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Contamination from an Air Force base devastates a New Mexico dairy 28.2.2019 High Country News Most Recent
An investigation shows the impact toxic chemicals are having on the community of Clovis.
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Update: Western states move to limit trapping 6.2.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Caught dogs and imperiled martens spur reforms for fur-bearer trapping.
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Private Prison and Border Security Contractors Lobby Congress Over Trump's Border Wall 25.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Congress is facing the prospect of a government shutdown over Trump's demand for funding to start construction of a wall on the southern border. Lobbyists for private prison and border security companies have swarmed Capitol Hill as Trump initiated an immigration crackdown and called for billions more in enforcement spending. The border fence between USA and Mexico, seen from the Mexican side, where Mexico, New Mexico and Texas meet. (Photo: dawn paley / Flickr ) Lobbyists for federal contractors that provide border security and run private prisons have been busy since Trump initiated a brutal immigration crackdown and demanded that Congress provide funding for his wall on the southern border, a proposal that is currently threatening to send the government off a fiscal cliff. Consider GEO Group, a private prison company that runs jails for immigrants facing deportation. The company spent $350,000 on lobbying during the first quarter of 2017, more than it has ever spent over the same time frame, according ...
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Private Prison Company Already Shopping Around New Mexico Prison That Doesn't Close Until October 11.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, the country's second largest private prison company told its investors it had some bad news. The federal government had just decided to remove its prisoners from a prison the company owns, the Cibola County Corrections Center in rural western New Mexico. Come the end of September, the 1,200-bed prison now holding immigrants will sit empty. But Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) also told its shareholders not to worry. In a practice remarkably common in the mass incarceration era, the publicly traded corporation has already begun to, in their words, "actively market" the prison to potential "customers." For CCA, which made $222 million in profits last year, there's no value in an empty prison. In the Public Interest's new fact sheet , Private Prison Companies Encourage Mass Incarceration By Owning Facilities, describes how CCA and its competitor GEO Group seek out new prisoners once they lose contracts like the one at Cibola. By owning facilities--a combined 83 across the country--CCA and ...
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Mexican wolves seem targeted for extinction 21.10.2015 Writers on the Range
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Big cat cruelty in Utah and the first recorded California condor in New Mexico 8.6.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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We’re letting another predator go down 2.6.2015 Writers on the Range
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San Diego County Wildfire Sparked By Teenage Girl, Judge Rules 25.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
March 24 (Reuters) - A California judge ruled on Tuesday that a teenage girl sparked a wildfire that scorched roughly 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and destroyed some 40 structures north of San Diego last May, officials said. A San Diego Superior Court judge issued true findings, equivalent to guilty verdicts in an adult court, on three counts of arson and one misdemeanor fire charge against the 14-year-old girl in connection with the so-called Cocos Fire, San Diego County District Attorney spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said. The girl has been identified only by her first name, Cheyenne, because she is a minor. The fire raged for eight days in the drought-parched brush in San Diego County and consumed roughly a dozen houses and another 25 dwellings at a local spiritualism center, in addition to a commercial building, county officials said. While the wildfire cost millions of dollars to contain, no one was hurt, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The San Diego ...
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Firefighters Work To Contain Destructive California Wildfire Near Swall Meadows And Paradise 8.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SWALL MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews increased containment of a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed 40 homes, but they said Sunday they still didn't know when residents evacuated from two small California towns at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada would be able to return home. Dozens of power poles have come down in the communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise, creating hazards for the roughly 250 residents who have been evacuated, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Liz Brown said. Crews were assessing trees in the two communities on Sunday to ensure they wouldn't come down. "We would love to shoot for today, but I don't know," Brown said of the prospect of lifting evacuation orders. "Once it's open, it's open. We don't have the resources to escort people in and escort them out." The fire started near a highway on the border of Inyo and Mono counties Friday afternoon. It blew up when 50 to 75 mph winds whipped through wooded areas near the two communities for about three ...
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New Videos Show Fight To Beat Arizona Wildfire That Killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots 11.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By David Schwartz PHOENIX, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Newly released video chronicling the battle against an Arizona blaze that killed 19 elite firefighters in June 2013 has detailed the moments the bodies were discovered already dead after a massive wall of flames swept over them. With winds whipping in the background, the video and its audio capture a smoke-filled landscape as a firefighter announces his arrival on the scene and confirms the deaths. "OK, I copy," comes the reply. "Let's go ahead and obviously secure the area and we'll go from there." The firefighter responds, grimly: "Just confirming that no medical treatment needed at this time." The heart-wrenching account is depicted in one of 20 new videos posted online by the Arizona State Forestry Division over the weekend, giving viewers one more glimpse into the tragic deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots. The videos add images to the overall picture of the events of the June 30, 2013 disaster, but offer little if any new information ...
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Wildfires Burn Along California's Interstate 80 As Investigators Search For Cause 9.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
APPLEGATE, Calif. (AP) — A series of small wildfires that broke out along Interstate 80 burned at least one home, threatened dozens more and brought the partial shutdown of the key highway between Northern California and Nevada. The wildfires some 40 miles northeast of Sacramento grew to a combined 380 acres Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement. They came on the same day California's fleet of 22 air tankers was grounded after one of the planes crashed while battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot. In the I-80 area fires, one home in the small community of Applegate in Placer County was destroyed while crews searched for more possible damage, said Lynne Tolmachoff, spokeswoman for CalFire. It was not immediately clear what caused the fires, said Daniel Berlant, another CalFire spokesman. "We don't know the cause, but any time we have multiple fires that started in the same area along the roadside, that tells us we probably have ...
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Thousands Help Fight Huge King Fire In Northern California 24.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling a massive blaze threatening thousands of homes in Northern California have kept the fire in check despite gusty winds and low humidity levels. Fire spokeswoman Rosanne Grier says containment lines around the blaze east of Sacramento held up late Tuesday and overnight. In the few cases where embers crossed the line, crews were quickly able to surround the fires and contain them. The fire has burned through 145 square miles since it started Sept. 13. It has destroyed 12 homes and is threatening another 12,000. Containment is up to nearly 40 percent. Crews are expecting another day of gusty winds and low humidity Wednesday before cooler, wetter weather comes through. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. More than 7,000 firefighters in better-than-expected conditions managed to extend their lines around a huge and unwieldy wildfire that has threatened thousands of homes for well over a week and fouled ...
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Crews Make Gains Against Destructive California Wildfire, Helped By Weather 22.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cooler, wet weather helped firefighters make progress on a huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed nearly three-dozen structures, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and forced the cancellation of a sporting event because of the smoke. More than 5,000 firefighters — from as far as Florida and Alaska — managed to increase containment of the fire from 10 to 17 percent on Sunday, said Capt. Tom Piranio, a state fire spokesman. The number of acres burned held steady at 128 square miles. "The heavy drizzle helped the firefighters immensely. We got what we were looking for to gain containment of the fire," he said. But earlier in the day, poor air quality forced a last-minute cancellation of two popular Ironman events in nearby Lake Tahoe, disappointing about 3,000 athletes who had signed up for the competition, Ironman operations manager Keats McGonigal said. "County air quality officials have recommended that the event be cancelled," said a statement announced to ...
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Out-Of-Control Wildfire Doubles In Size In California As Governor Declares State Of Emergency 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday. The fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 square miles, up from 44 square miles on Wednesday when it forced additional evacuations, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It was only 5 percent contained. Most of the threatened homes were in Pollock Pines, 60 miles east of Sacramento. Hundreds of them were under evacuation orders, but it wasn't immediately clear exactly how many. Much of the fire growth on Wednesday was to the northwest, away from the town, according to Cal Fire. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency late Wednesday, freeing up funds for the two fires. Brown had also secured federal grants to fight each of them. Fire crews might get some help from the weather on Thursday, with the forecast calling for higher humidity ...
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Racing Wildfire Catches Californians Off Guard, Destroys Homes 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WEED, Calif. (AP) — Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills. Ten minutes later, a wildfire driven by fierce winds raced through their neighborhood, missing them by three houses and torching a roof across the street. Officials said the fast-moving fire caught residents in the small town of Weed near the Oregon border off guard and damaged or destroyed 100 homes and a church in this tiny town. At least 1,500 people were forced to flee. It was among nearly a dozen wildfires burning in California that have been exacerbated by the state's third straight year of drought. The tinder-dry conditions have increased the fire danger around the state significantly and sent firefighters scrambling seemingly nonstop from blaze to blaze. Two fires, one near Yosemite National Park in central California and another east of Sacramento, also led hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. In the town of Weed, ...
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Ongoing Wildfires Force Evacuations Throughout California 14.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
GRASS VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in Northern California destroyed two homes while a much larger blaze proved stubborn amid high temperatures and dry brush in Southern California. Dozens of homes were evacuated because of the fires Saturday, officials said. The Northern California blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m. in the Sierra Nevada foothills about halfway between Sacramento and Reno and grew to 250 acres, destroying two homes and three outbuildings, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. By evening all evacuations were called off and the fire was 20 percent contained, Berlant said. The burned homes were in Alta Sierra, a community of some 6,000 people about five miles south of Grass Valley. In Southern California, firefighters coping with high temps sought to contain a wildfire that forced people to flee about 30 homes near the Cleveland National Forest. The fire, which burned through about 2 ½ square miles of dry canyon brush, was only ...
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Crews Battle California Wildfire Amid Heatwave 13.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — People in about 30 homes were ordered to evacuate as a wildfire roared through a canyon in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest, burning through 2 ½ square miles of dry brush. Fire officials called Friday evening's evacuation precautionary and no residences were immediately threatened. The fire had been burning uphill and away from the homes all day but the potential threat of a down-canyon wind after sunset prompted the evacuation. "The wind was very mild, and with increased humidity and lower temperatures we're not seeing rapid growth," Orange County fire Capt. Mike Petro said late Friday. About 300 firefighters, aided by aircraft, battled the flames, which sent up a towering column of smoke that could be seen for miles. Crews worked in steep terrain and temperatures that approached 100 degrees, with the high expected to hit 102. The National Weather Service says high pressure combined with a weak offshore flow will create high temperatures throughout the weekend ...
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Wildfire Near California-Oregon Border 'Extreme,' Firefighters Say 3.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 3 (Reuters) - Firefighters battling a fast-moving Northern California blaze said Wednesday they expect a second day of extreme conditions, as heat and high winds spur a lightning-sparked wildfire near the Oregon border. The so-called Happy Camp Fire has been burning in the Klamath National Forest since Aug. 11, consuming 72,000 acres and costing an estimated $41 million so far in firefighting costs. "Yesterday, we had an increase in extreme fire behavior ... and we do expect the same extreme fire today, said Paul Gibbs, a fire spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. Tuesday night, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office expanded an evacuation order for communities threatened by the blaze, and closed a portion of State Highway 96. Previous evacuation orders had included about 250 homes, but neither Gibbs nor a spokeswoman for the sheriff's department had an estimate for the number of homes in the evacuation area as of mid-morning Wednesday. The fire had slowed under ...
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A Year After Massive Rim Fire, Forest Service To Decide On Future Of Scorched Timber 27.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is expected to unveil its plan Wednesday for what to do with millions of trees killed one year ago in a massive California wildfire. Backers of logging favor sending the trees to sawmills, which they say will generate money so the Forest Service can replant the forest. Taking out dead trees will also allow the public to use the land, they say, and eliminate a new fire hazard caused by the falling trees. Timber industry officials say they have about two years from the fire before the trees disintegrate and lose their value. Environmentalists contend snag forests provide a rich habitat for dwindling birds, such as the spotted owls and black-backed woodpeckers. There is no science proving the trees will pose a fire hazard, say environmentalists, who point to seedlings as a sign that natural recovery has begun. The Rim Fire started Aug. 17, 2013, and burned more than 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park's backcountry and ...
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Fast-Growing Wildfire Threatens Over 500 California Homes 25.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville forced the evacuation of about 150 homes and is threatening about 500 additional residences, authorities said Monday. The fire about 2 miles west of Weaverville was also threatening about 20 businesses and facilities, including the town airport and high school, said Lilly Wyatt, a spokeswoman with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. The fire was sparked Sunday afternoon near Highway 299, the main road into town, and rapidly grew to a little more than 1 square miles, or 650 acres, state fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said. Berlant said crews struggled to contain the blaze because of the steep terrain, plus gusty winds and dry conditions that were fueling the flames. Wyatt, whose office was coordinating the response to the fire, said about 380 firefighters were battling the blaze. Fire officials said early Monday that a shelter for evacuees was being moved later in the day from Weaverville ...
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