BLM steals cattle

BLM Rustlers have stolen Ben Colvin & Jack Vogt cattle in Nv

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BLM Rustlers have stolen Ben Colvin & Jack Vogt cattle in Nv
Thu Aug 2 18:52:14 2001


Nevada Committee for Full Statehood
P.O. Box 656, Sparks, Nevada 89432
775-352-8262, fax 775-352-8262

I'M NOT A TRESPASSER ON MY OWN RANCH

August 2, 2001
For Immediate Release:

The Nevada Committee for Full Statehood in cooperation with rancher Ben Colvin whose cattle were confiscated by the BLM last week is releasing the following statement.

"Bob Abbey, Nevada State Director of BLM has made some incorrect and incendiary comments with regards to the BLM's confiscation of my cattle. Mr. Abbey stated, 'I don’t really care to characterize these people as ranchers' and 'They are trespassers.' My family has ranched since the 1860's. We bought our ranch in 1968 with cold hard cash and it ran 800 to 900 head of cattle," stated Rancher Ben Colvin."

"In 1971 the Wild Horse and Burro Act passed. From 1971 to 1990, nineteen years, the BLM never removed one horse or burro from my ranch. In 1988 the BLM count was1300+ head of wild horses and burros. In 1987 we voluntarily reduced to 750 head cows. In 1990 we removed all cattle except 50 head. In effect the BLM had taken over my entire ranch, my water, my ability to make a living, by pushing me off my ranch through their mismanagement, not mine, their over-grazing, not mine. As soon as my cattle were gone they began to gather horses and burros, never enough so that I could return. Meanwhile, the horses are dying and suffering from starvation and thirst caused by BLM bureaucrats," stated rancher Ben Colvin.

"In 1995 I quit signing with the BLM because of the ‘takings’ of the value of my property through their mismanagement and rules and regulations. They cancelled my so-called ‘permit’ with them in 1997. In 1999 I removed my remaining 50 or so head, but, in May of this year I put them back out to preserve my rights to my water through beneficial use and Nevada water law. These are the cattle they have stolen without a signed brand inspection as required by Nevada State Law or a court order, claiming ‘they’ need none," continued Ben Colvin.

"Gary Snow, owner of the Fallon Livestock Auction is holding these cattle for the BLM. Signs are posted stating that these cattle are now the Property of the United States Government unless I pay a $70,000 trespass fee, costs of the gather, confiscation and impoundment. These cattle are worth approximately $40,000 dollars. Mr. Abbey continues to say, 'They are over grazing the range.' How could I be the one doing the overgrazing? I haven’t had more than 50 some head on my ranch since 1990 and the acreage is over 550,000 acres. I should have been reimbursed for my water and forage used by the over populated wild horses and burros," stated Colvin.

Now, the BLM is using Jack Vogt my neighbor, and me to further their ‘cleansing’ of cattle from Nevada range. Even more despicably, they claim authority to take property without due process under state or county law, citing the supremacy clause. Are our constitutionally guaranteed rights null and void under BLM regulations? Have we no right to due process?"

"I plan to continue to fight for my rights, my neighbors’ rights, and your rights. Unbelievably, this is happening in America. I may be old fashioned, but cow thieving is still cow thieving who ever is doing the job. This is the true story. I am a rancher. I am not a trespasser on my own ranch," concluded Ben Colvin.

Help Ben Colvin get his cattle back. Call the following public servants and ask them to intervene and help Ben Colvin get his cattle back from the BLM.

Contact: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton:

phone 202-208-7351, fax 202-208-6956, e-mail (least effective) exsec@ios.doi.gov


U.S. Senator John Ensign:

Reno 775-686-5770, fax 775-686-5729, Las Vegas 775-388-6605, fax 775-388-6501

WDC 202-224-6244, fax 202-228-2193

e-mail (least effective) available on website: www.ensign.senate.gov
  

Governor Kenny Guinn:

775-684-5670, fax 775-684-5683, e-mail available: www. website state.nv.us


Additional public servants that need to hear from you.

U.S. Representative Jim Gibbons:

Reno 775-686-5760, fax 775-686-5711, Las Vegas 702-225-1651, fax 702-255-1927

Elko 775-777-7920, fax 775-777-7922 WDC 202-225-6155, fax 202-225-5679

e-mail:
mail.gibbons@mail.house.gov

It is especially important to call if you live in these counties.

Churchill Sheriff: 775-423-3116

Esmeralda Sheriff: 775-485-6373

Nye Sheriff 775-751-7000

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APFN apfn@apfn.org
Cattle Seizing Spurs Protests
Thu Aug 2 23:24:26 2001


Thursday August 2 1:36 PM ET
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010802/us/cattle_rebellion_4.html


Cattle Seizing Spurs Protests

By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press Writer

FALLON, Nev. (AP) - A battle over cattle grazing in Nevada's high desert
is pitting lawman against lawman.

When federal officers seized the herds of two local ranchers from
government land last week, only a stern warning from the U.S. attorney
stopped a pair of county sheriffs from blocking the roundup.

Now, dozens of ranchers and states-rights activists are holding protests
at the livestock yard where the captured cattle are being kept, a
sheriff is pressing a legal offensive against future seizures and local
authorities are complaining that heavy-handed federal rules are
threatening a traditional way of life in the West.

``They intimidate and hope they can get away with it,'' said Lt. Tony
Philips of the Nye County sheriff's office.

The dispute is the latest feud between local and federal law enforcement
as New West range wars create alliances and enemies John Wayne never
would have dreamed of. Recent examples:

- San Bernardino County, Calif., Sheriff Gary Penrod canceled an
agreement that gave U.S. Bureau of Land Management (news - web sites)
officers the ability to enforce state laws on federal land. County
ranchers are chafing at grazing restrictions imposed to protect the
threatened desert tortoise. Penrod said he didn't want to be associated
with ``law enforcement personnel who may be precipitating violent range
disputes.''

-The sheriff in Sevier County, Utah, has allowed ranchers to take back
cattle that were seized by the BLM after ranchers refused to take them
off drought-denuded range in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National
Monument. Sheriff Phil Barney said he wanted to avoid a ``Waco
situation'' last November.

-In Klamath Falls, Ore., Sheriff Tim Evinger has mediated a tense
dispute between farmers and the Bureau of Reclamation, which cut off
irrigation water because of shortages brought on by drought and
complicated by environmental rules.

-Last year, residents in northeast Nevada defied a different federal
agency, the Forest Service, by taking shovels to rebuild a washed-out
stretch of road in Elko County. The Forest Service had ruled that
construction would threaten the bull trout. After months of
confrontation, uneasy negotiations on a compromise are under way.

In Fallon, BLM officials are holding nearly 200 cattle owned by Ben
Colvin and John Vogt, saying they owe a combined $370,000 in fees and
fines for grazing without permits since 1995. The agency said the
ranchers are overgrazing tens of thousands of acres in Nye and Esmeralda
counties, 150 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Nevada, with its vast expanses of desert and wind-swept range, is 87
percent owned by the federal government.

It was the birthplace of the Sagebrush Rebellion against federal land
policy in the 1980s, and the Elko road dispute has energized a new round
of anti-Washington activism. Ranchers and their increasingly vocal
supporters see themselves as victims of rules that put environmental
concerns above people.

``I don't think they have the right to take my cattle,'' said Colvin,
63, whose family has been in the ranching business since 1860. ``They
may have the power but they don't have the right.''

Bob Abbey, the BLM's state director, said the impoundment of cattle was
a last resort after more than five years of failed negotiations with the
ranchers.

``They are the ones creating the battles,'' Abbey said. ``They have
drawn a line in the sand. They have made a point of refusing to comply
with the rules and regulations governing public land use.''

Esmeralda County Sheriff Kenneth Elgan planned to issue citations to the
federal officials, according to District Attorney Patricia Cafferata,
who said she opposed the plan.

Nye County Sheriff Wade Lieseke planned to go farther, said Philips, the
lieutenant. ``He had actually ordered me to get my people and go out and
stop it,'' Philips said.

Federal prosecutors, however, got wind of the sheriffs' plans.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Acting U.S. Attorney
Howard Zlotnick in Las Vegas wrote to the Esmeralda County sheriff that
``potential violations of federal law would arise if anyone interfered
with BLM employees lawfully engaged in their assigned duties.''

Letters went to other jurisdictions as well. Deputy Nevada Attorney
General Wayne Howell also said he contacted prosecutors in Esmeralda and
Nye counties to assure them the BLM had the legal authority to seize the
cattle without first obtaining a court order.

The locals backed off, partly for fear of prosecution.

``I didn't want to end up at Club Fed,'' Philips said.

The sheriffs have plenty of support from protesters who turned out to
back the ranchers. One sign at an auction-lot protest read, ``The
sheriff is the only elected law enforcement official in the USA.''

``They don't have a right to tell our local sheriff what he can and
can't do,'' said Janine Hansen of Sparks, a member of the anti-federal
Nevada Committee for Full Statehood.

Philips said the Nye County sheriff's department is now seeking guidance
from a federal court on the whether the BLM seizures are proper.

``If it turns out they are not meeting due process,'' he said, ``they'll
never round up any cattle around here again without a court order.''
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On the Web:

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http://www.nv.blm.gov
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APFN mailto: apfn@apfn.org
Cattle Seizing Spurs Protests
Thu Aug 2 23:24:26 2001


Thursday August 2 1:36 PM ET
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010802/us/cattle_rebellion_4.html


Cattle Seizing Spurs Protests

By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press Writer

FALLON, Nev. (AP) - A battle over cattle grazing in Nevada's high desert
is pitting lawman against lawman.

When federal officers seized the herds of two local ranchers from
government land last week, only a stern warning from the U.S. attorney
stopped a pair of county sheriffs from blocking the roundup.

Now, dozens of ranchers and states-rights activists are holding protests
at the livestock yard where the captured cattle are being kept, a
sheriff is pressing a legal offensive against future seizures and local
authorities are complaining that heavy-handed federal rules are
threatening a traditional way of life in the West.

``They intimidate and hope they can get away with it,'' said Lt. Tony
Philips of the Nye County sheriff's office.

The dispute is the latest feud between local and federal law enforcement
as New West range wars create alliances and enemies John Wayne never
would have dreamed of. Recent examples:

- San Bernardino County, Calif., Sheriff Gary Penrod canceled an
agreement that gave U.S. Bureau of Land Management (news - web sites)
officers the ability to enforce state laws on federal land. County
ranchers are chafing at grazing restrictions imposed to protect the
threatened desert tortoise. Penrod said he didn't want to be associated
with ``law enforcement personnel who may be precipitating violent range
disputes.''

-The sheriff in Sevier County, Utah, has allowed ranchers to take back
cattle that were seized by the BLM after ranchers refused to take them
off drought-denuded range in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National
Monument. Sheriff Phil Barney said he wanted to avoid a ``Waco
situation'' last November.

-In Klamath Falls, Ore., Sheriff Tim Evinger has mediated a tense
dispute between farmers and the Bureau of Reclamation, which cut off
irrigation water because of shortages brought on by drought and
complicated by environmental rules.

-Last year, residents in northeast Nevada defied a different federal
agency, the Forest Service, by taking shovels to rebuild a washed-out
stretch of road in Elko County. The Forest Service had ruled that
construction would threaten the bull trout. After months of
confrontation, uneasy negotiations on a compromise are under way.

In Fallon, BLM officials are holding nearly 200 cattle owned by Ben
Colvin and John Vogt, saying they owe a combined $370,000 in fees and
fines for grazing without permits since 1995. The agency said the
ranchers are overgrazing tens of thousands of acres in Nye and Esmeralda
counties, 150 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Nevada, with its vast expanses of desert and wind-swept range, is 87
percent owned by the federal government.

It was the birthplace of the Sagebrush Rebellion against federal land
policy in the 1980s, and the Elko road dispute has energized a new round
of anti-Washington activism. Ranchers and their increasingly vocal
supporters see themselves as victims of rules that put environmental
concerns above people.

``I don't think they have the right to take my cattle,'' said Colvin,
63, whose family has been in the ranching business since 1860. ``They
may have the power but they don't have the right.''

Bob Abbey, the BLM's state director, said the impoundment of cattle was
a last resort after more than five years of failed negotiations with the
ranchers.

``They are the ones creating the battles,'' Abbey said. ``They have
drawn a line in the sand. They have made a point of refusing to comply
with the rules and regulations governing public land use.''

Esmeralda County Sheriff Kenneth Elgan planned to issue citations to the
federal officials, according to District Attorney Patricia Cafferata,
who said she opposed the plan.

Nye County Sheriff Wade Lieseke planned to go farther, said Philips, the
lieutenant. ``He had actually ordered me to get my people and go out and
stop it,'' Philips said.

Federal prosecutors, however, got wind of the sheriffs' plans.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Acting U.S. Attorney
Howard Zlotnick in Las Vegas wrote to the Esmeralda County sheriff that
``potential violations of federal law would arise if anyone interfered
with BLM employees lawfully engaged in their assigned duties.''

Letters went to other jurisdictions as well. Deputy Nevada Attorney
General Wayne Howell also said he contacted prosecutors in Esmeralda and
Nye counties to assure them the BLM had the legal authority to seize the
cattle without first obtaining a court order.

The locals backed off, partly for fear of prosecution.

``I didn't want to end up at Club Fed,'' Philips said.

The sheriffs have plenty of support from protesters who turned out to
back the ranchers. One sign at an auction-lot protest read, ``The
sheriff is the only elected law enforcement official in the USA.''

``They don't have a right to tell our local sheriff what he can and
can't do,'' said Janine Hansen of Sparks, a member of the anti-federal
Nevada Committee for Full Statehood.

Philips said the Nye County sheriff's department is now seeking guidance
from a federal court on the whether the BLM seizures are proper.

``If it turns out they are not meeting due process,'' he said, ``they'll
never round up any cattle around here again without a court order.''
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On the Web:

Shovel brigade: http://www.jarbidgeshovelbrigade.com

Nevada BLM: http://www.nv.blm.gov


Earlier Stories
Fed Criticizes Cattle Owners (August 2)
Fed Critcizes Cattle Owners (August 2)
Group Protests on Ranchers' Behalf (July 31)

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APFN apfn@apfn.org
Re: BLM steal cattle
Fri Aug 3 11:13:13 2001


Re: BLM steal cattle

APFN,

Your recent post on the land battles forming around the nation have me
curious. Whose land is it? In any of the original 13 colonies, all of the
land is either privately held or State owned. The exceptions of Federal land
would include only land ceded to the Federal govt. But most of us don't live in
these States. We live in areas west of there which were purchased or otherwise
"obtained" by the Federal govt (Texas is an exception). When a State is
formed out of such an area, do the Feds retain property rights, or does the land
then belong to the State or the people? For instance, I'm in Michigan. At
one time my land was considered to be held of the Cherokee Nation or France,
depending on who you believe. Various treaties with the Cherokee Nation and the
Feds then established that the Feds owned it, with exceptions vested in fee
simple back to Cherokees. Then in 1837 Michigan became a State. Who owned it
then? I guess the question is this: A "territory" is certainly Federal land.
None of us would debate that. But when a state is formed out of that territory
and accepted iinto the Union, what happens to the property rights of the
Feds? Nevada is a great example. In your post you state that 87% of Nevada
is owned by the Federal government. That strikes me odd. That tells me that
87% of Nevada is NOT a state! How can a State not have jurisdiction over 87% of
the property within its geographical borders? If the Federal government "owns"
87% of Nevada, then it seems that Nevada is still 87% a Federal Territory. The
state has authority only over 13% of the property within its borders. Does
Nevada lay a property tax on the 87% owned by the Federal government? If not,
but taxes property owned by others in the remaining 13%, that seems to be
"unequal taxation" burdening the 13% to carry the load of the 87%. Have any
of your network mebers resarched this? It's a very convoluted legal matter, at
least in my mind at this point. Can anybody explain this in terms that help me
comprehend it?

"cccc1" cccc1@concentric.net
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From: "Dallas O Tohill" - dallast12@home.com

I know most do not know or believe there is a revolution on going is this
nation. There is. It will turn violent as the people turn against the
federal police state. As I have followed many of these different events
since Waco and the OKC bombing, we are now seeing the state police, county
sheriffs, and local police joining the people. We are all intelligent, when
you see this, what is next? Dallas

BLM Rustlers have stolen Ben Colvin & Jack Vogt cattle in NV Janine Hansen,
Thu Aug 2
I'M NOT A TRESPASSER ON MY OWN RANCH
http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495&article=5970

Thursday August 2 1:36 PM ET
Cattle Seizing Spurs Protests
http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495&article=5986

Wyoming Sheriff
http://www.glprl.org/sc2/court/sheriff.html

Sheriff Limits Federal Agents Entering County
http://www.uhuh.com/action/sheriff/sheriff.htm

Wyoming Sheriff Kicks Feds Out Of His County
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a387ed2016c56.htm

The Office of the Sheriff
http://www.hcso.org/history/office.htm

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While we can certainly wish for our fellow patriots in the western states
good fortune in their resistance to federal tyranny and re-establishing
states rights, we are not sanguine of everlasting change. The South, and
South Carolina in particular, were thwarted nearly 180 years ago by a
Congress controlled by anti-states-righters. Those same subversives have
prevailed to this day in burdening the whole nation with a predatory &
confiscatory federal monster. You must find & send Constitutionalists
to the House of Representatives. Those statesmen will only originate
within an informed electorate. Maybe the West is the place to begin
this "revolution".

Charleston Voice bilrum@knology.net

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Fri Aug 3 01:53:11 2001

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within
the U.S. Department of the Interior, administers 264 million
acres of America's public lands, located primarily in 12
Western States. The BLM sustains the health, diversity,
and productivity of the public lands for the use and
enjoyment of present and future generations.


BLM To Retain Financial Guarantee Rule for Hardrock
Mining: Change Allows More Time for Mining
Operators To Comply The BLM will announce tomorrow that
it is briefly extending the deadline for mining operators to meet
financial guarantee requirements (i.e., bonding) for mining
operations conducted under Federal surface management
regulations, commonly called 3809 regulations. The BLM expects
to retain the financial guarantee provisions in the 3809 regulations
that became final in January. (06/14/01)

Exemplary Volunteer Work On Public Lands
Recognized: Bureau of Land Management Announces
Volunteer Award Winners for 2001 Eight outstanding BLM
volunteers and two exceptional BLM employees received the
agency's 2001 "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Awards
at a special ceremony held Wednesday, May 23 at the
Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. These awards
recognize exemplary volunteer contributions made in the year
2000 on behalf of the public lands. (05/23/01)

New Board Members Sought for Wild Horse and Burro
Advisory Board The BLM is soliciting public nominations for
three members to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
(05/08/01)

Two Bureau of Land Management Teams Receive the
Kelman Group Award for Achievements in
Procurement Two Bureau of Land Management (BLM) teams
received the prestigious Kelman Group Award on Friday, April 20,
2001, at a ceremony in the Department of the Interior. (04/23/01)

President Requests $1.8 Billion for FY 2002 Budget to
Meet Public Land Management Challenges "Continued
population growth in the West and last year's record fire season
put the BLM to the test," Acting Director Nina Hatfield said. "Now
we are challenged to help meet the Nation's critical energy needs.
This year's budget will allow us to pursue our top priorities while
we take steps to ensure that we are managing our organization
as efficiently as possible." (04/09/01)

BLM Announces Final Drainage Rule The Bureau of Land
Management will announce tomorrow that a final rule on oil and
gas drainage is in effect immediately. The regulation is aimed at
preventing federal and Indian oil and gas resources from being
drained from public lands without authorization or compensation
to the American taxpayer.(04/09/01)

BLM Proposes Suspension of "3809" Surface
Management Regulations The BLM announced that it will
publish a proposal in the Federal Register on Friday, March 23, to
suspend the agency's recently adopted "3809 "surface
management regulations. BLM has requested public input over a
45-day comment period. If adopted as a final rule, the proposal
would suspend the current regulations governing surface
management of hardrock mining operations on public lands,
which became effective on January 20, 2001. (03/21/01)

BLM/NACD Sign Agreement to Manage and Protect
Federal and Private Land and Waters The National
Association of Conservation Districts and the BLM signaled the
beginning of a new cooperative working relationship during a
special ceremony at the recent NACD Annual Meeting in Fort
Worth, Texas. (03/02/01)

Interior Secretary Gale Norton to Tour National
Interagency Fire Center in Boise Secretary of the Interior
Gale Norton will travel to Boise, Idaho March 2, 2001, to tour the
National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). The tour of the fire center
is her first trip outside of Washington, D.C. since being sworn in
as Secretary February 1, 2001. (03/01/01)

2001 Federal Grazing Fee Announced The grazing fee for
Western public lands administered by the BLM will be $1.35 per
animal unit month (AUM) in 2001, which is the same amount
charged in 2000. (02/22/01)

Comment Period Extended on BLM Proposed Rule To
Recover Costs Of Processing Minerals-Related
Documents The BLM today announced an extension to the
public comment period on a proposed rule that would enable the
BLM to recover more of its costs in processing minerals-related
documents, such as applications for permits to conduct mining
operations. The public now has until April 16, 2001 – to comment
on the proposed rule. The period to provide public comment was
originally scheduled to close on February 13, 2001. (02/13/01)

BLM Publishes Final Version of National Management
Strategy on Motorized Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Use
In an effort to accommodate growing motorized Off-Highway
Vehicle (OHV) use on the public lands while protecting natural
resources, the Bureau of Land Management today released the
final version of its National Management Strategy (Strategy) on
motorized OHV use. In a change from the BLM's Draft OHV
Strategy, published last month, the final Strategy does not cover
mountain bicycles and other non-motorized forms of
transportation. (01/19/01)

BLM Publishes Final Rule to Improve Protection of
Federal and Indian Mineral Resources From Drainage
The Bureau of Land Management today published a final rule that
clarifies the obligations of Federal and Indian oil and gas lessees
and operating rights owners to protect mineral resources from
drainage. (01/10/01)

Senior Advisor to BLM Director to Join Private
Practice Kim Harb, Senior Advisor to Bureau of Land
Management Director Sylvia Baca, will be leaving the BLM on
January 12 to work for a law firm in Washington, DC. (01/04/01)
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/news/releases/2001.htm

This page was created by the
U.S. Bureau of Land Management,
Office of Public Affairs
1849 C Street, Room 406-LS
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: (202) 452-5125
Fax: (202) 452-5124

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Katherine Van Tuyl pathfynder@surfree.com
BLM boss in Nevada says illegal ranchers cheating
Fri Aug 3 02:08:46 2001


BLM boss in Nevada says illegal ranchers cheating taxpayers

By Scott Sonner
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thursday August 2nd, 2001

Two ranchers and their allies fighting the
federal seizure of cattle for alleged
trespassing in Nevada are “jeopardizing the
future of grazing on public lands,” the head
of the Bureau of Land in the state said
Wednesday.

“I don’t really even care to characterize
these people as ranchers. They are
trespassers,” said Bob Abbey, BLM’s state
director for Nevada.

“What they are trying to do quite frankly is get something for free from the
American taxpayers,” he told The Associated Press. “What it does is undercut
the good work that 98 percent of our permittees are doing in complying with the
terms of their permit.”

Abbey, based in Reno, leveled the unusually strong criticism as ranchers and
states’ rights activists pressed the Churchill County sheriff to release nearly 200
cattle the government seized last week.

The Churchill County district attorney’s office was reviewing the matter, but BLM
officials said the impounded cattle won’t be freed until the two Nevada ranchers
pay a combined $370,000 in fines and fees.

The BLM confiscated 130 cattle owned by John Vogt of Lida and 62 cattle owned
by Ben Colvin of Goldfield in disputes over grazing without permits dating to
1995. The agency said the ranchers are overgrazing tens of thousands of acres
of federal range about 150 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The cattle could be auctioned off as soon as next week if the bills remain unpaid.

“My perception is their action is jeopardizing the future of grazing on public lands.
I think they are failing to take that into account,” Abbey said in an interview.

“It gives proponents of no grazing on public lands some additional ammunition
they can use in support of their own agenda,” he said about national
environmental groups that want to ban federal livestock grazing outright.

The cattle have been impounded at a livestock auction yard in Fallon, where
about 50 protesters picketed Tuesday against the confiscation.

Colvin and leaders of the anti-federal group, the Nevada Committee for Full
Statehood, met with Churchill County Undersheriff Richard Ingram to urge the
release of the cattle.

“I don’t think they have the right to take my cattle,” said Colvin, 63, whose family
has been in the ranching business since 1860. “They may have the power but
they don’t have the right. That is flat stealing my property.”

BLM officials disagree. They say Colvin, Vogt and others who thumb their nose
at the federal regulations are overgrazing the lands to the detriment of natural
resources and at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.

Abbey was especially critical of the Nevada Committee for Full Statehood.

“I think some of their rhetoric is a ruse for hiding their true agenda. Their true
agenda is espousing their anti-government agenda and trying to intimidate those
who might disagree with them,” he said.

The ranchers said the BLM is the one doing the intimidating.

Cliff Gardner, a Ruby Valley rancher who is a member of the committee, is
involved in his own court battle with the Forest Service over alleged trespassing of
cattle, said the federal land management policies are a form of “cleansing”

“It’s been their objective for 35 to 40 years to cleanse all the public lands of
mining, ranching, recreation. They want to control it all,” said Gardner, who was
fined $1,000 by a federal judge in February for illegal grazing on the
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. U.S. prosecutors had been seeking a jail
sentence.

Undersheriff Ingram earlier referred the ranchers’ complaints that the BLM had
stolen the cattle to neighboring Nye and Esmerelda county sheriff’s offices with
jurisdiction over the area south of Goldfield where the cattle were seized last
week.

“But in the (ranchers’) view, the stolen cattle are being held here in Churchill
County,” Ingram said Wednesday. “I took a statement as well as supporting
documentation, drew a case number, did a case report and delivered it to the
district attorney.”

Deputy District Attorney Tom Stockard said the case was under review.

“As I understand it, they are asking the sheriff to turn the cattle over to who they
claim is the rightful owner,” Stockard said. “I don’t know what we can do, or if
we’ll do anything.”

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BEAVER COLE bcole@longview.net
WAKE UP AMERICA !!!
Fri Aug 3 10:31:51 2001


WAKE UP AMERICA !!!

by BEAVER COLE
The Oil Patch Newspaper
www.the-oil-patch.com
Cole Publications

Did you ever wonder why a bunch of men would declare that life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness are God given-rights -- then they would
fight a war to help establish a government that was given the power to
take almost half of the money you earn? Doesn't make sense does it?

Government powers are derived from the fact that it can take from those
who produce wealth and redistribute this money to others. The
redistribution is accomplished by destroying lives, businesses, beating
down doors, denying rights and creating laws that hide due process.

The money acquired is used to kill unborn babies, send our children off
to fight foreign wars and many other purposes that the majority of
taxpayers would not approve of by popular vote. The intent of our
Founding Fathers was not to allow government the power to tax the daily
existence of Americans.

The 2nd Plank of the Communist Manifesto is a steady and continual
growth of taxation. The National Taxpayer's Union says that taxes have
gone up 175,000 % in the last 83 years. I say that 132 million
Taxpayers CAN tell 435 Congressman, 100 Senators and 1 President WHAT TO
DO! WAKE UP AMERICA !!!

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Patricia A. Saye "Lady Liberty"
It's time for a "2001 Cattle Drive" in Nevada!
Thu Aug 2 19:06:50 2001


"It's not the function of the government to keep the Citizens from falling in error; it is the function of the Citizen to keep the government from falling into error."

Supreme Court Justic Jackson in the case, American Communicators Assoc. vs. Douds, 339 U.S. 382,442 (1950)


Folks, it's our function to keep the BLM from falling in error, and they have fell a long way, and now it is time to "hang 'em high" because they are cattle thieves.

It's time to saddle up and move 'em out!

It's time to saddle your horse, get your guns and go to the stockyards in Fallon, Nevada for a "2001 Cattle Drive" from the stock yards right back to the ranches of Ben Colvin and Jack Vogt.

It's time to take what measures are necessary to get the job done, even if it means to "Lock-N-Load!"

I haven't been on a cattle drive in a long time, and I kinda think I just might enjoy this one.

Patricia A. Saye,
Battle Born!

Conservative and States Rights activists would do well to listen and abide
by the words of the late Congressman from Georgia, Larry McDonald:
[Real Audio]

http://www.jbs.org/media/mcdonald_trim.ram

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Alan Keyes
Beware feds bearing gifts!
Sat Aug 4 16:48:47 2001



info@alankeyes.com


Beware feds bearing gifts!

2001 WorldNetDaily.com

The dispute over whether to release water from
Klamath Lake for use on farms in the region, or
to reserve it for the sake of several species of
fish, is fertile ground for recalling several points
of practical principle crucial to the prosperity of
a free people. Above all, the stand-off should
direct our attention to the question of what kind
of decisions government is competent to make,
and what kind of decisions a free people must
make for themselves – and how they must make
them.

Fred Smith, President of the Competitive
Enterprise Institute, has written a brief account
of the lessons to be learned from the Klamath
dispute, available at the Declaration Foundation
website. Arguing not so much for or against the
claims of the farmers, as against the absurdity of
government pretension to settle such disputes
wisely, Smith invites us to see how different
would be our situation if our government hadn't
acquired the nasty habit of pursuing our
happiness for us.

The farmers who have watched their crops
wither and die over the past three months
would not be in the Klamath area at all if the
federal government had not developed the lake
decades ago. At the time, government priorities
in the development and care of natural
resources inclined toward projects that would
enable economic development and commerce.
As Smith points out, "[s]uch
politically-influenced development created its
own set of expectations, cultural norms, and
usage rights. In Klamath Lake, for example,
farmers acquired rights to use the water."

And they acquired as well – as recent events
have demonstrated – a vulnerability to the
political authority that retained ultimate control
over that water. In a situation similar in key
aspects to serfdom in the old Europe, the
farmers have based their livelihood for
generations on what looked like a property
right in the water they were using, but was, in
fact, simply the longstanding indulgence of a
higher power in that use. Now that indulgence
is gone, the victim of a new "progressive" spirit
that sees economic development as evil, and
species preservation as good. The lord of the
land, it turns out, has an heir with different
plans for his land, and the tenants are going to
have to get used to the fact that they never really
owned the land after all.

In Klamath, this means that the farmers are
suddenly realizing that the purpose of
government-owned economic projects is
whatever the government says it is. For farmers
who have built their economic lives – perhaps
even for generations – on the availability of
government-provided water, this means that
success depends not on their own economic
judgment, or on their skill in accomplishing the
tasks of farming, but on a political judgment in
which they have little voice. This dependence
can slumber for decades, as it has in Klamath.
But it is a real dependence – and one that works
evil even during the peaceful years before the
rude awakening of a change in government
water policy. Apparently permanent
government priorities seem to make citizen
deliberations about the future unnecessary.
Collectivist economic policy threatens to make
economic imbeciles of even the smartest
citizens, because the hard work of anticipating
the future course of events is, quite literally, not
worth the time – at least until a change in policy
suddenly looms.

In the measure that government policy has
artificially determined the economic landscape,
including the implicit promise that it will
maintain that landscape into the future, the
economic inhabitants of that landscape are freed
from the task of its maintenance themselves.
Shifting values of the components of that
landscape – in this case, the new value assigned
to the natural species also using the water – are
hidden from view unless and until they take the
form of political constituencies vigorous
enough to alter the form of government policy.

When shifts in value become pronounced
enough, the political process is eventually
captured by proponents of the new scheme – in
this case, by what Smith calls the "pessimistic
progressives" who value environmental uses of
Klamath water far above the economic interests
of the farmers. A sudden change in government
policy imposes the new relative worth by diktat
on a population which had been led to believe
that the high value of its activity was permanent
and protected.

As Smith points out, there is a cure to this
artificial and stupefying sequence of economic
stability interrupted by violent disruptions of
economic value. The cure is for government to
cease preventing the establishment of true,
rather than apparent, property rights in the
economic goods on which citizen livelihood
depends. In the case of Klamath water, for
example, farmer possession of property rights
would have signaled long ago the increased
value in non-agricultural uses of the lake's
water. The disagreement about whether a given
portion of the water was best used for farming
or for fish habitat would have been resolved
through the exchange by sale of water rights for
different purposes. The judgment that a
superior value was placed on water for fish
would not have manifested itself in the sudden
worthlessness of a parched field, and the
consequent rage and ruin of the farmer. Rather,
the rising price of water, and the continuous
choice between selling it to those who were
bidding it up or keeping it for farming, would
have constituted a flexible and fluid, intelligent,
ongoing deliberation among free citizens
regarding the value of the resource, and its
corresponding rational allocation.

Our founders understood that government has
essential tasks, and has as well a tendency to
undertake additional tasks that it shouldn't.
They knew that, except in cases bearing on a
truly national interest, particular deliberation
about the distribution and use of material
resources was emphatically not something that
the national government should, or could,
accomplish – and that the attempt would render
the government tyrannical and the people
servile. They knew as well that citizen
responsibility for making such judgments in the
context of rule of law, sanctity of contracts and
freedom of exchange was a crucial component
of republican virtue, self-mastery,
self-government and the building of national
wealth.

Jostling for the government's ear like a pair of
courtiers, the farmers and the environmentalists
involved in the Klamath water dispute can
serve as an emblem of enforced servility to
government power. Without property rights,
there will be winners and losers, but there will
be no liberty – and no true citizen participation
in the deliberations that shape our economic
future. Klamath gives us a glimpse of the raw
government power behind apparently benign
government "development," and a reminder of
how that power can lurk beneath what we have
grown accustomed to think of as the firm
ground of our freedom. It should set us to
wonder how much of our own economic
landscape the government may be pleased to
shift with little warning, and leaving us little
recourse. It would be a good thing if this free
people recovered the spirit of our ancestors,
recalled what it means to own property and take
responsibility for it, and learned again to
beware feds bearing gifts.


Be sure to visit Alan Keyes' communications center
for founding principles, The Declaration Foundation.



Former Reagan administration official Alan Keyes,
was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Social
and Economic Council and 2000 Republican
presidential candidate.
http://www.declaration.net/

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Patricia A. Saye "Lady Liberty"

mailto:PatriciaASaye@PatriotSaints.com
Feds Warned Local Sheriff's To Stay Clear of Cattle Seizure
Fri Aug 3 19:18:59 2001


"Feds warned local sheriffs to stay clear of cattle seizure"

By Scott Sonner
ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 3rd, 2001

FALLON — Sheriff’s deputies in at least two Nevada counties were poised to block federal agents from impounding cattle last week, until the U.S. Justice Department warned the local law officers they could face federal criminal prosecution if they interfered, the Associated Press has learned.

The Bureau of Land Management seized 130 cattle from John Vogt of Lida, Nev., last month, saying he owes $300,000 in fees and penalties for illegal grazing on public land. BLM agents also seized 62 cattle from Ben Colvin, of Goldfield, Nev. They say he owes $70,000.

The agency said the ranchers are overgrazing tens of thousands of acres in Nye and Esmeralda counties, 150 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The ranchers dispute BLM’s jurisdiction over public lands and accuse the federal agency of stealing their cattle. They found a sympathetic ear with the sheriffs in the two counties. But possible plans by the sheriffs to block the seizure made their way to the Justice Department, which warned them off.

In a copy of the letter obtained by AP, acting U.S. Attorney Howard Zlotnick told Esmeralda County Sheriff Kenneth Elgan:

“It is my understanding that you have indicated that you will not permit the confiscation of cattle without a court order and will view such action as a violation of Nevada law.

“In addition, you do not believe BLM has law enforcement authority within your county. This position is an incorrect statement of the law …,” Zlotnick wrote.

“Potential violations of federal law would arise if anyone interfered with BLM employees lawfully engage in their assigned duties.”

Wayne Howell, a deputy state attorney general, said he also contacted the district attorneys from the two counties to assure them the BLM had the legal authority to seize the cattle without first obtaining a court order.

Howell said the state attorney general’s office got involved after it was contacted by federal prosecutors.

“We had heard this was coming, that they had some concern with the authority of the BLM to impound livestock,” he said in an interview. “In particular, we had heard there was opposition on the basis of some of the old Sagebrush Rebellion arguments. There was talk that there would be an arrest of whoever was going to conduct the impounding.”

A Nye County sheriff’s deputy confirmed there had been talk of blocking the seizures.

Nye County Sheriff Wade Lieseke “felt very strongly about it,” Lt. Tony Philips told the AP. “He had actually ordered me to get my people and go out and stop it,” Philips said.

Philips said the sheriff subsequently talked to the federal prosecutors as well as the local district attorney and decided against any intervention, in part for fear of federal prosecution.

“I didn’t want to end up at Club Fed,” Philips said.

Liesek was on vacation and not available for comment, a spokeswoman for his office said.

State’s rights activists have protested the seizure, picketing the BLM state office. The BLM state director, in turn, has accused Vogt and Colvin of being nothing more than trespassers trying to get free grazing.

Philips said the warning to local law officers was an act of intimidation.

“They do that,” the deputy said. “They intimidate and hope they can get away with it.”

He said county officials were researching their legal options.

“We unfortunately had to let them take the cattle. But we are going to try to get an answer for federal court before they do it again. We’d like to help the ranchers here,” Philips said. “If it turns out they are not meeting due process, they’ll never round up any cattle around here again without a court order.”

The dispute is the latest feud between local and federal law enforcement as New West range wars create alliances and enemies John Wayne never would have dreamed of. Recent examples:

•San Bernardino County, Calif., Sheriff Gary Penrod canceled an agreement that gave U.S. Bureau of Land Management officers the ability to enforce state laws on federal land. County ranchers are chafing at grazing restrictions imposed to protect the threatened desert tortoise. Penrod said he didn’t want to be associated with “law enforcement personnel who may be precipitating violent range disputes.”

•The sheriff in Sevier County, Utah, has allowed ranchers to take back cattle that were seized by the BLM after ranchers refused to take them off drought-denuded range in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Sheriff Phil Barney said he wanted to avoid a “Waco situation” last November.

•In Klamath Falls, Ore., Sheriff Tim Evinger has mediated a tense dispute between farmers and the Bureau of Reclamation, which cut off irrigation water because of shortages brought on by drought and complicated by environmental rules.

•Last year, residents in northeast Nevada defied a different federal agency, the Forest Service, by taking shovels to rebuild a washed-out stretch of road in Elko County. The Forest Service had ruled that construction would threaten the bull trout. After months of confrontation, uneasy negotiations on a compromise are under way.


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SWIFT 2-2

kansas!@alltel.net 

uNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS OUT OF TOUCH
Sat Aug 4 08:34:48 2001


A rebellion is brewing in Nevada, Utah, Colorado, California, Oregon, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma and else where. The government sees these activities as isolated incidents. They do not see them as a whole troubling issue. The same thing happened in pre-revolution France. The rich and affluent in government, did not see the plight of the common people. There was a great festering in the land. Many of them, of course, paid with their heads. Those who do not know history, are doomed to relive it. It is too late for a bandaid fix. Major surgery is needed to cut out the growing cancer that has afflicted our land. Yet, the government contiues to think it can apply a bandaid here, a bandaid there, and all will be well.Our congressmen and Senators are too busy chasing women(and boys) to notice how angry people are. Perhaps they think that we are such a minority that their police and military can keep us in our place. But I have to ask; after the shoddy treatment our military has received, can they be depended upon to kill Americans? I wonder. Something is afoot my friends and it won't be long in coming. The truly sad part is, it all could have been avoided by a government that truly cared about its people rather than constantly perpetuating itself. It is 15 minutes to midnight!
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Patricia A. Saye "Lady Liberty"

Patricia A. Saye "Lady Liberty"
Thanks APFN for "BLM Cattle Stealing" Page
Fri Aug 3 20:36:49 2001

Just wanted to say thanks to APFN for putting up the "BLM Cattle Stealing" page.
May God bless you and keep you from all harm. I don't know about everyone else, but I love you APFN!
Patricia A. Saye

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