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PostSubject: Re: Some of what you might see at this years gathering,   Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:14 pm

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(ASHLAND, MONTANA) Crews continue to fight wildfires in southeastern Montana, and even though containment is nearing 100 percent, ranchers are just beginning to assess the effects.

Cecil Kolka, 80, has lived at his ranch near Ashland since 1935. He's witnessed crippling fires, but none as devastating as the Ash Creek fire, which scorched more than 200,000 acres.

Kolka owns more than 800 head of cattle and half have been taken by the fire, he estimated.

Scattered deep in the pastures lay dead cattle, some piled on top of other another not able to escape. For those cattle that remained on the ridges of the fire, some have become so badly burned, they aren't expect to survive. Another issue facing owners is the lack of adequate food and water for remaining cattle. More than 8,500 cattle are considered to be affected.

Kolka understands natural disasters but he said it doesn't make it any easier to see his cattle killed by the fire.

Kolka was not the only rancher to lose cattle. Other livestock owners in the area will gather Thursday in Ashland at the local gym to meet with staff members of U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT). The staff will provide information about what resources are available to help recovery from the fires and prevent further losses and damages.

Also assisting livestock producers in the USDA Farm Service Agency. They are creating three programs for ranchers that include "emergency use" of acreage in the Conservation Reserve Program due to the fire. Emergency grazing is also another available option.

For now, ranchers including the Kolka's will continue surviving with their business.

Kolka does not plan on leaving his ranch regardless of the financial impact this fire has created: "We're pretty determined to make this home for the rest of [our lives]."



Source: Dustin Klemann, KTVQ
Posted by Haylie Shipp


Article and Video: http://www.northernag.net/AGNews/tabid/171/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/7177/Ranch-Sees-Half-of-Cattle-Taken-by-Ash-Creek-Fire.aspx
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PostSubject: Re: Some of what you might see at this years gathering,   Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:27 am

If this doesn't make your blood boil, make you want to revolt, wipe your ass with a beaurocrat, there is something wrong with you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6vA_wveeFk&sns=fb
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PostSubject: Re: Some of what you might see at this years gathering,   Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:27 pm

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If this doesn't make your blood boil, make you want to revolt, wipe your ass with a beaurocrat, there is something wrong with you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6vA_wveeFk&sns=fb

Joe that is how they have done things for years. Two years ago there was a small fire near me within 2 miles and they took one look at it and decided that they would start a back fire 10 miles away. There were several ranchers there and two had dozers and the fire got put out, The called the Sheriff and he refused to arrest the ranchers and he threatened to arrest the blm fire coordinator. But that was just a small fire that burned 30 sq miles. so it did not make the news. But what you saw on that video is the norm not the exception. We must remember they do not get hazard pay unless there is a fire and it is not to there advantage to put the fire out. There are many cases each year of them starting there own fires so they can make the big bucks. Lets look back a few years and remember when the Hot Shot fire fighter in Arizona was caught starting a fire because he need a good paycheck that exposed the industry for a year or two and now look what we have this year. That doe's not happen all of the time but there are way to many fire's that start from suspicious nature than anyone would like to ever admit too. This is pretty much a yearly thing for us in the west. In 2007 Range Fire Fighting ranked as the third leading industry in the state of Nevada behind Gambling and Gold mining.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of what you might see at this years gathering,   Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:50 am

Kent Powell wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcdZtci-4sE&feature=related

"Mr Obama, this is your BLM. What are you going to do about it?" What a fracking joke. These sons a bitches that make this should have to make film of the horses when they are straving to death. See which one they can make people believe is worse.

You just can't fix stupid.

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PostSubject: Re: Some of what you might see at this years gathering,   Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:51 am

Jack McNamee wrote:
Kent Powell wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcdZtci-4sE&feature=related

"Mr Obama, this is your BLM. What are you going to do about it?" What a fracking joke. These sons a bitches that make this should have to make film of the horses when they are straving to death. See which one they can make people believe is worse.

You just can't fix stupid.

Jack

They sure good at showing only one side of the issue, That video was shot about 150 miles from here and with no water in that area for anything, they didn't have many choices. The time and money spent on the management of wild horses and Burros is just scary. There are so many activist groups claiming everything in the rainbow for their rights. Just what rights do we have left? I better quit as i can get to ranting and raving pretty bad about this. Jack you are dead right. W.T
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PostSubject: Re: Some of what you might see at this years gathering,   Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:06 am

my 10 yr old grandson, spending a few days with my daughter, declared upon seeing a polar bear penned at the zoo, "that`s cruel"...the breakdown of our society , in my opionion, coincides with our country moving from a rural to urban culture...evolution marches on...
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PostSubject: Re: Some of what you might see at this years gathering,   Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:02 am

Humans caged in a zoo for their own protection, peering through and grasping the bars while observing pristine nature without human intervention.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of what you might see at this years gathering,   Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:04 am

My Favorite quote in our Fish and game magazine---Managing things naturally requires intensive management.
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