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Theodora Johnson, WLJ Correspondent

Jan 15, 2016
Public Lands Council (PLC) recently welcomed aboard a new executive director in Washington, D.C. In November, Ethan Lane, a fifth-generation Arizonan, took on the task of shepherding the organization through its lobbying efforts on behalf of ranchers with federal land grazing rights.

Jan 8, 2016
A remote corner of eastern Oregon has made global headlines this week. Harney County ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond went back to prison last Monday— but that’s not likely what caught the imagination of reporters worldwide. Armed protesters professing support for the Hammonds overtook a federal building on Saturday, Jan.

Oct 2, 2015
The livestock industry is losing a valuable team member in Washington, DC, according to ranchers WLJ talked to across the West. Public Lands Council’s (PLC’s) Executive Director Dustin Van Liew is moving on after six years in the position. He will be moving to Texas to work for an oil and gas trade association.

Sep 4, 2015
Death by fire is threatening a growing number of livestock operations in the Northwest. As of Sept. 2, almost 2 million acres of active, large fires raged—mostly in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Many of the infernos are less than 50 percent contained, according to the National Inter-agency Fire Center.

Aug 14, 2015
It’s mid-August, and an all-familiar haze has settled into the Northwest. “Smells like money,” said one rural resident of northern California. Indeed, “fire season” seems to be the new timber industry in the West. The U.S. Forest Service now spends over $1 billion annually on fire suppression.

Jul 10, 2015
An eastern Oregon family with a long history in ranching is fighting to keep its cow/calf operation afloat against an onslaught of blows from the federal government. Two members of the Hammond family have been charged under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 for starting two range fires that ended up on federal land.

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