April 2003

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
-- Ronald Reagan

Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare,
but only those specifically enumerated."
-- Thomas Jefferson



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It is irresponsible for [The Department of the Interior] to keep buying more land. We already own one out of every five acres in the country. Before the government buys more land, it must learn to take care of what it already controls.

-Secretary Gale A. Norton, U.S. Department of the Interior

"After working with this law (the Endangered Species Act) during my 22 years in Congress, I've concluded it's the most powerful law in the land. It can be used to thwart everything from the training of our fighter pilots to the farmer's simple desire to plant a crop in his field so he can feed his family."

House Resources Committee Chairman James V. Hansen discussing a bill to restore the original intent of the ESA [Endangered Species Act]

April 30, 2003

Montana: Civil Disobedience Considered To Battle Federal Grizzly Policy - J. J. Johnson, Sierra Times

$6 tax per acre proposed on rural landowners - Capital Press

Ore. gov. aims to do right for farmers - Capital Press

Opinion: Montana has valid water needs, too - As western Montana river management changes to reflect balance, Missouri river flows favor downstream states - The Missoulian

Lolo forest work comes to halt - Judge orders stoppage after environmentalists sue - The Missoulian

Forks mayor asks for help in sagging West End economy - KONP Radio

Growth Is Bad -- and So's No Growth - By John Hood, Carolina Journal

April 29, 2003

Session over; more to come - Locke orders extra session to get under way May 12 -The Olympian

Eyman promises to force vote on gas tax -King 5 News

Splendid Missa Gaia unusual cathedral fare - Spokesman-Review

Columbia Basin, Eastern Washington: Banks Lake drawdown called off - Capital Press

Rural Oregon gathers in support of bill - Capital Press

L.A., San Diego Lose Water in River Deal - AP

April 28, 2003

No deal on budget crisis; special session set May 12 -Seattle Times

San Diego, CA: Proposal involves public, private land -San Diego Union Tribune

SEEING SPOTS: The Spotted Owl Fiasco By Teresa Platt, Executive Director, Fur Commission USA

Santa Barbara farmers fight conversion to national park - Capital Press

April 26, 2003

Kessler joins in vote to increase gas tax, sales tax and more fees -Traffic fix: Green light in Olympia? AP

Business finds jobless fix, shifts to labor -The Olympian

DNR reduces access, maintenance on its recreational lands -King 5 News

Farmers help solve Skagit dispute By MARY MARGARET HAUGEN STATE SENATOR for Seattle Post-Intelligencer

'In Our Back Yard' - Sierra Club works to save roadless area -The Columbian

New forest rules will protect salmon while relieving financial burdens - Bremerton Sun

Judge dismisses Sierra Club lawsuit -Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Poll Finds Environmental Concern on the Decline - Liberty News Service

Reclaim America: Coffman and Hayward with Insight and Solutions to Stop the Global Agenda - Toni Thayer

RS 2477 Roads: Deal Struck by Dept. of Interior and State of Utah by Toni Thayer

April 25, 2003

Report says mill wastewater jeopardizing Snake River fish runs - Potlatch takes issue with fisheries service evaluation -Spokesman-Review

Government Jobs Drop Jobless Rate for March - Yakima Herald

State urges federal help with river -The Oregonian

Marysville, WA: Partnership has plans for biogas project - Capital Press

Western Washington jolted by 4.8 magnitude quake, no damage -AP

Government paperwork, red tape, takes its toll on education- TRACKSIDE © by John D’Aloia Jr.

Snohomish County, WA: Farmers, tribes, environmentalists and sports anglers join forces to protect farming - Capital Press

April 24, 2003

DRMT Hatches Scheme for Dungeness River Property by Steve Marble

Tri-county group organize to keep Boeing jobs in area - King Co. Bus. Journal

Forest chief: Debate focuses on wrong issues -The Columbian

Olympia: Gun rights issue holds up Senate passage of antiterrorism bill
- News Tribune

Democrats scurry for new taxes - Extra session inevitable as parties butt heads -Spokesman-Review

House passes rollback of trapping ban -King 5 News

Dairy farms drying up in Jefferson County- Only three dairy farms remain - 'No money in it' - too many environmental regulations, says farmer -PT Leader

Pierce County, WA: Fluoride initiative drive begins -News Tribune

Narrower buffers in the works - Capital Press

Billings, MT: Scented snowballs used in park predator test -Billings Gazette

April 23, 2003

Sue Forde takes on challenge of race for Clallam County Commissioner District 1 - Citizen Review Online

Legislature expected to pass shorelines revision -Everett Herald

Washington State unemployment climbs to 7% -Seattle Times

Fairgrounds to redefine term 'parking lot' -Bremerton Sun

NRA concerns hold up passage of state anti-terrorism bill -Seattle P-I

UWs $1.3 million "day of reflection" - EFF

Canadian border 'not a conduit for terrorists' - Mexico is a much bigger problem for illegal access to U.S., study says - Ottawa Citizen

April 22, 2003

Will he return to politics? Local surveyor, conservative political figure disabled beyond repair? by Lois Krafsky-Perry, Citizen Review Online

Call your legislators today and remind that that we still want them to hold the line on taxes and fees - editorial, CRO

Olympia, WA: Governor signs bill changing the way cities tax business -AP

House Concurs with Changes to RMAP Bill -WSFB

House Democrats ready to pull plug on sales tax hike -AP

Legislators: Restoring voter trust is simple - Model performance audit legislation by Bob Williams, EFF

Is common sense dead? TRACKSIDE © by John D’Aloia Jr.

Institute for Justice to Release Report on Government Use of Private Property; Report Spotlights State-By-State Abuses of Eminent Domain

April 21, 2003

North Carolina: Open-space bills lack key support -News Observer

Orwell Redux: Your Medical Privacy is no longer private - Health Sciences Institute

Oh, yes — the Constitution! - Opinion, The Capital Press

Judge deciding whether water development company must accept check - Nature Conservancy bought land, will turn it over to federal government -KCNC TV, Colorado

Environmentalist groups complain about lawsuits that begin to reverse massive land set-asides -KCNS News

Fish and Wildlife sued by animal protection group over Channel Islands fox protection -Union Tribune

Farmers dig into draft for dust rules as they brace for new round or regulations - Capital Press

Gorge panel to consider rule changes -The Columbian

April 19, 2003

Utility deal to clean air reaches $1.2 billion -News Tribune

Nickel gas-tax increase may be consensus -Seattle Times

Timber mill brings economic recovery to town -King 5 News

Nevada Senate votes to delay releasing police search affidavits - Reno Gazette-Journal

Poll Finds Environmental Concern on the Decline - ENS

Plan to study effects of logging gets too complex, is downsized - Sacramento Bee

Animal Protection Groups File Suit Over Arizona Mountain Lion Killing 'Study' -PRNewswire

America: A Work In Progress - Opinion by Keith Allison, D.Dn.

April 18, 2003

Washington State: Proposed House Democrat Tax Increases

Speak Loud – Speak Now! No New Taxes! by Cindy Honcoop, State Director of Washington Eagle Forum

Irrigation Blamed for Warming San Joaquin - Mercury News

Hastings opposes Banks Lake drawdown - Tri-City Herald

Lawmakers step up water policy talks -Tri-City Herald

Teamsters, GOP Join Forces on Environment - AP

WA State population rate slows - The Olympian

Once Again, a River Will Run Through It - EPA proposes tearing down the Milltown Dam in Montana - WA Post

Catfish get $500K, but shrimp, $4M - The Hill

April 17, 2003

Supervisors refuse state plan - Smart growth told 'No go' in Langlade County, Wisconsin - Antigo Daily Journal

New Urbanism Doesn't Speak to Western Towns -Salt Lake Tribune

Lawmakers scramble to sway Boeing - Company has made it clear state will have to compete for 7E7 assembly work - Seattle PI

Sales tax increase proposed - Democrats also call for 50-cent rise in cigarette tax -The Olympian

ALERT - Washington Farm Bureau RMAP Update: Call your representative to voice your opinion - 2SHB 1095, the RMAP bill goes to a vote on April 27th - WSFB

Trial Dates have been set for phase two and three in Hage v. US. - Hage Trial Set for May 3 through May 21, 2004, in Reno, Nevada - Stewards of the Range

WSU’s change in plans a shock to some farmers - Capital Press

Florida: Road bill should be shelved - Clarifying efforts not enough to save proposal this session- Editorial, Florida Capital News

April 16, 2003

Medical Miranda? So-called 'privacy' regulations eliminate patient consent for disclosure of medical records - Newsmax

WA State: Forecasted state revenue: $21,404 per minute - Bob Williams, EFF

No-shooting zone shrinks - The County Council tells Snohomish its first plan would require a petition effort - Everett Herald

Forks, WA: Russians tourism people visit West End - Russian Far East Social Partnership for Ecotourism Project partners with Vermont-based Institute for Sustainable Communities - The Forks Forum

Congressman visits Port Angeles, discusses issues - KONP Radio

April 15, 2003

CSE calls for "Scrap the Code" on April 15th - CSE

Community members attend ground breaking ceremony for yacht building venture by Lois Perry, Citizen Review

They're moving forward... - Invasive Species Update - by Jim Beers

It Began with Clinton: Executive Order 13112 on Invasive Species - from Eco-Logic

Official suspends wilderness reviews - Decision limits amount of land eligible for protection -The Olympian

Bill aimed at reining in housing costs goes to Locke -The Oregonian

Wash. commissions seek more government oversight - Capital Press

Brainwashing pre-school peaceniks - by Michelle Malkin, WND

April 14, 2003

Portions of a "watershed management plan" revealed to public - KONP

Endangered Species Act: Flawed Law - Few species saved; millions spent, thousands of jobs lost - by T. R. Mader, ABS

Interior Says 'No' to New Wilderness Areas in Utah - Las Vegas Sun

Washington program looking for farmland - - Farmlink seeks to match up owners of property who would like to sell or lease land to aspiring farmers Capital Press

April 13, 2003

Aspirin adds cancer to its success list - SMH

Forests to receive $15 million for fire restoration- The Missoulian

The failed education 'reforms' by Tom DeWeese, for News with Views

Tax dollars used to fund nonprofit groups for a variety of very questionable projects -TRACKSIDE © by John D’Aloia

Frustration pours out over housing infill - Some Portland Residents Aren't Happy With Smart Growth - The Oregonian

BOOK SUMMARY: A POVERTY OF REASON: Sustainable Development and Economic Growth - The Independent Institute

April 12, 2003

WA State Apple Commission Shutting Operations - Yakima-Herald

House Judiciary Committee hears about growing liability for cities and counties - The Olympian

WA State Senate marks $2.7 billion for construction -The Olympian

Dams' control getting trickier - Council tries to balance water level upstream & down - Seattle P-I

Gates are opened for bountiful salmon harvest - Seattle P-I

State likely won't face drought this year - The Olympian

April 11, 2003

Salmon and the Elwha River Dam by Marv Chastain

New Mexico: Rio Grande `endangered' -Albuquerque Tribune

FWP gets an earful over wolf management plan - The Missoulian

Oregon: Endangered status sought for pygmy rabbit -The Oregonian

House Endorses Drilling in Alaska Refuge -AP

Battle Over Hunting Rights Plays Out In State Capitals - Gannett

Business owners & recreation groups file suit to lift personal watercraft ban - Blue Ribbon Coalition Report

April 10, 2003

Washington Farm Bureau RMAP Update - News Release from WFB

Tonasket City Council adopts "Life & Liberty" Resolution

Bill to open farmland to soccer dies in House - Seattle P-I

Keep Canadian grizzly bears north of border, lawmakers say - Seattle PI

Dunn won't run for U.S. Senate -The Olympian

Klamath, Snake retain spots on annual endangered rivers list -The Columbian

Jefferson County, WA: No 'closed range' for West End - PT Leader

Why should a County Commissioner or any other elected official visit and read my website? by Julie Kay Smithson

Fishermen work to recall California's Governor Davis - news release

April 9, 2003

Court won't overturn Clinton logging ban - Appeals judges refuse to reconsider roadless decision -Spokesman-Review

Senate panel gives tax breaks to businesses - Bills would help fitness clubs, call centers, computer companies -Spokesman-Review

House narrowly approves 4-cent gas tax hike -King 5 News

All-American Road Status for Highway 12 - Is it a blessing or a curse? by Toni Thayer

Middle Ages were warmer than today, say scientists -UK Telegraph report

April 8, 2003

Klamath irrigators to get their fill of water - SDJ

Michigan's rattlesnake may be endangered species-South Bend Tribune

Clallam: Elected county planner will get $53,079 salary - PDN

House ups gas tax ante -The Olympian

Taxpayers fight back -EFF

'Vote by Mail' - a formula for fraud by Bill Sizemore, for News with Views

Gorge panel adopts 'triage' strategy - The Chronicle

House Panel Backs Bush Plan To Drill In ANWR - Reuters

April 7, 2003

Clallam: PA, Sequim `open houses' to address watershed issues - PDN

What's an emergency? Restoring people power -Seattle Times Commentary

Lawmakers grapple over state water policies - Seattle PI

Salmon at risk with adviser, critics say - News Tribune

April 6, 2003

Businesses plead for Olympia's best shot -Seattle Times

Commentary: Washington State business climate in state not conducive to growth -The Olympian

How Healthy is Hood Canal? a report from Common Sense Mason

Environmentalism vs Conservation - a Look at Two Roads - Abundant Wildlife Society of America

April 5, 2003

Gov. Gary Locke Signs Public Works Bill to Create New Jobs Across the State -News Release

Washington Farm Bureau RMAP Update - Senate Natural Resources Committee Passes RMAP Bill

Senate budget for Washington state - AP

Senate pulls "Faith-Based Initiative" for now, but it will be back - S.476 include special tax breaks to powerful land trusts when buying up property - Alert from American Land Rights Association

Montana: Growth policy revisions on way to becoming law - Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Density Limits Only Add To Sprawl - Large Lots Eat Up Area Countryside - WA Post

State Supreme Court upholds Referendum 53 -Bremerton Sun

New Site of Interest: Water for the

BPA caught in a crunch - Canada's BC Hydro benefits - Seattle Times

April 4, 2003

Farmers and ranchers ride to protect water rights - Capital Press

Vulnerable dams and ports shortchanged, experts charge - Seattle P-I

Farmers resist fish estuary plan, say salt in water table will ruin them - Meanwhile, tribes argue for salmon-saving measures - Seattle PI

In The Northwest: Despite his shortsightedness, Eyman has a point - Seattle PI

CA: Lake Earl Flooding Leads to Mysterious Lake Breach- Sierra Times

Kitsap County: Building permit time cut in half - Bremerton Sun

Land added to National Wildlife Refuges in eight states, and new habitat conserved by Wetlands Act - USFWS

Las Vegas, NV - EDITORIAL: Controlling the growth-control crowd - LV Review Journal

Straight from the Heart - A farmer speaks out about small farms and the farm bill by Richard R. Oswald

The judge banned a book he never read by Vin Suprynowicz

April 3, 2003

Commentary: Taxpayer group reacts to Senate budget -Jason Mercier, EFF

Lawmakers seeks moratorium on more federal land -AP

Idaho: Tax increase bills sent to full House - Measures would raise sales tax for year, hike taxes on wine, beer and cigarettes -Spokesman-Review

The UN's Power Patch: Greening the Globe - by Tom DeWeese, for News with Views

Epidemic Of Conservation Easements - from Liberty Matters

Canada weighs renewed drilling -The Olympian

Most shoreline abusers are not punished - Agencies struggle to police unauthorized construction that endangers waterlife - Seattle PI

Bush wants to alter salmon protection -The Olympian

Methow Valley: Group releases watershed study - Methow Valley News

Pierce County, WA: Tax hike would fund conservation district, help buy up development rights -News Tribune

Birds And Warriors - Environmental regs restrict training activities of troops -LNS

Snohomish County: Request for salmon forum to add farmers and owners -Seattle Times

Study finds pollutants pouring into Lake Washington -King 5 News

Worries over mystery virus chill Seattle's ties with Asian cities -The Oregonian

April 2, 2003

Tobacco and "sin" taxes continue to rise: a small battle in the ongoing assault on freedom -TRACKSIDE © by John D’Aloia Jr.

Invasive Species - A Means to an End by Jim Beers

Conservationists, Industry Join to Advance Roadless Rule -ENS

Teach Our Children - I-285 Requires schools to teach our Declaration of Independence and our Constitutions by Monte Benham

Washington's Unemployment Rose Slightly in February

Senate GOP jumps gun, offer no-new-taxes budget - AP

House takes first steps in cutting state budget - Budget `lean, slim' after hiring, travel cut, insurance expansion plan dropped -Spokesman-Review

State House Leader McMorris talks 'budget'

Bull trout recovery plan assessed by retired Fish & Wildlife employee - Opinion used by 'experts' rather than scientific evidence from a report by Ken Williams

Commentary: Dereliction of Duty by Keith Allison, D.Dn.

Public comments count with EPA - Commentary, Capital Press

Vancouver, WA: Pollard pledges to create jobs in fifth mayoral bid - The Columbian

Mandatory Apple Dues Deemed Unconstitutional - Yakima Herald-Republic

Lacking $12,000, DNR closes 3 campgrounds - News Tribune

April 1, 2003

Smallpox vaccination halted after recent deaths -Seattle Times

Florida: Land deal may expand state forest in Panhandle - Nature Conservancy to buy 16,652 acres to connect wildlife corridor - Florida Capital News

County pushes housing with walking in mind - Snohomish County is encouraging developers build "pedestrian villages" along I-5 at 128th and 164th streets - Everett Herald

Capital Views: Sentiments on half-cent sales tax turn again -Columbian

Gravel-mining plan under review - Enviro group criticizes the pit-to-pier project, vows to block it - Bremerton Sun

Thirty Years Ago by Jim Beers for eco-logic

Troubling Lack of Science Behind Global Warming Claims - eco-logic

Washington Bill Watch - Days of Danger: April 2 thru April 10th -Michael Hardiman

The Average American Military Warrior - Author Unknown

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