User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Land Conflicts
Last updated: May 24 2017 09:44 IST RSS 2.0
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Denver’s increasing population density takes its toll: breathing room drops below national norm 24.5.2017 Denver Post: Outdoors
A decade of high-density development and population growth inside Denver is devouring breathing room: open space per resident has shrunk to less than the national norm.
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Trump proposes sharp cuts at Interior Department while pushing for more drilling on public lands 24.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
SPENDING-INTERIOR,0730 Trump proposes sharp cuts at Interior Department while pushing for more drilling on public lands ATTN: National, politics, environment editors; one photo Brady Dennis (c) 2017, The Washington Post The White House wants to cut the Interior Department budget by about 12 percent as the Trump administration shifts the agency’s focus toward promoting fossil fuel drilling and extraction on public lands and in federal waters. The budget proposal released Tuesday would reduce Inte... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Reviving debate over Bears Ears National Monument also revives racial tension in a remote corner of Utah 10.5.2017 LA Times: Nation

The debate over the best use of these vast canyonlands is not just about states’ rights or who should control public land. Nor is it only about environmental protection or the preservation of Native American culture.

It is also about the people who have lived alongside each other in this remote...

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Did Carl Icahn use his role as a Trump advisor for insider trading? Democrats want investigation 10.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Eight U.S. senators have requested an investigation into whether Carl Icahn, a billionaire investor and advisor to President Trump, violated insider trading rules with bets made in the renewable fuel credit market.

In a Tuesday letter to three government agencies, the senators — all Democrats —...

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Can a court ignore Trump's words on the campaign trail? 9.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Seventeen months and a presidential inauguration have intervened since Donald Trump announced in December 2015 that he was calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

But the president’s...

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Trump's multiple residences, large jet-setting family and commuter marriage drive up first family travel and protection costs 8.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

On the Thursday evening before Easter, photographers staking out Palm Beach International Airport in Florida awaiting President Trump were surprised to see not one, but two Air Force planes arriving within minutes of each other.

Shortly before the president landed, Melania Trump arrived on a Boeing...

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Essential California: Why some activists say not even criminals should be deported 8.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, May 8, and here’s what’s happening across California:


A hard-line position on deportation

There’s a class of immigration activists who believe that even criminals shouldn’t be deported. They take this permissive...

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A sweet victory for Angela Merkel in the dairy lands of northern Germany 8.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reelection hopes in September’s federal election were unexpectedly bolstered on Sunday when her conservative party came from behind to score a decisive victory in a small, windswept state on the Danish border.

The stunning triumph by her Christian Democrats over...

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Why is pop music the people's poetry? That's what they like 7.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Poems top the Billboard Hot 100: This week, Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” wrested the No. 1 spot from Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” The two songs are a study in pop contrasts. On “Humble,” Lamar is confrontational and uncompromising. On “That’s What I Like,” Mars is playful, even silly. Despite...

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Long Beach issues shark advisory after numerous sightings 7.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Long Beach officials have issued a shark advisory after the sighting of as many as a dozen juvenile great white sharks in the waters off Peninsula Beach.

“Over the last several weeks, Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety has received numerous reports of shark sightings near the Peninsula oceanfront,”...

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Coastal Commission is on a shoestring budget, and Trump won't make it any better 6.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

California is largely defined by its sweeping shoreline — an 1,100-mile asset that contains vast tracts of unspoiled coast and powers a $45-billion-a-year ocean economy dominated by tourism, shipping and agriculture.

Redwoods line the North Coast. Towering mountains rise out of the sea in Big Sur,...

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In Silicon Valley, even mobile homes are getting too pricey for longtime residents 4.5.2017 L.A. Times - Technology News
The Plaza del Rey mobile home park has long been an oasis of affordability in the heart of Silicon Valley. But after a private equity firm bought the property, residents worry they'll be priced out.
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Resistance is futile: China’s conquest plan for robot industry 27.4.2017 Technology – The Indian Express
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Real estate surge likely to follow resort ownership change at Steamboat, Winter Park 16.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Towns near ski resorts scooped up in the $1.5 billion purchase of Intrawest are ready for the real estate boom that followed similar deals. But it won't be the resort operators doing the development.
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I’m a rabbi. Here’s why my congregation offers sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. 15.4.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
As a community of faith, our course of action must transcend politics.
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Maintenance backlog at U.S. parks could fuel budget cuts 3.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Flagstaff, Ariz. • Visitation to national parks, monuments and other sites managed by the National Park Service increased in 2016, but the parks’ popularity has led to $11.9 billion in deferred maintenance needs. Last year, 330 million people visited NPS sites nationwide — 7 percent more visitors than in 2015, The Arizona Daily Sun ( ) reported last week. But conservation groups worry that the park maintenance backlog — $371 million at Grand Canyon National Park alone — coul...
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Q&A: Who'd gain from a Trump border wall? Hint: Not Mexico 28.3.2017 AP Top News
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As a billionaire developer, Donald Trump built casinos, luxe condo towers and lush golf courses. Now, as president, Trump aims to develop perhaps his most ambitious and surely his most contentious project yet: A wall along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border....
Salt Lake City ponies up $1.5M toward Bonanza Flats preservation 22.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City will pay $1.5 million to help buy a Wasatch County parcel that it says is critical to protecting its watershed. With that, a collection of local governments, private entities and concerned residents are $3.5 million shy of saving Bonanza Flats — 1,350 acres of alpine meadows and forest along Guardsman Pass near Brighton — from a future as a gated resort. Salt Lake City’s predominant interests are the Big Cottonwood Canyon and Provo River watersheds, which provide about 50 percent ...
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Scott Tipton: Take care of what we have 21.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
At some point in the next year, Congress will consider legislation to address the needs of America’s infrastructure. In the Natural Resources Committee, we will be considering the ways this infrastructure bill could help federal land management agencies restore access to public lands and support sound management practices. I recently had the opportunity to chair an oversight hearing of the Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee focused on innovative infrastructure ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service. The Forest Service has a maintenance backlog of about $6 billion, and the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog is almost $12 billion. With our national debt now more than $20 trillion, we will not be able to rely solely on additional appropriations to fill the backlogs or resolve other problems both the Forest Service and National Park Service face. The first step in tackling the massive maintenance backlog will be for land management agencies to put more resources toward ...
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As clock winds down on Bonanza Flats, will Salt Lake help pay for conservation deal? 19.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Midway resident Jonathan Clegg, whose Wasatch County roots reach back generations, came to the town council last week asking for money to help Park City buy a piece of his county. Backing Clegg were conservation groups pledging to match whatever the town put up toward the $38 million purchase price for Bonanza Flats, destined to become a private gated resort unless the money can be mustered to buy the scenic alpine mosaic of meadow and forest on Guardsman Pass. “It’s a special place worth preser... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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