Northwest News
8:23 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Long-Running Battle Between Ranchers And Feds Over Fires Reaches Truce

A water tender for fighting wildfires is parked next to rancher Charlie Lyon’s barn near Mountain Home, Idaho
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

For years there's been a battle raging between Idaho ranchers and the federal government over whether ranchers should be able to fight wildfires. Get out there, with their trucks and tanks of water and try to put the fires out themselves. Ranchers say they've always done it. The Feds have said, leave it to the pros and don't make yourself a liability. At times it's almost come close to blows. But now a truce has been struck. And as correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, it could change the way fires are fought every summer.

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Wildfires and Cattle
7:35 am
Mon September 8, 2014

It’s Always Been Home: Sticking It Out After Fire And Mud In Washington’s Methow Valley

Kent Stokes, 28, of Twisp, surveys the ruins of his large shop and home. Stokes was only able to save some of his valuables before the Carlton Complex fires burnt down his place. Stokes estimates his family lost about 20,000 acres of grazing land in the fires this year.
Credit Anna King

In Washington state, an estimated 500 to 600 cattle have been lost in dramatic wildfires this summer. Kent Stokes is a fifth-generation rancher. His family lost hundreds of head in the Carlton Complex fires near Twisp in north-central Washington.

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5:48 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Wash. Allows Wolf Kill After Sheep Depredation

A rancher in northeastern Washington will be allowed to shoot wolves approaching his sheep herd.
Credit Linda Stanley / Flickr

A rancher in northeastern Washington will be allowed to shoot wolves approaching his sheep herd. State officials made the decision after confirming wolves killed dozens of his sheep.

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Low Temperatures
6:24 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Cold Weather Challenges Ranchers And Dairies

Len McIrvin checks on his Herford cattle in the cold weather in southcentral Washington outside of Patterson.
Credit Anna King

The region’s cold snap has many dairy operators and ranchers taking extra care with their livestock. When it’s cold, cattle and other types of livestock tend to eat more to stay warm.

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Governor's Race
6:24 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Rancher Eyes Oregon Governor's Race

Jon Justesen's ranch is based near the tiny town of Kent, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman

Conventional wisdom in Salem is that Governor John Kitzhaber will run for re-election next year. But that’s not a given. The 66-year-old Democrat has repeatedly said he’s not made up his mind. That's left potential Republican candidates wondering what the governor’s race will look like next year. There’s one candidate who has entered the fray that you may not have heard of. He says everything he needs to know, he learned in the fields of central Oregon. He even wrote a song about it.

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Pollution Battle
6:57 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Rancher Brings Pollution Battle To WA Supreme Court

Photo of cattle.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments today Tuesday that will decide how much control environmental regulators have over runoff pollution.

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Clean Water Act
5:46 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Case Could Hamstring WA’s Control of Runoff Pollution

Washington rancher Joe Lemire.
Photo by Courtney Flatt EarthFix

A small ranch in southeastern Washington is the site of some big disputes playing out between environmental regulators and farmers.

The question: How much control can the government have over pollution from agricultural runoff?

As part of EarthFix and Investigate West’s series on the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Courtney Flatt takes a look at a court case that could determine how strictly the state regulates polluted rainwater runoff.

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Bill Could Help Oregon Ranchers
4:12 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

House Takes Up Drought Bill That Could Aid Oregon Ranchers

The new bill could help ranchers affected by wildfire who have been unable to get federal aid.
Walter Baxter Wikimedia Commons

The House of Representatives is expected to vote tomorrow on a disaster relief bill targeting the national drought. The bill could also help Oregon ranchers affected by wildfires who have been unable to get federal aid.

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Historic Ranch
6:16 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Historic Southeast Washington Ranch Goes Up For Sale

A sprawling, historic ranch in southeast Washington goes up for sale Friday. Conservationists and the state of Washington are hoping to keep the 14,000 acre property out of the hands of developers.

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