Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, part of the Christus Health network of Catholic hospitals, will not prescribe the lethal medications to terminally ill patients, spokesman Arturo Delgado said. “Healthcare in the Catholic tradition recognizes the rights of patients to treatment, care and services within our capability and mission,” Delgado wrote in an email. [Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico's aid-in-dying law takes effect]
Park County commissioners and wild horse advocates sparred over the words and messaging delivered in the draft Natural Resources Management Plan during a meeting last week. Drawing the most ire from the wild horse advocates was a perceived negative description of the herd occupying the McCullough Peaks area, referred to as “feral” in the draft. “They have been mistakenly labeled non-native or feral,” a letter written by wild horse advocacy group Friends of a Legacy to the commissioners said. Commissioner Lee Livingston said although he previously used the horses himself, he said the quality of the McCullough herd has drastically declined in recent times. Livingston said the wild horses are no more than descendants from runaway ranch horses. [Cody Enterprise, Horses ‘native or feral?’ Sides debate proposed plan]Tracy Stone-Manning is President Joe Biden's choice to lead the BLM and if confirmed she will serve under Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. Stone-Manning has called nearly every Trump era ruling "illegal" including its plans to manage feral horses and burros.
They're here! @BLMNewMexico has arrived with 150 wild horses and burros that will be available for adoption June 25-26 at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds, 16436 US-62 in Tahlequah, OK! Gates open 10am-6pm 6/25 and 8am-noon on 6/26.— BLM WHB Program (@BLMWHB) June 24, 2021
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On his first day in office, President Biden issued a flurry of executive orders to reverse actions taken by the Trump administration. Among those, a review of the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (2020NWPR) was included and had the effect of revising the Obama-era Clean Water Rule that included a fairly broad definition of the term “Waters of the US” (WOTUS). On June 9, 2021, as a result of the review of the 2020NWPR triggered by Biden’s Executive order 13990, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announced “their intent to revise the definition of ‘waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) to better protect our nation’s vital water resources that support public health, environmental protection, agricultural activity and economic growth." [Policy pennings: Biden administration to reconsider “Waters of the US” definition and regulations]Regulations are protections so if EPA actually enforced bonding requirements federal rules could supersede state regulations and can change with each administration to satisfy political expediency instead of advancing the greater good.
David Brooks, Montana Trout Unlimited’s executive director, said the 2015 rule was established by a well-vetted process that incorporated both public participation and strong science, and he’s encouraged to see the EPA consider a return to that rule. [What ‘waters of the U.S.’ means for Montana]
Faceberg is malware.I just got put in jail for seven days for calling South Dakota’s governor a reactionary cracker.
Asked on Friday if he was concerned by the bishops' decision and if he would be blocked from participating in Holy Communion, Biden said, "That's a private matter and I don't think that's going to happen." The president has said he personally opposes abortion but supports a woman's right to choose. He did not keep a Hyde Amendment ban on federal funds for abortions in his first budget presented earlier this year. According to a Pew Research poll from 2019, about 56% of Catholics said they thought abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Sixty Catholic Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives released a statement on Friday urging the church not to deny elected officials Communion over one issue.
Minnesota's Republican-dominated legislature just passed a law that allows adults in the state’s therapeutic cannabis program to purchase raw flower and smoke it increasing participation while significantly driving down costs.
Writers Louise Erdrich and Natalie Diaz were named winners of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in the categories of fiction and poetry — also included was Marty Two Bulls Sr. who was named a finalist in editorial cartooning on Friday.https://t.co/THsaBhS78m— Indian Country Today (@IndianCountry) June 11, 2021
Indigenous people comprise at least 6.7% of Montana’s population of 1 million. In 2018, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester won by 17,913 votes, and in 2016, Gov. Steve Bullock won by 19,818 votes. Both victories were within the margin of the Native vote. [Nora Mabie, Great Falls Tribune]David Treuer was born of a Holocaust survivor and Ojibwe mother. He wrote in The Atlantic that he believes that most land held in America's national parks should be remanded to Indigenous peoples but it's my view that the land held in the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service should also be part of that trust.
As wolves and grizzlies are targeted for livestock predation bald eagles liberated more Idaho wild lands
In April, Rocky Matthews started finding dead lambs on his farm near Murtaugh Lake. At first, Matthews thought someone had killed the animals with a pellet gun. It wasn’t until he saw an eagle attack his flock that he realized the true culprit. Penalties for killing a bald eagle can reach a maximum $100,000 fine and one year in prison for a first offense by an individual. Matthews and his wife, Becca, filled out the paperwork and, if approved, they will get paid 75% of the market value of the livestock. [Magic Valley (Idaho) Times-News]Learn more about the Republican war on the Earth at Boise Public Radio.
NEW FOOTAGE: watch Oregon's @RepNearman tell people, step-by-step, how to breach the Oregon Capitol... with his assistance.— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) June 5, 2021
Days later, the breach happened.
Videos adapted from @Oregonian
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Steve Pearce’s Texas two-step backfired, bringing about a predictable response. Melanie Stansbury, the Democratic candidate for Congress, campaigned in Albuquerque while Pearce and Republicans from Ohio and South Dakota exhorted New Mexico conventioneers in Texas. Stansbury trounced Moores: 60 percent to 36 percent. [GOP boss full of alibis after another lopsided loss]
Last fall, the Medicine Root District executive board voted to change the name of the town Kyle to Little Wound on the request of community members, led by Marcell Bull Bear, Lakota elder historian and Oglala Lakota College instructor. According to Rory Mennenger, Secretary of State’s Office, Elections & Federal Project Coordinator, the statutes that apply for the changing the name of a city appears to require an election. Little Wound was one of the Oglala chiefs who believed education was one of the answers for a better future for their people. [Lakota Times]
For the past nine years, the team at the Buckman Road Recycling & Transfer Station has quietly soldiered on, sorting and processing Santa Fe’s waste. Previously, waste managers happily sent recycling to China on empty container ships making their return journey across the Pacific Ocean, where the materials found new life as recycled plastic products. But the sudden shift put US cities and counties in an awkward position. Instead of dumping the county’s recycling program, Santa Fe’s waste managers opted to dip into their savings to continue the service. In May of 2019, instead of shipping all recyclable materials to Friedman Recycling of Albuquerque—as BuRRT had done for years—the agency reopened its Material Recycling Facility after four years of closure due to unsustainable operations costs. The “MeRF,” first opened in 2007, enabled the site to process mixed paper and some mixed container waste, which includes sorting and baling the materials. [More Trash Costs More Cash]
Qualified? There is absolutely no question. (She’s far more directly qualified to lead BLM than was Zinke to take over Interior.) Every stop in Stone-Manning’s remarkable career has applicability to this job. So here’s the question: Will Republican Steve Daines subvert his political and policy differences with Stone-Manning and get behind an unassailably qualified Montana candidate? Or will he continue to play the shrill, strident partisan role he has taken on this session, ever since fund-raising off spurious allegations that Democrats were trying to “steal the election?” Stone-Manning is far more qualified than the last BLM leader Daines supported — William Perry Pendley, the lawyer who advocated selling off federal lands. Her confirmation would go far toward restoring professionalism to a politicized agency, and would clearly be both an honor and an advantage for Montana. [Lee Newspapers of Montana]Eco-terrorist Ammon Bundy has announced he will run in the Republican primary in a bid to unseat Idaho Governor Brad Little.
Ammon Bundy on the Klamath water crisis: “Who cares if there is violence? At least something will be worked out.” Unlike radical greens, Bundy knows a violent uprising won’t land him in jail for long. Keep an eye on this, it’s a microcosm of what’s ahead. https://t.co/lLfdZsAMqu— Joshua Frank (@joshua__frank) June 1, 2021
State Rep. Melanie Stansbury, a Democrat, is considered the favorite in the special congressional election. While the district was once a Republican stronghold, Democrats now make up 47 percent of registered voters compared to 28 percent Republican. A Republican held the seat for 40 years, but the seat shifted to and has remained in Democratic control since 2009. The district includes most of Bernalillo County, all of Torrance County and parts of Sandoval, Santa Fe and Valencia counties. As of Friday morning, 77,253 ballots had been cast, including 45,354 from registered Democrats and 22,457 from registered Republicans, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. [Santa Fe New Mexican]When now Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was the US Representative for the 1st District she was one of the sponsors of the Chaco Culture Heritage Protection Act of 2019 that would have codified the 10-mile buffer zone around Chaco Canyon. Protection for Chaco is closer than ever.
Polls are now open! Just 12 hours left to vote in the #NM01 special election! Everything is on the line in this election, and we need you to get out and vote! Visit https://t.co/H0D9I8tQhm to find your nearest polling place - let's keep our district blue! #nmpol pic.twitter.com/p0Xjaul30g— Melanie Stansbury (@MelanieforNM) June 1, 2021