Stevens County Pampers Wearers


By Bob Ferris   When I was in college I spent a lot of time taking field courses and hanging out in wild places.  These were wonderful experiences which I still pursue but the quality of these ventures were also greatly influenced by the nature of my companions.  Most were spectacular, but some were kind … Continue reading Stevens County Pampers Wearers

Cliven Bundy: The Cowardly Cowboy of Clark County Throws a Tantrum


By Bob Ferris   “In a meeting Saturday, Bundy urged Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie to seize the federal officials’ weapons and bring them back to the rancher.”   Seattle Times April 12, 2014    Many people in American and the world watched in horror this past week as the events unfolded in Nevada.  We … Continue reading Cliven Bundy: The Cowardly Cowboy of Clark County Throws a Tantrum

The Sacred Cows Return to the Public Trough…Again and Again


by Bob Ferris   Cattle Grazing Helps Maintain The Land: • Grazing minimizes non-native plant growth; • Grazing reduces wildfire risk by decreasing flammable material on the land; • Grazing contributes to soil stabilization; • Grazing promotes grass tilling, plant reproduction, and healthy plant communities.  Oregon Cattlemen’s Association website   Proof that there are at … Continue reading The Sacred Cows Return to the Public Trough…Again and Again

The High Cost of Delaying Needed Reforms: The Wedge Pack and Coal


By Bob Ferris Thirty years ago or so FRAM oil filters used to run TV commercials featuring a mechanic named Jerry and a tag line: You can pay me now or you can pay me later.  The take away message being that it cost a lot less to take proactive or preventative measures than to … Continue reading The High Cost of Delaying Needed Reforms: The Wedge Pack and Coal