If you weren't aware of the battle raging between the BLM and a cattle rancher outside of Mesquite Nevada, here are some quick links to get you up to speed:
The short version is a Nevada ranchers family (the Bundy family) has controlled this stretch of land since settling there in the 1800's. A hundred years later the BLM comes in and steals the land and wants the Bundy's to pay them rent for the privilege of using his own land. Feeling intimidated, he complies for a few years until he realizes what happened and then told the thieves where to go and how to get there. This was over 30 years ago.
Now, the feds are swooping in with snipers, tazing people, kicking grandmothers and pregnant women on the ground in their new found effort to protect the desert tortoise. Now we find out that the BLM is just using that as a ruse, as they are actually killing hundreds of these desert tortoise due to budget cuts. So, this supposedly budget strapped agency is resorting to lies and physical assault, spending $3 million in an effort to settle a fraudulent $1 million debt.
How does this effect Utah? This is not just an isolated incident. The BLM is abusing land owners across the country, see the theft going on to this rancher in Texas, and see why this must be stopped before it comes to our front door. Our state government has also been dragged into this battle as you can see from this article http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=29402901
Stay tuned here for continuous updates on this situation and how it is and will effect us here in Utah.
Update: April 10, 2014 12:26pm
This isn't just some "fringe" people that are upset about the way the feds are handling this issue. Nevada's governor and junior Senator have come out against the way the BLM has handled the situation
Nevada cattle rancher, Cliven Bundy, has called on the local Sheriff to fulfill his Constitutional duty to start arresting BLM agents
Check out this podcast from this morning which includes up to date info on what's going on at the ranch
BLM brings in out of state Rangers to help handle the Nevada ranch standoff
Utah lawmakers finally weigh in on the standoff. Unfortunately, they only spoke about keeping the cattle out of Utah due to health concerns, with no comments about the BLMs abuse of the elderly and pregnant, the restriction of the Constitution among scores of other abuses
Update: April 11, 2014
Clark County Commissioner, Tom Collins, has caused outrage by threatening Utahns planning to travel to Nevada to support Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the feds with murder:
Update: April 12, 2014 10:36am
FAA has now made the Bundy ranch a "no fly zone"
BREAKING UPDATE: BLMS wil cease opperations at the Bundy ranch according to Clark County Sheriff.
Clive Bundy Makes demands of the Clark Country Sheriff:
Disarm park service
Take county bulldozers and remove blockades this morning (4/12)
Park service Arms put in county compound in one hour (10:46 am)
If not we (the people) will decide what we are going to do from now on
One of our informants gives this account:
Things are getting ugly and communication is very very poor. The BLM agreed to leave and turn the cattle loose, but it was a lie! The last we heard, there was a verbal confrontation going on and an attempt to free the cattle. The area is off limits to air traffic yet a jumbo jet flew over escorted by at least 8 fighter jets. There are approximately 900 freedom supporters there.
SWAT teams have now arrived and have now threatened to shoot protestors if they try to return Mr. Bundy's property to him.
Update: April 14, 2014 3:27
Raid planned for Bundy ranch
Feds/Clark County Sheriff WANT bloodbath according to eyewitness.