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  • Obama withdraws Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil drilling

    12/16/2014 7:59:43 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies
    Associated Press Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Associated Press
    <p>President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.</p> <p>The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases. He called Bristol Bay one of the country's great natural resources and a massive economic engine.</p>
  • Senate passes defense bill with Montana wilderness additions

    12/12/2014 3:28:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Missoulian (MT) ^ | December 12, 2014 | By Rob Chaney
    The Senate voted to pass its annual National Defense Authorization Act on Friday , sending Montana’s first wilderness additions in 33 years to President Barack Obama’s desk. The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $585 billion in Pentagon discretionary spending and $63.7 billion in overseas contingency operations.It also includes a package of 70 public land management bills; the biggest collection since the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. They create about 250,000 acres of new wilderness designations and protection of other lands from energy development. Other measures open thousands of acres to logging in Alaska and swaps federal lands for...
  • Congress’ Sneaky Tactic to Grab More Land for the Government

    12/02/2014 5:09:24 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 12-2-14 | Robert Gordon & Nicholas Loris
    Congress has returned from the mid-term elections and members are hammering out the details of the National Defense Authorization Act. NDAA, which has passed for more than 50 years consecutively, provides policy guidance for the U.S. defense budget. The importance of the NDAA to the defense budgeting process and its traditional status as a “must-pass” piece of legislation makes it an inviting target for pet projects and wasteful spending. Unfortunately, as this year’s lame duck session winds down, some lawmakers are trying to end-run the normal legislative process in a rushed, closed-door approach. This presents an opportunity not only to...
  • Senior Navy Intelligence Officer Canned by Pentagon for China Comments

    11/12/2014 7:07:46 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 46 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Brent Scher
    A senior Navy intelligence officer has been removed from his position due to comments made regarding aggressive Chinese military movements that ran counter to the Pentagon’s talking points on the issue, according to the Navy Times. Capt. James Fanell was removed from his position as the director of intelligence and information operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet. Fanell was reassigned within the command. Though neither the Navy nor Fanell commented on the reason for the personnel change, it is widely believed to be due to an internal investigation of his comments on China, according to the report. Fanell warned during a...
  • Feds Retaliate against the Bundy Ranch and the Southern Nevada People

    10/30/2014 1:23:00 PM PDT · by yoe · 37 replies
    From The Trenches ^ | October 29, 2014 | admin.
    Feds Retaliate against the Bundy Ranch and the Southern Nevada People On Friday October 10th, 2014 a Notice from the federal registry reveals that the federal government is mounting retaliations against the Bundy family and the Southern Nevada people. Federal Register / Vol. 79, No.197 Notice, outlines plans to make the Bundy ranch and most of the rest of Southern Nevada, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). 90 days from October 10th, 2014 these proposals will become federal law without consent from the Nevada State legislatures or the people of Southern Nevada. Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are human...
  • PA Illegal Land Grab to Block Road North of Jerusalem

    09/30/2014 10:37:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/10/14 | Shlomo Pyotrkovsky & Ari Yashar
    The IDF Civil Administration ordered the expropriation on Tuesday of land between the Samaria communities of Hizmeh and Adam, both of which are located just north of Jerusalem, so as to widen the local road there to have two lanes and ease traffic congestion. However, Arutz Sheva has learned that just hours after the order was given, the Palestinian Authority (PA) sent representatives to the area and started illegally building corrugated iron structures to establish facts on the ground and prevent the usage of the previously empty land. Shortly after learning about the development, members of the Regavim watchdog group...
  • EPA promoting water rule to farmers in Missouri

    07/08/2014 6:48:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) chief is traveling to Missouri this week to promote among farmers the agency’s proposal to redefine its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The agency has faced some of the harshest backlash to the rule from agricultural representatives, who say that farmers will either have to obtain permits or be outright banned from common farming practices like digging ditches or building fences. “One of the top priorities of mine is to make sure that we hear and listen to the voices of farmers and ranchers and make sure that their interests and concerns are reflected...
  • Real solution to fed land mismanagement: fight elitist Progressivism

    05/25/2014 3:22:47 PM PDT · by Twotone · 51 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | May 25, 2014 | Jack Swift
    In the great dispute over utilization of our Federal lands in the West, the attempt is frequently made to end run the arguments over how best to manage those lands by asserting the Federal government has no capacity to own the lands. The argument goes that since the Constitution is a delegation of enumerated powers, if there is no provision therein for ownership of land, the Federal government must lack standing to be a legitimate owner. This is not an idle question. It is said to have given Jefferson great pause prior to deciding to make the Louisiana Purchase. However,...
  • Obama's Land Grab Opens Path For Cartels, Illegals

    05/22/2014 10:09:02 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 23, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    <p>Land Grab: The Bureau of Land Management plans a Bundy-like seizure of New Mexico land for a national monument that will restrict Border Patrol access and provide an open corridor for drug and human traffickers.</p> <p>In August 2002, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Ranger Kris Eggle was killed in the line of duty. Allegedly the killers were drug smugglers crossing through the Arizona park, which shares a border with Mexico. Since Eggle's death, Organ Pipe has been called the most dangerous park in America.</p>
  • NJ’s threat to take Holocaust survivor’s land: Another Kelo land grab in the making

    05/21/2014 5:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/20/2014 | Editorial Board
    Charlie Birnbaum’s parents were Holocaust survivors whose patch of the American Dream was a modest Atlantic City home near the ocean. Their son has held on to it — through hurricanes, economic slumps and even his mother’s murder. Today, it may be taken away when the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority asks a state court to give it Charlie’s property. The CRDA basically argues it has the right to take whatever properties it wants and do with them whatever it wants to reshape Atlantic City whatever way it wants. Traditionally, to seize someone’s property through eminent domain, you had to show...
  • Feds’ latest land grab: Designate contested N.M. area a national monument

    05/20/2014 9:54:47 AM PDT · by yoe · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2014 | By Dave Boyer
    President Obama on Wednesday will declare a national monument in southern New Mexico, delivering a win for environmentalists but angering ranchers and local law enforcement, who say the land restrictions will end up creating a safe haven for drug cartels to operate within the U.S. Mr. Obama will declare about 500,000 acres as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. About half of that land is expected to be set aside as wilderness, meaning it will be closed to vehicles and construction.
  • Only Cartels Benefit from Obama's Border 'Monument,' says Former Border Patrol Association

    05/21/2014 7:41:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 May 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Obama Administration is set to unilaterally designate a 600,000 acre national monument in New Mexico near the U.S.-Mexican border. The sanctuary, which will be called the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, has drawn sharp criticism from law enforcement who say it will impede border security. "By creating this monument, President Obama is ensuring a pathway to get drugs into the country" Zack Taylor, Chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, told Breitbart Texas. The Obama Administration will ultimately control how much access Border Patrol agents will have to the land, including whether or not they will be...
  • Obama to create largest national monument of his presidency [11th he's established]

    05/19/2014 1:12:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 19, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Wednesday will designate nearly half a million acres in New Mexico as a national monument, the latest in a series of executive actions intended to improve environmental protections of federal lands. The president will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, the largest such designation of his presidency, during a ceremony at the Department of the Interior, the White House said Monday. It will be the 11th time the president has established a national monument during his term, and the largest designation in terms of land mass during his presidency.By contrast, former President...
  • Citizens Stage Pitchfork Rally Against York County Rezoning

    05/16/2014 3:50:41 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 9 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | May 15, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Citizens gathered in the front lawn of York Hall on Wednesday, May 14 with pitchforks and signs to protest the York County Board of Supervisors plan to consider rezoning the York Point neighborhood. The rally took place right before the York County Planning Commission’s public hearing.The board of supervisors has proposed R14-66, a resolution that rally protesters say will strip them of their agricultural rights. If passed, over 7,000 properties in York County would be prohibited from conducting commercial agricultural operations York Point is currently zoned as Resource Conservation (RC) and a special-use permit is required in order to operate...
  • BREAKING: Utah Turns the Tables… Takes Land from Feds

    05/08/2014 1:33:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    Capitalism Institute ^ | 5/7/2014 | MICHAEL CANTRELL
    With the Cliven Bundy story still fresh on the minds of many Americans, it’s a shock to see a state government turn the tides on the federal government by passing legislation that demands it hand over control of 30 million acres of land. It’s become commonplace to see news stories of the opposite phenomenon, as the federal government, working through the Bureau of Land Management, has time and again trampled on the private property rights of its citizens and claimed lands for itself. This is not the case in Utah. Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill earlier this year...
  • Harry Reid – Standing Between A Politician And His Millions

    05/04/2014 2:03:29 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 8 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/blog/ ^ | May 4, 2014 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Questions, questions… I have a whole lot of them for Harry Reid. I know that his salary as a Senator, is about 200k per year. And I know that he made a substantial amount as an attorney. What I want to know, is how much he has made off land in Nevada. Specifically BLM land and mining/mineral rights. Open Secrets states Reid’s value is between 2.5 and 6 million. I actually don’t believe that. I believe he has money buried in the desert so-to-speak, in shell companies and third parties all over the place. I’m all for making a lot...
  • Federal Land Grab Comes to California at Vail Lake

    04/30/2014 8:30:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/30/14 | Kristin Tate
    Americans have become increasingly concerned about the federal government's seizure of privately-held lands and property, especially after the Cliven Bundy incident in Nevada. Now another land owner, Bill Johnson of Temecula, California, claims his property at Vail Lake, the largest privately-owned lake in California, is being threatened by the county, state, and federal governments. Johnson purchased 11,000 acres of land in Riverside County over 17 years ago, including Vail Lake, encompassing over 1,000 square surface acres of water. Now Johnson claims various levels of government are trying to seize the property, using intimidation under the guise of environmental concerns. Johnson...
  • Ted Cruz Says BLM Needs To Sell Land, Not Grab More

    04/29/2014 10:31:41 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 97 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | April 29, 2014
    Ted Cruz feels the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) should be reducing claims on public lands. The Republican Texas Senator is among those lawmakers weighing in on the Red River Texas and Oklahoma boundary dispute with the federal agency. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the BLM Red River boundary dispute may cause approximately 90,000 acres of privately held land to fall into the hands of the federal government. Texas rancher Tommy Henderson has become the focal point of the BLM dispute. Supporters from around the country are rallying around Henderson, much in the same manner as protesters did for...
  • Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff

    04/24/2014 4:37:53 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    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....
  • How the Feds Suckered Klamath Basin ( Oregon )

    04/26/2014 5:06:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | April 21, 2014 | Barbara H. Peterson
    It all started with the sucker fish. The con, that is. I can see it all now. A group of robber barons and their flunkies sitting down at a table and deciding just what ruse they will use to grab all of the water and land in the country, and for Oregon, it’s the sucker. Yes, the infamous Klamath Basin Sucker Fish. The fish that evidently, needs both high and low water levels, murky and clear water, and an overdose of federal government interference to survive, even though attempts to eradicate it have failed time and time again. It has...
  • Ted Cruz Challenges BLM on Texas Land Grab

    04/26/2014 10:12:31 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Apr 2014 | Bob Price
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz released a letter sent to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director affirming a recent letter from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, demanding more information regarding potential plans to re-purpose disputed tracts of land for federal uses.  The letter is in response to the BLM’s perceived attempt at taking 90,000 acres of land that Texas landowners believe belongs to them. Sen. Cruz told BLM Director Neil Kornze that the public statement the BLM offered on its website does not address the questions raised by General Abbott. Sen. Cruz requested Kornze respond directly to the questions...
  • Free The American People And Land From Overregulation

    04/26/2014 6:59:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    investors.com ^ | 4/25/2014 | LEWIS K. UHLER AND PETER FERRARA
    Regardless of the outcome of the federal government's confrontation with Nevada citizen Cliven Bundy, some important lessons have already been learned. We have seen our federal government (Bureau of Land Management) with arms and military vehicles confronting American citizens, not unlike Russian troops confronting Ukrainians, or Syrian troops facing off against rebels. It is scary. We have seen a newly appointed director of the BLM, who used to work for Sen. Harry Reid, selectively enforce the "Endangered Species Act" regarding a species, the desert tortoise, never contemplated to be within the act's protection when passed in 1973 to protect the...
  • BLM EYES 90,000 ACRES OF TEXAS LAND

    04/21/2014 1:37:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 115 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Bob Price
    After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM’s focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary. The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover and ownership of privately-held lands which have been deeded property for generations of Texas landowners. Sid Miller, former Texas State Representative and Republican candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has since made the matter a campaign issue to Breitbart Texas. “In Texas,” Miller says, “the BLM is attempting a repeat of an action taken over 30 years ago...
  • Texas Warns Obama to Back Down on Plot for “Illegal” Land Grab

    04/25/2014 11:40:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    The New American ^ | 04/25/2014 | Alex Newman
    With the public already steaming over the increasingly lawless and out-of-control federal government, top Texas officials on both sides of the aisle were quick to react after recent reports suggested the Obama administration’s Bureau of Land Management was plotting yet another unconstitutional land grab. This time, the BLM is reportedly eying some 90,000 acres along the Red River on the Texas-Oklahoma border. From the governor’s office to the attorney general to the legislature, however, the message from Texans was loud and clear: “Don’t Mess With Texas.”Already facing nationwide outrage and criticism over its extreme tactics at the Bundy ranch in...
  • Ted Cruz sends letter to Bureau of Land Management requesting answers regarding Red River lands

    04/25/2014 11:34:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following letter April 24 to the Bureau of Land Management asking the agency to respond to concerns raised by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott about the Red River Boundary Compact and associated lands. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Honorable Neil Kornze Director Bureau of Land Management United States Department of the Interior 1849 C Street NW, Room 5665 Washington, DC 20240 Dear Director Kornze, In a letter dated April 22nd, 2014, the Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott asked for responses to five specific inquiries regarding Bureau of Land Management land claims along the Red River....
  • BLM ON TEXAS LAND: NOT A LAND GRAB, IT’S ALREADY OURS

    04/25/2014 11:04:36 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 148 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 25, 2014 | By Bob Price
    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oklahoma Field Office responded to Breitbart Texas about the so-called Red River “land grab” by emphasizing that parcels in question are already held in the public domain and BLM-managed. The Bureau claims it is not they who are declaring the ownership but that settled case law long declared it to be government land. BLM Public Relations Specialist Paul McGuire agreed to a one-on-one telephone interview with Breitbart Texas after reading the original report published earlier this week. In contrast with the interview with Texas General Land Office Commissioner Jerry Patterson, McGuire expressed much...
  • This Land is Your Land

    04/24/2014 5:57:04 AM PDT · by iontheball · 3 replies
    CFP ^ | Wednesday April 23, 2014 | Matt Shipley
    Most all major news outlets in America, if they even cover it, have couched the disturbance between the Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy as one based on the Bundy Ranch refusing to pay for grazing rights on Federal property. Yet, a similar incident between the U.S. Forest Service and Kit Laney in New Mexico, in which the Forest Service claims part of the Laney Ranch is on Federal property, has the same basic principle at stake and it has nothing to do with grazing rights or boundary disputes. Those issues are moot points if we answer a more...
  • BLM DENIES LAND GRAB—TEXAS OFFICIALS STAND GROUND

    04/23/2014 1:47:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 85 replies
    BREITBART TEXAS ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | by BOB PRICE
    In a statement posted on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management website (BLM), federal officials denied any expansion of holdings along the Red River after Breitbart Texas brought the matter to national attention. The nuanced denial has drawn critical reactions from a number of elected Texas officials. BLM spokesman Paul McGuire said “The 140-acres in question were determined to be public land in 1986 when the U.S. District Court ruled on a case brought by two private landowners, each seeking to adjust boundary lines for their respective properties. The BLM was not a party to any litigation between landowners. The...
  • Republicans warn BLM eyeing land grab along Texas-Oklahoma border

    04/22/2014 11:29:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2014 | (Judson Berger)
    Texas officials are raising alarm that the Bureau of Land Management, on the heels of its dust-up with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, might be eyeing a massive land grab in northern Texas. The under-the-radar issue has caught the attention of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who fired off a letter on Tuesday to BLM Director Neil Kornze saying the agency “appears to be threatening” the private property rights of “hard-working Texans.” “Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box,” wrote Abbott, also a Republican gubernatorial candidate. At issue are thousands of acres of land on...
  • Fight federal abuse of property rights by making the government obey its own rules

    04/21/2014 9:52:18 AM PDT · by Sons of Union Vets · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 15, 2014 | By Ron Arnold
    Cliven Bundy marched into my life one Friday morning in January 1992 in a protest bound for a federal courthouse in Las Vegas. He held up one side of a street-width banner that asked, “Has the West been won or has the fight just begun?” To my great relief, just as Bundy promised, nearly 200 ranchers from all over the state marched behind him, yelling “Property rights!” Nearly a mile later, the marchers fell silent and filed into the courtroom where Wayne Hage of Pine Creek Ranch faced arraignment for the felony of cleaning brush out of his ditches without...
  • Colo. eminent domain case settled with $115,000 sale

    04/16/2014 6:38:46 PM PDT · by saywhatagain · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Faith Mangan
    Andy Barrie recently held a property rights seminar for landowners. Asked what lessons they shared, Ceil Barrie said with teary eyes, "Yeah, don't annoy the government."
  • War on the West: Why More Bundy Standoffs Are Coming

    04/16/2014 4:17:48 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 April 2014 | William F. Jasper
    War on the West: Why More Bundy Standoffs Are Coming 15 April 2014 The recent standoff between the BLM and rancher Cliven Bundy is a symptom of the exasperation of citizens in the Western states over the federal government's massive and oppressive footprint affecting all aspects of their lives.... Full Story:http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/18056-war-on-the-west-why-more-bundy-standoffs-are-coming
  • Exclusive: Sources Inside The BLM and Las Vegas Metro Say Feds Are Planning A Raid On Bundy Home

    04/14/2014 4:47:42 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 82 replies
    http://benswann.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Annabelle Bamforth
    According to Mack, the so-called retreat was nothing more than theatrics. “It was a ploy to get people to back off, to get people out of the way. They weren’t expecting us to get this amount of people here. They were surprised by the numbers and so they wanted a way to get us out of here. This was a ploy to get us out of here and then they’re going after the Bundys.” Mack said that when he was at the Bundy ranch on Saturday there were an estimated 600 to 800 protesters present when federal agents were releasing...
  • Federal agency pulls back in Nevada ranch standoff, but legal fight remains

    04/12/2014 12:19:58 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 59 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/12/2014
    The Bureau of Land Management announced Saturday that it has concluded its mission to remove illegal cattle from a rural Nevada range after a tense week-long standoff with a rancher and militia supporters. "Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public," the statement read. Bureau officials had dismantled designated protest areas supporting rancher Cliven Bundy, who they say refuses to comply with the "same laws that 16,000 public land...
  • UPDATE: Armed Bundy family leaders meet with BLM officers

    04/12/2014 1:43:52 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 122 replies
    8NewsNow KLAS Las Vegas ^ | 4-12-2014 | Caroline Bleakley
    UPDATE: Armed Bundy family leaders meet with BLM officers Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Updated: Apr 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT By Caroline Bleakley, Senior Online Editor - LAS VEGAS --  Armed Bundy family leaders are meeting with BLM officers to discuss what will become of the cattle that the feds removed from BLM land, over the past week.Tensions are running high and I-15 is closed in both directions, about seven miles south of Mesquite, because protesters have blocked the freeway, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.The protesters have gathered in support of rancher Cliven Bundy, who has been locked...
  • Deal reached; BLM will release confiscated cattle to rancher

    04/12/2014 2:12:37 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 188 replies
    8NewsNow Las Vegas ^ | 4-12-2014 | Caroline Bleakley
    Deal reached; BLM will release confiscated cattle to rancher Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Updated: Apr 12, 2014 4:57 PM EDT By Caroline Bleakley, Senior Online Editor LAS VEGAS --  A deal has been reached between Bundy family leaders and the BLM, but not without some very tense moments.Armed Bundy family leaders met with BLM officers Saturday afternoon in Mesquite to discuss the fate of the Bundy's cattle that the feds removed from BLM land, over the past week. The cattle are being held at a holding area in Mesquite.Prior to the meeting, hundreds of protesters, some armed, tried...
  • Lawbreaking Rancher Cliven Bundy Wins Victory That Will Embolden Domestic Terrorists (BARF!)

    04/12/2014 3:16:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 207 replies
    PolticusUSA ^ | 4-12-2014 | Keith Brekhus
    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced today that it was ending its effort to seize Cliven Bundy’s herd of cattle that has been illegally grazing on federal land. The reason the BLM suspended the cattle round up was to protect the safety of federal employees and members of the general public. Bundy and a smattering of his right-wing supporters have threatened to wage a range war if the government continues with its effort to enforce the law. Let that sink in for a minute. The government is halting their efforts to enforce the law because of the threats being...
  • Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises ( endangered species )

    08/29/2013 1:10:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 25, 2013
    It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it as BLM closes Vegas rescue center. LAS VEGAS — For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence. Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who...
  • The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment

    04/11/2014 5:57:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 89 replies
    danaradio ^ | April 11, 2014
    By now you’re familiar with the standoff between the federal government, i.e. the Bureau of Land Management, and 67 year-old rancher Cliven Bundy. .. The BLM asserts their power through the expressed desire to protect the endangered desert tortoise, a tortoise so “endangered” that their population can no longer be contained by the refuge constructed for them so the government is closing it and euthanizing over a thousand tortoises. The tortoises, the excuse that BLM has given for violating claims to easements and running all but one lone rancher out of southern Nevada, is doing fine. In fact, the tortoise...
  • BLM Rangers Brought in From Out of State for Nevada Ranch ‘Emergency’

    04/11/2014 11:23:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    They’re almost like a hired gun’. Armed Rangers were brought in from out of state by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to assist in security surrounding the Bundy Ranch, according to the family. A heated confrontation on Wednesday resulted in Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon being tasered by BLM officials and a 57-year-old protester being shoved to the ground. Stetsy Bundy Cox, Cliven’s daughter, told the Washington Free Beacon that some of the rangers had Oregon and California license plates. “You know, some of these guys don’t even know why they’re here,” she said. “A few people have talked to...
  • Militias head to Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds: We’re not ‘afraid to shoot’

    04/11/2014 11:23:53 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 382 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s decades-long battle against the federal government over grazing rights has heated to the point where militia groups have joined in and taken up spots against the feds who’ve circled his land — and talk is, they’re not afraid to open fire. A spokesman for the one of the militia groups said as much to local 8 News Now: I’m not “afraid to shoot,” he said. Margaret Houston, Mr. Bundy’s sister and a cancer survivor, said at a town hall gathering this week that the situation “was like a war zone” and that she felt “like I...
  • EPA land grab? Agency claims authority over more streams, wetlands

    03/25/2014 3:37:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2014
    In what critics are describing as a government land grab, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change Tuesday to the Clean Water Act that would give it regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways. The proposal immediately sparked concerns that the regulatory power could extend into seasonal ponds, streams and ditches, including those on private property. "The ... rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history," said Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The EPA proposal would apply pollution regulations to the country's so-called "intermittent...
  • EPA Decree Shrinks Size of Wyoming by a Million Acres

    01/22/2014 2:24:07 AM PST · by BulletBobCo · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 21, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Why is the EPA altering state boundaries in Wyoming - and reversing over 100 years of established law? Well, apparently the city of Riverton now falls under the jurisdiction of the Wind River Indian Reservation. This, obviously, isn't sitting well with the governor's office - which is urging the EPA to reconsider its ruling and respect the rule of law. Reacting to the decision to reduce the size of Wyoming by about a million acres, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead warned of the dangers to all Americans of this type of unilateral land redistribution by the EPA: "I understand that the...
  • “Spotted Owl Of The Range” Threatens To Block Obama’s Nominee To Lead Interior Dept.

    03/23/2013 9:54:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | March 22, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Sally Jewell on Thursday breezed through a committee vote to lead the Interior Department but the agency’s proposal to list the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens to block her nomination from reaching the full Senate. ... some Republican lawmakers were not satisfied with Jewell’s responses to written and oral questions about her past association with the National Park Association’s lawsuits against the government and future plans to list the sage grouse as an endangered species. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) threatened to put a hold on Jewell’s nomination before it goes to a floor vote unless the agency commits...
  • Obama admin looking to set aside millions of acres for habitat preservation

    03/30/2013 8:44:56 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 58 replies
    HOT AIR ^ | MARCH 26, 2013
    A sweeping new Obama administration strategy to protect plants, fish and animals from the hazards of global warming would require the government to set aside millions of acres of land to preserve threatened habitat. “More than millions of acres across the landscape will be required,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “The lands will be protected by easement, by land acquisitions, by local, by land trusts, by state agencies, by federal agencies,” he told reporters in releasing a 120-page National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, in the works for four years. “We’re doing it for...
  • Obama Designates 5 New National Monuments

    03/26/2013 3:02:00 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 35 replies
    YahooNews ^ | March 25, 2013 | staff reporter
    President Barack Obama has designated five new national monuments, using executive authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites. Vice President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Obama Monday in the Oval Office as he signed five proclamations designating the sites under the Antiquities Act. The ceremony was closed to reporters. The sites are Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state.
  • 'Last American Man' facing government shutdown of his camp for not adhering to building codes

    03/18/2013 10:25:06 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/17/2013 | By Beth Stebner
    Actual (very long) headline: The rugged outdoorsman who has been dubbed the 'Last American Man' is facing a government shutdown of his camp in the Appalachian Mountains for not adhering to building codes A man who has dedicated nearly 30 years to building and living off of his 500-acre farm is facing having his entire way of life shut down by the state government. Eustace Conway, 51, who has been called ‘The Last Great American Man’ for his rustic way of living, could lose his camp in the Appalachian Mountains, his home for the past three decades. The Watauga County...
  • 500,000 acre private property land-grab by U.S. Forest Service

    01/09/2013 10:08:45 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/9/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Nearly 200,000 American citizens in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties could lose free use of their private lands and property if the proposed Rim of the Valley National Park converting two national parks becomes law! A continuation of United Nations sponsored, Agenda 21 aims of shoving American citizens into carefully defined clusters of living space around large urban populations, the Rim of the Valley plan would severely affect personal liberty! Urgent action is needed to stop this huge new federal land grab threat says Chuck Cushman of the American Land Right Association. (1) “It will start with a small scope...
  • Amid Federal Land Grab in Brazil, Whole Towns Evicted at Gunpoint

    01/07/2013 5:17:47 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 07 January 2013 | Alex Newman
    Federal Brazilian police and military personnel, some wearing UN insignia, are forcibly relocating communities in Brazil at gunpoint under the guise of returning land to Indians. Amid Federal Land Grab in Brazil, Whole Towns Evicted at Gunpoint The New American 07 January 2013 Federal Brazilian police and military personnel, some wearing United Nations insignia, are forcibly relocating whole communities in Brazil at gunpoint under the guise of returning huge tracts of land to a small group of Indians whose ancestors were allegedly there at some point. Thousands of local residents who have lived in the area for decades or...
  • Video: IDF Helps Arab Land Grab in Samaria

    12/31/2012 2:17:17 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/12 | Yoni Kempenski and Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Here is an old story with a new twist: Arabs and Jews claim the same land. IDF separates the two sides, tells them nobody will work the land - and then protects the Arabs as they plow. Video .....