First published in Range magazine, Summer 2018 issue.   SEE Also The Laws of Prior Appropriation & Beneficial Use — Realities that Nobody Wants to Talk About.   Divisions and factions in the western ranching industry are nothing new. According to some historical accounts, farmers and ranchers have never been friends,Continue Reading

  It’s a county election year here in Millard County and it’s interesting to sit back and watch as all the popular buzzwords come out of the woodwork. The primary point of buzzwords is to try to impress and create emotional effect.   Perpetually, the single biggest buzzword in thisContinue Reading

  NOTE:  At the suggestion of my good friend Tim Smith, I have taken the previous article about recent activity and discussions in Millard County, which serve as good case study in the property rights arena, and have condensed the discussion here. Among other things, basic property rights are aContinue Reading

 Is the Former U.S. Attorney for Oregon at The Heart of The Hammond Family Problem? — from The Last Refuge   We tried to share the whole Hammond Story, but apparently there’s even more. At this point, the media are focused on the “Bundy Militia” angle to the standoff in BurnsContinue Reading

Full Story on What’s Going on In Oregon – Militia Take Over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge In Protest to Hammond Family Persecution…from The Last Refuge   The short summary is:  in an effort to draw attention to a ridiculous arrest of a father and son pair of Oregon Ranchers (“DwightContinue Reading

Note:  This is the third part of a multi-part series about Seven Realities in the West that the Federal Government and the Mainstream Media don’t seem to want to acknowledge or talk about.  When the series is complete, we will combine it all in one piece.  This piece deals withContinue Reading

  One would ask why the Federal Government is doing such things. However, lets not ask why for the moment and just address the fact that they are. In recent years as well as this year,, there have been several examples where the Federal government has attempted to circumvent longContinue Reading

  SALT LAKE CITY — A legislative audit released Tuesday concludes state water managers have no real idea how much water is being used across Utah so the projection that developed supplies will be exhausted by 2040 is not reliable. The audit, performed by the Office of the Legislative AuditorContinue Reading

Editors Note:  This tale should be instructive to local governments in rural Utah, many of which have sat on their hands and resources for years, making no plans and doing little to fulfill their stewardship and proactively shepherd precious water resources, or prepare for the future — following California’s leadContinue Reading