BLM to pursue effort to end dispute with rancher

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Updated: 4/14/2014 12:16 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A day after blinking in a showdown on the range, federal land managers pledged to pursue efforts to resolve a conflict with a southern Nevada rancher who has refused to pay grazing fees for 20 years.

Bureau of Land Management spokesman Craig Leff said Sunday that the agency would continue to try to resolve the matter involving rancher Cliven Bundy "administratively and judicially."

He declined to comment on possible options.

On Saturday, the bureau released about 400 head of cattle it had seized from Bundy back to the range only hours after announcing a premature halt to the court-authorized roundup due to safety concerns.

The cattle were freed after hundreds of states' rights protesters, some of them armed, showed up at corrals outside Mesquite to demand the animals' release.

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Speed - 4/14/2014 7:59 PM
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He HAS been paying his grazing fees to the County,as per their ORIGINAL agreement. The BLM asserted that THEY would be collecting the fees,and he declined,since he wasn't consulted on the change. The BLM says their deal supersedes the one he made with the County years ago. I don't think so unless both parties of the original agreement sign off on it. This is all secondary though;the Feds have an ulterior motive. (Or several,depending on who you talk to.) Bottom line,This confrontation is over,but this is just the beginning of the manure-storm that's pending.

oldguy - 4/14/2014 11:13 AM
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This story is full of lies. The rancher has not refused to pay grazing fees. BLM wants him off the land and returned his fees when he tried to pay them. He then tried to pay the state and the county and was refused. Get the story straight.

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