“Any discussion of proposed actions on the Elkhorn Ranchlands should harken back to a conversation held over pizza in the small community of Medora, ND, in 2000. Ranchers Ken and Norma Eberts carried a vision of theirs to then-Theodore Roosevelt National Park Superintendent Noel Poe for what is now the Elkhorn Ranchlands. That meeting pivoted … Continue reading Boone, Crockett, Roosevelt, and a New National Monument for North Dakota
In North Dakota, if you’re an oil field company and you violate laws or regulations, you sometimes get fined for your misdeeds. Sometimes the fines are as much as $200,000. Sometimes they’re only $50,000, or $10,000. No matter. No one ever pays them. Because the philosophy of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, and its chairman, … Continue reading A Collaborative Approach To Regulating The Oil Industry. Yeah, Right.
Tomorrow, I'll join about 90,000 or so of my best friends on one of North Dakota's favorite days, hunting pheasants on the opening day of Pheasant Season. I thought I might share here, for those of you who don't read a magazine called Dakota Country, an article I wrote for them earlier this fall. If … Continue reading What Color Is A Pheasant?
We return now to an old, familiar story, a story of some really bad guys doing some really bad things to the North Dakota environment (or enviornment, as the Bismarck Tribune spells it in really big headlines on the front page today—have you ever seen a worse newspaper?), getting caught by state “regulators,” then given … Continue reading Who’s Looking Out For North Dakota? Surprise, It’s The United States Government. Good For Them. Good For Us.
“Then there’s the strange case of Drew Wrigley, the Lieutenant Governor and, many thought, heir apparent to the office. Wrigley has gotten himself tangled up in a messy personal situation that probably precludes his nomination . . .” That’s what I wrote a month ago today, on a quiet Tuesday morning, in an article ostensibly … Continue reading The End of the Drew Wrigley Story . . . For Now