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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

Source: BLM,

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Ryan Bundy released pre-trial, prays before Tuesday’s court

November 14, 2017 — Cliven Bundy’s son Ryan Bundy, one of the four men on trial in Las Vegas, was released yesterday to a halfway house after serving over a year and a half in prison awaiting trial. Cliven Bundy and Ammon Bundy and Ryan Payne remain in prison

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Ryan Bundy released to halfway house for duration of trial

November 14, 2017 — Late Monday evening, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro agreed to place Ryan Bundy, who is representing himself in court, on GPS monitoring and release him from jail to a halfway house. Last week the judge denied the initial request to allow Ryan, his father Cliven

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False start for Bundy trial

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 Monday. Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne, a Montana army veteran and

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

November 3, 2017 — Jurors selection is complete and the trial for Cliven Bundy, his son Ammon Bundy, Ryan Payne and others is set to being 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 26, 2017 — Two Idaho men involved in the Bundy "standoff" near Bunkerville, Nevada, April 12, 2014, have agreed to a plea deal that assures them that the will serve no more prison time. The two pled guilty to obstructing a court order, a misdemeanor. According to Eric

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BLM invites public to comment on Sage-grouse conservation plans, furthering state collaboration

October 5, 2017 — WASHINGTON – Given a finding by the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada that the Bureau of Land Management's designation of Sagebrush Focal Areas in its 2015 greater sage-grouse plan amendment for Nevada was illegal, the Bureau today offered the public an opportunity

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Idaho lawmakers to Sessions: Drop it already

September 15, 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 being charged in association with the April 2014 "Bundy standoff,

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Two fully acquitted, two partly acquitted from Bundy standoff

August 24, 2017 — Two of the four men on trial for their participation in the Bundy "standoff" on Aug. 12, 2014, were fully acquitted Aug. 22, and the other two were acquitted of some charges. Steven Stewart of Idaho and Ricky Lovelien of Montana, were acquitted and released

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Four Bundy standoff participants released – some acquitted, others partly acquitted

August 22, 2017 — Update: Eric Parker and Scott Drexler were released on recognizance but will be re-tried by the federal prosecutor beginning on Sept. 25., according to Montana attorney Roger Roots who was present for the judge's hearing Aug. 23, the day after the verdict was announced. This

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Jury deliberating Bundy protester retrial

August 17, 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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The right thing: District Court Judge Navarro denies defense ability to mention first, second amendment

August 11, 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 BLM employees and the

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Jury selection begins in Bundy-related trial

July 13, 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’s Garrett family leaves the land better than they found it

July 6, 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 and family perfectly fit the bill by making constant improvements to the grasslands and water systems a high priority, and their

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Alphabet soup for public lands grazing: Just who are the PLC and RAO?

April 20, 2017 — Ranchers have been running on federal land since before federal land existed. Having representation to voice their concerns to the federal government is extremely important. Two groups who go to bat on issues regarding public grazing are the Public Land Council and the Range Allotment

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Wild horses under BLM management are between a rock and a hard place

January 6, 2017 — The Bureau of Land Management currently has more than 45,000 wild horses and burros in government holding pens, costing taxpayers nearly $50 million annually. In Nevada, there are 35,000 wild horses and burros on BLM public lands, approximately three times the Appropriate Management Level (APL)

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Monumental mayhem: Ranchers worry Bears Ears, Gold Butte monuments will harm economy

January 6, 2017 — Sandy and Gail Johnson aren't giving up hope. Sandy says he's not giving up his grazing land – private or public – either. While their entire ranch – deeded pasture, state land as well as grazing allotments on Bureau of Land Management and the U.S.

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Bundy Ranch responds to Gold Butte National Monument Designation

December 28, 2016 — “We, the Bundy family, would like to say to President Obama that we are saddened, but not surprised, by the your decision to make our ranch and home a national monument. If any of this were really about protecting the land, you would come here,

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President Obama designates 2 national monuments

December 28, 2016 — Dec. 28, 2016 – Today, I am designating two new national monuments in the desert landscapes of southeastern Utah and southern Nevada to protect some of our country's most important cultural treasures, including abundant rock art, archeological sites, and lands considered sacred by Native American

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Finicum family fighting BLM for grazing rights after death of LaVoy Finicum in Oregon standoff

December 23, 2016 — Her husband will never return to trail the cows to winter range again, but Jeanette Finicum is determined that she will get the job done, eventually. Although she's provided a check to fully cover fines assessed over the last year, the Arizona rancher continues to

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Range Allotment Owners Association says grazers partial owners in federal lands

November 18, 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. | A new organization called the Range Allotment Owners Association seeks to educate grazers of federal

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