Ground Truth

What, Me Worry?

July 20, 2017 — Yesterday, a federal appeals court ruled that the Forest Service is liable for toxic waste cleanup costs from a mining operation in New Mexico. The appeals court remanded the case back to district courtMore

Prosecutor or Referee?

July 17, 2017 — Last week, as jury selection was underway in the retrial of four men accused of brandishing weapons during the 2014 standoff between federal agents and supporters of scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy, Attorney General JeffMore

Feds Seek Prison Terms for Bundy Backers

July 11, 2017 — Jury selection began this week as the government tries once again to secure convictions against four men who brought assault-style rifles to a 2014 standoff between federal agents and supporters of Nevada rancher ClivenMore

Deep Workforce Cuts Proposed for BLM

June 21, 2017 — As many as 1,000 jobs at the Bureau of Land Management may disappear next year, according to an email sent to agency employees last week by BLM Acting Director Mike Nedd, as the TrumpMore

Zinke to Trump: Roll Back National Monument Designation

June 12, 2017 — Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants President Trump to narrow the boundaries of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, marking a significant advance in the administration’s pledge to roll back national monument designations. InMore

Forest Service Approves Controversial Copper Mine

June 8, 2017 — A proposal to dig a $2 billion, mile-wide, half-mile-deep copper mine in southern Arizona cleared a significant hurdle yesterday when the Forest Service granted formal approval for the controversial project. Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals wantsMore

Fighting for Survival

June 5, 2017 — In the waning days of 1973, Richard Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act. It was anything but a controversial step for the embattled president, who a few months later would resign hisMore

An Emphatic Ruling Against a Montana Mine

June 1, 2017 — Question: How many laws can the federal government violate by giving the green light to a copper and silver mine in a wild corner of Montana? Answer: At least five. Earlier this week, U.S.More