Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Pearce to rally against US Forest Service plan
Congressman Steve Pearce's office announced Friday it is expecting hundreds of New Mexicans to rally in Silver City on March 5 against the U.S. Forest Service's plans to close access roads inside the Gila National Forest. The rally will take place starting at noon at the Grant County Business and Convention Center on Highway 180 next to Ace Hardware. "This is the time to come together and say, 'enough is enough,'" Pearce told about 100 residents of Truth or Consequences on Thursday night. "It is time for the Forest Service to keep those roads open to the public. This is about an attempt to take away another of our freedoms as Americans." The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, which supports the Forest Service's proposed Travel Management Plan, said the regulations are necessary to preserve national forest. "The Gila National Forest has been under assault from off-road vehicles for decades, but the Forest Service is taking steps to protect this national treasure." the group says on its website. Thursday night's meeting in Truth or Consequences was organized by the new group, "Keep Our Forest Open." It was created by individuals who have voiced frustration over the Forest Service's proposed Travel Management Plan, which calls for thousands of miles of roads inside the Gila to be closed. Pearce is expected to be one of several speakers at the rally in Silver City...more