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Widow of slain Oregon standoff leader carries on his mission

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, cattle, CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs, LaVoy Finicum, Over-regulations, RALLY, Ranch life


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Ammon Bundy Explains National Monuments 1-2-17

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs, Ranch life

Published on Jan 2, 2017


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 Ammon called Gavin Seim to speak from jail about the new national monuments that government is arbitrarily creating under the pretense of protecting our lands. So Gavin went live to talk about it.

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Joint discussion to be held for county farmers and ranchers 11-18-16

Agriculture, Property rights, Ranch life, Siskiyou County, Water rights

Hello All,

After several responses, it looks like the afternoon of November 18th will work best for most folks. The meeting will be held on November 18th at 3:00 pm at the County Administrative Office located at 1312 Fairlane, Yreka, CA 96097.  An agenda will be provided at the meeting, but the following topics will be discussed:

  • The importance of getting Siskiyou water users together, what our goals should be, and who else should be included

  • Current actions/issues concerning agriculture in Siskiyou County and the Shasta, Scott and Klamath Rivers

  • Upcoming meetings, events and/or actions that Siskiyou water users should be aware of

  • Getting the message out regarding all the activities and projects performed by Siskiyou water users to improve irrigation, river and stream systems, and fisheries habitat

  • The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

  • How this group should develop and move forward (how to ensure water and agriculture security in Siskiyou County)

If you have any questions, please contact me. Also, if you think there are other people who would be interested in attending this meeting, or should be involved, please feel free let me know.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Nielsen

Natural Resources Policy Specialist

County of Siskiyou

1312 Fairlane

Yreka, CA 96097

(530) 842-8012

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UTAH: Old West showdown? Freeway cattle drive pits Utah ranchers against state

Agriculture, cattle, Ranch life


By Amy Joi O’Donoghue   |

Posted Jun 29th, 2016 @ 9:59pm

MORGAN — Longstanding and bitter disputes between government and ranchers in the West are becoming increasingly normal, pitting grazers against “bureaucrats” who they say are acting to drive them out of business.

The ranchers’ combatants in high-profile cases that boiled over in recent years in Nevada and Oregon are federal agencies.

In pastoral Morgan County, a ranching family’s enemy is not some Washington, D.C., controlled agency, but the state of Utah.

The Charles Pentz family intends to trail their 90 head of cattle east on about an 8-mile section of I-84 from Morgan to the Devils Slide area at Croydon early Thursday — a cattle-moving tradition they say they have engaged in each year, twice a year, since at least 1951.

Their attorney, Aaron Bergman, said the state recently put up a concrete barrier over the cattle guard at an on-ramp to prevent access to the interstate and block the trailing.

Steve Pentz, Charles Pentz’s son and executor of the estate, added the state has threatened and harassed the family over the years to get them to stop the trailing, which moves mother cows and their calves to summer grazing on land at a higher elevation.

“We are going to take them up there in the morning and trail them up the freeway,” he said Wednesday. “I guess we will see what happens. That is the only thing we can do.”

In the past, when the ranchers moved their cattle over the Utah Department of Transportation’s objections, Bergman said state troopers showed up anyway to provide traffic control for the three-hour event.

No one is quite sure what will ultimately unfold Thursday, but Steve Pentz said he’s had troopers show up at his home in the past, threatening to arrest him if the cattle drive is carried out.

“I asked them on what charges, and they told me they could just do it,” he said.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said he’s unaware of any incidents involving Pentz and troopers, but said his agency will provide traffic control for the safety of motorists and the ranchers. Typically, one lane on the eastbound interstate is kept open.

This year’s trailing of cattle has threatened to become more confrontational, in Bergman’s view, because of a lawsuit the Charles Pentz Estate filed in April suing the Utah Department of Transportation.

“(The Utah Attorney General’s Office) indicated to me pretty emphatically that UDOT will not remove the barriers and that basically the estate is on its own, which we take as a very spiteful move because these barriers were never in place until the litigation was filed,” Bergman said. “It is an inappropriate and vindictive move on the part of the state.”

With a rain shower passing through, Lane Pentz and his family drive their cattle up the road in Morgan to a temporary pasture Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (Photo: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

UDOT spokesman John Gleason said he could not comment on the allegations raised against the state and its dealings with the Pentz family due to the pending litigation.

“Our primary concern is for the safety of the traveling public, and for those operating the cattle drive,” he said.

Stormy history

The Pentz family has been in negotiations with the transportation agency for years over moving their cattle on the interstate.

Seven years before I-84 was constructed, Charles Pentz trailed cattle on Highway 30 until it was torn up and paved over to make room for the widened transportation corridor in 1958.

Bergman said the Pentz family was adamant over maintaining access.

“There were meetings back in the ’70s when this became an issue,” he said.

By 2005, the state decided it lacked any legal obligation to allow the cattle trailing to continue, but two years later, the Department of Commerce’s Office of Property Rights Ombudsman declared in an advisory opinion that Utah was required under a 1998 state law to provide an alternative route.

CattleAdvance Amy Joi O’Donoghue Freeway cattle drive (Photo: Heather Tuttle)

The Utah Attorney General’s Office, arguing before the district court that the lawsuit should be dismissed, stressing that the advisory opinion does not carry the weight of law and is therefore inadmissible.

A few years later, transportation officials and the Pentz family were negotiating transporting the cattle by truck instead of moving them up the canyon the traditional way.

According to Bergman’s lawsuit, UDOT agreed to pay the transportation costs for the cattle, but then balked after asserting the costs were too high. Another year, the agency said it would find its own trucking company to move the cattle at its expense, but haulers never showed up, the suit asserts.

Bergman said disputes over costs continued into 2013, when the department embarked on a feasibility study to assess how much it would cost to build an 8.5-mile trail as an alternative route between Stoddard Ranch and Lost Creek Ranch.

The Pentz family, in fact, prefers to trail the cattle rather than truck them, especially given the stress on the calves.

“It is a lot quicker and easier if we trail them rather than truck them,” Steve Pentz said. “When we truck them, it is an all-day operation into the night, compared to three or four hours.”

The costs of an alternative route, according to the suit, came out to be $77,000 per mile.

The Pentz family drives their cattle up the road in Morgan on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (Photo: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

The state, however, is arguing before a district court judge in Morgan County that it is not required to build such a trail. Attorneys insist the 1998 law is discretionary, not mandatory, and it has no obligation to provide access to I-84 because it is now a restricted access highway that — as an example — the state has declared off limits to off-highway vehicles and pedestrians.

But the Pentz family maintains the law is clear about the state’s obligations. The law says when state highways with heavy traffic are regularly used for the movement of livestock, the transportation agency and the involved county or city governments “shall construct and maintain” livestock trails.

“The way we look at it is they built the freeway over our stock trail,” Pentz said.

The state has fired back with multiple legal arguments, including statute of limitations having run out, assertions that the suit was filed wrongly to exclude Morgan city and Morgan County, and claims denouncing the estate’s ability to bring an action.

As the wrangling has gone back and forth over the years, the trailing of the cattle always seems to continue in a tradition the family says they want to pass on to the next generation.

“It’s a sad situation they are in,” Bergman said. “It is sad that the state and UDOT have not simply owned up and done what the Legislature demanded they do. Instead they are repeatedly trying to weasel out of it.”

Contributing: Andrew Adams


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Wolf kills 2 livestock in Jackson County

Ranch life, Wolves

PNP comment: The wolves are here. Their numbers grow much faster than any government agency is willing to  reduce, so the wolf populations and packs will just keep growing. Very sad situation. People are upset over an alligator killing a 2 year old boy in Florida. Wolves will also kill people and children are the most likely potential victims. Stop the madness and allow a healthy management of wolf numbers. — Editor Liz Bowen

A wolf has killed a sheep and at least one goat in the Grizzly Peak area outside Ashland — marking the first time the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a wolf kill in Jackson County since reintroduced wolves spread to Southern Oregon.

After investigating incidents on two properties a half mile away from each other, ODFW confirmed one goat was killed by a wolf and a second goat on the property was likely injured by a wolf on the night of June 9. A third goat was probably killed by a wolf on the night of June 10, but vultures had picked over the carcass and reduced it to bones.

ODFW confirmed a sheep was killed by a wolf between the evening of June 11 and the morning of June 12.

“These are the first confirmed wolf kills in Jackson County,” said Mark Vargas, district wildlife biologist for the ODFW Rogue Watershed District. “There may have been others we couldn’t confirm. We hope it doesn’t happen again, but it will likely happen again in the future. As wolf populations continue to grow, there will be more and more conflict between wolves and livestock. We knew it was going to happen, and it has happened. With conserving a species comes risk of conflict, especially with large predators.”

The wandering wolf OR33 is believed to be responsible for the Jackson County kills. Originally from northeast Oregon, the male wolf has traveled through 13 counties. The wolf attacked and injured a cow in Klamath County in February, an ODFW investigation at that time concluded.

On June 10, a goat owner in the Grizzly Peak area reported hearing a commotion by a livestock guard dog early in the morning. Later in the day, the goat owner was outside checking the goat herd and reported seeing an animal that looked like a large black wolf leaving the field. The other goat owner also saw the animal through a window, according to an ODFW investigative report.

The goat owner who was outside found a goat carcass with vultures around it at the bottom of a field. An ODFW examination of the dead goat found extensive damage to its leg, shoulder and neck.

“There was deep tissue damage to the throat area near the jaw,” the report said. “The trachea was extensively crushed/torn. There was also damage to the cervical vertebrae.”

The report concluded the damage and attack locations on the goat’s body were consistent with a wolf attack.

Additionally, OR33 radio collar data from June 11 showed he was less than a mile away from both the goat and sheep kill sites.

ODFW also found extensive rear leg, throat, shoulder, back and neck damage consistent with wolf-caused trauma on the sheep that was killed some time between the evening of June 11 and the morning of June 12, when the sheep’s owner found it dead. The sheep also had bite marks on its neck.

“We understand this is an important issue. The loss of livestock is a significant hardship,” said Jodie Delavan, a fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Delavan said USFW and ODFW will work with local livestock owners on preventative measures to try and get OR33 to avoid livestock areas.

Although wolf populations have rebounded in eastern Oregon, wolves in western Oregon remain protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.


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Rancher on horseback lassoes would-be bike bandit in Walmart parking lot

Agriculture, cattle, Enjoy, Ranch life


An attempted bicycle theft in a Walmart parking lot was foiled by a cattle rancher on horseback, who chased the thief down and lassoed him until the local police in southern Oregon could arrive.

The bicycle was stolen from a bike rack outside a Walmart in Eagle Point, a town about 170 miles south of Eugene, Oregon, at around 10amon Friday morning. The woman who owned the bike and several others gave chase on foot but were unable to catch him.

Then a rancher named Robert Borba brought his horse out of its trailer, mounted up and chased the thief down, according to Chris Adams, an officer with the Eagle Point police who responded to the 911 call about the theft.

“When we arrived, there was a large crowd standing around a younger gentleman who was on the ground, the rope around his ankle, hanging on to a tree,” Adams said. Victorino Arellano-Sanchez was arrested and charged with theft, the police said.

“I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” Borba told the Medford Mail-Tribune. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.” He added: “I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living. If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”

Not a lot is known about Borba because he is new in town, Adams said, but “it appears he will be a good fit. Eagle Point is a small city, and people watch out for each other. That’s exactly what he did.”



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DFG to Siskiyou Supervisors on 1602 Permit

Dept. Fish & Game, Property rights, Ranch life, Siskiyou County

Action Alert

See Board of Supervisor’s Agenda for Tuesday.

Our farmers and ranchers need our support.  Please plan to attend.  Water is property.  This is about property rights.



Discussion, direction and possible action re letter of support for SB 1396 – support for Inner Coast Range Conservancy.


Presentation and discussion regarding the Lake and Streambed Alteration Program, California Fish & Game Code Section 1602.



Presentation of the Sheriff’s Office marijuana and major drug update.

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Federal takeover to achieve removal of agricultural crop production

Agriculture, Constitution, Dams other than Klamath, Federal gov & land grabs, Hypocrisy, Ranch life, Tribes

Federal Takeover of State Authority, Property Rights & Citizen Civil Rights

To Achieve Removal of Crop Production in Western States

Here is the Big Picture of a collection of federal programs cramming down right now on individual landowners in Western States, and specifically, Western Montana:

  1. All Western Watershed Management Plans for the great rivers (Missouri, Mississippi, Columbia, etc.) have transitioned their primary purpose from agriculture and economic development to “tribal sovereign cultural resources, ESA, etc.). Irrigation is now at the bottom of the list for use of major river waters.

  1. Capturing state waters using tribal governments as pawns. (See CSKT Compact, Klamath Dams, etc.).

  1. BIA-owned/controlled power and energy entities. Now requires ALL customers of BIA-owned/controlled power or energy entities to provide extensive and intrusive personal information (i.e. social security numbers, EIN numbers, # of acres owned, annual water/power use, number of persons in households, household incomes, etc. (See March 31, 2016 Federal Register).

  1. Indian Energy Program as “Indian Economic development” to transfer public utilities (dams, energy plants) from public utilities to tribal sovereign assets. (Billions of dollars and huge federal facilitation for tribes to take over major pockets of our nation’s power grid.

  1. Obama’s new federal “Drought Resilience” Program, with complete capability of pinning down individual landowners. (See Federal Register, Presidential Proclamation, March 21, 2016).

  1. The CSKT Compact on the Flathead Reservation and directly impacting 11 Western Montana counties. Approved by Montana Legislature, April 11, 2015.

  1. Transfer of Kerr Dam to CSKT, September 5, 2015. Now all water rates (wholesale and retail) are controlled by the feds/tribe with NO caps, and NO review by Montana Public Services Commission.

  1. Mission Valley Power Company. Owned by BIA, operated by CSKT. Now wholesale and retail electric rates have NO caps, and NO review by Montana Public Services Commission.

It would be impossible for our friends and neighbor landowners here on the Flathead Indian Reservation to be completely aware of all of these forces and processes bearing directly down on their own individual lands, intended to take out crop production here and across the Western States.  The ultimate goal is to take out landowners, property rights, and replace State authority with federal/tribal jurisdiction in wide swaths. But it IS happening right NOW, and has been quietly developed by multiple agencies for a couple of decades.  Failure of landowners to act makes it a certainty. In Western Montana, crop production IS our economy.


And NO government will help. All governments are intentionally adversarial to the landowner. We ONLY have the federal court.

The GOOD News:  All of the above constitutes a whole volume of federal violations of the U.S. Constitution, Montana State Constitution, Tribal Constitution, egregious violations of the federal Administrative Procedures Act (APA) such as due process, discrimination, – actually this whole collusion of federal agencies constitutes a Racketeering (RICO) violation, violates the Sherman Antitrust Act, which applies to the Federal Government, and countless other laws and regulations.

The irony is that the black/white printed law is on OUR side since all these agencies have intentionally gone rogue and no longer follow their own regulations or any laws.  Court is our only hope, but court will be clumsy and tedious at first, moving through the lower courts (most filled with Obama appointees), then up to the Appellate Court where help should come (even from the unpredictable 9th Circuit).and on up to the Supreme Court.

Contact:  Elaine Willman, Author of Going to Pieces…and Slumbering Thunder

Email:  toppin@aol.com                Phone: 509-949-8055

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Country music legend Merle Haggard dies on his birthday

Ranch life

April 6, 2016

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article70293367.html#storylink=cpy

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Ranchers pack Jordan Valley gym to oppose monument plan

Agriculture, CA & OR, cattle, Constitution, CORRUPTION, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs, Oregon governments, Ranch life

04.04 / 20:50


About 300 ranchers and other local residents packed the Jordan Valley high school gymnasium April 3 to sound off on a proposal to designate 2.5 million acres of Malheur County as a national monument.

JORDAN VALLEY, Ore. — Ranchers and others who would be in the middle of a proposed 2.5 million-acre national monument strongly opposed the idea April 3 during a town hall meeting. People who oppose the proposal should speak up and make sure their voices are heard, said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., who hosted the meeting, which attracted about 300 people, most of them ranchers.When someone asked what locals could do to make a difference, Walden said, “Education, education, education. Because people just don’t get it and we’re outnumbered. Your involvement matters and it makes a difference.”The Bend-based environmental group Oregon Natural Desert Association, backed by the Keen Footwear company of Portland, has proposed the establishment of the Owyhee Canyonlands national monument and wilderness area on 2.5 million acres of Bureau of Land Management land in Malheur County.The Obama administration, which could establish the canyonlands area by presidential proclamation, has given no sign what it will do.Though proponents say traditional land uses would be allowed under the proposal, opponents believe having more than 40 percent of the county’s land designated as a national monument would restrict grazing and access to these lands and harm the local economy.When people who support the proposal say the Owyhee Canyonlands is one of the most extraordinary places on earth, “I say, it’s that way because of how it’s being managed today,” Walden said. “It’s that way because of the way you’re taking care of it.”He encouraged local residents to repeat that point.“We need to show them what good stewardship looks like and move the public debate because we have a good story to tell,” he said. “It’s critical to show them the good work being done today on the range.”

Jordan Valley is in the middle of the proposed monument area.“It would have a huge impact on this area,” local rancher Bob Skinner, former president of the Oregon Cattle Association, told Capital Press. “These people are really scared.”

The April 3 meeting is among several town hall meetings being held to help inform people of the proposal and allow them to weigh in, Skinner said. “We’re trying to make a statement every time we meet,” he said. “We think it’s going to have an impact … because politicians listen to numbers.”Walden sai…

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