Bunkerville and Bundy – the real story about the fight and timeline

Mark Levin last night gave a superb explanation and history of the Bundy and Bunkerville showdown.  For anyone who really wants to understand, do take the time to listen to his explanation of how there is more than one kind of BLM land, and it was the re-classification of this land that started this mess.

In short, Levin calls it an abuse of power and believes the BLM should stop referring to the land as a conservation area and allow Bundy’s cattle to continue grazing on the land just as it has for the last 100 years or so.

He cites the Washington Post as doing a “pretty good outline” of giving the history.

Excerpts from the Washington Post, go over to the link for the full thing:

Everything you need to know about the long fight between 

1989: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the desert tortoise as an endangered species. A year later, its designation was changed to “threatened.”

March 1993: The Washington Post publishes a story about the federal government’s efforts to protect the desert tortoise in Nevada. Near Las Vegas, the Bureau of Land Management designated hundreds of thousands of acres of federal land for strict conservation efforts.

“Among the conservation measures required,” according to the Post’s coverage, “are the elimination of livestock grazing and strict limits on off-road vehicle use in the protected tortoise habitat. Two weeks ago, the managers of the plan completed the task of purchasing grazing privileges from cattle ranchers who formerly used BLM land.”

Many people were not impressed by the new conservation plan. “Cliven Bundy, whose family homesteaded his ranch in 1877 and who accuses the government of a ‘land grab,’ are digging in for a fight and say they will not willingly sell their grazing privileges to create another preserve.” People who use the desert to prospect for minerals and to race motorcycles and jeeps also feel shortchanged. “‘It was shoved down our throat,’ said Mark Trinko, who represents off-road vehicle users on the committee that oversees the plan.”

April 1995: The fight between the Bureau of Land Management and the ranchers who want to use the federal land without fees or oversight is growing more tense, according to a story published in USA Today.

The reason that things were ramping up? Counties were starting to challenge federal ownership of land. In 1991, Catron County in New Mexico passed an ordinance that claimed state ownership and local management of public land in the state. Thirty five counties followed suit. Nye County, Nevada, became the first to act on its legislated threat. The county commissioner bulldozed his way down a closed national forest road. Forest rangers soon followed, who the county commissioner threatened to arrest if they interfered.

At this point, Cliven Bundy had racked up $31,000 in fees for grazing on federal land without a permit. Helicopters often hover over his herd, counting up the cows so he can be fined appropriately. “They’ve taken their authority and abused it,” Bundy said. “I’m not being regulated to death anymore.”

March 18, 1996: The federal government, which owns 87 percent of the land in Nevada,  is still worried about potential violence if they try to remove illegally grazing cattle from protected land. Two more pipebombs had exploded in Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offices in the past two years. The Justice Department has 12 lawsuits pending against Nevada cattle ranchers. A federal court in the state struck down the Nye County ordinance that caused trouble the year before. Not that ranchers took that as reason to stand down, however. One local resident told USA Today,”A single district court decision in one district doesn’t settle it. It’s just a single day in the year of a revolutionary war. We’re going to continue on with the fight.” Bundy is also continuing to graze on federal lands. “I’m still saying the state of Nevada owns that land, and the federal government has been an encroacher. I’m not moving my cattle. We have … rights.”


20 Responses to “Bunkerville and Bundy – the real story about the fight and timeline”

  1. Bundy Clan charges dismissed, citing “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct” by FBI, prosecutors | BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! Says:

    […] Bunkerville and Bundy – the real story about the fight and timeline   April 16, 2014 — bunkerville (The timeline at the post. Here are comments by Mark Levin. Chilling indeed. […]


  2. Phil Johnson Says:

    The missing piece in Levin’s summation was the BLM responsibility to maintain the land (fences, water access, etc). They had essentially ceased accomplishing these tasks. My neighbors fight that almost weekly (fence repairs). Dealing with the ponds is also a frequent task. In my mind, this is (was) a breach of contract. The fees go to ‘paying’ for that maintenance of the land. They (the BLM) wasn’t doing their part, so Bundy ceased paying for nothing.


  3. Steve Dennis Says:

    Great timeline, thanks for sharing it!


  4. the unit Says:

    “Loud booms heard throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties this morning may be the result of military training in Santa Rosa County.” @Pensacola News Journal.
    My house shook like a mini earthquake.
    MOAB test at Eglin 50 miles away again? Not since ’06. Getting ready for Bundy? Certainly not Iran.


    • bunkerville Says:

      Our dictator is getting restless.


      • the unit Says:

        Two more at 1:56 and 2:00 although weaker.
        Reminds me of my morning constitutional, rumblings powerful at first then recedes later if I do my business with the state (of nature). Momma tried and I learnt. Too bad O’s momma momma failed.


  5. zip Says:

    Interesting timeline Bunker, good digging. Greed will use everything and anything to get what it wants, but it’s desire is insatiable. The ‘abusive’ FedGov. heads need to be cleaned out. Brings to mind the Native Indian Reservations – today called Containment Camps. Since ‘they’ built them, they can live in them! and we’ll (sane, normal Americans) take the underground facilities w/ all the provisions (paid for by the people, for the people). Time for Reid to ‘be over.’


  6. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    The federal government wants to control everything, Bunker. And, at the rate things are going, some day they will.


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    Reblogged this on Nevada State Personnel Watch.


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