Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

County Logging Bill Sends Clear Message.(Editorial Page)


It could be written off as another sortie by rural right-wing conservatives against the oppressive federal government only the ringleaders this time are liberal Democrats with urban constituencies.

State Sens. Timothy Jennings, D-Roswell, and Manny Aragon, D-Albuquerque, are among the primary backers of a bill that would allow county governments to take "emergency" control of national forests and authorize logging to clear burned areas and reduce the fire threat.

"The federal government does not have the power to create a public nuisance," said Jennings, in explaining the rationale for trying to empower counties to override federal authority over forest lands. …

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