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Posted on 08/17/2004 8:14:17 PM PDT by PropertyRightsResearch.org
Sheriff Warns Hage of Possible Cattle Confiscation and Arrest
August 17, 2004
Nevada Live Stock Association
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ramona Morrison 775.424.0570 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nye County, Nevada - According to Nye County Sheriff, Tony DeMeo, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in the midst of finalizing post-trial briefs in a thirteen-year old lawsuit with Nye County rancher, Wayne Hage, and in a move of apparent direct defiance of the several recent court decisions, are preparing to confiscate Hages cattle on his ranch in Nye County, Nevada. Hage was notified Friday, August 13, 2004, by Sheriff DeMeo, that Bob Abbey, Nevada BLM Director, had told him that, despite ongoing litigation, the BLM could move forward with the confiscation unless they receive a cease and desist order from the Court.
Alf Brandt, Interior Department Solicitor, and one of the Governments attorneys in the May Hage v. U.S. compensation trial in Reno, Nevada stated in a July 30, 2004, letter to Sheriff DeMeo that the, BLM actions may result in Mr. Hages appearance in federal court, which may provide him the opportunity to again present his legal theories and allow the federal court to adjudicate these issues. Brandts letter also contained thinly veiled threats to arrest Hage.
Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service hand-delivered a three-day notice to Hage to remove livestock from the lands the U. S. Court of Federal Claims determined in its 2002 Final Decision and Finding of Fact to be fee lands to which Hage holds title. (Fee means the inheritable right to use.)
Sheriff DeMeo commented on the governments actions, It is inexplicable to me why, after thirteen years of litigation, the BLM and Forest Service seem so anxious to go after Hage now. But there definitely seems to be an intensity building in this county and I expect them to try something. I have instructed my deputies to protect Constitutional rights of the citizens of Nye County, even if the perpetrator is the federal government, he added.
Concerned about a Ruby Ridge-style government arrest, today, Hage forwarded a letter to Sheriff DeMeo stating that he believes the governments efforts to create a confrontation with him is a move of desperation on the part of the agencies as a result evidence that surfaced at his trial in Reno in May.
The U.S. Forest Service, BLM, and southern Nevada water interests were implicated in a conspiracy, according to court transcripts, to bankrupt the Hages in order to obtain the abundant Pine Creek Ranch water for the benefit of Southern Nevada interests.
In his letter, Hage stated that, ....I believe Alf W. Brandt, as solicitor for the BLM Department of Interior, would like to find a way to eliminate me at the hands of some (federal) Law Enforcement personnel.
In the thirteen-year Fifth Amendment of the Constitution takings lawsuit in the U. S. Court of Federal Claims between the Hage family and the federal government, Hage has prevailed in all court rulings to date.
In 1991, the federal government, in an attempt to derail Hages civil takings case, attempted to prosecute him for destruction of government property. The case was reversed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Nevada Live Stock Association Director, Ramona Morrison, remarked about the May trial. The governments case faltered dramatically during the compensation trial. Every government witness was roundly impeached or discredited during cross examination. Facing the potential of incurring enormous damages in a ruling expected after the October closing arguments in Reno -- and numerous takings cases brought by other ranchers who have found themselves in similar circumstances as Hage -- the U. S. Forest Service and BLM have little chance at damage control. They may be acting in desperation to intimidate other ranchers from similar attempts to seek compensation when federal government takes their property.
Government Solicitor, Alf Brandt, justifies his actions in his letter to Sheriff DeMeo by stating that Hage is failing to keep his cattle on the forage of the 50-foot right-of-ways. Hage commented from his ranch, The government argues that I must contain my cattle on 50 feet of either side of my 1866 ditch rights-of-ways, some of which are natural creeks. I defy anyone to show me where the Court has said that in any of the three published Decisions or in the one court Order. Yet this is their justification for seeking my arrest. The government refuses to recognize that I am not a trespasser on my own ranch.
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Tony DeMeo, Nye County Sheriff 775.751.7000 www.nyecountysheriff.net
Ramona Morrison 775.424.0570 email@example.com
Wayne Hage 775.482.4187
Ladd Bedford, Esq., Attorney for Hage 415.905.0200
Nevada Live Stock Association
9732 State Route 445, #305
Sparks, NV 89436
Note from Kathy Van Tuyl: Remember, folks ... these are President Bush's Secretaries of Agriculture, of Interior, and his Attorney General. He apparently has no more control over them now than he did four years ago, and I haven't heard him talk about doing anything about them. Should we give him another four years?
To be fair, I doubt he even knows this is going on ... although you can bet his cabinet members do. And since their actions do truly endanger this nation and her citizens, AND, after all, don't these threatened actions by USFS and BLM constitute "paper terrorism" as defined by the Patriot Act ... I ask that you join me in demanding President Bush defend us against this kind of terrorism here at home ... NOW! This is a real and imminent danger ... and he can stop it with a phone call!
Let's see what a few thousand of us can accomplish! Please be respectful but firm. There is plenty of useful information in the Nevada Live Stock Association press release with which to construct your letter.
Federal Citizen Information Center - Email addresses for the Bush Administration http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/call/e-mail.htm 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636)
President George Bush firstname.lastname@example.org 1-202-456-1414 1-202-456-1111 1-888-552-9406 (non-working in parts of the country) Fax: 1-202-456-2883 or 202-456-2461
Secretary Ann Veneman Ann.Veneman@usda.gov 1-202-720-3631 1-866-632-9992 Veda Patterson 202-260-1026 Fax: 1-202-720-2166
U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth email@example.com 1-202-205-1661 Fax: 1-202-205-1765 U.S. Forest Service, 202-205-8421, Deputy Office, Kathleen Clemens
U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester, Region 4, Jack Troyer firstname.lastname@example.org 1-801-625-5605 Fax: 1-801-625-5359
Secretary of [the Department of] Interior Gale Norton email@example.com 1-202-208-7351 or 1-202-208-6416 1-202-208-3100 (information and employee locator number) Fax: 1-202-208-3144, 202-208-6956 or 1-202-273-3501 [Harold] Craig Manson, Assistant Secretary for Fish & Wildlife and Parks 1-202-208-5347 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director, Kathleen Clarke (Greg) Kathleen_Clarke@blm.gov 1-202-208-6731 or 1-202-452-5125 Fax: 1-202-452-5124
BLM State Director (Nevada), Robert Abbey email@example.com 1-775-861-6590 Fax: 1-775-861-6601
Attorney General John Ashcroft AskDOJ@usdoj.gov 1-202-353-1555 or Main Switchboard 1-202-514-2000 Fax: 1-202-307-6777
Could this be why the federal agencies won't leave Wayne Hage alone? Please read and consider that this 'trail' passes through Private Land and that often the private landowner is not even told about the existence of this 'trail'
It seems that the American Discovery Trail (ADT), "The nation's first coast-to-coast, non-motorized recreation trail", passes right by (or through?) Wayne Hage's Pine Creek Ranch in Nye County, Nevada. http://www.discoverytrail.org/states/nevada/nv_points4.html
ADT's home page: "Stretching across more than 6,800 miles and 15 states, the ADT is the only coast-to-coast, non-motorized recreational trail. Linking communities, cities, parks and wilderness, the ADT allows people to hike, bike or ride horses for an afternoon or a cross-country adventure." The first "national discovery trail" long-distance trail. http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/archives/105cong/parks/pks97mtg.htm Originally described as being 6,000 miles in length -- from Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware to Point Reyes National Seashore in California -- it has expanded by over 800 miles in less than seven years. http://www.discoverytrail.org/index.html
The ADT website is supported by the Coleman Company and the Lipton Company: http://www.Coleman.com and http://www.Lipton.com . See more sponsors: http://www.discoverytrail.org/sponsors/index.html -- including DeLorme http://www.DeLorme.com
"About Us" and "Mission": http://www.discoverytrail.org/about/index.html
See the list of Board of Directors: http://www.discoverytrail.org/about/staff.html
This researched information sent to you by Julie Kay Smithson firstname.lastname@example.org www.PropertyRightsResearch.org (Have you visited lately? Family safe, educational and empowering, regularly updated.)
Whatcha gonna do
When they come for you
Okay, so I'm no Doug From Upland.
Does the Secretary of Interior have a website??
It would seem that we definitely have a good cop in this case. More power to you, Sheriff!
That said, the federal government appears to be up to its usual, despicable tricks. I wouldn't be surprised if they posted snipers with shoot-to-kill-on-sight orders, stating "law enforcement objectives" as their reason to do so.
Doesn't Nevada have any Senators this Hage guy can get to help him?
Yes, it's: http://www.doi.gov/
To me his future looks dim.
The peasants do not defy the king.
There is a former Navy SEAL in Florida that they are going to kill also.
Is there an email for Karl Rove's office??
I don't know, but Harry Reid is as globalist as they get and only cares about property rights when its his family and friends' property. Part of this problem is the fact that Wayne Hage has a very remote ranch and communication can be delayed. Please, everyone, forward this main posting to everyone you know that cares about property rights and responsible resource providers -- let's get a LOT of phone calls/emails/faxes to all the contacts listed! Thank you.
I meant email. heh =o)
farmfriend has a ping list
I don't know an email address, but here's the rest of his contact information:
Senior Advisor to the President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Tel: 202-456-5587 or 202-456-2369
Thanks for the heads up Julie.
Now I can say he has a ping list...
That's all, I need to know. I'm emailing Bush, my Senators, Congressman and political allies to enforce the law against this criminal Hage. The courts have spoken and the law is the law. Where do these rich cattlemen get off threatening our President! Put Hage in prison for life and take everything he owns away from him.
Isn't Wayne Hage the husband of Helen Chenowith, former Congressional representative from Idaho?
Sport, I work my heart out every day -- from twelve to twenty hours a day -- on my website and email lists, my website being educational/empowering: http://www.PropertyRightsResearch.org . If everyone digging holes to bury these great fighters such as Wayne Hage and Jesse Hardy, would just visit my website and look up how they can add their voices to mine and snowball this effort, we'd be even further along in derailing this train run amok. Sorry, but I don't buy into the negativism. Even your sending the main post at this thread to, say, five or ten more people, would help both Wayne AND Jesse. Thanks in advance! Heck, if I can do this, you sure can!
I have NO IDEA if this is related. I saw cattle and thought of the letter I received yesterday.
So just surf by if this is unrelated.
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I guess you haven't been reading the news. Wayne Hage WON his case in May. The only thing left to be determined by the judge, next month, is how much compensation he gets for the criminal activities of both the BLM and Forest Service in stealing his cattle and keeping him from ranching. You can read all the details here: http://www.stewardsoftherange.org/
That elected sheriff is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the county and his proper job is to protect the rights of citizens. He has the right (and duty) to eject anyone from that county who's there to infringe on the rights of anyone. This includes any agent of the federal corporation.
Yes, Wayne married Helen Chenoweth, former U.S. Congresswoman from Idaho, in last 1999. His first wife, Jean, died as the result of the stress brought on by the terrorism inflicted on the Hage family by the BLM and Forest Service over many years.
No, although this is an issue that Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL) would go a long way toward solving. BTW, I love your quote: "People never like what they don't understand" My website has many quotes: at the Home Page, the Quotes page and sprinkled throughout the site -- which now has over 9,000 pages that you can access free!
You're exactly right, American Spirit, and this sheriff has a lot of moxie -- he is tired of the BLM/Forest Service 21st century cattle rustling. Ben Colvin, Cliven Bundy, Kit/Sherry Laney, the Western Shoshone Dann sisters, Cliff Gardner -- all but one of these generational land stewards were in Nevada. It's way past time to contact everyone you/I/we can think of and make a LOUD NOISE to tell them that the BLM & Forest Service MUST BACK OFF and leave honest folks ALONE.
Bureaucrats cannot stand to be proven wrong. The arrogance the government is displaying in this case should be a warning to all property owners. If the government wants your land, do not resist, because we will take it anyhow.
Thirteen years of litigation unwillingly backed by American taxpayers fighting against a fellow American citizen is wrong. This is a case where our tax money is clearly being used to abuse the citizens. The BLM is backed by faulty environmental science, and enviro nazis have infiltrated the BLM and the Forest Service. This is dangerous for all property owners. The goal of these people is to remove human habitation from targeted areas and "convert" it back to wilderness that only the privliged can enjoy.
The ADT may have something to do with it, the main reason is his water.
I spoke to Mr. Hage about the reason, about a year, and a half ago, he said it was about his water, they want to pipe it to Las Vegas.
I saw your website in your tagline. I didn't get to surf it yet; but it is bookmarked.
I skimmed and posted without doing searches. I'm multitasking :)
Sorry for posting inappropriately. But at least the info is worthwhile.
I'm familiar with COOL. It is a BIG issue.
Promise to surf your site. I'm an info junkie and I have 2 people in mind already to shoot your link to (hence the bookmark).
His water and all other natural resources that lie on/under his ranch. I've visited Wayne and Helen and seen their ranch.
I know very little about how to do Free Republic correctly, so I may be inappropriate, myself! :-) Thanks for the sharing/bookmarking!
Great Americans, aren't they? Cut from the same cloth as the founders of our country.
Exactly! Please see The Wildlands Project button at my site for a lot of 'connecting the dots' -- and the UN button for more that connects The Wildlands Project to the UN...
do you have a link to what Sheriff DeMeo said?
Maggie, check your emails please.
The link at the top of the page goes to another press release, could you please provide a link to this press release, so I can pass it around?
I don't know how to do this; there is no website for the Nevada Live Stock Association.
The Press Release was sent to basically put the two errant federal agencies 'on notice' and to let all of us know that we have an opportunity to help by simply making a few phone calls and sending a few emails/faxes. "Problems are just opportunities in work clothes."
According to the Las Vegas Radio stations, they are doing some water rationing there now, Lake Mead is low on the water level.
Sorry, didn't pay that much attention to the topic, but it
gets talked about every now and then.
There ya go. Here's another darn good one!
Without property rights you become property!
Ping to the Meat warning and to the need of help for a
different Rancher, who is being over-run by BLM.
Sorry I forgot you in the bunch I alerted.
>>That's all, I need to know. I'm emailing Bush, my Senators, Congressman and political allies to enforce the law against this criminal Hage. The courts have spoken and the law is the law. Where do these rich cattlemen get off threatening our President! Put Hage in prison for life and take everything he owns away from him.<<
Oh man, are you going to be disappointed when you find out that your tax dollars are going to make Wayne and Helen quite rich. Right now, he's not but he will be when the judge puts a hefty price on "government taking of private property".
Considering how the BLM's case has been going, I would bet that what Mr. Abbey has done here will be more likely to antagonize a judge than anything. Given that, I would be very surprised if Wayne didn't get such an order.
It doesn't make a lot of difference who's in the White House, does it? Bureaucratic tyranny continues regardless.
This is what happens when you pi$$ off some needle-d*ck bureaucrat. They don't take "no" for an answer.
The BLM is ABOVE the law and has its own agenda regardless of who is in the Oval Office. They will do as they please as there is nobody above them. See what they did to me.......
What we call a Democracy is a fraud.....the govt does as it pleases WHEN it wants.....try going to court against their unlimited funds and a few hundred thousand lawyers ... sure we have a DEMONocracy ...read what they did to me in great detail !!!!
This is a must read. If Wayne is taken down, it will be nothing short of a police state action. Call the White House ASAP.