Staff Reporter 

Ranchers concerned about DOE tactics


James Eik

Connell, Wash. attorney Toni Meacham speaks to ranchers from Northeast Washington at the Jensen Memorial Youth Ranch.

Concerned ranchers gathered at the Jensen Memorial Youth Ranch last Friday, Oct. 11 to discuss stringent new Department of Ecology rules that could impact their business.

Around 60 to 80 met at the youth ranch just outside of Medical Lake to hear what other communities were doing in regard to providing support for what they view as intrusive tactics by Ecology.

“It’s amazing how many people don’t realize what’s going on,” Spokane County Cattlemen president Jim Wentland said.

A ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court involving Dayton rancher Joseph Lemire earlier this year...

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