Forest chief: Fed water policy a mess

Proposed USFS directive is latest fed effort to grab Western waters, say states

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service's effort to establish a consistent policy for considering underground water resources when making decisions that affect national forest lands is confusing and misleading, the head of the agency acknowledged Wednesday.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell made the comments after testifying before a U.S. House subcommittee. Despite repeated references in the proposed directive to the management of groundwater, he said the agency has no intention of trampling on the authority of states to allocate water rights or manage water resources.

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Utah hotel settles immigration case with feds

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An upscale hotel chain has agreed to pay about $2 million to settle allegations that 43 Utah employees working in the country illegally had returned to work after they were flagged by an immigration audit and fired, according to federal authorities.

The U.S. attorney's office in Utah and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the settlement Wednesday.

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Elko County to message feds
cross-country by horseback

Cowboy Express theme: 'Regulation without representation is tyranny'

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada county will send a message the old-fashioned way to Washington about what it calls federal overreach on public lands: by horseback.

Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber said riders will begin the 2,800-mile ride at Point Reyes, California, around Sept. 26 and reach the U.S. Capitol about 20 days later.

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Work starts on $1 billion Nevada solar plant

Administrator on CCSD payroll working
for another state government?

District investigation underway

Once a prominent union member,
now he's a union target

Local sues former department PIO over health-benefit payments

Justice Scalia hails Idaho water adjudication

Judge: 'FBI, investigate yourself'
on witness tampering charge

Lawyer seeks answers to his brother's suspicious death in federal custody

Intelligence Gap: How a Chinese national
gained access to Arizona’s terror center

An un-vetted computer engineer plugged into law enforcement networks and a database of 5 million Arizona drivers in a possible breach that was kept secret for years.

Black conservative legal scholar slams
governor's 'demeaning the rule of law'

Cites 'rush to justice' in Michael Brown shooting death

Officer in Ferguson shooting characterized

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