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Why Are the Feds Trying to Kill Tombstone?
Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2012 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 05/18/2012 4:37:55 PM PDT by Kaslin

In Arizona, it's no surprise that water can be hard to come by, but why is the federal government is cutting off the water supply to the famous Old West town of Tombstone?  

Nearly a year ago, Tombstone's water supply lines were heavily damaged in a flood after a heavy rain due to a massive wildfire leaving loose soil in the area. (Read this article to find out why we can thank the Forest Service for catastrophic wildfires)

Since the damage, Tombstone residents have been fighting to repair the water lines, but because they run through a wilderness area, the feds are saying the only option they have is to literally dig up miles and miles of water lines by hand. Why? Machine use in wilderness areas is prohibited by federal law.

More from the Goldwater Institute:

Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Frank Zapata denied Tombstone, Arizona’s emergency request to restore its Huachuca Mountain municipal water supply. Over nine months ago, the historic town’s 130-year-old water system was destroyed by massive flooding resulting from torrential rains and the destruction of surrounding forests in the Monument Fire.


Despite the burial of water reservoirs and water lines under boulders the size of Volkswagens and as much as 12 feet of mud, the Court denied Tombstone’s request to allow it to use mechanized and motorized equipment to restore its water system. In denying the request, the Court ruled that the town did not exhaust efforts to obtain federal permits to use the equipment despite nine months of continuous efforts by the town to secure the U.S. Forest Service’s cooperation. The Court was not moved by a state of emergency declared specifically for Tombstone by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
 
The Goldwater Institute has already filed an emergency appeal of the decision.
 
“Requiring Tombstone to seek federal permits to repair its municipal water supply is like demanding a federal permit before the City can make repairs to a fire truck,” said Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute director of constitutional studies and lead attorney in the case. “Under the Tenth Amendment, the federal government has no power during a state of emergency to stop a local government from repairing its own municipal property, which is essential to providing safe drinking water and adequate fire protection.”
 
The Goldwater Institute is representing the City of Tombstone in this clash with the federal government. Tombstone has property rights to 25 mountain spring heads and all of the water rising and flowing in two canyons in the Huachuca Mountains. Bundled with those rights are access roads and pipeline rights of way. Until last year, the U.S. Forest Service recognized and respected those rights, which date back to the days of Wyatt Earp. Today, the federal government denies they exist and refuses to allow Tombstone to restore more than three of its spring water catchments.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: agenda21; epaoutofcontrol; fedmob; theft; tombstone; water

1 posted on 05/18/2012 4:37:56 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Because it’s in Arizona. The commie piggies in D.C. hate Arizona.


2 posted on 05/18/2012 4:40:48 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: Kaslin

UN Agenda 21’s ultimate goal is to herd all excess human beings into urban compounds where they can be processed more easily, leaving the rest of the country a pristine Walden paradise where UN bigwigs and their corporate cronies can enjoy nature from their lavish dachas.


3 posted on 05/18/2012 4:41:51 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: Kaslin

Are they messing with my pizza??


4 posted on 05/18/2012 4:42:50 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Kaslin

Give an inch and they’ll take a mile. This is just more conditioning of the all-powerful federal government over the unwashed masses.


5 posted on 05/18/2012 4:42:53 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: Kaslin

Likely to start a real water war.


6 posted on 05/18/2012 4:43:43 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin; wardaddy

Because Tombstone is a significant cultural landmark for distinctly American courage. The Washington government will not allow that. We Southerners have been under that hammer for a long time. The suppression is simply spreading out now.


7 posted on 05/18/2012 4:46:08 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Gov. G. Romney (R), father of Bishop Willard M Romney (R))
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To: Kaslin
Until last year, the U.S. Forest Service recognized and respected those rights, which date back to the days of Wyatt Earp. Today, the federal government denies they exist and refuses to allow Tombstone to restore more than three of its spring water catchments.

Until 2009 the United States did not have a Dictator in Chief.

8 posted on 05/18/2012 4:46:38 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Psalm 144

The feds are trying to kill all the little towns one way or another.


9 posted on 05/18/2012 4:48:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin
The feds are screwing up. I'm not sure they can handle what they are playing with. Tombstone will get it's water, feds be damned.

Any blood spilled goes against the feds.

/johnny

10 posted on 05/18/2012 4:49:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kaslin

Tombstone needs to go ahead and just get their water. Let this regime step in to stop it and pick their ass off one by one.


11 posted on 05/18/2012 4:53:32 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yep.

Whiskey is for drinkin’,
water is for fightin’...


12 posted on 05/18/2012 4:55:40 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1214 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Kaslin

They need to do what Catron county NM did and throw all the FedMob agents out. Then do what they need to do. There are plenty of people that will back them up.


13 posted on 05/18/2012 4:57:40 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Kaslin

It’s time to pass the hat and start sending water trucks to Tombstone now. And lobby Congress to force the feds to allow the repair work to commence.


14 posted on 05/18/2012 5:06:13 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Kaslin
They hate Val Kilmer.
15 posted on 05/18/2012 5:06:30 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Kaslin

Will Tombstone go the way of Gleeson?


16 posted on 05/18/2012 5:11:23 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TigersEye

I don’t think Cochise county has the guts.


17 posted on 05/18/2012 5:12:43 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
And lobby Congress to force the feds to allow the repair work to commence.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

Once upon a time.... we quit lobbying, because it doesn't do any good.

/johnny

18 posted on 05/18/2012 5:16:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kaslin

Someone ought to check out the satellite images surrounding the water supply area. Maybe someone is trying to hide something.


19 posted on 05/18/2012 5:22:14 PM PDT by Suz in AZ
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To: cripplecreek

That is also true. Alter or abolish it, IMO.


20 posted on 05/18/2012 5:29:28 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Gov. G. Romney (R), father of Bishop Willard M Romney (R))
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To: Psalm 144

Water is one of the most important tools they have and abundance or scarcity doesn’t matter a bit to them.


21 posted on 05/18/2012 5:33:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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.

Under all the BS -

- It is all reparations and redistribution

Soon The One will mandate a plan to allegedly rent out foreclosed homes and subsidize the rent payments for minorities

But you already knew that - Right?

.


22 posted on 05/18/2012 5:33:40 PM PDT by devolve (------ ---- ---------toss_subhumans_in_Hannibal*s_wild_boar_pit----------- ---------------------)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Not many do.


23 posted on 05/18/2012 5:34:29 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Kaslin

Oh, BTW: U.S. District Court Judge Frank Zapata is a Clinton appointee. Zapata was a Staff attorney of Pima County Legal Aid Society, Arizona from 1973 to 1974 (Pima cuonty is home to Tucson and Sheriff Blahblah that let that Loughner kid rum rampant until he shot that Congresschick in the face).


24 posted on 05/18/2012 5:56:29 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: eyedigress
exactly.

It is interesting water rights of the old west is the issue again.

25 posted on 05/18/2012 6:19:05 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: null and void
God is Great.

Beer is good.

And people are crazy.

26 posted on 05/18/2012 6:46:35 PM PDT by Osage Orange (God is my Co-Pilot.)
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To: Psalm 144

Agreed. The regime wants the vile excesses of “Reconstruction” to be thrown on the whole of this Republic, and as, (in their minds) a perpetuity...


27 posted on 05/18/2012 6:50:02 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: mylife
"Will Tombstone go the way of Gleeson?"

Went through Gleeson a couple of years ago. Looked like the town motto was "And awaaay we go!"

28 posted on 05/18/2012 6:53:56 PM PDT by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: Kaslin

Tombstone has its problems. One of the worst is that it is a very small town with abandoned mines under at least part of it. This means that without warning, the ground could collapse.

There are many places like Tombstone in Arizona, though in much worse condition, and you have to be careful around them because they can be deadly. Abandoned mines are some of the most dangerous places you can go, and have more ways of killing a person than you might imagine. Experienced miners treat them like they are booby-trapped.


29 posted on 05/18/2012 7:03:39 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Kaslin

Tombstone is where the Minutemen started.
The Kenyan is going to start something else if he doesn’t be careful.


30 posted on 05/18/2012 7:06:49 PM PDT by arizonarick
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To: Suz in AZ

You have the coordinates?


31 posted on 05/18/2012 7:08:49 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: Kaslin

The people of Tomstone and Arizona need to resist. You can’t deny the people of a town access to water it is a direct threat on thier lives.


32 posted on 05/18/2012 7:35:17 PM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: mylife

Gee, I didn’t think any one knew about Gleeson..I was raised in Elfrida....


33 posted on 05/18/2012 7:38:37 PM PDT by marmar ((Although, I may look different then you....my blood still runs..RED, WHITE, & BLUE. RETIRED USAF))
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To: Kaslin; Jeff Head; All
(Read this article to find out why we can thank the Forest Service for catastrophic wildfires)

The game plan from the beginning was to let the entire mountain burn. Local fire crews tried to control the initial burn and were abandoned by the Incident Commander; the local crews were forced to retreat.

A friend of my son bent my ear for over an hour with his complaints about how the fire was handled and the amount of unnecessary damage we sustained.

34 posted on 05/18/2012 7:50:31 PM PDT by HiJinx (A Higher Power is still just a false god.)
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To: SandRat; Arizona Carolyn

Arizona ping


35 posted on 05/18/2012 7:51:59 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: marmar
To the town of Elfrida rode a stranger one fine day
Hardly spoke to folks around him,
Didn't have too much to say
he's an outlaw loose and running came the whisper from each lip.
Cause the stranger there among them had a big iron on his hip.
36 posted on 05/18/2012 8:31:39 PM PDT by Tupelo
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Even simpler. Because they can.


37 posted on 05/18/2012 8:56:06 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yep, the Feds seem to forget that their “Federal Lands” are completely encased in the territory of the state. That’s not a good strategic position to be in when you are provoking a real life and death conflict. Now, if the state or the locals actually had any cojones to stand up to the Feds, highway dollars and school funding be damned, then it wouldn’t even be an issue.


38 posted on 05/18/2012 8:59:01 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: philetus

No, I don’t have them. Sorry.


39 posted on 05/18/2012 9:02:43 PM PDT by Suz in AZ
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

To top it off, there are so many mineshafts in AZ, nobody knows where they all are. Seems like every year, they swallow a few unlucky off-roaders who drive over the wrong patch of desert.


40 posted on 05/18/2012 9:04:02 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Tupelo
Town of Agua Fria.

Cold water.

Marty Robbins was my hero. I cried when he died.

/johnny

41 posted on 05/18/2012 9:13:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: marmar

I was in Elfrida once for a pit stop and asked to use the restroom.

The proprietor said, go down that hall and make left, then go down 3 rooms and make a right.

It was confusing.
I did as he said and halfway though, I met this gal in the passageway.
I asked for directions and she obliged.
When I got out she was awaiting for me and escorted me back.

When I got back to the main store she blurted out.
Look what I found Pa! Can I keep him?!!


42 posted on 05/19/2012 1:55:10 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Reo

LoL!


43 posted on 05/19/2012 1:56:31 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: marmar

I always blew though there on the way to Chiricahau


44 posted on 05/19/2012 2:11:09 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

This is why:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2885248/posts


45 posted on 05/19/2012 2:36:27 AM PDT by kevao
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To: Kaslin

Send Sheriff Arpaio’s prisoners up there to do it all by hand!!! They break rocks now on chain gangs. They can do something useful for Tombstone, instead.

Then watch the ACLU and all the criers and moaners screech!!!

I want to hear Romney say he will get these water lines restored immediately after his election.


46 posted on 05/19/2012 7:18:46 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Kaslin

No registered Democrats in town?


47 posted on 05/19/2012 9:26:56 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I know, but in this case I figured it was close enough


48 posted on 05/19/2012 11:05:24 AM PDT by Tupelo
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