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The Pebble Mine project could destroy the Bristol Bay ecosystem forever. (VasikO via depositphotos.com/) Pebble Mine executives have finally admitted the obvious: that once they start digging their copper-and-gold mine, set in the headwaters of Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest red salmon run, they have no intention to stop—at least not
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The politics of hiding The air quality in Longmont is poor primarily due to fracking. The American Lung Association has given the area an “F” rating. Harmful chemicals produced by fracking, such as benzene, toluene, carbon dioxide and ethane often spike late at night, when the oil companies are flaring, but these chemicals have also
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You don’t always have to trek into the backcountry to score on a trophy bull. (Lon Lauber/) For many elk hunters, September means spiking out in the high country with some pack horses and a wall tent. For all the backcountry’s glory, it suffers from a problem: It’s a hell of a tough place to
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——————————————————————————————- “Either this nation shall kill racism, or racism shall kill this nation.” (S. Jonas, August, 2018) —————————————————————————————— As the Trumpublicans© bull their way to an extra Supreme Court Seat*, you are going to hear a lot about “Original Intent.” “We want to make sure that the majority of Justices on
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ANALYSIS/OPINION: For years, progressive politicians and groups have tried to prove the more effective conservative groups are just fronts for monied interests and corporate America. They’ve alleged time and again, without proof that the National Rifle Association the nation’s largest mass membership civil rights group is merely a tool of the firearms industry. Or that
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An early-season buck grunts to make contact with a nearby deer. (John Hafner Photography/) The vast majority of deer hunters are call-shy. In forty years of hunting with and talking to fellow hunters, I’m continually surprised at how few of them call to whitetails half as much as they should. And almost no one talks
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Thanks to your phone calls and emails in opposition to Ordinance O-19-82 (mandating locked storage requirements for any firearms outside your immediate possession or control) and Ordinance O-19-83 (banning firearms at any building owned or leased by the city for conducting business with the public), the Albuquerque City Council defeated both measures on a 6-3 vote Monday night.  During debate
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The Wasp Havalon HV 125 was the author’s favorite fixed-​blade of the test. (Wasp/) Last spring, I spent a week tearing up broadheads. I shot 20 new models through sides of beef ribs to test durability and pene­tration. I further evaluated them for accuracy, sharpness, and consistency. What I learned can help you pick the
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Portland has been designated a “anarchistic jurisdiction”! ARREST THIS LADY!! Ryan J. Lane / Getty Images Here’s your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin’!) • Lots of progress has been made by Oregon firefighters who
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     Commentary: You probably haven’t had the time or inclination to look into the fine print on all of those negative political ads we’re being bombarded with, so I’ve done it for you. Political ads often include sources, usually a newspaper story or official document, to add a sense of authenticity to their claims. I
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During a September 2019 “townhall” hosted by New Hampshire ABC affiliate WMUR, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made clear that he does not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was incorrect. During the event, Biden was asked, “Do you
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ANALYSIS President Trump has been confronted with a series of false and unfounded conspiracy stories from the same liberal establishment that condemns the wild QAnon phenomenon, according to an analysis of the president’s nearly four years in office. The press has lambasted the right-wing mystery persona of QAnon and its Internet-driven conspiracy theory that a
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A 140-class buck works a rub in a prime staging area. (Mark Raycroft/) You couldn’t miss this buck, and not just because he was hitting the same feeding area day after day. There was the rack. The landowner described the buck’s velvet antlers, which he could see from the roadside most evenings, as “a chandelier
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The Republican Party shattered its previous fundraising record by hauling in $67.6 million in August 2020. The Washington Examiner reported that the $67.6 million represents “nearly four times what the party did in the previous four Augusts combined.” Moreover, it puts the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) total for the current campaign cycle at $1.3 billion.
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In seeking her third term in the state Legislature, state Rep. LeAnne Burch, D-Monticello, faces a first for her political career: an opponent. Howard Beaty, a 50-year-old bank executive and former county GOP official from Crossett, is attempting to unseat Burch, a 59-year-old retired brigadier general and attorney, by tying her voting record to state
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