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Utah lawmakers seek valuation of federal lands in state
They seek to find the difference between current payments by the federal government and the actual taxable value of the land.

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Are Oregon’s cougars being overhunted? Experts disagree
Estimates of the cougar population in Oregon vary widely, and an accurate answer could shed more light on whether or not the big cats are being overhunted
BLM Says It Plans To Pull Back On Controversial Plan To Spay Wild Mares In Oregon
Animal rights groups have criticized the procedure, calling it inhumane.
Malibu residents ordered out as California wildfire nears
The fire erupted Thursday near the northwest corner of the city of Los Angeles as the region’s notorious Santa Ana winds gusted.
Northern California wildfire nearly quadruples in size
The entire town of Paradise was ordered evacuate, setting off a desperate exodus.
Evacuations ordered as Northern California wildfire grows
The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 70 near the fire and urged motorists to avoid the area.
PG&E warns Northern California customers of possible outages
Pacific Gas and Electric Company is notifying customers in nine Northern California counties it may turn off power starting Thursday to reduce the risk of a wildfire amid hot and windy weather
California braces for extreme fire conditions
Peak winds are expected Thursday night, with the potential for gusts up to 50 mph in valleys and coasts.
Poachers caught cutting trees on Washington forest land
Charging documents say timber poachers were caught cutting 18 trees on Washington forest land off the Mountain Loop Highway
4 small quakes rattle Northern California farmland
Four small earthquakes a few minutes apart shook farmland and wilderness in northern San Benito County, east of Monterey Bay
Interior watchdog refers Zinke probe to Justice Department
Zinke has come under scrutiny for his travel practices and other actions as secretary.

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