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All Invited To “Racist” Bundy Ranch Party

Posted on 26 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Advocate Special Correspondent Chris Miller from Mesquite is a self described  a land sales guy in Nevada specializing in farms, ranches, water rights, range leases, for 37 years.  Miller spent the week leading up to the standoff out at the Bundy Family Ranch. He was there in that wash under the I-15 bridge.  	“I can tell you they were aiming there rifles at us. They did not look like any BLM range guys I have ever worked with, and I looked them eye to eye. I work with range managers around the State on a regular basis. These guys were wearing body armor, helmets, and carrying AR rifles.” Miller wrote. “I don't know who they were or what agency they came from, but my guess is not BLM! It was the most unsettling experience of my life. Regardless I will stand on my principles and stand with my neighbors, but this is bigger than just that, this is about America and it's future. 	I was never armed, and I not in any militia.”

Advocate Special Correspondent Chris Miller from Mesquite is a self described a land sales guy in Nevada specializing in farms, ranches, water rights, range leases, for 37 years.
Miller spent the week leading up to the standoff out at the Bundy Family Ranch. He was there in that wash under the I-15 bridge.
“I can tell you they were aiming there rifles at us. They did not look like any BLM range guys I have ever worked with, and I looked them eye to eye. I work with range managers around the State on a regular basis. These guys were wearing body armor, helmets, and carrying AR rifles.” Miller wrote. “I don’t know who they were or what agency they came from, but my guess is not BLM! It was the most unsettling experience of my life. Regardless I will stand on my principles and stand with my neighbors, but this is bigger than just that, this is about America and it’s future.
I was never armed, and I not in any militia.”

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The party was great, best burgers in Nevada Bundy Beef!  There were people of every race, color ,creed, and many states, literally all over the country, from New Hampshire, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, New Mexico just to name a few. People came and went throughout the evening, as the band played Cliven and Carol Bundy danced, then they traded and both danced with a bunch of the grandkids, kids were playing in the river. It was a big party, my guess is a few hundred people from around the country.

 

 

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Bundy No Racist, But A Good Man

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

 

Advocate Special Correspondent Chris Miller from Mesquite is a self described  a land sales guy in Nevada specializing in farms, ranches, water rights, range leases, for 37 years.  Miller spent the week leading up to the standoff out at the Bundy Family Ranch. He was there in that wash under the I-15 bridge.  “I can tell you they were aiming there rifles at us. They did not look like any BLM range guys I have ever worked with, and I looked them eye to eye. I work with range managers around the State on a regular basis. These guys were wearing body armor, helmets, and carrying AR rifles.” Miller wrote. “I don't know who they were or what agency they came from, but my guess is not BLM! It was the most unsettling experience of my life. Regardless I will stand on my principles and stand with my neighbors, but this is bigger than just that, this is about America and it's future. I was never armed, and I not in any militia.”

Advocate Special Correspondent Chris Miller from Mesquite is a self described a land sales guy in Nevada specializing in farms, ranches, water rights, range leases, for 37 years.
Miller spent the week leading up to the standoff out at the Bundy Family Ranch. He was there in that wash under the I-15 bridge.
“I can tell you they were aiming there rifles at us. They did not look like any BLM range guys I have ever worked with, and I looked them eye to eye. I work with range managers around the State on a regular basis. These guys were wearing body armor, helmets, and carrying AR rifles.” Miller wrote. “I don’t know who they were or what agency they came from, but my guess is not BLM! It was the most unsettling experience of my life. Regardless I will stand on my principles and stand with my neighbors, but this is bigger than just that, this is about America and it’s future.
I was never armed, and I not in any militia.

Too Quick to condemn 

We have become familiar with the Bundy Family over the past couple of weeks. Mr. Bundy does not have a PC dictionary, he does not know the term negro is offensive, he is a product of his upbringing and the times back then.

He was trying to say that living on a farm with your extended family all working together helping each other, being productive, even under the duress, abuse, and deplorable circumstances of slavery, at least they were family units. Their families may have, in some ways been better off in truly meaningful ways like solid family values, and learning solid work ethic from their fathers. They worked, prayed and lived as family units, and that is missing in many inner cites today.

It could be argued that our current system of government dependency is holding down a whole segment of our society, a form of enslaving millions of Americans, its generational, and not exclusive to black Americans, rather all races are affected by this issue. This issue of government dependency is rotting the fabric of our American society and values, Mr. Bundy referenced a couple of the nasty symptoms. He in no way intended to offend or degrade anyone. Because it is a generational dependency, these family values seem to have been lost by many. We believe Mr. Bundy thinks that is a shame. 

We should all work to help restore family values, and solid work ethic.  I think what he was trying to say is exactly right and it has nothing to do with race. 

You had to know the media in their divide and conquer approach, would get around to trapping Mr. Bundy into a racist picture, they try to turn every issue into nasty race related disputes. Making Americans mad at Americans.

The issues at the Bundy Ranch have nothing to do with immigration or race, the issues revolve around basic fundamental rights of ALL Americans.

Mr. Bundy is not well equipped to deal with public speaking or the media and I do not believe he has a racist bone in his body. He is a good man.

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The Bundy’s are trying to stay in the cattle business, to preserve their way of life on the same lands their family ancestors have run cattle on for generations. 

Let’s say, your business produces 10,000 of your product per month. You go to renew your business license (BLM grazing permit renewal in Bundy’s case) and they say pay your fees and by the way, you can only produce 1000 per month of your product (suspended AUMs in Bundy’s case) with this new license, reason given, some politically correct (PC) excuse. You know this will bankrupt you, so you refuse to pay fees for a permit that restricts your business so severely. You know it is going to ruin your families way of life as well as your livelihood. Would you meekly close your business, tell your whole family and employees, sorry we have no means to make a living? Walk away, without a fight, after generations have worked to build what you are now a steward of for the future family generations? 

Well, not Mr. Cliven Bundy and his wife Carol, they were not having any of that approach. So they are fighting back the best way they know how.  

The current national cattle herd size is as low as it as been since the 1950s. This and drought are why grocery store beef prices are rising. These facts correlate with this story and this is why it affects everyone who eats beef. 

“Over time there has been a gradual decrease in the amount of grazing that takes place on BLM-managed land, and that trend continues today,” the BLM reports. “Grazing use on public lands has declined from 18.2 million AUMs in 1954 to 7.9 million AUMs in 2013. These numbers (10.3 Million less cows) have literally forced cattle ranching families out of business, bankrupting many. 

They (BLM, Forest Service, Park Service working in harmony) have many excuses (tortoises, sage grouse, fly catcher, spotted owl, wild horses, etc) to eliminate grazing on our public lands. Phony, politically driven agendas by environmental groups, justifications to get the cows off the public lands, hiding behind sustainability and green energy agendas.

The Bundy’s own at least eleven Vested Water Rights to Spring and Surface Water for Stockwatering, only two lay within section 14 on his 160 deeded acres. The balance of these Stockwatering Rights are located out on the public range land, but Bundy owns the water rights and this is normal and common. Vested Water Rights are the strongest form of ownership you can own in the State of Nevada. The BLM generally requires two things from lessees, a deeded base property, and water rights to care for the livestock. Bundy has them both, all properly filed and recorded in the public records. 

Yet the Bundy’s have been arrested, beaten, tazed, their women thrown down, threatened and intimidated, their cattle stolen and killed. Their personal property has been destroyed, corrals ripped apart, water tanks and lines turn out. The land was damaged severely by the BLM trucks. During the BLM cattle roundup, they showed no respect for environmental impact, they ran over and crushed tortoise dens, plants, and everything else out there with literally no regard. These Western desert landscapes heal very slowly. The Bundy’s have been called criminals, freeloaders, domestic terrorists, basically radical nuts by The Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. They have endured snipers on the hills above them with high powered rifles aimed at them, including their children.

Constitutionally both State and Federal, it appears the laws are against the Bundy’s, but the laws were against Dr. King and the others standing up for Civil Rights. 

Jim Crow laws were real and they were law, but we stood up and we changed them. Those standing against segregation found themselves on the wrong side of the law, like Mr. Bundy and his family. Did they call civil rights protesters Domestic Terrorists, a very, very serious allegation given 911 and the Patriot Act. The Bundy’s believe it is time to fix wrong laws, they are asking America to stand up, to stand with them and support this effort, just as Dr. Martin Luther King did in the sixties against wrong laws. As everyone knows that was a tough fight, Dr. King was assassinated over it. But in the end the laws were changed.

Harry Reid is correct about one thing, this is not over.  The protesters were given corrals to stand in with posted signs “First Amendment Area“. We were told we would be arrested if we assembled outside these areas. Americans have had more than enough of this out of control government, corruption, and lies. We will not stand for the people we employ to point weapons at us, threatening or intimidating us. We don’t allow our children to lie to us, why would we allow our President to lie to us and get away with it? There is not a smidgen of alright in the many lies and we have had it. The election this fall shall bear the fruit of National unrest and distrust. We will not live in fear of our government. We will not give up our rights. We will not stand down either. We will go about this in a civil and legal manner, just as we did during these protests. We will take our country back using the system provided to us by our founding documents.  We hereby give notice, this is not over by any means.  It is our Constitutional and personal responsibility. 

Can you see how and why this is bigger than the Bundy Family? 

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Domestic Terrorist Now Cool

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Senator Harry Reid’s description of defenders of the Bundy ranch as “domestic terrorists” has created a backlash and perhaps to the Senator’s chagrin has turned the phrase cool.

“If we get approval from the Bundy family we are going to sell ‘domestic terrorist’ car magnates,” said Nevada Assemblyman John Ellison. “ And send the profits to the Bundy family to help them.”

Last week over 200 armed BLM agents stopped their effort to round up some 1,000 head of Bundy cattle at the family ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada after facing hundreds of Bundy supporters many of whom were also armed.

The BLM’s retreat was a first for any federal agency and raised the morale of the morale many in the anti-federal government movement especially in the West.

Even the Southern Poverty Law Center which in the last two decades has become the primary privately funded antagonist to the ‘patriot or militia’ movement admits that the numbers of various groups has grown almost exponentially in response to victory at Bunkerville.

According to some estimates some 50,000 new members have signed up for various militias or similar organizations in the last week alone.

wrecfraudThe retreat and the victory celebration first prompted Senator Reid description of the groups as domestic terrorist shortly after the BLM rangers withdrew. A few days later in a debate with fellow Senator Dean Heller, Reid repeated the phrase on television. For his part Heller called the protesters patriots.

“I thought it was completely uncalled for,” Ellison added. “The people out there were by no stretch of the imagination terrorists. In fact they were exercising their rights to protest.”

If the was a hero in the Bundy Ranch standoff it was Ellison who when most other Nevada political leaders were heading as far away from the range war as possible, Ellison charged in and just may have prevented the standoff from exploding.

 “Everybody was saying that it wasn’t in their jurisdiction.” Ellison said in an interview with the High Desert Advocate. “That was the biggest load of BS I ever heard. There were 100’s of federal agents and 100’s of protesters all on Nevada land all armed and it wasn’t in our jurisdiction to make sure people stayed safe? Come on.”

 The assemblyman made it his business to get Clark County and Las Vegas Metro officers to the scene despite the reluctance of their administrations.

 “I don’t really have an opinion on the Bundy case, except to say as a rancher I know the difficulties of dealing with the BLM,” he continued. “What I was a afraid of with all those guns around both from the federal agents and with some of the protesters was that a shooting war would start by accident. I think the presence of local deputies and officers put a cushion between both sides.”

 The deputies and Ellison’s presence at several stand offs may have been a factor that kept passion cool and could have also factored into the BLM’s decision to retreat from the fray and return the cattle back to Bundy.

 “I really don’t think this is over by a long shot,” Ellison observed. “The BLM got embarrassed and they could be back.”

 However Ellison’s public and prolific support of Nevadans may have spurred his more cautious colleagues to take note and perhaps stand up and be counted should the need arise again.

 “We were elected to defend the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Nevada,” he added. “That is our jurisdiction.”

Lightning-halfpageEllison and later other elected Nevada officials support of the Bundy’s underline just how different the current protest against the federal government is than the militia movement of the 1990’s.

Then the movement was virtually co-opted by virulently anti-Semitic white supremacist groups such as the Aryan Nations and the Order who preached armed rebellion against the United States or by religious cults such as the one founded by David Koresh in Waco, Texas.

In addition to preaching rebellion some of those groups actually practiced it and earned the attention of law enforcement.

The tragedies of Ruby Ridge and Waco coupled with Timothy McVeigh’s bombing in Oklahoma City first cast a cloud over the militia movement and prompted more law enforcement actions.

In a rather strange irony those actions cleansed the movement of its racist and anarchists elements that no amount of self policing ever accomplished.

Say what one will about Cliven Bundy and his supporters they are not Nazi’s or belong to any weird doomsday cult. They are however Americans who have a legitimate argument with the federal government.

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WHS Principal Calls It Quits

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

Jason Saari

Jason Saari

After two tumultuous years and a 200 mile commute to his family in Grantsville Wendover High School Principal Jason Saari is calling it quits.

“It is purely a personal decision,” Saari said Wednesday. “I have three teenagers at home and they need their dad more than just on weekends.”

Saari was appointed to the position in 2011 and instead of uprooting his family from their home he rented an apartment in Wendover.

Saari’s tenure in Wendover was far from peaceful. As principal he was the point man for the Tooele County School District new policy of not providing subsidized housing to the staff at WHS and sell off the units the district owns in the Utah/Nevada border town.

Facing a loss of pay and benefits that may add up into the thousands of dollars a year some Wendover, Utah High School teachers threatened some sort of work stoppage at the beginning of this school year.

The apartments are rented to teachers, Saari explained at a subsidized rate.

“A one bedroom apartment goes for something like $265 a month and a three bedroom goes for something like $350,” Saari said.

Built about 30 years ago the faculty apartments and their subsidized rents were along with isolation pay one of the major perks for Tooele teachers coming to Wendover. With current rents on the open market starting at around $450 for a one bedroom and $750 for a three bedroom the hit to WHS teachers could be at least $2,000 a year and possibly over $4,000 a year.

wrecfraudIn addition to the loss of cheap housing WHS teacher could face a loss of hours as a federal grant runs out this year.

“The grant pays for an extra hour a day,” Saari said. “That adds up to quite a lot in a school year and it very well might not be renewed next year.”

While not unsympathetic to economic hit his teachers may take, Saari explained the Tooele District had no choice.

“All the apartment building need major renovations and maintenance that the district simply cannot no afford at this time.” He explained. “The school board made the decision that they were not in the housing business. Tooele County has still not recovered from the recession or from the closing of the army bases. Tax revenues are down and there has to be cost cutting.”

Saari was however instrumental in getting the district to double the amount of isolation pay to the WHS faculty and thanks to a very weak real estate market the apartment the district was so eager to unload still have not attracted a buyer.

“As long as there is no buyer the subsidized housing remains,” Saari added.

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Nugget Softball From Co-ed To Same Sex

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

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A victim of its own success the Wendover Nugget’s softball tournament format had to be altered so as not to compete with another run by the Recreation District.

“We were forced to change are tournament for May 31-June 1st being that the rec board is thinking we will compete with their June 7th coed tournament.  I did explain are situation to Gary Corona from the rec board that we had almost 30 register to play and that half of those teams where also planning to play in there tournament also but he did not believe me.  His concerns are that we give players discounted room special and that we raffle out prices something the rec can’t do but I offered them are room specials and are prices to help them also I even told him I will promote their tournaments on all are websites to try to make wendover a big softball destination but he doesn’t believe softball players will come just to play in a tournament back to back weekends.” Nugget Tournament Director Luciano Munoz wrote in an e-mail. “Me as a tournament director for the Wendover nugget I have to find ways to make this work but this is a bad situation since I had to refund all the teams their money in all its a $10,000 loss and built a bad reputation for us.”

wrecfraudWhen contacted Wednesday Recreation District Manager Sean Gregory did not deny Munoz’ assertions but added that the district had not been notified of the Nugget’s tournament until he saw the flier.

“The softball situation in Utah is very well regulated,” Gregory said. “Tournaments are planned months sometimes a year in advance. We don’t want to saturate the market is all. All we changed is that instead of a co-ed tournament where men and women play on the same team, the Nugget host a tournament for men’s teams and women’s teams.”

Lightning-halfpage “I figured the rec board would be with us and join us since are last tournament we had over 450 people to watch and play softball and these tournaments benefits the whole community from smith pizza hut to burger king as well as are gas station like pilot. So I’m trying to help are community as well it will benefit all these casinos since these softball players do still sleep and gamble.” Munoz added. “But I have built  a real good friendship with my other Salt lake tournament director Angelina Holguin who will help with this new format are next tournament will be a guys and girls tournament since the new rules where applied we cannot do any tournament of the same kind for 1 month from the parks tournaments so if they do a coed we can’t do a coed for 1 month before or after their tournament really? I believe its a bad idea but they make the rules and for now i will have to follow.  This will be a bad idea since the wendover nugget was going to plan tournaments every two weeks next year. The good thing that I think the softball community  will follow us in this change and will still come out since no one can offered the room special we do and also are free raffles. The other thing that should concern the Wendover residents is that the rec will raise their taxes but yet we are trying to bring something that helps bring income to the park but yet the rec board refuses to rent the park  out for fear of competition.”

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Letter to the Editor: Rec Question?

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

 

 

Here’s a question for West Wendover Rec bored we would really like to know what’s the difference, between the Men scorer league using the West Wendover Rec  scorer  field and the men softball league using the West Wendover Rec softball fields..Both field are controlled by west Wendover Rec bored…. Let me inform you of the difference, the mens softball league has to pay insurance to practice or have games on the softball field. But the Mens Soccer League does not have to pay insurance to hold practices or have games… So I ask you West Wendover Rec bored is this fair????. The men’s soccer league has had three major players accidents, this season, as for the mens softball league that has to pay insurance has had no accidents this season… So once again we ask West Wendover Rec bored, please enlighten us on why one league has to pay insurance and another league does not… We are all ears….

Concerned citizen

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Fire Fighters Cool Down Hot Truck

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

 

West Wendover fire fighters practiced car fire protocol Wednesday under the direction of fire Chief Jeff Knudtson. 	“The city had this two vehicles that were going to scrap,” Knudtson explained. “I figured why not give use them to teach the proper way on fighting a car fire?” 	The WWFD is composed of four employees and about 20 volunteers.

West Wendover fire fighters practiced car fire protocol Wednesday under the direction of fire Chief Jeff Knudtson.
“The city had this two vehicles that were going to scrap,” Knudtson explained. “I figured why not give use them to teach the proper way on fighting a car fire?”
The WWFD is composed of four employees and about 20 volunteers.

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Cap Cadets Build Great Wall

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

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The cadets from the Wendover Civil Air Patrol Squadron completed two community service projects during the past week.  On Saturday, cadets helped a local teacher build a retaining wall on his property.  Pictured is Cadet Technical Sergeant Ricardo De Jesus manning a shovel.  He was also the cadet supervisor of the project.  Other members of the group moved the concrete blocks, filled them with earth, and than helped back fill the completed wall.  On Wednesday, another teacher needed assistance moving from her apartment.  She asked the Squadron for help, the project was approved, and the removal of her personal belongings was accomplished.  The cadets will complete more than 400 hours of community service during 2014.  Every project must be approved by Squadron leaders but the cadets are very willing to assist when asked.

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Sometimes You Have To Fight To Be a Man

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

What happens on a playground can often be more important that what happens in the class room.

Boys and girls learn how to act around others.

How to share.

How to play fair.

And rarely but often necessarily when to fight.

We thought that applied to everyone until Barack Obama became president.

Either he never threw a punch on the playground or has forgotten that sometimes you have to take a swing even if you know you are going to get creamed.

For the past five year his response to a confrontation has been to speech-a-fy, then threaten and then just walk away and pretend the whole thing didn’t matter.

Well at first the speech-a-fying and the threatening did work a bit. But real early on people figured out that the line in the sand he drew with his toe would never be followed by a punch. Just more lines and more lines and more lines.

Not following through with threats may be a bit embarrassing for an every day Joe but for the leader of the most powerful country in the world it can be real dangerous.

Not personally for that leader mind, but for the people who are on that line in the sand.

Think Benghazi.

In fact think about every place in the world where Americans are in harm’s way and if one has a loved one there, they have our sympathy.

Time and time again it is apparent to our friends and our enemies that harming an American is a pretty safe thing to do now a days, the killing of Osama bin Laden not withstanding.

Just imagine what would have happened if that operation had gone belly up.

While we have many objections to our president’s foreign and domestic policies we have more of an objection to our president.

He is a Hamlet and what we need is a Macbeth.

And that brings us to Bunkerville.

Like Syria, Like the Crimea the administration made a big show of force in the first couple of days with armed ninja rangers out to bring a recalcitrant rancher to justice.

But then just like everywhere else in the world where people have challenged American words with actions of their own America retreated.

The justice of the cause is quite besides the point.

It is the retreat that will be remembered.

The President of the United States is not to be taken seriously.

Hard pill to swallow.

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Quintin Rice Computer Guy: What Antivirus Is The Right One?

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Over the past couple of months I have been looking at computers to see what I can do to resolve some of the computers problems.  One of the biggest problems I am running into when I look into why a computer is running slow, I find that a computer is running 2 to 4 different Antivirus programs at the same time doing the same thing.  This will cause even the best computer to run slow.  On Start up a computer will check all the program to see if they are infected the processor will bog down until it can read through the request.  So you only need one and it will depend on what you fill is right for you.

 

Now there are many programs out there you have Norton, McAfee, AVG, Avast. The list goes on and on.  Prices go anywhere from $15.00 to $20.00 a month depending on what you trust.  I am not the person to tell you how to spend the money.  My preference when I am using a Microsoft product like windows, I believe Microsoft Product would do the best to protect Microsoft’s Products.  It is in Microsoft’s best interest to protect its product.  My preference is a free Microsoft product called Microsoft Security Essentials, I mean why not it is Free and not only will it do everything that the others will do it is going to protect my computer just well as all the rest of the do.

 

I have worked on computers for the last 15 years I have used many of the Antivirus programs to protect my computer but no matter which antivirus protection I was using I was always finding viruses.   Even if I updated the antivirus program as soon as the new updates and patches where available I was still finding that not all the nasty viruses were blocked.  I decided that I was not willing to pay for something that was going to costing me money and time only to find that I still had a virus get through.  I found that even the best protection out there would let the virus in.  Being that I have run into the virus I have started to find where they are hiding, we are talking places that I would not have thought to look.  The sad thing is the people that create the virus are using your habits to infect you. 

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