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Trademark America is supporting the Utah-Arizona Coalition of local governments in their opposition to the Secretary of Interior's proposed withdrawal of the Arizona Strip from multiple use---an act that will strike a serious blow to the economy of local governments and to the energy potential for the Nation.
The Coalition is conducting a public hearing on the proposed withdrawal on September 7, 2011 in the Washington County Administration Building in St. George, Utah, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time. The hearing will be available by video and audio at the link above.
Congress specifically and intentionally excluded the Arizona Strip from Wilderness designations in both Utah and Arizona so that uranium mining in the Strip could continue. The land in the Strip contains the most useable uranium available for our nation's alternative nuclear power.
At a time when the President has directed agencies to encourage economic development, and has ordered full speed ahead in development of energy alternatives to foreign oil, Secretary Salazar has taken unilateral action in opposition both to the President's instructions and to the Congressional mandate for use of the land. His action violates the Tenth Amendment rights of the states of Utah and Arizona and of the local governments directly hit by the withdrawal.
This area has already suffered devastating economic and social loss as a result of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, the lock-down of BILLIONS OF TONS OF THE CLEANEST COAL IN THE NATION, and the refusal of the federal government to allow logging of forests that lie dying and decaying. This withdrawal will cost BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ECONOMIC LOSS AND HUNDREDS OF JOBS.
The BLM director of the Arizona Strip has acknowledged that there is no evidence of contamination of water from mining, no evidence of safety violations by the mines, and no evidence of mis-management by the mines. He did not ask for and did not order the withdrawal. The decision has nothing to do with natural resource damage or issues; it was a political decision made in D.C.
Witnesses at the hearing will include economic directors of local governments, leaders in industry and elected officials.
The hearing will be available for live viewing and listening at the link above.
Show your support for local government and the citizens of southern Utah and northern Arizona; listen in and then lend your voice to opposition to the withdrawal.
September 7, 2011---10:00 a.m. Mountain Time (12 noon Eastern, 11 a.m. Central, 9 a.m. Pacific)
July 7, 2011
Defeating Smart Growth in Montana
by Ron Olfert
June 16, 2011
VJ Day should be remembered everyday of our lives
(includes article and video link)
by Russ McAffee & Fred Kelly Grant
June 14, 2011
Could it be that a Government Official would use fear of terrorist attack on airplane to gain huge profits?
by Fred Kelly Grant
In the News
An Idahoan kills a grizzly bear in what appears to be a clear case of self defense and/or defense of his family, so what motivates the Federal Prosecutors to charge him with and pursue conviction of him for a felony. It couldn’t be politics, could it?
September 3, 2011
From Seattle to Palm Beach, across the nation, newspapers have carried the story of an Idaho man who killed a Grizzly Bear on his property; in what he claims was an act of self and family defense; and has been charged with a felony.
During the past July, a hiker was mauled to death by a female Grizzly Bear. The Fish and Wildlife Service investigators determined that the Grizzly was acting in protection of her cubs, so she was not put to death. Many today are asking about whether there is double standard for Grizzlies and humans: a bear is spared because she kills in defense of her children, an Idahoan is charged with a felony for killing a Grizzly in defense of his children.
The disparity is enough to draw the battle lines. And, drawn they are.
On this past Mother’s Day, Jeremy Hill, 33, of Porthill in the far north of Idaho, shot and killed the Grizzly which was reportedly on his property, threatening to attack pigs which are his children’s 4-H projects. Hill told authorities that he knew his children were outside, but didn’t know their exact location, and feared for their safety with a huge Grizzly on his property.
The Grizzly is a threatened species on the United States Fish and Wildlife’s list maintained pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. The act of “taking” (killing) a Grizzly is punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to one year imprisonment UNLESS THE TAKING IS AN ACT OF SELF DEFENSE OR DEFENSE OF OTHERS. read more
Update: Charges were dismissed, $1000 fine paid.
Clay County - Update
August 31, 2011
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Clay County pleased with better communication
August 17, 2011
Josh Anderson of Clay County Nebraska contacted Jon Grant at Trademark America about an ongoing issue with The Fish and Wildlife Department. It involves the "proposed" Expansion of the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District. The draft documents are available for review on the Rainwater Basin National Wildlife Refuge website or at the regional planning website. Clay County Supervisors were tired of holding meetings and making comments just to have the Department do what they wanted to do anyway. Thats where Trademark America comes in. Their public comment period was up on July 15, 2011. After this date the plan was going on to superiors for approval and implementation even after it was heavily opposed by citizens of the county and the supervisors. Letters demanding coordination went to Ronnie Sanchez, Manager of the Wetland Management District; Nick Kaczor, at the Division of Refugee Planning and Daniel M. Ashe, the brand new director of Fish and Wildlife. A coordination meeting was set for August 16, 2011, one month following the end of public comments and the date the plan was to be sent in for approval and to begin implementation. Josh and the Supervisors were concerned that they had sent the plan on anyway because thats how they had been treated in the past. Jon, from Trademark America tried to explain "now that you have invoked your legal right as a form of local government, the Department can not send the plan on without coming to the table and discussing the adverse effects this plan has on your county and finding CONSISTENCY with you." They still were concerned and having been through it many times Jon knew that their fears would only go away once they asked whoever the Department sent for the meeting if they had indeed sent the plan off before fulfilling their legal obligation of coordinating with the supervisors. The Department sent Ronnie Sanchez and that exact question was posed to him. The answer? No! And Ronnie said they were aware they could not send the plan on for approval without coming and finding equal ground with the Supervisors. Now would that be the case if the Supervisors had not contacted Trademark America and invoked coordination in the right way? No, absolutely not. Just because Ronnie said they knew their obligation they only will come when you say you know they have to. Below is an article out of the Hastings Tribune describing the meeting and the participants reaction. Years of ignoring Clay County Nebraska turned around in a matter of two months time because of Trademark America, coordination and the brave actions of Josh Anderson and the Clay County Supervisors who are listed here: Gary L. Johnson, Gerald Schmidt, Michael Anderson, Eric Samuelson, Richard Shaw, Ivan Fintel, and Todd Nuss.
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Tell Planning Commission to reject Draconian Code Enforcement Rule
letter to the Editor by Tim Blanchard
July 21, 2011