Wayne Hage, who inherited the fight with the federal government from his father who died in 2006, said he will appeal the fine and the order that prevents him from grazing livestock on U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management property, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
The government contends that Hage’s grazing activities amounted to trespassing on federal land and grazing without a permit, but Hage says his family has priority stock watering rights on the land that should be honored.
Hage said that the order is “a bellweather that they don’t want private property rights” in Nevada. “The federal government is going after all kinds of property, not just our property rights,” Hage told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “They are extinguishing them as fast as they can.”
Federal agencies control around 85 percent of land in Nevada, and more than 60 percent of land in Utah and Idaho.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas ordered Hage to comply with the order by mid-April. Hage said he currently doesn’t have any cattle on the disputed land. The $587,000 fine includes back-fees from grazing from November, 2004, to June, 2011, plus penalties for nonpayment.
“Many ranchers have a problem with the BLM and [U.S. Forest Service],” Hage said told federal lawmakers in 2013 hearing. “They have conducted themselves in a criminal manner and destroyed many ranchers. I personally have been at the receiving end of this criminal conduct.”
I am sure this mess is going to be dealt with
does statute of limitations ring a bell
frist tell them that they better go read the constititon it says the government cant own any land over 34 acres and if they want to put a military base in a state they have to get permission from that states governer
Just wondering how often the government does ask the governor of the state? I never knew they were suppose to do that. Now my curiosity is going to get me in trouble.
Is this coming down from the previous administration? I would hate to think President Trump would allow/advocate this injustice.
IT should be the GOVERNMENT who should RE-EMBURSE The RANCHERS for KILLING THEIR CATTLE, Confiscating many HERDS of Cattle, VIOLATING the LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ot the RANCHERS and MANY OTHER VIOLATIONS Of GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHO HAVE ACTED AS LAWLESS "MARAUDERS" who had roamed the WILD WEST over a Century ago.
It might be an interesting aside to note that Nevada Senator, Harry Reid's Uncle,, years ago,was "Hung" by State Officials for Rustling Cattle. Senator Reid just might be GUILTY of "GRABBING LAND" he in not entitled to !!! HMMMMM??????
I'm all in on the hanging him.!!!
Wonder how many Congressmen have personally benefitted from stealing that land from the people under the guise of Federal Land? If it's Fed land, the people should have access to it and so should the cattle-it's wide open pasture land. The government under Bush and OWEbama has gone stark raving mad!
When citizens of The United States stand up for our rights we are called criminals when illegals stand up for our rights they are called hero's
I hope Trump gives these jokers a taste of true justice and Constitutional awareness. In the first place the government is not allowed to own land except as permitted by the founding documents. In the second place the federal land they are talking about belongs to "We the People". I notice "We the People" aren't even asked about the way BLM and the others are treating our fellow citizens who have been feeding us for decades!
If not the first, Theodore Roosevelt was the most noteworthy Republican In Name Only (RINO). He managed to get the congress to trash the constitutional mandates and allow him to take property from states for such things as “Yellowstone National Park” among others. The constitution limits governmental ownership of state property to ten square miles, max. and that must be purchased from the states with legislator approval. Roosevelt claimed to be a Republican, but a Progressive one. Congress passed “The Antiquities Act of 1906” at his urging, which was written simply to grant the President, power and authority he did not have, to do things he was not supposed to do. Later, after falling out of grace with the Republican Party, he set up his own “Bull Moose” party.
Today, the federal government claims more than 40% of nine western states, and much more. These properties should be returned to the states where they are located, along with the natural resources they contain. The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) should not exist. The BLM budget was $88 Billion dollars in 2014 with 374,000 jobs provided. That equates to spending $235,000 - per year - per employee. The BLM controlled lands include about 260 million acres (406,250 sq. miles). Other governmental agencies have their own land claims.
A number of presidents have followed his lead and taken land from states for the federal government benefit using this act as justification. President Bill Clinton unconstitutionally set aside 1.7 million acres. I understand Barack Obama took nearly that much in his last month in office alone. A few presidents have refrained from using it. These land grabs are far beyond what the constitution allows. The U.S. Constitution is the controlling document that tells the government what it can and cannot do. We the people approved it. All was well, until legislators wrote laws that grant themselves more power and authority to serve bigger government.
Another example of taking power they did not have to do things they were not supposed to do, is Obamacare. If the government can force the public to purchase health insurance for their benefit, they could force us to buy life insurance with them as the beneficiary. That way, when we die, they could recover our $150k (+) of individual national debt that they created. Why not? They seem to have gotten away with it in the Affordable Care Act.
This taking of public property for government use is not far different from the Oklahoma state government that wrote “Trust” statutes in the Oklahoma constitution that allows state, city, and county elected officials to claim ownership of all public property for government use. Before, they were only tasked to operate and maintain the public property for the public’s use. These cases should not be allowed as legislators wrote bad laws that were conceived OF the government, implemented BY the government, and FOR the governments benefit. The public lost everything they had, to Socialism, and most don’t even know it.