Three Yellowstone bison slaughtered, fourth shot

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BILLINGS — Four bull bison that migrated out of Yellowstone National Park were killed by state livestock agents Wednesday — the first to be killed by the government this year under a contentious policy meant to prevent the spread of disease to livestock.

Many of Yellowstone’s bison carry brucellosis, which can cause pregnant cows to miscarry. There have been no recorded transmissions of the disease in the wild from bison to cattle.

Three of the bison killed Tuesday were captured north of West Yellowstone and sent to slaughter, said Department of Livestock Executive Officer Christian Mackay.

http://www.helenair.com/articles/2009/06/18/state/99st_090618_bison.txt

Medicine Men To Gather At Navajo Nation

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — As many as 250 medicine men from North and South America will gather in Window Rock, Ariz., starting Thursday, for the 60th annual conference of the Native American Church of North America.The Native American Church uses peyote to allow communion with God and to give healing.But medicine men find the practice is becoming more complex as laws governing the use of feathers, herbs and plants become stricter.

http://www.koat.com/fourcorners/19780263/detail.html

Land purchased for area’s Shoshone tribe

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An international gold mining company has purchased more than 3,600 acres in Northern Nevada to be set aside for the Western Shoshone, who consider the land historic and sacred, the company said.

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Great Basin Gold Ltd. said it purchased the Rock Creek Canyon property in Lander County for $825,000 late last week from Colorado-based RLF Nevada Properties.

The company said it also is providing seed money for a planned conservancy fund and has retired the mineral rights.

http://www.rgj.com/article/20090619/BIZ/906190383/1071/Land-purchased-for-area-s-Shoshone-tribe

Missouri man remembers nuclear blast –

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — On the Fourth of July weekend of 1957, Darrell Robertson was on a train from Fort Lewis, Wash., to southern Nevada. He was one of hundreds of young men with orders in hand to take part in a training exercise that they were told was crucial to the fight against communism.

The native of Lamar was headed deep into the burnt landscape of the Mojave Desert, to a place called Camp Desert Rock. There, between 1945 and 1958, the U.S. military conducted 106 atmospheric nuclear tests.

At the time, Robertson said, military brass believed a nuclear confrontation with the Soviets was likely. They were intent on developing a group of troops hardened by repeated exposure to radiation. They thought exposure to radiation was like sunning on the beach: First you burn, then you tan.

http://www.bnd.com/336/story/813781.html

Russia ready for deep nuclear arms cuts: Medvedev

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Russia is ready to dramatically cut its nuclear stockpiles in a new arms pact with the United States if Washington meets Russia’s concerns over missile defense, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday.

“We are ready to reduce by several times the number of nuclear delivery vehicles compared with the START-1 pact,” he told a news conference in Amsterdam.

“As far as warheads are concerned, their numbers should be lower than envisaged by the Moscow 2002 pact,” he added.

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE55J0QJ20090620

UK urged to ban uranium in weapons

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THE United Nations Association Edinburgh has called on the UK government to follow Belgium’s lead on banning depleted uranium weapons.

Belgium’s decision has been praised by European military unions who are concerned about the impact the weapons may have on their members.

Opposition to uranium weapons in Belgium has been spearheaded by a group of more than 20 NGOs, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

http://news.scotsman.com/uk/UK-urged-to-ban-uranium.5385867.jp

Editorial: Meltdown must not cause meltdowns

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Meltdown is not the word you want to hear in relation to a nuclear power plant. Even the global financial meltdown has potentially dire consequences for public safety over the long term.

Even as the industry and Washington quite rightly have moved toward a new generation of nuclear plant construction, an analysis by the Associated Press raises troubling questions about the current generation.

Nuclear plant operators are required to set aside enough money, over the course of a plant’s life, to pay for its decommissioning and demolition. That process, for most plants, costs hundreds of millions of dollars.

http://www.thedailyreview.com/articles/2009/06/20/editorial/tw_review.20090620.a.pg4.tw20edit_s1.2614274_edi.txt