More Snow & Claims Settlement Act

More Snow & Claims Settlement Act

More Snow & Claims Settlement Act. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.


The Thanksgiving holiday is passed along with all the leftovers but the weather seems to decided to come around again for another helping whether we want it or not. Over the weekend, the city of Spokane declared a Stage 2 snow emergency after more than 16 inches of snow have fallen since last Monday. That's already more than last winter when Spokane received 14 inches total. Winter storm warnings are in effect for much of the Inland Northwest. At least we getting some great moisture out of it.


The White House held another press conference yesterday to discuss the next steps in the Claims Settlement Act. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes says the allegations are regarding land held in trust for Native Americans.


HAYES: That the accounting through the years has not been adequate and there’s been a related allegation that the funds have been mismanaged and that the individuals have not gotten their due in terms of appropriate payouts for those lands that are earning income through oil and gas, grazing or other productive purposes. It’s a $3.4 billion dollar agreement that will completely resolve these historical issues. $1.5 billion will be paid out to several hundred thousand individual class members.


Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.


Interestingly, disturbingly, sadly, all would apply, the HSUS is currently in the number one position to be awarded $250,000 in funding from this month’s Pepsi Refresh Project. Started in January 2010 PRP awards funding to people, businesses and non-profits whose ideas have a positive impact on their community.  To those not knowledgeable as to the true nature of the Humane Society of the United States it would seem the HSUS was a prime candidate. In actuality, there are several factors listed in Pepsi’s own rules regarding their Refresh Project that the HSUS violates; primarily that applicants are barred from challenging current laws, disparaging any products, services, people or other organizations, or suggesting the boycotting or taking negative action against any business or enterprise, and last but certainly not least when it concerns the HSUS, applicants are not to advocate any political agenda. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface when it comes to the HSUS and what PRP applicants are not supposed to do when it comes to visual media and advertising. It will be interesting to see how this pans out for both Pepsi and the HSUS.  In the meantime, Coke anyone?


That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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