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August 21, 2014


Whose Water Is It?
Liberal Attorney Claims ‘The State’ Owns All South Platte River Water. Colorado Governor's Office Points Out That’s Not The Law.
By Gene Koprowski

A leading liberal Colorado water rights attorney is claiming that “the state” government owns all of the South Platte River’s water. But the water czar for the state’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is pointing out that that opinion is not the law, and is citing references to statutes, and case law, that inform his stance in correspondence with Land And Water USA.

During a meeting of the South Platte Basin Round Table meeting last week, noted left-leaning attorney, Michael D. Shimmin, a partner in the Boulder-based firm Vranesh and Raisch, LLP, was responding to a question by rancher Chuck Sylvester. Sylvester asked the open forum exactly who was the beneficial owner of the water, when the river level was high, or when it was low. In response, Shimmin excitedly exclaimed, “the state.”

The counselor did not elaborate, but observers said there was a stunned silence in the room after the on-the-record comment, made during the public forum. Shimmin lists the South Platte Basin Round Table and the Colorado Interbasin Compact Committee among his “professional affiliations” on his official biography. The South Platte Basin Roundtable lists Shimmin as an “at large” member.

Shimmin did not respond to an e-mail asking him to elaborate on the opinion by a Land and Water USA reporter.

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August 21, 2014
The Wells Family, a Colorado Story
Steve Wells takes us on a tour of Wells Ranch in Weld County, CO, where his family has been farming and ranching since 1888. This is his home, where his Dad was born, where he raised his kids, and now where he has partnered with industry to develop natural gas using hydraulic fracturing. Steve's responsible energy development means 600 local jobs, millions of dollars in donations to local charities, and preservation of his American dream.


August 20, 2014
Trampling on Coal Country families
Obama and EPA are determined to destroy US coal, people’s lives and welfare be damned
Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Click here to continue.
Paul Driessen


August 20, 2014
Horse trading jargon
By Julie Carter, Cowgirl Sass & Savvy
There is an entire dictionary's worth of phrases, sayings and quotes you can pin to the horse trading business.

The best advice for the horse buyer is to carefully discern the words they hear and try to decipher what those terms and phrases may actually define. Hidden meaning is the trademark of a seasoned horse trader. Click here to continue.


August 18, 2014
by Ron Ewart
There is a great deal of confusion, mis-information, propaganda and outright lies flooding the Internet and the airways about the Keystone XL pipeline. Most people aren't aware that three phases of the pipeline are already built and operating. Click here to continue.


August 18, 2014
Legal Expert: EPA’s CO2 Rule Violates Federal Data Quality Law - Michael Bastasch
The Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants doesn’t meet federally mandated data quality rules, according to legal experts, as the agency has failed to show how it resolved apparent conflicts of interest in the major climate studies relied upon to justify its new rule. Click here to continue.


August 18, 2014
ITSSD responds to EPA’s power plant rule
The scientific basis for regulating the carbon emissions of existing US power plants has not been been properly validated according to the provisions of the Information Quality Act (IQA), argues the Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD) in its recent submission to the EPA, responding to the agency’s solicitation for public comments. Click here to continue. Written by Jonathan Rowland.


Notice: To Incumbents and
Candidates for Public Office

Land And Water USA will consider endorsing Incumbents and Candidates for Public Office based on their fulfillment of the following requirements:

a) Candidate will address what constitutes *Private Property.
b) Candidate will illustrate how he or she will protect Private Property.
c) Candidate will identify enumerated powers of Federal and State and remove each overreach.
d) Candidate will initiate legislation to re-affirm *“Water as Vested Property.”
e) Candidate will publically commit to withdrawing Colorado from the *PRRIP
f) Candidate will embrace the *American Consumer Tax

* To learn what constitutes Private Property and how to protect it go to: http://www.LandAndWaterUSA.com

* Colorado is under Spanish – or “Prior Appropriation” - First in time, first in right. There’s a difference between Water law and Water as Vested Property.

*PRRIP – Platte River Recovery Implementation Program. Research has revealed the PRRIP appears to serve as the vessel by which Junior Water Owners artificially drive the S. Platte River in-stream flow past its historic dry up (around Kersey, CO), to the eastern part of Colorado where they're diverting, retiming and selling Senior Water Owners water.

In addition to the PRRIP violations of Colorado’s Constitution, this is another reason why the PRRIP agreement must be terminated.

* http://AmericanConsumerTax.com


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