Skip to comments.Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff
Posted on 04/22/2014 11:46:46 PM PDT by blueplum
Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd.
Adding to that, since 2008 they've taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks.
Yowell's 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them. The federal agency sold the cattle at auction and used the proceeds to pay off the portion of back grazing fees it claimed Yowell owed. Once the cattle was sold, the agency sent Yowell a bill for the outstanding balance, some $180,000. They've been garnishing his monthly Social Security checks since 2008 to satisfy the debt Yowell says he does not owe.
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What Could the Massacre of 40,000 Elephants Possibly Teach Us?
This video of ecologist Allen Savory may be helpful to understanding why cattle absolutely need to be on desert land in large numbers to prevent further desertification. Savory starts by admitting his ordering of the shooting 40,000 elephants to help the desert was the biggest mistake of his life. He sets his argument for increasing grazing livestock dramatically, with research-area before and after slides, starting about 11 minutes in:
the write-up is here:
Where was his land and who profited from it?
Think this could/should become an issue in NM against Senator Udell!
Turn another state RED!
NM is over run by moonbats.
28 miles south of Elko
I found some reasoning for the BLM auctioning off leases:
“Land in most Nevada counties, under existing leases of rights of way, would be rented for less than $50 per acre in 2010, but spike in mining country. Rent on BLM land in Storey County, for example, is $942 an acre this year.
Energy experts say the rents dont reflect the high value of land for new uses, such as solar and wind development. In Clark County, where land prices are high and solar development is expected to flourish, land would be rented for $94.17 an acre this year. But in nearby Lincoln County, which has tens of thousands of acres of land conducive to solar development, the rent would be just $15.69 an acre.”
Basically, the BLM gets the renewable energy peeps to engage in bidding wars, which raise the annual rents on an acre of land. The energy companies get out of preparing enviro impact stuff, because BLM does it for them. The BLM pockets the new, inflated rents, and, the BLM and the counties get royalties from the energy producer on top of the rents. 15% of those royalties paid to the BLM are to go to “permit processing centers” and 35% into what appears to be a general slush fund (which, I assume, is where the funds to go swat-junkie comes from).
It’s a game of government graft at the expense of private citizens.
And about time for some financial-wiz-kids amongst us, to investigate stock transactions for inside trading events.
there is also this:
Considine found that development of oil, natural gas, and coal resources on federal lands are often mired in a regulatory bog,
while huge tracks of land
that are home to threatened and endangered species and greatly affect the viewshed
are fast-tracked for use
for solar panels and wind turbines.
(and, to borrow another quote:)
A recent article by Nevada Policy Research Institutes Geoffrey Lawrence also noted that the BLM has blocked energy development for a variety of rationales.
In early 2012, the BLM was scheduled to auction 75 Nevada oil and gas leases covering 133,000 acres. At the last moment, however, the agency reduced the auction down to 42 leases covering only 72,000 acres, Lawrence writes. According to BLM officials, these lands included sage-grouse habitat,
and the bird could
one day, be considered endangered.
(I added the carriage returns in for emphasis)
Good idea BP ! If you two can’t do it bet you’ll know who can!