Most of the questions posed in the aftermath of Cliven Bundy’s April skirmish with armed federal agents in Bunkerville have centered on what the government will do next, but even deeper questions remain about the future of the Gold Butte area where the rancher’s cattle grazed, a geological and archaeological treasurehouse frequented by ATV users.
Southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy no longer is a Republican.
“We’re going to keep going until the public insists that the BLM does the right thing,” said Gerber, 72.
To some, it’s a messy, expensive battle between the federal government and the man who defies it, allowing his cattle to roam on public land closed to grazing 16 years ago. To others, the Ranch War — and Cliven Bundy himself — is a situation ripe for parody.
The director of the Bureau of Land Management said Monday that lawbreakers will be “held accountable” as the agency pursues a new plan to enforce court orders against Southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy for illegally grazing cattle on public land.
The Bureau of Land Management has begun an investigation that could lead to charges against nearly 50 people who rode ATVs on an off-limits trail last weekend in Utah to show their displeasure with the federal government.
Despite all the resources spent and all the ink and airtime spilled over Cliven Bundy’s cattle, government officials find themselves right back where they started. Hundreds of cows still roam on public land closed to grazing 16 years ago, while Bundy remains free to defy federal authority as his unpaid fees pile up.
Ranching on federal public lands is diminishing, and remaining ranchers in Nevada and throughout the West — a hardy breed of survivors enduring changing times — are feeling squeezed by the federal government.
Dozens of people rode their ATVs and motorcycles on an off-limits trail in southern Utah on Saturday in a protest against what the group calls the federal government’s overreaching control of public lands.
An idyllic Utah canyon home to ancient cliff dwellings and native burials will be the site of a protest Saturday by a group of people who plan to mount their ATVs and ride a trail that has been off limits to motorized vehicles since 2007, but the federal Bureau of Land Management has warned protesters to stay away.
FBI agents have opened a criminal investigation into the April 12 confrontation between Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy and his armed supporters and law enforcement authorities, Sheriff Doug Gillespie confirmed Thursday.
U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford on Saturday called on Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and the Clark County sheriff to take action to move militia members out of Bunkerville after hearing more complaints from residents about the armed supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy.
Members of Cliven Bundy’s family and their supporters gathered at Las Vegas police headquarters Friday to file police reports against federal agents and others involved in last month’s failed cattle roundup. About two dozen people filed reports alleging crimes ranging from assault and threats with a deadly weapon to impersonating a police officer.
Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy is continuing his feud against the Bureau of Land Management for last month’s roundup of his cattle on public land on the Gold Butte range, saying he will file a criminal complaint Friday morning with the Metropolitan Police Department based on the federal agency’s actions.
Bones found at an old Gold Butte grave site that was disturbed recently are in the hands of the Clark County coroner’s office.