Malheur County is home to about 500 wild horses with the population doubling every four years. Federal officials say the area can sustain 150. Later this month the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will publish a 10-year plan to reduce the growing population on more than a quarter million acres of public land.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed legislation has been dubbed a bipartisan effort. The legislation would protect 15 miles of the Owyhee River from new damming and diversion of the river and designates 1.1 million acres of the canyonlands as wilderness. Additionally, there are provisions to establish broader public land management around cattle grazing. Meanwhile, some ranchers who are otherwise supportive of the bill are concerned about how the legislation will be implemented.
Rock carvings on the remote sandstone bluffs of Malheur County present glimpses of local history, according to Michael Wanzenried, an archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management in Vale.
Deputy Brian Belnap’s job takes him to the remote reaches of Malheur County, watching not just for crime but for ranchers and outback adventurers in need of help. The Vale native’s job, funded by the Bureau of Land Management, suits him just fine.
Sagebrush, a vital plant for water and wildlife in the rangelands of the West, is getting a boost from a cultivation project at Snake River Correctional Institution.
Looking for fun this weekend? Check out the classic cars and chili at Two Rivers Park, or indulge in Tater Tot memories in Ontario. Here’s a look at what’s coming up.
SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency for the entire state “due to the imminent and ongoing threat of wildfire.” Brown authorized the declaration Saturday night as a wildfire threatened homes in southern Oregon near the community of Galice. The declaration clears state agencies to suspend[Read More…]
VALE – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has lifted fishing limits in Malheur Reservoir and along the Malheur River from Namorf Dam upstream through Warm Springs Reservoir to the Highway 20 bridge. Many Malheur County reservoirs have been hit hard by the three-year drought in southeastern Oregon. Fish[Read More…]