no so blind

March 3, 2017

Associated Press reports:

A Nevada rancher whose father led a decades-long fight with the U.S. government over grazing and property rights has been ordered to pay $587,000 and remove any livestock he has on federal lands by the end of the month.

Wayne N. Hage is the son of cattleman and longtime Sagebrush Rebellion figure Wayne Hage, who died in 2006.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas says he also has to show by mid-April that he has complied.

Hage tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal he doesn’t have livestock on the range in question.

He declined to say if he can pay the judgment fees and penalties.

The Hage family battle over property in Nye County preceded the fight involving federal agencies and rancher Cliven Bundy, and an armed standoff in April 2014 near Bunkerville.

Additional Information:  In 2013,  the Nevada U.S. District Judge Robert Clive Jones ruled that the Hages, because they had the right to use water from nearby streams, also had an easement — a right to bring their cattle across public lands, and let them graze, within a reasonable distance of the water, which he defined as a half mile. The judge dismissed all the trespassing claims except two, awarded the government $165.88 in damages, and ordered federal agencies to issue grazing permits to the family.  

This was overturned by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016 who wrote in their ruling that “An owner of water rights — like all other persons — may graze cattle on federal lands only if he or she has obtained a grazing permit or other grazing authorization.  Water rights are irrelevant to that basic requirement.”

Comments

  1. I think this judge should pay this, the Rancher did nothing wrong, the BLM should be abolished. The BLM is the entire problem just by there very existence.

  2. The BLM is an UNELECTED, UNACCOUNTABLE corrupt agency that lusts for power and control over what is not theirs. It needs to be abolished. There is no mention in the U.S. Constitution that the U.S. government is to own or control any land beyond the borders of Washington D.C. In other words, the BLM is an UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ROGUE agency acting on its own lustful desires.

    The judges that support the BLMs fiascos are oath breakers and traitors to the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. citizenry that pays for their VERY COMFORTABLE lifestyles. They need to be removed from office asap before they can harm any one else with their b.s. rulings.

    Trump can’t drain all the swamps by himself. The American people must help him by recalling, impeaching, and removing all traitors to the U.S. Constitution. It’s time to clean house, folks. The filthy stench in government is oppressive and needs to be cleaned up!!!

  3. Eliminate the BLM, evict their representatives from all public lands, along with all USFWS *agents*. Scum of the earth.

    1. Yes evict all of them out of the state, they are actually foreign corporations with no authority to do anything in the states. The Sheriff’s have the authority to do this, The Governor should command this and order all the foreign agents out of the state or arrest them for there unlawful activity. They are actual foreign invaders and/or mercenaries. The so called federal courts do have have dejure/real jurisdiction to do what they are doing.

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