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Verify the Science

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Photo by Leah Brosig of Seguin, Texas, was an entry in the 2012 Ranch & Rural Living Photo Contest. By Dan Byfield
CEO, American Stewards of Liberty

Published May 2013

Remember Ronald Reagan’s “trust, but verify” quote he used to describe the relationship with the former Soviet Union?  Unfortunately, today, that same guiding principle is required of our own government.

Federal agencies are making policy decisions based on, and consistently using, false, inflated, faulty, manipulated, biased and, in some cases, artificial and manufactured data and science.

In an attempt to scale back this prejudiced practice, Congress enacted the Information Quality Act (IQA) in December 2000, by adding a two-paragraph provision buried in an appropriations bill.  The legislation applied to every federal agency that is subject to the Paper Reduction Act of 1980, which basically means every agency including the office of the President.

The purpose of the IQA is to ensure that federal agencies use and disseminate accurate information.  Specifically, it requires each federal agency to issue information quality guidelines ensuring the quality, utility, objectivity and integrity of information that they disseminate and provide mechanisms for affected persons to correct such information.
For those of us fighting for private property rights against agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) over endangered species, the ability to provide and demand credible science has become a game-changer.

Federal Agencies Often Try to Make Policy Based on Flawed Science–We Need to Call Them on Their Assertions, Ask for Proof

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) under Section 1533 (b)(1)(A) requires the Secretary of Interior to make determinations for endangered or threatened species “solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available…after taking into account those efforts…being made by any State…or any political subdivision of a State…”
There are two critical parts to this ESA section that need to be focused upon – the “best scientific and commercial data available” and “after taking into account.”

American Stewards of Liberty is a nonprofit, private property rights organization that has figured out how to use many federal land use-type laws to the benefit of landowners and local governments.  In fact, we worked with eight counties and the Permian Basin Petroleum Association to stop the Service from listing a three-inch lizard as endangered and defend the private property rights of all those in a two million-acre region in Texas and New Mexico.

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The Lighter Side of the Frontier

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Nothing says summer relief better than a jump into some cool waters, and when not fishing, the citizens often took advantage of a cool swim. This circa 1900 shot of a family or friends outing reflects the modesty of the age with the full body swim suits, and note how many are staring right into the camera lens. Another smaller group on the river bank prefer to watch.

By Robert F. Bluthardt
Site Manager, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark

Published November 2012

In the last 30 years of the nineteenth century, San Angelo, Texas, developed from a “whiskey village,” serving the soldiers of Fort Concho, to a thriving trade and commercial center, where 6,000 folks lived, worked, and, yes, played! We sometimes forget that the need for recreation, entertainment, and amusement is both timeless and universal. Our ancestors at Fort Concho and in our community made good use of the natural resources, available equipment and their imagination to provide a break from the daily chores and routines we might find unbearable in the modern age. These photos, selected from the fort’s large collection, cover some of that era’s amusements and diversions. Some remain with us, and some have faded away, but all reflect a truly different age.

The bicycle craze captured the nation in the 1890s, and San Angelo was no exception. This staged photo represents the San Angelo Wheelmen, a period bike club. The rock ledges of the Concho River create an impressive background for this serious group. Both the bikes and the horses in the top section would be left behind by the automobile craze a generation later.

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2012 Photo Contest Winners

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People

Published September & October 2012

Every entry in the 2012 Ranch & Rural Living Photo Contest deserves an award, there were so many excellent photographs submitted. Unfortunately, we could only recognize the top picks in the limited space we had available in our print magazine. As usual, we will eventually use many of the fine photos entered by our talented readers in coming months in advertisements and occasionally as covers.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s contest. All participants should have already received via email a list of winning entries. Displayed here are all winning entries, including ties.

Photos this year were judged by professional photographer Jim Bean of Jim Bean Professional Photography in San Angelo, and by the magazine staff.  Entries were judged on a weighted point system with points awarded by each of our judges independently. Points were tallied, and the entries with greatest number of points won.

From the character study by Connie Thompson in the People category to the beautiful stop motion nature photography of Madolyn Nasworthy’s hummingbird capture in the Animals and Nature category, the entries in this year’s Ranch & Rural Living Photo Contest were interesting, well composed and possessed great eye appeal. You'll find here the winners, from place 1 to 4 of all categories.

Look for other contest photos in future issues in our print magazine's advertisements and articles.  Congratulations again to the winners of this year’s contest. We look forward to many more quality entries in 2013. We'll have online entry available by mid-January 2013. Thanks to all photographers for participating in the contest.

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Ag Professor Gil Engdahl to Lead Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Assoc.

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Dr. Gil Engdahl visits Angelo State University’s Mangement, Instruction and Research Center at least a couple times a week. He stops for a photo with some of the Rambouillet flock at the ASU ranch. Photos by Gary Cutrer.

By Gary Cutrer

Published August 2012

Longtime ag educator Gil Engdahl of San Angelo has been elected to lead Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association as president for the August 2012 through July 2013 year. Engdahl has served on the faculty of the Agriculture Department at Angelo State University since 1976 and served as head of the department from 1997 until June 2012.

During his tenure at ASU, he has seen the number of students with agriculture majors grow from a freshman class size of about 20 students in 1976 to around 190 freshmen entering school this academic year.

Engdahl brings his knowledge of sheep and goats and agriculture background to the job as president of TSGRA, along with his skill in the psychology of relating to people. His easy going nature has served him well as he has counseled and advised students over the years and worked with faculty members of ASU’s ag department as well as with ASU administrators and staff.

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Chief Lone Wolf

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By Barbara Barton

Published April 2012

Chief Lone Wolf of the Kiowas ranged from Colorado to Mexico but gave the U.S. Cavalry quite a run in Texas and made two trips to Washington to negotiate peace for his tribe. Photo courtesy of the Heart of West Texas Museum at Colorado City. Chief Lone Wolf of the Kiowas lived at a time when his tribe roamed over a large area of the Southwestern United States. He led his warriors from the mountains of Colorado to the Texas Plains and into Mexico.  Although he was ready to challenge any string of blue-coated soldiers he encountered while traveling through Texas, he  was very involved in peace negotiations.  Lone Wolf made two trips to Washington, D.C. in his lifetime trying to make a peace treaty with the Great White Father.

The Kiowa tribe had distinct appearances and ways of living.  Their braves were tall and walked with a graceful gait as they showed off their long hair.  Lone Wolf’s portrait details the fine Roman outline of his head.   The Kiowa ate mostly meat but supplemented that with fruits, berries roots and nuts.  Their tall teepees were covered with buffalo hides. Not only were their homes easy to transport but also their cooking utensils, which included hide bags and containers.  Horns of animals were made into spoons but no pottery was used.

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