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April 16, 2005

Ick

Interesting (and pretty disgusting) article in the Seattle Times today about a Skagit Valley rancher who apparently left over 170 dead cattle rotting on his property:

Armed with a search warrant, health and law enforcement officials found the remains of at least 172 cattle in fields, in a shed and in a run-down truck on the property northwest of Mount Vernon.

Matt Kaufman, an environmental health specialist with the health department, said it was among the most severe cases of disregard for public health and animal husbandry he had ever seen.

This kind of "slob ranching" makes me sick.  But wait, there's more.  The perp is apparently a well-known local conservative activist:

Pederson is known in the Bay View community as a man with firmly held political views. He ran, unsuccessfully, as a Republican for a seat in the state House of Representatives in 2002. He was a vocal opponent of the Port of Anacortes redistricting from three commissioners to five.

Pederson is also well known for his unsuccessful lawsuit to stop the Skagit Public Utility District from extending municipal water service to Bay View. He has also opposed efforts by the health department to investigate failing septic systems in the Bay View area.

Why is this somehow not surprising?  This seems like the natural result of the "me first, screw you" conservative worldview that rejetcts traditional American values of stewardship, responsiblity and basic human empathy for other beings.

On a lighter note, maybe this gives new meaning to the idea of a Republican "farm team."

Posted by Jon Stahl on April 16, 2005 at 01:48 PM in Washington Culture | Permalink

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Give That Guy a Job in the Bush Administration

Department of Interior or EPA openings? Here's your man, George.

[Excerpt]
"BAY VIEW, WASH. - Kevin Geagen's German shepherd took a romp at his neighbor's Bay View ranch. Two weeks later, the dog was dead.

Suspicious, Geagen investigated. On his neighbor's land, he discovered carcass after rotting carcass of cattle - some in standing water, some skulls stuck in trees, some bones covered with moss.

"It looks like the Killing Fields," Geagen told the Skagit Valley Herald.

He took his findings to the Skagit County Health Department. Armed with a search warrant, health and law enforcement officials found the remains of at least 172 cattle in fields, in a shed and in a run-down truck on the property northwest of Mount Vernon. "

[Excerpt]
"Pederson is known in the Bay View community as a man with firmly held political views. He ran, unsuccessfully, as a Republican for a seat in the state House of Representatives in 2002. He was a vocal opponent of the Port of Anacortes redistricting from three commissioners to five.

Pederson is also well known for his unsuccessful lawsuit to stop the Skagit Public Utility District from extending municipal water service to Bay View. He has also opposed efforts by the health department to investigate failing septic systems in the Bay View area. "

Or ... maybe Dick Cheney can get him a job with you-know-who helping to rebuild Iraq

Posted by: Arthur Ruger | Apr 16, 2005 4:17:52 PM

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