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Gunnison Sage Grouse

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FOR MOTIVATION: Local Opposition to Endangered Species Listing

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services on Wednesday began the process of listing the Gunnison sage grouse as extinct. Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper decried the action by the feds: it “complicates our good-faith efforts to work with local stakeholders on locally driven approaches.” The Gunnison Chair of the County Board of Commissioners remarked, “Nobody could do more than we’ve done.” State officials in Colorado are likely to sue the federal government over this decision, as it prevents them from utilizing proven local approaches to conserve and protect the state’s natural habitat.

FOR INSPIRATION: Citizens, Lawmakers Gather for Federalism Forum

Today, we are witnessing federal overreach like never before; however, we are also seeing a genuine response from local people who recognize that this current concentration of power in Washington, D.C., was never as our Founders intended. One clear example is a forum that will focus on the principles of federalism sponsored by American Principles Project, Cornerstone Action, and Breitbart News Network. The forum will feature state lawmakers and concerned citizens discussing federalism in health care, land use, education, among other topics.

FOR FUN: Bundle Up (Again This Winter)

This week, you may have noticed a significant drop in temperatures across the U.S. The US Farmers Almanac seems to be hitting the mark. But that doesn’t mean local weathermen don’t have their methodologies and predictions. One local meteorologist from Ball State disagrees with the Almanac predictions, boasting his own method for local and national trends. Some early forecasts are pointing to another cold winter, perhaps with a round of snow happening earlier than normal. How do you get your weather news? By tuning into the local weather report or turning to national sources? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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