Sunday, July 25, 2021


Supporters of the U.S. Postal Service are pressing to affirm its commitment to six-day-a-week delivery for letters and packages, and Congress looks to tackle "forever chemicals."


A bipartisan infrastructure bill could be released today, Speaker Pelosi taps another Republican for the January 6th panel, and a 'Selma-style" march for voting rights heads for Austin, Texas.

Veterans in DC: Don't Weaken Sage Grouse Protections


Thursday, June 15, 2017   

HELENA, Mont. -- Veterans from the West, including Montana, are in Washington, D.C., today to tell Congress not to undermine the country's sage grouse management plans.

The Vet Voice Foundation is in town because the National Defense Authorization Act is on the table - and in years past, it has included riders that would weaken sage grouse protections. They're also speaking up about a recent order from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review state and federal plans to protect the endangered bird.

Michael Jarnevic of Milltown, Mont., fought in four wars, and said he's at the Capitol today defending the sage grouse.

"When we fought for this country, we were fighting not only for the political system, but for the vast range lands, especially in the West, that have populations of animals - flora and fauna - that are so important as icons of the United States of America,” Jarnevic said.

The veterans will meet with members and staff of both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to encourage them to pass the defense budget without any riders. Sage grouse habitat stretches across 11 western states.

Jarnevic said the sage grouse is an indicator species, meaning its status says a lot about the habitat's health overall. He said too many states are overly concerned with numbers when it comes to protecting these birds.

"What we want to see done is to protect the habitat, which is critical to the survival and flourishing of that particular species,” he said.

Jarnevic said these lands also are worth protecting because of the role they play for recovering veterans. He said many of his friends who have experienced trauma in war come to the West's wild lands to heal.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

get more stories like this via email

While most electricity in Utah is generated by gas or coal-powered plants, one regional utility is considering the nuclear option. (brianguest/Adobe Stock)


SALT LAKE CITY -- In the push toward carbon-free energy production, some cities in Utah and nearby states are considering a new type of nuclear …

Health and Wellness

TAMPA, Fla. -- Move United's USA Wheelchair Football League is expanding from four cities to nine, including Tampa, to give athletes with …


CRAIG, Colo. -- What would it look like if one in four households in the country was solar-powered? A new report from the "30 Million Solar Homes" …

According to the American Heart Association, one in five cardiac arrests occurs in public, such as on a job site. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

DES MOINES, Iowa -- People across the Midwest, including Iowans, have dealt with a series of heat waves this summer. Health experts say hotter …

Social Issues

NEW YORK -- Over 10,000 New York and New Jersey front-line airport workers will get health insurance as part of new contract negotiations that come at…

More than 400 laws have been introduced this year that would restrict voting rights across the country. (Lakshmiprasad/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

INDIANAPOLIS -- Voting-rights advocates applaud this week's federal appeals-court decision to prevent Indiana from purging some voters from the rolls …


BOSTON -- A new survey finds widespread public support up and down the East Coast for protecting right whales from getting tangled up in fishing gear…


CARSON CITY, Nev. - A bill just introduced in the U.S, Senate would help thousands of species stay off the Endangered Species List - including …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021