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July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The House Resources Committee passed the controversial Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) late Wednesday, after defeating every amendment that would have protected private property rights, water rights, and local control.Private property rights advocates refer to CARA as the "Land Grab Bill." They believe it is the biggest threat to private property rights since the Endangered Species Act. But the bill has many supporters, primarily because of what opponents call its huge "pork-barrel" aspect.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The House Resources Committee passed the controversial Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) late Wednesday, after defeating every amendment that would have protected private property rights, water rights, and local control.Private property rights advocates refer to CARA as the "Land Grab Bill." They believe it is the biggest threat to private property rights since the Endangered Species Act. But the bill has many supporters, primarily because of what opponents call its huge "pork-barrel" aspect.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The largest crowd ever to attend a House Resources Committee hearing is expected to gather in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on Saturday, June 16. But apparently not one of the 24 Democrats on the committee is planning to attend.The purpose of the hearing is to examine the water crisis and the disastrous effects that the Endangered Species Act is having on communities like those in the Klamath Basin, which straddles the California-Oregon state line.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A battle is brewing in the Senate over a request from President Bush to allocate $20 million in emergency assistance for California and Oregon farmers in the Klamath Basin, where 1,400 farm families and their communities have been devastated by the federal government's decision to stop supplying vital irrigation water for their crops.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The House Resources Committee passed the controversial Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) late Wednesday afternoon by a vote of 29 to 12.Opponents of the bill proposed approximately 30 amendments during the six-hour debate over the bill, which guarantees $47 billion in federal funds over the next 15 years for the acquisition of private land and other government projects.A solid block of Republican committee members voted in favor of virtually all the amendments.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Did the U.S. government use the "best available science" last spring when it decided to cut off vital irrigation water from 1,400 family farms in the Klamath Basin and allocate it instead to fish that are protected under the Endangered Species Act? Or was the decision based on "junk science," as alleged by the farmers and other critics?
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration has decided not to challenge a recent federal court ruling that ordered the government to remove the Oregon coast coho salmon from the endangered species list. The White House decision could serve as an important precedent.Officials said the government plans to review similar Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings and, in the future, will measure the economic impact on communities and property owners before designating protected habitat for endangered species.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As legislation moves through Congress guaranteeing the transfer of billions of dollars worth of private land to the federal government, opponents complain they were barred from testifying against the bill.They also question claims that the new legislation would provide more protection for private property rights than existing legislation does.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Resources Committee Chairman James V. Hansen (R-Utah) has refused a request by some House members to hold hearings in western states before the committee votes on the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA).CARA would guarantee $47 billion in federal funds over the next 15 years for the acquisition of private land and other government projects.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Beleaguered farmers in the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California are seeking legal help in their struggle to survive following the federal government's decision three months ago to use crucial irrigation water for endangered and threatened fish instead of for irrigating the farmers' fields.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A protest rally against the alleged use of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for political purposes is expected to draw as many as 10,000 people to Klamath Falls, Oregon, just north of the California border Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With all hope gone for producing any crops this year, the desperate farmers of Oregon's Klamath Basin are now emphasizing the plight of the wildlife and waterfowl that also depend on irrigation water, which the federal government has diverted away from farmland to save endangered fish.A growing crowd of farm families has gathered in protest near the headgates of the main irrigation canal. All on-the-scene accounts in this report were received by email or cell phone from people who are there, on the ground.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An estimated 13,000 people from all walks of life gathered in the small town of Klamath Falls, Oregon, earlier this week to support local farmers who claim their livelihood and culture are being endangered by the Endangered Species Act. Event organizers said they hope the large turnout will bring national attention to their plight and result in state and federal legislative action.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing to consider granting the Bureau of Reclamation's Klamath Basin Irrigation Project an exemption from the Endangered Species Act, according to a spokesman for committee Chairman Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.).An exemption would restore the use of the century-old project's irrigation water for the basin's 14,000 family farms and 400 species of wildlife in the basin, which straddles the Oregon-California state line.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
1st add, includes congressional action in lead(CNSNews.com) - A congressional committee is planning a trip to Oregon to investigate how the Endangered Species Act may be hurting farmers and ranchers there.Thousands of people gathered earlier this week in Klamath Falls, Ore. to protest the ESA and the way it is being applied, which farmers said is depriving them a nearly century-old water source for crop irrigation.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than 200 horsemen and women staged a mounted protest outside the Klamath Basin's main irrigation canal in southern Oregon Friday afternoon, to keep the pressure on the federal government to reopen the head gates and let irrigation water flow to their parched farmlands and national wildlife refuge.The protestors, dressed in red, white and blue, many carrying U.S. flags upside down as an age-old symbol of distress, rode through the sagebrush and then stood abreast atop the ridgeline overlooking the head gates of the canal.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush's new Forest Service chief told Congress Tuesday he doesn't know yet whether the Bush administration will appeal a federal judge's decision to stop implementation of former President Clinton's last-minute policy banning logging and road construction in a large portion of America's national forests.The ban would affect a third of the nation's national forests - almost 60 million acres - spread over 39 states.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - During World War I, Charley Mantle served his country in the U.S. Cavalry. After the war, the U.S. government encouraged veterans to help settle the country's vast western frontier. They offered each veteran a 160-acre "homestead" in rugged wilderness. And because 160 acres was not nearly enough to raise cattle, the government gave veterans the right to lease additional land to graze their livestock. Those grazing rights were guaranteed to veterans and their heirs forever.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNew.com) - A U.S. appellate court has determined that when the Fish and Wildlife Service designates critical habitat for an endangered species, it must analyze and consider the full economic impact on the area in which the habitat is located. That includes any economic harm resulting from the initial listing of the species under the Endangered Species Act.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
CLARIFICATION: Clarifies reason for non-payment of federal grazing fees. (CNSNews.com) - Two Nevada ranchers were racing against time Tuesday hoping to convince a county judge to stop a planned auction of approximately 150 of their cattle by the federal government.The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rounded up and impounded the cattle in late July following an on-going dispute over the rights of the ranchers to use federally owned land for cattle grazing.