Ranchers need to strike while the iron is hot

“But do not be angry, my lord, that I make merry in this way; very often I have heard a truth told in jest.” — Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, 1390   AUSTIN — In late April in an old Methodist Church, ranchers and public officials huddled to … [Read more...]

Editorial: Sage grouse bill garners support

If the federal land agencies insist on requiring special protections for sage grouse in Nevada and across the West, they should bear the brunt of the cost and not the state and local governments and private landowners, says Rep. Mark Amodei, who … [Read more...]

Point of View

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The Tomera family of Lander County is battling with the Bureau of Land Management over the closure of one of their grazing alloments. Above they are standing in the green grass along Lewis Creek above their ranch. From left is Paul, Lynn, Dan and Pete Tomera.

By Rex Steninger Former owner and editor of the Elko Daily Free Press Several Lander County ranching families are scrambling to survive after what they describe as the Battle Mountain Bureau of Land Management’s decision to close the Argenta … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

To the EDITOR: Thank you, thank you, thank you. We would personally like to thank the Robinson Nevada Mining Company for the Honor Flight Trip to Washington D.C. From the flight to the buses, hotels, food and the sight at the memorial will … [Read more...]

It is not just a ranch, it is home and family

By Thomas Mitchell AUSTIN, Nev. — There was standing room only in the Austin Community Center —housed in the historic old Methodist Church perched on a hill above Main Street, a short stretch of U.S. Highway 50, proudly dubbed the Loneliest … [Read more...]

Editorial:States earn profit when taking over public land

The preliminary draft report from the Nevada Public Land Management Task Force goes quickly to the bottom line: It costs the federal government to manage public lands, while states earn a profit when they take over the land. The Bureau of Land … [Read more...]

Eureka rancher next on BLM arbitrary list

By Thomas Mitchell While Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy was grabbing national headlines with an armed confrontation with agents from the Bureau of Land Management, dozens of other ranchers across Nevada have been quietly wrestling with decisions … [Read more...]

Editorial: One U.S. senator’s ‘terrorist’ is another one’s ‘patriot’

Nevada’s U.S. senators appeared together on a Las Vegas television station a week ago and offered divergent opinions on the character and motives of the citizens who showed up at Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville ranch to exercise their First and Second … [Read more...]

Bundy wants ‘equity,’ BLM wants money

By Thomas Mitchell Officials of the Bureau of Land Management insist Bunkerville cattle rancher Cliven Bundy “owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million” in unpaid grazing fees for the past two decades. That was why they closed off … [Read more...]

Editorial: Tom Collins owed all Utahns an apology for insulting them

In a phone conversation with Piute County (Utah) Commissioner Darin Bushman about the possibility of Utah ranchers and ranch hands showing up in the Bunkerville area as a show of support for cattleman Cliven Bundy, whose cattle were being rounded up … [Read more...]

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