OwyheeStar Week Five 2016

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

Typically we discuss something regional or close to OwyheeStar. This commentary is out of the norm for us; however, for those knowing we are not far from the conflict (at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge) we thought this might be of interest.

promo_aboutrefuge_BWphotoJust mentioning Eastern Oregon brings a lot to mind and heart. Our little section of the world has been in the news for the last month. It is about a 150-mile drive from Ontario to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. You most likely have heard about the takeover, as well as the shooting that took place. For those of you not connected to ranching, it is probably difficult to comprehend how this all began. 

Many ranchers have seen their lifestyle threatened. Traditional ranching has been made nearly impossible due to government land management practices. Furthermore, our government seems to want to acquire the land for what they say is the greater good. In turn, we have witnessed what the lack of allowed grazing has brought–large parcels of government land kindle-ready for a single spark to ignite an uncontrollable fire. Thousands of acres burned and although replanting of sagebrush and native grass is in the works, it will take a long time to come close to prefire conditions. There is no way to replace ancient stands of sagebrush and native brush.

The indignant outrage and the loss to these salt-of-the-earth folks cannot be voiced in a few short words. Horrendous doesn’t cover it. If you are a non-meat eater, you might not value the cattle industry. These range-fed beef have long been a staple of America. We have to ask ourselves do we want to make it impossible to supply America the food they want? What does it mean that another historic ranch is bankrupt? Imported beef is at your grocery. You may not care; however, each farmer or rancher that falls affects our future in ways that are hard to understand. Is this what America is to become? 

We sincerely hope that the conflict will be resolved, and something good will come of the efforts. Certainly, we cannot agree with everyone’s methods. At the same time, those that have attended meetings trying to affect change have repeatedly learned the government takes note and then follows up with their original plan–few adjustments or concessions are ever made. They give us the impression they know what is in our best interest, and the people of the region are insignificant. For those on the outside looking in, please do not judge what you cannot understand. The ranchers didn’t ask for the takeover; others came in response to what they felt is government overreach. 

This Week on the Blog3 Blue LH_Sadie X Stack D&P-B

Cliff and I hope you enjoyed the week’s posts. If you want to review or catch up, here are the links for your convenience. (Oh, and we added the heart-happy photo to balance the above commentary.)

 

Sunday—January 17 — Are You Driven?

Monday — January 18 — Touching Story

Tuesday — January 19 — Possibilities

Wednesday — January 27 — Baby Blue Longhair

Thursday  — January 28 — Answers

Friday  — January 29 — Weimar Whit.1

On a very personal note

We find ourselves extremely busy, but then it is not too much beyond the norm. My (Shela’s) post cancer treatment lymphedema is not a huge issue–weekly physical therapy, a special diet, and particular exercise are vital. Nevertheless, improvement continues. Cliff is working hard on the remodel as cash, time, and energy can be found. There is not much else to report.

As Always

(Note–thank you to all of you who continue to send us updates. There is a lot to be learned from other Weimlovers; it puts a smile on our faces too!)

There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are especially grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. There is no end in sight of our farmhouse remodel. We are doing it ourselves, and it is the installment plan–we are not borrowing to do this. We buy something and install it. Therefore, having the updates is greatly appreciated than usual–it is always a blessing! DSC_0134edit

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Posted on January 30, 2016, in Companion Weimaraner, News, OwyheeStar, OwyheeStar News, Weekly Newsreel and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. It’s so sad that destruction and bad things are everywhere. I feel with the ranchers, once we have to import everything and then we are addicted to someone and something we can’t control….
    Fingers and paws are crossed that everything works as expected and planned…

    • First the occupiers must leave. There are some still inside. Secondly, with the eye on everything, crazy folks that don’t understand will say we have to take the land from the rancher–etc for many reasons. Balance and fairness are not what normally happens.

  2. I just have to chuckle at the wonderful pic of the 3 baby blue boys! With their wavy, curly ears and serious expressions, they remind me of the British men who wear wigs in court, or of George Washington!

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