmental organizations supporting the proposal.

But there is not full buy-in by all sides yet on all the initiative’s proposals.

Brian Nowicki, California climate policy director for the Center for Biological Diversity, said some of the initiative’s principles are too vague. …

Branham said he doesn’t expect unanimous support for the plan.

“Some environmentalists think we shouldn’t do thinning and some on the other side will think we are not aggressive enough,” he said.

In addition to fire management, the initiative addresses the need to develop jobs for residents in the economically struggling Sierra.

Steve Wilensky, a Calaveras County supervisor, said his district once had 22 lumber mills, but the last closed 16 years ago.

Now, more than 25% of the work force is unemployed and 86% of children are eligible for at least partially paid school lunches.

But there is hope: Wilensky helped write a jobs-creation program that began in 2005 with the aim of putting people to work thinning forests, moving wood chips to a biomass plant and burning the wood to create electricity. He also sees a market for wood pellets, posts and poles, pressed logs and craftsman woodworking products.

Wilensky’s program is a model for some of the initiative’s proposals. … [more]

5 May 2010, 10:55pm
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Feds asking ski areas, water utilities for help with beetle-ravaged forests

By Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, 05/05/2023 [here]

The threat to watersheds from fire-prone dying forests is growing so severe that federal forest managers are seeking help from water utilities, ski resorts and others in ravaged Western states.

“The federal government doesn’t have enough resources to deal with this,” said Harris Sherman, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for natural resources and environment.

But enlisting the likes of Denver Water to fund the removal of beetle-killed trees may be difficult because utilities probably would have to raise rates for customers.

The problem is erosion of sediment, which clogs water-supply reservoirs and delivery systems as it did after the 2002 Hayman wildfire southwest of Denver. Today, with more than 17 million acres of national forest killed by the beetle epidemic (3.5 million acres in Colorado), authorities are bracing for fires that could cause more erosion in watersheds.

The Forest Service already is spending about $1 billion a year to clear and treat beetle-ravaged forests. The total cost of treating forests “is in the billions of dollars,” Sherman said.

Denver Water officials are weighing the federal appeal, including the concept of a surcharge.

“It’s in our self-interest,” said Penfield Tate, president of Denver’s Board of Water Commissioners. “It will be far more cost-effective to manage the watershed than it would be to wait for another forest fire to occur.”

No one is committed to charging water users more, he said, “but we recognize we already have a cost we incur, and it would probably be better spent avoiding the damage rather than paying for the cleanup after the damage.”

Dealing with erosion from the Hayman fire is expected to top $41 million. Denver Water contractors still toil at dredging reservoirs and clearing pipes. … [more]

Note: Thanks for the news tip to Chuck H. who writes,

Locking up large acreages in roadless areas, mostly in the upper reaches of watersheds that will be major contributors of fuel and clogging debris downstream, just does not make good sense and should be a concern of user groups that will be asked to pay part of the bill to clear out this debris in the lower reaches of the watersheds.

If water users and other user groups are going to help pay the bill, especially after large fires like Hayman (ignited by a FS employee), then it seems reasonable to me that the user groups should have some part in the land management decision making. With recent appointments of retirees and other informed citizens and officials to NF advisory committees it seems this subject should come under heavy discussion by these advisory groups.

5 May 2010, 10:53pm
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Wilderness designation will deter rescue efforts

By Cleve Williams, West Eagle County Search and Rescue, Letter to The Aspen Times, May 5, 2023 [here]

Dear Editor:

West Eagle Search & Rescue is an all-volunteer group of people from the Basalt and Carbondale areas in Eagle County. Our team has assisted in hundreds of backcountry incidents in the past 20 years, including plane crashes, avalanches, illnesses, broken bones, lost individuals and suicides, plus horse, snowmobile, bicycle, ATV, cross-country skiing and climbing accidents.

By the time a reporting party gets out of the backcountry to a place where they can call 911, many hours may have gone by. We are then paged; we have to make a plan, gather our gear and meet at the trailhead. Many injuries that could be easily treatable in the ER turn deadly because of the passage of time.

We use helicopters to access injured parties when necessary, but often weather, darkness and terrain make them an unfeasible option. If we can ride snowmobiles or ATVs closer to the victim, we can reach injured parties at least four times faster than if we had to hike and pack supplies in (and patients out) on foot. If it were you lying in the backcountry with a broken leg, wouldn’t you want us to get to you as soon as possible — via snowmobile?

Currently we can get permission from the government to use our motorized vehicles in Wilderness, but this often takes a lot of time and energy — time and energy that we could be using to do what we do: help the injured party as quickly as possible.

The areas that are being slated for Wilderness have many old logging roads, trails and bike paths. The people who use these trails maintain them and keep the underbrush and deadfall cleared. If these areas are turned into Wilderness, existing trails will become so choked with deadfall that even with permission we will no longer be able to get an ATV or snowmobile up them.

Turning these areas into Wilderness will make our work much harder, slower and more dangerous — for the patient and for the rescuer.

Please say NO to the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal.

5 May 2010, 10:52pm
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Wolf recovery target has changed, feds acknowledge

Moving the goalposts is necessary to keep pace with science, they say.

By Cory Hatch, Jackson Hole News and Guide, May 5, 2023 [here]

Part one of a two-part series. Next week: positions of different conservation and sportsmen’s groups – Eds.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official answered allegations from hunters and outfitters Tuesday by acknowledging that the agency has changed the goal for wolf recovery in the northern Rocky Mountains to keep up with the best available science.

The statement from Ed Bangs, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s wolf recovery coordinator, comes before U.S. District Judge from Montana Donald Molloy is scheduled to hear arguments June 15 in a lawsuit filed by environmental groups over taking wolves off the Endangered Species List.

U.S. District Judge Allen Johnson in Cheyenne is presiding over another wolf delisting case brought by the state of Wyoming.

Fish and Wildlife Service biologists are required to change recovery goals for endangered species when necessary, Bangs said in a telephone interview from his office in Helena, Mont.

“The bottom line is, by law, the Fish and Wildlife Service is required to use the best available science,” he said. “We’re mandated if there’s new information that indicates the recovery goal should be lower or higher to look at that.

“If you don’t [change goals based on current science] you automatically will lose if it’s challenged [in court],” Bangs said. “There’s been a ton of research. We’re constantly reviewing the literature.”

Under the Endangered Species Act, a species that is in trouble can be restored and removed from federal protection once biological criteria are met. Sixty-six wolves were transplanted from Canada to Idaho and Yellowstone National Park in 1995 and 1996.

The recovery goal has changed several times since the original 1987 proposal for a total of 30 breeding pairs in three locations in the northern Rocky Mountains – central Idaho, Greater Yellowstone and northwest Montana. Those changes include a more stringent definition of a breeding pair and a buffer, implemented by Bangs, that requires 15 breeding pairs and 150 wolves in each of the three states to ensure that populations don’t fall below the recovery goal of 30 breeding pairs and 300 wolves in the entire region.

Today there are an estimated 1,702 wolves in 242 wolf packs and 115 breeding pairs in the central Idaho and Greater Yellowstone areas and in northern Montana, where they recolonized naturally. …

“People will argue that the recovery goal should be higher,” he said. “That’s a moral judgement. A population of 45 breeding pairs and 450 wolves will never be threatened. The recovery goal is a population that will never be threatened again.” …

Bob Wharff, Wyoming executive director for Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, a group that advocates hunting wolves, said the changing recovery goal is “one of the big sticking points with our group.”

“The goalposts continue to move,” he said. “It appeared to me that everyone agreed to specific terms.” …

Wharff largely blames environmental groups.

“There was an agreement,” he said. “Environmental groups, they’re the ones who agreed to 300 wolves as a minimum, and now they’re saying anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 wolves. That’s not sustainable.”

B.J. Hill, an outfitter who has organized rallies to promote hunting wolves, agreed.

“That’s how we’ve all felt,” he said of Wharff’s comments. “The feds accepted [the Wyoming wolf management] plan when we first introduced it to them. Then the environmental groups came along with their pressure. I think if they had stayed out of it, we’d be hunting wolves. We’ve got to get this thing fixed, because the resources are getting worked over.”

Suzanne Stone, northern Rockies representative for Defenders of Wildlife, said … the latest research shows the need for a three-state connected wolf population that consists of at least 2,000 animals … [more]

4 May 2010, 10:11pm
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Wolves make first kills of livestock in 2010

By Cory Hatch, Jackson Hole News and Guide, April 24, 2023 [here]

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say wolves northwest of Pinedale killed a cow calf and one horse, and injured another horse, marking the first livestock deaths by wolves in 2010 in Wyoming.

Wolves from the Black Butte pack killed the cow calf at a ranch in mid-March. Agents with Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services subsequently killed three wolves from the group, a radio collared adult wolf, a pup and a yearling.

Black Butte wolves then attacked horses at another ranch last week.

“We think there are probably two [wolves] left in this group,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Wyoming wolf management project leader Mike Jimenez said. “We will go back in and take those out.”

According to Jimenez, the Black Butte pack is the same pack that was responsible for killing roughly 37 sheep and one steer last summer. The area is prone to wolf attacks.

“In this … area in Pinedale, there’s been a ton of work,” he said. “These ranchers have cleaned up their operations and they don’t leave dead livestock around. But, a lot of these ranchers have had repeated problems.”

“In this area [livestock depredations have] been chronic,” Jimenez continued. “All the packs that have been in there have come to the same fate: They’ve killed livestock and we’ve removed them.”

This aggressive management of wolves that chronically feed on domesticated animals is a tactic that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf managers said works to keep both livestock deaths and wolf removals down.

Jimenez said tough management of chronic livestock killers has the added benefit of maintaining public tolerance for wolves.

“Where we encourage wolf recovery is where wolves cause no damage or limited damage,” said Jimenez, who added that the state’s wolf population is well above recovery goals. “About a third of the packs were involved in one or more depredations last year. When they do cause chronic problems, we don’t tolerate those kind of damages year after year.” … [more]

4 May 2010, 10:10pm
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Legal battle brews over protection of jaguars

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Silver City Sun-News, 05/02/2024 [here]

ALBUQUERQUE - A conservation group is threatening to go another round in court over whether the federal government is doing enough to keep the endangered jaguar safe in the Southwest.

The Center for Biological Diversity is targeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division, alleging that the traps, snares and poisons used by the agency to deal with unwanted predators and invasive species could injure or kill jaguars and smaller endangered cats known as ocelots. …

The group claims Wildlife Services and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to consult with each other on activities that might affect the jaguar and ocelot.

The group sent a notice of intent to sue to the agencies on Friday. The 18-page notice points to a 1999 biological opinion that authorizes predator-control efforts in the Southwest as long as Wildlife Services minimizes the use of traps and snares in occupied jaguar habitat. …

Wildlife Services had not received the group’s notice by late Friday, but spokeswoman Carol Bannerman said the agency always takes precautions whenever conducting projects in areas where there are threatened or endangered species.

She said Wildlife Services has consulted with the Fish and Wildlife Service about impacts to jaguars and that neither a jaguar nor ocelot has been inadvertently killed by the agency in many years.

Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Tom Buckley acknowledged that the two agencies have not consulted about potential impacts to ocelots because there have been no confirmed sightings of the small cats in Arizona in more than 40 years. … [more]

4 May 2010, 10:09pm
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Armed Narco-Terrorists Caught on Tape Where Arizona Deputy Shot on Friday (VIDEO)

by Connie Hair, Human Events, 05/03/2023 [here]

… Part of a series of hidden-camera video around this location obtained over the past few months by a group of Arizona private citizens; cameras are covertly planted along the border frontier in known high-traffic areas where they are triggered by activity within range of the camera’s motion sensors.

Arizona Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy Louie Puroll was on patrol Friday afternoon when he was ambushed by five drug smugglers. He took fire from an AK-47 and was shot in the side above the abdomen.

The deputy returned fire and was able to call for help from his cell phone, but it took over an hour for authorities to find him in the remote location using GPS coordinates from his cell phone. He has since been treated and released from an area hospital.

The Arizona Daily Star reports 17 suspected illegal aliens were detained in a sweep of the area involving hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers responding to the deputy’s shooting.

“The horrendous violence we see by narco-terrorists is uncontrolled, and our own federal government refuses to fulfill its responsibility to secure our border,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement in response to the deputy’s shooting. … [more]

 
  
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