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Stewards of the Land: Ranchers, Livestock and Federal Land

Bundy standoff, Hammond fire case, occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and other stories related to ranchers, livestock and government control of public land.

Editor’s Note 11/7/2017: The trial for the Bundy Standoff began at the end of October 2017. Follow along with live updates from the courthouse here: Bundy Trial: LIVE Updates

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Sources: Las Vegas Review Journal; Washington Post; Wikipedia

Map of Federally Owned Land

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Bundy opening statements delayed after motion for surveillance video to be presented as evidence

November 7, 2017 — The jury has been selected and while trial was scheduled to begin today for the "tier 1" Bundy standoff defendants, opening statements have been delayed until next Tuesday. Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne, a Montana army veteran and

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Bundy Trial: LIVE Updates

November 7, 2017 — Standing trial is Cliven Bundy, 71, his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who also led last year’s Oregon occupation, and a fourth defendant, Ryan Payne, a Montana resident linked by prosecutors to a militia group called Operation Mutual Aid.A would-be fifth trial defendant, internet blogger and radio host Peter Santilli, pleaded guilty on Oct. 6 to conspiracy and faces a possible six-year prison term.

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Trial for Cliven and Ammon Bundy, Ryan Payne and others to begin Nov. 7

November 6, 2017 — Jurors selection is complete and the trial for Cliven Bundy, his son Ammon Bundy, Ryan Payne and others is set to begin Nov. 7. The men are charged with conspiracy, assaulting a federal officer, extortion and more for the leading a group of protesters or

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Bundy standoff participants take plea deal

October 31, 2017 — Two Idaho men involved in the Bundy "standoff" near Bunkerville, Nev., April 12, 2014, have agreed to a plea deal that assures them that they will serve no more prison time. The two pled guilty to obstructing a court order, a misdemeanor. According to Eric

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Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen may be next BLM leader

October 13, 2017 — While the White House has yet to confirm, it appears that Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen will be the next leader of the Bureau of Land Management. Budd-Falen, who with her husband, Frank Falen, owns a Cheyenne-based law firm, is University of Wyoming educated and a

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Idaho lawmakers want charges dropped aginst Idaho men in Bundy standoff

September 18, 2017 — Republican Idaho representative Dorothy Moon and more than one-third of the other legislators in her state sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, encouraging him to drop the charges against two Idaho men charged in association with the April 2014 Bundy standoff, to

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Setting the stage with county land use plans

September 18, 2017 — While communities within or near federal lands often feel helpless about how the land is managed, they don't have to. They have the right to be included in the planning and execution of the management of that land, particularly as it affects their neighborhood and

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Bundy standoff participants released, some acquitted, others partly acquitted

August 23, 2017 — All four of the men on retrial for their roles in the Bundy Ranch "standoff" on April 12, 2014, were released on Aug. 22. Two of the men, Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart, were acquitted of all 10 charges, while two of the men were

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Jury deliberating Bundy protester retrial

August 21, 2017 — The four men on trial for their role in the Bundy standoff, Eric Parker, Steven Stewart, Scott Drexel and Ricky Lovelien now await the jury's decision. The defense — consisting of those four men — were essentially only allowed one witness while the prosecution –

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Bundy family supporters being retried on conspiracy and other acts against federal government

August 14, 2017 — A Nevada judge declared that neither the first amendment nor the second amendment will be mentioned in her courtroom during her current trial. After an April mistrial, four individuals who were involved in the April 12, 2014, Bundy Ranch "standoff" between Bureau of Land Management

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Jury selection begins in the second case against Bundy family supporters

July 14, 2017 — Federal prosecutors will move forward with their second try at locking up individuals who came to the defense of the Bundy family when the BLM gathered their cattle and threatened to sell them in 2014. Jury selection started Monday, July 10, for the case that

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Wyoming ranchers use, improve grasslands and water systems

July 10, 2017 — Ranchers are often a steward of the land, creating a stronger ecosystem for their own livestock as well as wildlife. Pete and Ethel Garrett, along with their family, perfectly fit the bill by making constant improvements to the grasslands and water systems a high priority,

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Know the Rules, Know Your Rights – Permittees Helping Permittees

May 12, 2017 — Colorado Public Lands Council, Colorado Wool Growers and Colorado Cattlemen's Association have fielded a significantly higher level of inquiries about federal lands grazing rights in the past couple of months due to misleading or misinformed sources of information coming online. As was stated at the

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Bennet, western democratic senators urge feds to lift sudden suspension of public land advisory groups

May 11, 2017 — WASHINGTON, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet today joined a group of western Democratic senators to urge the Department of the Interior to lift its sudden suspension of long-standing committees and advisory boards that provide essential local community input on public land management. "It

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Executive Order gives ranchers hope that governmental land-grabs will be reversed

May 9, 2017 — The signing of a recent executive order by the president is giving ranchers hope that the administration is taking steps to reverse what some consider governmental land-grabs throughout history. The Executive Order for a Review of Designation under the Antiquities Act of the Department of

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It’s ranchers vs. the BLM in grazing allotment squeeze

March 23, 2017 — Garfield County, Colo., ranchers are fighting a proposed Bureau of Land Management order that would cut a cattle grazing allotment on federal lands in half. They say it would kill their family businesses. Jack Farris, a rancher near Parachute, approached the Garfield County commissioners March

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New group says grazers partial owners in federal lands in Colorado

December 7, 2016 — Lorene Bonds, a southwestern Colorado rancher whose home place sits about 60 miles from the four corners wasn't ready to give up grazing rights passed down from her great-grandfather. After visiting with Dr. Angus McIntosh about a year ago, her determination to defend her grazing

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Potential monument designation makes waves in Arizona

May 20, 2016 — Ranchers, landowners and government officials in Arizona are kicking up the dust over the possible designation of an expansive piece of land currently used for grazing as a national monument. Last month, Arizona's governor, local governments, state game and fish commission chairman, state land department

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Amanda Radke: Consider the impact on ag when making political decisions

April 5, 2016 — For the 22nd time during his nearly eight years in office, President Obama has taken advantage of the Antiquities Act of 1906, locking up millions of acres of land in the western states. Obama's designations total 265 million acres, and his most recent designation of

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One killed in Oregon occupation after more than three weeks of stalemate

January 31, 2016 — One of the anti-government protesters at the wildlife preserve near Burns, Ore., was killed Tuesday night by officers, according to the Associated Press. Eight others, including leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested during a traffic stop. The Oregonian reported that Robert "LaVoy Finicum, an Arizona rancher,

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