“We’re Done Having Them Stomp-Trample Us Into The Ground.”
The people of Utah have had it with the Bureau of Land Management and their heavy-handed tactics. They want their land back and they want the feds out.
Sheriff Marty Gleave has been in office for nearly 25 years and has seen things go from bad to worse with the ‘land police’. According to rightwingnews, he presides over the second smallest county in Utah… Piute County. They have about 2,000 citizens living there, but the BLM controls 74% of the land. The Sheriff has always worked with the feds… they have been there when he needed them on federal cases. But they don’t need or want them there. Gleave referred to the feds, particularly the Forest Service and BLM, as “mismanagement” of their pretended authority saying the have no legal right to do what they keep doing.
Cattle Step On Fish? They’re Crazy!
The federal government keeps exercising authority not given to it through agencies like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM’s agents, like the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) agents, are not elected by the people, and yet have the authority to indirectly create new laws in the form of regulations. They also have the full backing of the United States Government to carry out their work.
According to the uschronicle.com:
Utah Sheriff Marty Gleave has had enough of the federal government exercising authorities and rights not given to it through agencies like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM’s agents, like the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) agents, are not elected by the people, and yet have the authority to indirectly create new laws in the form of regulations. They also have the full backing of the United States Government to carry out their work.
Gleave refers to the BLM as “The Land Police,” saying “they have been getting progressively worse as time goes by.”
In an almost ten minute statement given to the Rural Caucus of the Utah State legislature, Gleave pointed out some of the problems that he was seeing from the BLM. He pointed to the federal agents coming into Piute County, and bothering the citizens by asking for permits and registrations, as well as writing misdemeanor tickets. This is a duty that he says has always belonged to local authorities, and one that his sheriff’s department is more than capable of handling.”
He then describes an incident his uncle experienced while deer hunting:
“We have a federal BLM ranger, come to my uncle’s camp, and he was out cooking his dinner, and he stopped him, and made him quit cooking his dinner, and made him go get the registrations for the 4 wheelers that were parked in his camp.”
Sheriff Gleave also pointed out that the BLM has been making things worse in their attempts to ‘fix’ the problems that they find. For example, the BLM found a protected fish species in a local river, and decided to ban cattle from getting water from that river to prevent any fish from getting stepped on.
To enforce the measure, the sheriff explained, the BLM decided to block off a section with physical barriers. What ended up happening was that the physical barriers caused the river to dry up, all of the fish died, and the cattle have lost one of their sources of water.
The Utah Sheriff explained that he was tired of the abuse from the federal government, but that he was not in favor of a militia coming in to assist him.”
“I’m not really a big fan of the militia showing up in my county, and I’m not going to allow that to happen, because I’ve got a militia. It’s that bunch right back there, that’s got the cowboy hats on, and every man, woman, and child in my county.”