April 21, 2014 |
The battle lines are hardening in Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's so-called range war against the federal government over his right to graze cattle on public lands. Arguments have moved from the Nevada desert to the nation's capital, where Nevada's two U.S. senators, Republican Dean Heller and Democrat Harry Reid, recently faced off on a television public affairs show in Las Vegas. Heller described Bundy's cadre of armed supporters as “patriots” during the show, "What's the Point," on KSNV-TV News 3. Reid repeated his claim that the so-called militia men are “domestic terrorists.” Officials from the Bureau of Land Management say Bundy is illegally running hundreds of head of cattle in the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area, habitat of the federally protected desert tortoise.
April 24, 2014 |
The right-wing insurrection at the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., has taken another weird turn with new revelations about the family history of Cliven Bundy. Bundy justifies his two-decade-long refusal to pay the Bureau of Land Management for grazing rights on the public land where he runs his cattle by claiming his ancestors gained livestock water rights in the 1870s, long before the federal government horned in on the deal. Now, it turns out, that is not exactly true. KLAS, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, checked out the Bundy family's history with the land and found Bundy's grandmother was born in 1901 to parents who had moved a few years earlier from Utah and farmed, not in Bunkerville, but in neighboring Mesquite County.
May 21, 1989 |
President Bush's nomination of Delos Cy Jamison, an aide to former Interior Secretary James G. Watt and an adviser to a ferociously anti-environmental member of Congress, as new chief of the Bureau of Land Management has dismayed environmentalists. They fear that Jamison, if approved by the Senate, will follow the line pursued the last eight years by current Director Robert F. Burford, a Colorado cattleman who is accused of starving the bureau's major environmental programs. Ranchers, meanwhile, praised the selection of the 39-year-old Montana native as a sign that the Bush Administration will advance Reagan-era policies that opened public lands to widespread private development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2000
Re "Off-Road Vehicles Banned to Protect Desert Plant," Oct. 24: Well, it's happened again. While law-abiding, hard-working, desert-loving Americans were looking the other way, the environmental extremists have infringed upon our freedoms again. Our family has enjoyed the sand dunes near Glamis for 20 years. We often pack a lunch in our backpacks and take a daylong ride to the far reaches of the immense dunes. There is absolutely no way to see this beautiful area without off-road vehicles.
October 12, 2003 |
Federal officials frustrated by ongoing destruction at a historic cave site in northern Nevada announced a $1,000 reward to help catch the vandals. The reward will go to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the vandalism at the Lovelock Cave recreation site southwest of Lovelock, Bureau of Land Management officials said.
June 22, 2005
Re "Land Study on Grazing Denounced," June 18: Bureau of Land Management hacks rewrite text that is based on scientific fact and we are to believe that having cattle overgraze on fragile Western ecosystems is good for the environment. Public comment is no longer required. The cattle industry now has virtually total control over 160 million acres of public land, and the public can do nothing about it. The Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act have been set aside. The policy flies in the face of all known science, environmental principles and the law of the land.
May 10, 1987 |
Federal officials are convinced that some Idaho cattle ranchers may be deliberately setting fire to government rangeland knowing that it will be immediately reseeded with grasses better for grazing. Suspected range torching by ranchers first came to light after a federal appeals court ruling last month in San Francisco involving a 1984 Idaho arson case and a ranch foreman who is a Peruvian national.
February 14, 2014 |
BLUFF, Utah - Darkness was falling like a starry curtain as I pulled into this dusty town along the San Juan River. It was mid-November, and a cold wind was blowing in from the desert. The lights of a lone café illuminated a sign ahead. "Bluff, Utah Est. 650 AD. " My search had led me here, to a place where American history stretches deep into antiquity. I was chasing the Anasazi, Navajo for "Ancient Ones," the mysterious people who occupied these harsh lands from the 12th century BC until vanishing 700 years ago. I'd stood in their magnificent Great Houses in Chaco Canyon, N.M., and palatial cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, Colo.
November 25, 2007 |
Big Water, Utah So there I was, standing with about 30 other hikers in boots and backpacks, jammed into a room no bigger than a double-wide in a one-story beige government building in a destitute moonscape otherwise known as southern Utah on a warm Friday morning. If I sound surprised, I suppose I was. The day before I had flown to Flagstaff, Ariz., rented a car and driven more than two hours to Page, near the Utah border. I'd then gotten up early for a 30-minute drive to Big Water, only to find myself in the kind of hardscrabble wasteland that even rattlesnakes would be embarrassed to call home.
May 22, 1989 |
Mining lore is filled with as many tales of quick strikes as there are nuggets in a sourdough's dream. But few prospectors can match the real-life story of Anthony Perchetti. Perchetti, of Tonopah, Nev., made a small fortune off gold claims he staked for $500--and he did it without processing even an ounce of ore. He simply walked into the Bureau of Land Management office in Las Vegas and used the General Mining Law of 1872 to claim the mining rights to public lands near the town of Beatty--10 sites in 1986 and 17 more in 1988--and announced plans to drill test holes in what was then his land.