Thinning the powder kegs of the West

Thinning the powder kegs of the West

From The Westerner Blog Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes. Just a few months earlier, the U.S. Forest Service and a group of locals representing environmental, logging and recreational interests arranged to […]

Surveys of endangered Mount Graham red squirrel show decline due to impacts from the Frye Fire

Surveys of endangered Mount Graham red squirrel show decline due to impacts from the Frye Fire

By SoAzNewsX An annual survey of the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel showed a significant decline due to the effects of the lightning caused Frye Fire in the Pinaleño Mountains of southeastern Arizona. The annual survey, conducted jointly by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), Coronado National Forest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona […]

Bill would outlaw double-decker horse trailers

Bill would outlaw double-decker horse trailers

From The Westerner Blog Bipartisan legislation that would made it illegal to transport horses across state lines in double-decker trailers has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Introduced by Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Walter B. Jones (R-NC) on Oct. 12, HR 4040, the Horse Transportation Safety Act, would prohibit the interstate transport […]

Firefighters struggle to contain California wildfires, at least 17 people dead

Firefighters struggle to contain California wildfires, at least 17 people dead

Seventeen people have died in at least 22 wildfires that have burned 170,000 acres in Northern California, officials said Wednesday, as firefighters brace for a change of winds to exacerbate one of the deadliest outbreaks of wildfires in that state’s history. Officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said 11 people died […]

Where the buffalo roam: property investment in the American West

Where the buffalo roam: property investment in the American West

From The Westerner Blog For some property buyers, waking up to the silence of the open plains of the American West is the best way to beat big city living. There are cattle grazing in the fields and wild horses running behind them, while streams cut through landscapes backed by snow-capped mountains. This is life […]

Scott Dyke: Bunker de France – a life in the movies

Scott Dyke: Bunker de France – a life in the movies

By Scott Dyke Behind the scenes of movie making, there is this culture that exists. They move around a lot, taking whatever is offered. It is a nomadic lifestyle, and the industry would not flourish without them. They are stand-ins, doubles, extras, bit players and generally all-around handy and versatile folks. Steve “Bunker” de France […]

The scandalous saddle

The scandalous saddle

From The Westerner Blog As absurd as this may sound, the sidesaddle took hold in the 14th century to protect the virginity of a teenaged princess traveling across Europe to wed the young King of England. Surprised? Don’t feel alone. Most assume the sidesaddle was the natural outcome of fashion, demanded by the long, flowing, […]

McSally is first Member of Congress to hike 800-Mile Arizona Trail

McSally is first Member of Congress to hike 800-Mile Arizona Trail

By SoAzNewsX Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02) will become the first member of Congress to hike the 800-mile Arizona Trail, which spans from the U.S. – Mexico Border in Cochise County to Utah. Planning to hike it in segments in the months ahead, late last week she led members of Cochise County on a 3.6-mile kick […]

Why prohibition didn’t work in Pima County

Why prohibition didn’t work in Pima County

By Tom Prezelski Pima County residents often take pride in being just a little politically out of step with the rest of Arizona. When our friends in other parts of the country point at one headline or another and laugh or gasp in astonishment, we can just shrug and say, “Don’t look at me, I’m from […]

US, Mexico reach agreement on managing the Colorado River

US, Mexico reach agreement on managing the Colorado River

LAS VEGAS — The United States and Mexico expanded a long-term agreement Wednesday that will allow both nations to continue using the Colorado River while also pushing more conservation efforts to ensure that water is available during droughts. The nine-year deal, which expands on a 1944 water treaty between the two countries, would see the […]

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