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Opinion Northwest

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April 23, 2014 at 6:36 AM

A Nevada cattle rancher rustles up a Western land grab

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy received a strong show of support this past weekend from lawmakers and county commissioners from nine western states, including Washington, the Associated Press reported.

Nevada showdown. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean.

Nevada showdown.
(AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean)

Bundy is the fellow the Bureau of Land Management has determined to be an aggressive freeloader, who has used federal grazing land for decades without paying fees. A string of federal court findings reached the same conclusion.

Following what appears to be standard procedure, Bundy has made a virtue of his refusal to pay up. He chooses not to recognize the federal government, and he finds lots of support for that self-serving declaration. The BLM was caught up in, and backed down from, a nasty confrontation.

Over the weekend, the Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands met in Salt Lake City to discuss how lots of resource-rich federal land might be snatched from Washington, D.C.

It would be most helpful to know what the Washington delegates had to say. Please step forward, and make the case for Bundy and the, um, interesting land transfer.

Don’t be shy. Here is a link to a Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial from March that suggests Bundy clinks when he walks.

Comments | Topics: blm, bureau of land management, cattle rancher

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