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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Annual List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act

Posted Date: 
October 25, 2011
Contact: 
Vanessa Kauffman, 703-358-2138, vanessa_kauffman@fws.gov

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today released its Candidate Notice of Review, a yearly appraisal of the current status of plants and animals considered candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Senate Introduces the County Payments Reauthorization Act of 2011

Posted Date: 
October 17, 2011
Contact: 
Ryan R. Yates, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

On October 12, 2011, a Bipartisan group of Senators introduced the County Payments Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1692). The Act would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program and fund the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Act for five more years. The bipartisan agreement, announced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) represents a strong commitment from the United States Senate to support key programs critical to nearly 2,000 counties nationwide.

Draft Secure Rural Schools Proposal Will Create Jobs & Restore Healthy, Active Forest Management

Posted Date: 
September 15, 2011
Contact: 
Crystal Feldman, Spencer Pederson, or Jill Strait - 202-226-9019

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 15, 2011 - The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing next week on a draft proposal to address the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The draft proposal, the National Forest County Revenue, Schools and Jobs Act of 2011, is a long-term solution that would provide rural counties with a stable revenue stream, create jobs, grow rural economies, and restore active, healthy forest management.

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Cell Phones; Provides Small Business Recordkeeping Relief

Posted Date: 
September 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance designed to clarify the tax treatment of employer-provided cell phones.

Montana's Rural Traffic Fatality Rate Ninth Highest in Nation

Posted Date: 
September 1, 2011
Contact: 
Frank Moretti & Carolyn Bonifas, TRIP, A National Transportation Research Group

Montana's rural  traffic fatality rate ninth highest in nation, nearly two and a half times higher than all other roads.  Nation's rural transportation system may not support economic growth mobility demands.

NACo Rural Road Safety Network

Posted Date: 
August 8, 2011
Contact: 
Cindy Wasser, Community Services Division Assistant, NACo

The Rural Road Safety Network is a part of the NACo Rural Roads Safety project funded through FHWA/Office of Road Safety and conducted in partnership the National Association of County Engineers. The Rural Road Safety Network provides an opportunity for county staff and elected officials to share experiences with their peers related to increasing roadway safety, often through low-cost safety measures, and increasing public awareness of safety issues within the local community and political system.

Online Game Will Let Students ‘Run Their Own County’

Posted Date: 
August 3, 2011
Contact: 
Tom Goodman, Public Affairs Director, NACo

This fall, students in schools across the country will be able to learn about county government through an online game and curriculum that NACo created in partnership with iCivics, Inc.

Salazar Announces $37.4 Million for State and Local Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Projects

Posted Date: 
July 19, 2011
Contact: 
Kate Kelly, DOI & David Barna, NPS

WASHINGTON DC - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $37.4 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in state grants to establish and renovate parks and open spaces throughout the 50 States, the Territories and the District of Columbia for Fiscal Year 2011. LWCF state grant funds are awarded through Federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public outdoor recreation.

ESA Language Included in Draft House Interior Appropriations Bill

Posted Date: 
July 07, 2011
Contact: 
Jordan A. Smith, NESARC/ Van Ness Feldman

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee later today.

GAO Report on Horse Welfare Criticizes Federal Policy Which Harms Horses and Increases Costs to Local Governments – Action Needed

Posted Date: 
June 24, 2011
Contact: 
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on June 22, which found that since Congress took action in 2007 to end horse processing in the U.S., there has been a rise in equine neglect and abuse incidents.