President Elect Donald Trump Nominates Ryan Zinke for Interior Secretary…

Former Navy Seal Commander, Ryan Zinke, currently serving in the House of Representatives, has been selected by President-elect Trump to be nominated as Secretary of the Interior… 

(New York, NY) — President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to appoint U.S. Congressman Ryan Zinke from Montana as Secretary of the Interior.


Rep. Zinke has spent his time in the U.S. House of Representatives building an impressive portfolio on Interior issues ranging from federal mineral leases to tribal affairs to public lands conservation.

Rep. Zinke is widely praised for his voting record that supports the Teddy Roosevelt philosophy of managing public lands, which calls for multiple-use to include economic, recreation and conservation.

“I am pleased to nominate Congressman Ryan Zinke as our Secretary of the Interior. He has built one of the strongest track records on championing regulatory relief, forest management, responsible energy development and public land issues,” said President-elect Donald J. Trump. “As a former Navy SEAL, he has incredible leadership skills and an attitude of doing whatever it takes to win. America is the most beautiful country in the world and he is going to help keep it that way with smart management of our federal lands. At the same time, my administration’s goal is to repeal bad regulations and use our natural resources to create jobs and wealth for the American people, and Ryan will explore every possibility for how we can safely and responsibly do that.”

“As someone who grew up in a logging and rail town and hiking in Glacier National Park, I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve Montana and America as Secretary of Interior,” said Rep. Zinke. “As inscribed in the stone archway of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana, I shall faithfully uphold Teddy Roosevelt’s belief that our treasured public lands are ‘for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.’ I will work tirelessly to ensure our public lands are managed and preserved in a way that benefits everyone for generations to come. Most important, our sovereign Indian Nations and territories must have the respect and freedom they deserve. I look forward to making the Department of Interior and America great again. May God bless Montana, God bless America and God bless the troops who defend her.”  (read more)


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132 Responses to President Elect Donald Trump Nominates Ryan Zinke for Interior Secretary…

  1. Phil aka Felipe says:

    It’s encouraging that PEOTUS Trump is appointing doers instead of political hacks to his cabinet.

    Liked by 20 people

    • quintrillion says:

      Intelligent, responsible, gifted warriors all.

      Liked by 7 people

    • Marygrace Powers says:

      Right Phil/ appointments are not IOU’s to donors etc/
      as with the Obama Administration/ (excerpt/1 example)

      Dan Roberts in Washington
      Wednesday 10 July 2013 15.50 EDT First published on Wednesday 10 July 2013 15.50 EDT

      “Barack Obama has rewarded some of his most active campaign donors with plum jobs in foreign embassies, with the average amount raised by recent or imminent appointees soaring to $1.8m per post, according to a Guardian analysis.

      The practice is hardly a new feature of US politics, but career diplomats in Washington are increasingly alarmed at how it has grown. One former ambassador described it as the selling of public office.”

      “US diplomats cry foul as Obama donors take over top embassy jobs
      Former ambassador likens practice to ‘selling of public office’ as figures show average amount of cash raised is $1.8m per post.”

      “State Department veterans are increasingly concerned about the size of donations raised by political supporters who go on to take up top foreign postings. Thomas Pickering, who recently led the investigation into lethal attacks on the US embassy in Libya and represented the US at the United Nations, claimed the practice had become nothing more than “simony” – the selling of public office.”

      Certainly will NOT happen under Trump Adminisitration/

      Liked by 6 people

      • bertdilbert says:

        Is anyone else alarmed that Trump is taking away cushy government post away from libitards?

        Liked by 5 people

        • kobayashifh says:

          Along with his congresional accomplishments, I relish Zinke’s Seal Team career of 23 years, and think of the Obama Administration’s “Militarization” of …our…governmental branches, and note in Particular the Brown-Shirt BLM standoff’s, the Colorado and Alaska “Mining Curtailment”, The Chucking Sea Oil Leases, and on.

          Bureaus & Offices
          Petra, Mount Hor, Jordan

          Bureau of Indian Affairs

          Bureau of Indian Education

          Bureau of Land Management

          Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

          Bureau of Reclamation

          Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

          National Park Service

          Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation & Enforcement

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

          U.S. Geological Survey

          Thank You, Representative Zinke

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    • beaujest says:

      Another real man boards the Trump Train !

      Liked by 2 people

  2. todayistheday99 says:

    Looks like Trump has a knack for finding the right guy for the job. (sorry for stating the obvious, but somebody has to do it every once in awhile)

    Liked by 17 people

    • harrietht3 says:

      No one but the very best, most capable and hard-working public servants are admitted into the Trump cabinet — a winning strategy and lodestar for M-ingAGA.
      POETUS is hard as nails: he will not be side-tracked by personal friendships nor political pressure — from any quarter — and thus fail in his MAGA mission.
      One goal only.
      America First.
      Our ancestors who died for our freedoms, and those who currently serve our great nation, deserve no less.

      Liked by 8 people

    • jefcool64 says:

      Sometimes you have to hit people with the obvious stick

      Liked by 3 people

    • Sunshine says:

      He also just appointed his Secretary of the Army: a West Point guy and… Owner of the Florida Panthers. This guy knows how to give orders and manage teams of Alpha males.
      Name : Vincent Viola.


  3. Pam says:

    Because Trump loves to win naturally he picks winners and this is a good one!

    Liked by 5 people

  4. Pam says:

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  5. Sentient says:

    Well, he’s no James G. Watt.


    • Thank God he is not!! Watt never should have been in the government in any capacity. Ryan Zinke indeed deserves the opportunity to continue to serve.
      semper fi

      Liked by 4 people

      • redsequin4 says:

        Thank goodness it’s not Sarah Palin, that’s all I can say.


        • susiepuma says:

          That was plenty……………….stupid statement of course…………..take your red sequin sneaker & stick it where the sun don’t shine…..

          Liked by 4 people

          • redsequin4 says:

            Wow, so that was a stupid statement because I’m not in the Palin fan club and don’t agree with you? I get it, you think we’re all part of the BORG?

            I like John Bolton, some people on this board don’t but I haven’t tracked them all down to berate them. Very badly done susiepuma.


        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          I like Sarah, but I think this guy may be better for the job. I almost think Sarah would agree. Here’s why:

          (1) Trump doesn’t need a lightning rod for this post – quiet action will allow real changes to happen. Trump wants a WIN – not a Pyrrhic win.

          (2) Trump is not lying when he says he’s a conservationist. His kids are hunters, too. Trump has resorts in beautiful locations. He really does want clean water and air, just like a lot of us “Agro-American” types. So nominating a person with conservationist cred is what we should expect.

          (3) Sarah’s skill set has changed over time. What she’s good at now is disruptive political organization. Basically, she’s a conservative community organizer. Frankly, she would be better serving Trump from OUTSIDE the administration.

          (4) Trump’s promise to the people out West after the Oregon standoff (as stated in his subsequent article calling for rule of law on all sides) – a responsible government that serves the people of the West, and doesn’t shove them around on behalf of distant corrupt interests. And a VET for the job. This is a real signal to the people of the West, IMO, that Trump gets their point of view, and is putting one of them in charge.

          I still want to see Sarah doing something for Trump, but what that is, may surprise us. I’m sure that Trump will figure things out.

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          • redsequin4 says:

            Thanks for your well rounded analysis of our President Elect’s pic for Interior Secretary. I’m a Montanan and like Ryan Zinke. Very proud of his over twenty years of service as a Navy Seal. As for Palin, I’ve never been a fan, mainly due to her treatment of large predators, mainly wolves and bears,while Governor of Alaska. We have the same wildlife here in this state and I worried she would be as divisive as James Watt was while at Interior.

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  6. NJF says:

    Don’t really know anything about him, but just by his resume I approve!

    Liked by 3 people

    • I’ve seen some negatives about his time with the SEALS, but other than that, he sounds like a good match for what should be done with federal lands.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Outdoorsman. Someone who loves nature but does not worship it.

      Liked by 6 people

      • piper567 says:

        Hey, Dave, ^^^, that there “worship” word is the key here…
        Ever since the Earth Day stuff started, its been clear its a Pagan ritual Rite. a Gaia thing.
        Always been offensive, and run into the brains of our kids…its a very slippery slope, easy to interest kids in this crap….right about the time they are looking for meaning in their little lives.(never mind the Q: where are the parents?)
        The whole Earth First thing is the Gateway to Global Warming…one easily leads to the other.
        sad, as TRUMP says

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        • Agree, piper567. For Interior, I’d like to see some serious rolling back. And some serious disarming! These bureaucrats don’t need all those guns and that ammo! Montana mines were shut down long before the Sagebrush Rebellion got started.

          Is anyone living east of the Mississippi River aware that “public” lands were awarded to states for sale to private persons? The proceeds were to fund public education and other public projects, but the 40% to 77% federal land ownership was never intended to be permanent!

          Sure, you can save a few thousand acres for some parks, but remember most of the users are Sierra Club types who like to hike in the very, very safe “wilderness,” then go back to their high-rise office and apartment buildings. These people want to keep that land “pristine” and “untouched” by the peasants. To do that, they push the most outrageous lies about how natural resource users like miners and ranchers are bad for the land.

          So, yes, sell off most of that land, or at the least, give it to the States!

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  7. Katherine McCoun says:

    Much swamp draining to do in the Dept of the Interior, esp. in the BLM. It will take a Seal to clean out the crazy level of corruption and the extent to which the mission of the departments has been corrupted and used against the people. I have no direct connection to land use in the western states but have hated how our citizens have been treated!

    Liked by 12 people

    • Athena the Warrior says:

      Lavoy Finicum murdered, the Bundy family jailed. Things would have only gotten worse had Crooked stolen the election.

      Liked by 11 people

    • “Most important, our sovereign Indian Nations and territories must have the respect and freedom they deserve.” –Ryan Zike

      Sounds like Trump is working on helping the Indian Nations with their problems they’ve been having over their land and that pipeline. Trump will find the solution!


      Liked by 5 people

      • susiepuma says:

        It is time to get rid of all reservations in this Country. Each of these reservations claim to be sovereign nations but they still get all the benefits of the American taxpayer and we, the American taxpayers, are not allowed on their space. Bogus…..we become ONE country and no more of this crap. Entitlements are way beyond whatever can be repaid and we have enough welfare suckers………………and, btw, they are not ‘native’…..they came here from someplace else so no more special treatment.
        Also, IMO, the federal government has no reason that is valid to own any land in any State for anything. Whatever the States want to do in their State is their right be it parks, forest, etc., but no Feds. There is nothing in the Constitution giving the Feds any right to own anything.

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      • The Indian Nations can sell the land again. This has become a favorite money-raising technique by the leaders (co-opted by outside interests) over the years. They sell it, then claim it back again – our sacred fish, our sacred hunting grounds, our sacred burial grounds, etc. Nice trick!
        No offense intended against real Native Americans, who just want to live in peace.

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    • We use to own some private land surrounded by the Forest Service here in Colorado.

      We ran our cattle on it during the summer months.

      You would not believe the trouble we had with those people.

      We finally sold out.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Agave says:

      I’ve done some contract work for the BLM. I won’t do that again anytime soon. Their contracting methods do not default toward the best price per product, but rather the cheapest bottom line with no regard to quality, and their contract managers are soulless.


  8. muffyroberts says:

    Navy Seals are tough. They can jump out of an airplane with scuba equiptment on and land in the ocean. Draining the swamp will be easy for Congressman Ryan Zinke.

    I love that photo of Trump sitting in swampy water, sewing up the American Flag.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. Bull Durham says:

    Trump has given us some of our kind of people in the last 24 hours.
    Stephen Miller, Gen. Keith Kellogg and Monica Crowley (who picked Trump from the getgo) have brains and great personalities. They are are regular folks at their core.
    I’m very happy with these.

    Zinke is unknown and in a strange place. We’ll have to see what the committer and Trump saw in him. Being Seal is not enough, but it might be what he needs to master the issues. For instance, pipelines. I’m for them. But wide of Indian land and away from water sources. That’s an absolute.
    And pipeline welds that are perfection, a must.

    Also, wolves. I’m for wolves. The wild herds need them to keep them healthy.
    And balancing that with ranchers is tough. Cattle and sheep don’t belong out there. Wolves do.

    So balancing the intruder (ranching) with the native (wolves) takes some creative thinking we have not seen much of. First we killed most of the wolves. Then we brought them back. Then we killed them again.
    Ranchers have to do more if they want my sympathy. Wilderness requires wolves. And America requires wilderness.
    I think some technologies and some real smart wild animal expertise should work some new solutions so cattle and sheep and wolves can be close and not be a choice of dollars over nature. The wolves always lose that deal.
    Interior: clean air, clean water, wolves, wilderness.

    Forest fires? Get SuperScooper planes. Russians have their version. They were in Israel at the recent Haifa fire in 24 hours and put the fire down with massive water drops. The scooper technology is the best. Small fires stay small and you don’t need retardant chemicals. Drop the enormous wasteful contracts and legislation that mandates chemicals be used before water.
    It’s a racket.

    We should license the technology, build our own version here.

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    • Nicely put. Agree 100% !! But I would like to also include the LYNX, another necessary animal like the wolf to keep the natural herds down, also they hunt the other smaller animals too which keeps nature in balance. Lynx don’t travel in packs so there wouldn’t need to be as many lynx as there would be wolves.

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      • Wolves have decimated our moose and elk herds here in Wyoming. They kill for sport, not just for food. They have branched out of Yellowstone and are now killing animals on our ranches and our pets. There needs to be a balance. It’s one thing to romanticize the wolf, it’s another thing to see the destruction created by the wolf. As Treepers, we all know, things are never always as they seem.

        Liked by 10 people

        • the5thranchhand says:

          Agree completely. Beautifully stated.

          Liked by 2 people

          • Judging by the relative paucity of “likes” for the Western lands issues, I suspect that Westerners have a real battle on their hands.

            Hungrypatriot is SO right about romanticization of wolves. And pace MoniQue – the Lynx as well. Some federal agency employee put out fake lynx fur in order to lock up some more land in Eastern Washington state about 15 years agol Fortunately, the hoax was discovered. I still think the lynx is extinct, except perhaps for a few remaining in zoos.

            Enviros are totally out of hand. They are Communists in “conservationists” clothing. They file lawsuit after lawsuit locking up the federal land management agencies, which have become nests of enviros anyway, so the defense is weak to non-existent. In fact, I think the enviros have templates and just change the names and a fact or two and refile.

            To those who think we angry Westerners are overstating our case, I would ask, “Do you trust the MSM? Where do you get your information about wildlife? Where do you get your information about Western “public” lands?”

            Also, ask yourselves, “If it comes down to an “endangered” snail or your water supply, which would you choose?”

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    • freddiemacblog says:

      Forest fires?

      Forest fires are more common when forests are mismanaged … by severely reducing or banning logging. A healthy forest is not precisely fire-free, but has a much smaller chance of fires.

      Let’s also talk about managing water properly, which reduces drought conditions … as opposed to flushing water into the Pacific to protect a tiny fish and leaving farmers with parched fields.

      Liked by 10 people

      • redlegleader68 says:

        Can we finally be done with the CA “drought” and the snail darter?

        Liked by 6 people

        • Bull Durham says:

          I have high expectations that after Trump fixes America, he will invade California, clean out Sacramento and bring us back to the Union. Please, folks, come get us. Don’t forget us.
          The Golden State has been hijacked.

          Liked by 10 people

          • redlegleader68 says:

            We’ll be there, Bull. And, I’m sure you’ll recognize us. We’ll be the “little green frog gang” some call Pepe!! Some small, white, yappin’ fluffy dog’ll be in front just behind the ray of sunshine know in Western Lands as, Sundance!!

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      • Agree freddiemacblog. We need to log our forests to keep them healthy. Here in SW Montana we have huge swaths of forest that have been killed by the pine bark beetle yet the timber stands there wasting away until a lightning strike when it goes up like the dry tinder it is. Log it, sell it and use the money for better management.

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      • jrapdx says:

        Out here in Oregon forest fires are a big subject. Naturally fire rolls through Northwest forests every 3 to 5 years taking out underbrush. These periodic fires were low to moderate intensity that large conifers could survive. In fact prior to the arrival of Europeans, the Indians would deliberately set fires to accomplish the same purpose.

        The dominant fire suppression policies of the last century or so are controversial insofar as permitting massive understory growth with the result of huge fires that destroy everything. The idea of “controlled burns” has gained adherents but still considered heresy by central managers. Notably that’s what the Indians had done for millennia prior to the 19th century.

        The role of logging is another factor. There are different schools of thought regarding best methods for balancing resource utilization, forest health and wilderness preservation. I’d certainly agree looking out for the interests of all Americans requires deep commitment to the job and the wisdom of Salomon to find the best working solutions. We’ll find out if Zinke is up to the task.

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      • progpoker says:

        You found a pet peeve of mine. Wasn’t too long ago that the envirowackos were trying to get Hetch Hetchy dam removed. Given the state of San Francisco these days, I sorta wish they would’ve succeeded!!

        Also, last year, Roseville, CA almost lost their main source of drinking water when the water from Folsom Lake was allowed to keep flowing for a fish. During a drought!! What fools we have running things. If Mother Nature didn’t care enough to protect the fish, why should we??

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    • litenmaus says:

      The Montana Forest Service developed, tested and built an improved water delivery system for fighting forest fires. The US Federal Government forbids them from using the equipment, thereby allowing more wasteful contracts and larger fires. You’re correct, it’s a racket.

      Liked by 3 people

    • redsequin4 says:

      “Also, wolves. I’m for wolves. The wild herds need them to keep them healthy.
      And balancing that with ranchers is tough. Cattle and sheep don’t belong out there. Wolves do.”

      So glad to hear another wolf supporter speak out. The ranchers and hunters rule the West and it’s been very tough on the large predators, especially wolves. We brought them back in 1995 but it wasn’t too long before the killing began. I don’t think most Americans realize this is even going on. Montana and Idaho manage the states like giant game farms, killing off many of the predators, especially wolves, which are necessary to keep the herds healthy. Wolf hunting season runs from Sept. through March 15 in Montana (with bow, trapping (starts Dec.15) and rifle seasons) Idaho is worse, there’s a wolf hunt going on somewhere in the state all year long.

      During the long winters our dogs howl with the wolves from our back porch, late at night. It’s a mournful sound and one unique in nature. It’s comforting to know at least a few of them are still out there.

      So it’s a big deal to us who gets picked to head the Interior.

      “Interior: clean air, clean water, wolves, wilderness” 🙂


    • hoonan says:

      Out west scoop planes are a little more difficult to use, not many bodies of water with the size and terrain to navigate safely through for them. Reason they worked so well in Haifa is its right on the sea. Minnesota had the last 2 in the country but got rid of them a couple years ago. Just old and expensive to maintain with not as many flights being ordered.

      That being said you are onto something with the use of water rather than retardant. All the large tankers we have don’t HAVE to be filled with retardant. I don’t know how many times this summer I saw retardant lines be made indirectly only to be jumped. Where a direct drop with water probably would have been more effective. It’s tricky during initial attack for Incident Commanders to determine immediately what would work best…but a change of tactics should be more encouraged in tanker use.


  10. Perry and Zinke. Cowboys and Westerners.

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  11. It was rumored establishment McMorris Radgers was in line for the post. Either bad info or a trial balloon. Regardless, I am glad Trump went with Zinke instead of her.

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    • I’m sad that Zinke is leaving us here in Montana as we just re-elected him and this leaves us open to a Democrat stooge. But as a Montanan Zinke knows and appreciates the lands we have here and will protect them.

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      • Sue in MT says:

        We still have UniParty Sen. Daines, who is about useless. I believe his first vote cast was for the Cromnibus bill. He will need to be primaried big time. Do not like the fact PET took our next Senate candidate, but Zinke will be great. PET will need to make it up by coming here to campaign for the Republican running against Tester in 2018. There does not, at this time, appear to be anyone waiting in the wings, let alone anyone who can beat the Democrat. Tester is very well liked here. Que sera.


        • I can’t figure out people in MT. Supposed to be a conservative state (yes the libs have infiltrated big time) but they still like their Dem Governor and Tester. WHY??? Someone told me checks and balances against the state GOP.

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  12. Not many picks left! (see below tracker embedded in tweet)

    I made a Trump Transition Tracker that includes links to all of SD’s posts. I did it to help me keep track of the picks and to have all of TCTH links on one page.

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  13. This verse has been in spinning around in my head ALL DAY LONG!
    To God Be The Glory, Great Things He Has Done.
    YES! WINNING! So grateful for answered prayers!

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  14. Ron says:

    I mentioned this in another thread awhile back, it’s worth repeating since we’re talking about public lands.

    In the primary, just before the convention, Mr. Trump had a gentleman named Barry Bennett working for him. He did a couple interviews at the time and one of the things one host asked him about was paying down the national debt.

    Bennett confounded the host when he suggested that Trump might simply sell some of the public assets of the country to raise enough money to pay off debt, just like a businessman might do if he found himself with too much debt and too many assets.

    Whole thing was fascinating. …… AND I JUST FOUND THE VIDEO.

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  15. litenmaus says:

    There were some valid concerns voiced about Trump taking away Montana’s only Republican Representative. (The last appointment by the Montana Governor didn’t end so well for us)

    The December 2016 Montana Republican Chairman’s letter offers this information….

    I have had numerous calls from members of the press and the party on who the Republican Party will put forward to replace Congressman Zinke should that vacancy occur and how that process will work. Section 2 of Article I of the US Constitution provides “When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.” No House seat has ever been filled by appointment on an interim or permanent basis as a result.

    Therefore, language in state law that was amended in the last session of the legislature to allow the Governor to make a temporary interim appointment from a list of three nominees submitted by the party prior to the special election (to provide a better process than that used by our hapless governor in the John Walsh fiasco appointment to the U.S. Senate) will NOT apply.

    So, when a vacancy officially occurs, which I expect will be after Zinke is confirmed by the Senate and officially vacates his seat, the remaining portions of state law will take effect. The Governor will schedule a special election from 85 to 100 days after the vacancy occurs. There will be no primary election. Instead, under our bylaws, the State Central Committee will meet in convention and select a nominee whose name will appear on the ballot. I will get to chair that meeting although I will not get a vote on who the nominee will be.

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    • From this morning’s local radio program, the GOP gets to appoint a temporary placeholder until the special election. I hope they can get their act together and select someone good who can be put in the special election. The last time we had this issue, the GOP couldn’t agree and we ended with a Democrat for over 15 years.

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      • litenmaus says:

        The Republican Party in Montana doesn’t get any cookies from me and I would be surprised if they got their act together and selected someone good as opposed to someone who has “earned” the “privilege”. Very elite party is the GOP in Montana.

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    • Sue in MT says:

      In other words, a UniParty candidate………The Republicans here also gave us Common Core.

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  16. Sam says:

    I’m good with this pick. Most of the land Interior is responsible for is in the Western half of the U.S. Bi-coastal libs wanted to make this land unavailable to both public and private use for any purpose so they could feel good about “preserving” it for future generations. Westerners see this land as multi-use land that must be maintained to preserve or improve its quality, usefulness to Americans and native wildlife and its beauty.

    I think Ryan Zinke understands those things.

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    • kobayashifh says:

      Correction [of sorts :_] …So they could give resources like Uranium, Coal etc. to their pay-for-trade Allies like Russia and Mainland China.

      Review the ‘backstory’ on the Bundy and other cases and find rich foreign Donors.

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      • Sam says:

        Yeah, I know Dingy Harry Reid wanted to give China access to the land the Bundy’s had leased. Huge solar project. That kind od Western land grab is always, always, ALWAYS about benefitting some political donor, legal or illegal. And about the policritter profitting as well.

        There are the kind of deals I mentioned also. Neither type is a good use of resources.

        Are you familiar with the Sagebrush Rebellion prior to and during the Reagan years? That’s when I noticed this cr@p going on. It’s embedded into environmentalists via the universities now. So it will take time to change the extremist mentality. Throwing some pols into prisons for selling access to federal lands should put a dent into the corruption.

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    • I believe the Federal Land should be given back to the states.

      It would still be public land but the states would have control.

      The people of Colorado now much better how to take care of the land within our state boundary than someone back in DC.

      The people in Oregon know what is best for Oregon and so forth and so on.

      The land would still be public use, cared for much better and much cheaper.

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  17. maiingankwe says:

    Please good people, whenever you write out SEALs, please remember it is an acronym and it needs to be capitalized.

    I know we all make mistakes, but please don’t do this one.
    Thank you.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Bull Durham says:

      Thanks. Lesson learned.

      Liked by 2 people

      • maiingankwe says:

        You are more than welcome. Please pass it on whenever you see it. I know they get a twinge every time they see their acronym done wrong, and they are the last people I’d want to tick off. I see so called journalists do it all the time, and I send them an email too. However, there are times when I think they do it on purpose whereas most people do not, especially here.
        Be well and have a fantastic weekend.


    • Dommy says:


      There exists not a few Islamic training camps in our Interior.
      Former Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke will find and snuff them out.

      Liked by 4 people

  18. fred5678 says:

    Haven’t heard many “Trump transition team in disarray” MSM fake news stories lately.

    Liked by 6 people

  19. solomonpal says:

    Great!!! Now they can stop blocking off all the public access per agenda 21.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. IMO says:

    Make Native American Communities Great Again!

    another group of people obama squatted on

    Liked by 2 people

    • Texian says:

      The Indians I have known have a great disdain for the fed gubmint in general (for obvious reasons). Just for the record, the Yankees broke every treaty they made with Indians and massacred them. Jefferson Davis honored every treaty he made with the Indians – and the only one to commission an Indian as a General (and that General was the very last General in the Confederacy to capitulate to the North).

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    • wondering999 says:

      The interviewee from UNL mentioned lack of electricity and money. Those two factors donn’t diminish the Amish people, so tribal issues probably lie more in spirit than in “things”.

      I don’t favor alcohol Prohibition because (like tobacco or marijuana prohibition, etc.) it doesn’t work but only makes the substance more expensive and favors growth of mafiosi.

      What I DO like was President Trump’s very clear and public statement that he abstains from alcohol because it hasn’t been good for his family. I’d like to see more people take up that stance.

      If it’s bad for you and makes you and your family sick, you will be more respectable and have more self-respect if you choose to abstain from alcohol (and maybe begin dealing with the psychological problems that make something that is poisonous for you, attractive).


      • wondering999 says:

        I mentioned the statistic from this video to a pediatric nurse from Tennessee who works in a neonatal ward (one in four children with fetal alcohol syndrome on a particular reservation). She said that FAS is a massive problem not just among the tribes but in the general population and that those statistics aren’t too far from her experience with the general population. I wonder how many people (outside healthcare) understand what FAS does – and it is preventable with alcohol abstinence.


  21. snaggletooths says:

    President-Elect Donald J. Trump Announces Key Leadership Appointments for the National Security Council


  22. Dommy says:

    Please, Trump Transition Team, do not overlook Kris Kobach or Sheriff David Clarke.


  23. India Maria says:

    Wow. Trump just name a NAVY SEAL COMMANDER to his Cabinet to protect our Federal Lands “for the benefit and enjoyment of the PEOPLE.” Let me ketch ma’ breaf.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. M33 says:

    Uh oh.
    Another white guy.
    Liberals gonna freak!!


  25. tonyE says:

    Maybe now we in the West can catch a break from the Feds.

    And hopefully the Feds will neuter the political power of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. maga2016 says:

    When Trump has a cabinet meeting they dont need security

    Liked by 2 people

  27. zephyrbreeze says:

    Feels like an American Renaissance is starting to bloom. It’s a great time to be alive!!

    Let’s hope he unravels the whole Hammond – Bundy land persecution situation. Who remembers what the this situation could really be about….?

    “Clinton Foundation took massive payoffs, promised Hammond Ranch and other publicly owned lands to Russians, along with one-fifth of our uranium ore.”

    “Down in the body of that article, the author provides a link to a page at the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is a federal agency under the Department of the Interior.

    “On that BLM page (“National BLM > OR/WA > Energy > Uranium Energy”), in a section titled, “Uranium on BLM-Administered Lands in OR/WA,” [(image of webpage forthcoming)] is the following statement:

    “In September 2011, a representative from Oregon Energy, L.L.C. (formally Uranium One), met with local citizens, and county and state officials, to discuss the possibility of opening a uranium oxide (‘yellowcake’) mine in southern Malheur County in southeastern Oregon. Oregon Energy is interested in developing a 17-Claim parcel of land known as the Aurora Project through an open pit mining method. Besides the mine, there would be a mill for processing. The claim area occupies about 450 acres and is also referred to as the ‘New U’ uranium claims.

    “On May 7, 2012, Oregon Energy LLC made a presentation to the BLM outlining its plans for development for the mine.”

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    • Sam says:

      Hillary and Bill plus Dingy Harry and several others should be made examples of via RICO prosecution.

      I am unfortunately cynical enough to doubt that wouldever happen though. It’s likely part of why Sen. Jess Sessions will have trouble getting approved by the Senate for AG.

      Liked by 1 person

    • wondering999 says:

      Different from fetal alcohol syndrome discussed in a YouTube on this thread… but in relation to the topic of uranium deposits near Malheur Refuge, and public health/Pro-Life issues:

      “… locals who are weary of impact from the uranium legacy believe health issues and birth anomalies persist in the area. “[There are] big problems in this town,” Minabar Umarova, chair of the Women’s Committee of Mailuu Suu, told The Diplomat.

      “Our analysis in 2014 of health among local women and children in Mailuu Suu revealed that our town of 24,000 had 180 children [younger than 18] with disabilities. At the same time, the neighboring district of Suzak with more than 240,000 residents had only 165 disabled children. So, Suzak district, with the population ten times larger than Mailuu Suu, has less children with disabilities,” said Umarova.

      Indeed, an “effect of radiation and radionuclides on public health in Mailuu Suu has reflected on higher rates of birth anomalies — 5.12 percent; miscarriages — 12.1 percent; stillbirth rate — 1.25 percent” than anywhere else in the country, according to research by the Institute of Medical Problems of the National Academy of Sciences, Kyrgyz Republic. The Institute’s previous field monitoring and observation in 2007 found the presence of radioactive uranium and thorium in women’s placentas in Mailuu Suu and surrounding villages.

      Respectively, in the village of Sary Bae, background gamma radiation was recorded within 40 mR/h – 640 mR/h whereas in the neighboring city of Jalal Abad background radiation is 21 mR/h, according to official data. Sampling of the 15 local women’s placentas has shown the presence of uranium in the amount of 0.33 mg/kg ± 0,2 (p <0.05); and thorium in the amount of 0.25 mg / kg ± 0,1 (p <0.05). Uranium and thorium in women’s placenta was a cause for complications during pregnancy in 80 percent of the cases among observed women of Mailuu Suu.


  28. Katherine McCoun says:

    I know this is not directly a BLM issue but the Fed gov is doing this to so many families in the West and I hate it!

    Liked by 1 person

  29. matt3480 says:

    This may be the best selection of a ALL STAR cabinet, the likes of which we’ve never seen before
    Absolutely incredible pick

    Liked by 2 people

  30. Janeka says:

    I’m excited, looks like someone will actually care for our natural resources and possibly make some gains in restoring our under funded national park system


    • NPS is underfunded because they don’t get to set and keep admission fees. The parks also are not independently managed – i.e. get to keep the fee revenue they collect. This may have changed since I got my information a number of years ago. But I doubt it.
      Good management comes from having responsibility and accountability. P&L.

      Liked by 1 person

  31. toriangirl says:

    It just gets better and better. Mind blowing cabinet actually.


  32. Auntie Lib says:

    I have had the honor and privilege of knowing Ryan Zinke for several years and volunteering on his campaigns in 2014 and 2016. He is not only a brilliant leader and outstanding public official, he is a genuinely nice guy. He is a fantastic choice for this cabinet position. I couldn’t be more delighted with this news.

    Liked by 3 people

  33. Stephen Cox says:

    It feels great to have pride once again, to believe this country is more than a bunch of crooks in Washington.
    All it takes is a few good men.
    Thank God were starting with President Trump!


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