Pickens’ wild horses murdered while wild horse enemy Salazar given special appointment by Hillary

What the heck is going on? Why do America’s wild horses have such bitter enemies? Is it really about the land? Or perhaps it’s about water rights.

One of the country’s top journalists, George Knapp, who has been investigating the wild horse and burro issue in Nevada for years, turned in a story that reports in part:

Caslon Quote Left BlackLAS VEGAS (August 17, 2016) — A reward of $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons who caused the deaths of a dozen or more horses in Nevada.

The mustangs were on a private reserve in Elko County created to save wild horses from going to slaughter.

The owner of the property calls it an act of terrorism, and in light of what was done, it clearly was no accident. The images are graphic.

The dead horses were discovered over the weekend on a 12,000 acre parcel, part of a much larger ranch owned by philanthropist Madeleine Pickens south of Wells, Nevada.

One of the dead animals was a Pickens favorite, a small brown mare she named Scarlet. In one of the images, Pickens is kneeling with Scarlet’s carcass.

Also dead, at least 11 other mustangs that had previously been saved from the slaughterhouse by Pickens. Dozens of other horses are missing.

Sometime in the last week or so, unknown persons vandalized several gates on the large enclosed preserve. Fences were cut, and worst of all, all of the water pumps were disabled, meaning the mustangs had no water for days. Most died of thirst in the summer heat. The I-Team spoke to Mrs. Pickens by phone Wednesday afternoon.

“No question, this was not an accident. This wasn’t just one well that went dry or something in the solar panel didn’t work. Everything was shut off, cut off, fences were cut and rolled back. They wanted all the horses to escape. They shut off the water holes so they couldn’t drink,” Pickens said.

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In a different setting altogether we learned this today:

Caslon Quote Left BlackTwo big issues dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) and fracking. She had a long history of supporting both.

Under fire from Bernie Sanders, she came out against the TPP and took a more critical position on fracking. But critics wondered if this was a sincere conversion or simply campaign rhetoric.

Now, in two of the most significant personnel moves she will ever make, she has signaled a lack of sincerity.

She chose as her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine, who voted to authorize fast-track powers for the TPP and praised the agreement just two days before he was chosen.

And now she has named former Colorado Democratic Senator and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to be the chair of her presidential transition team — the group tasked with helping set up the new administration should she win in November. That includes identifying, selecting, and vetting candidates for over 4,000 presidential appointments.

As a senator, Salazar was widely considered a reliable friend to the oil, gas, ranching and mining industries. As interior secretary, he opened the Arctic Ocean for oil drilling, and oversaw the botched response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Since returning to the private sector, he has been an ardent supporter of the TPP, while pushing back against curbs on fracking.

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In case you wonder why I am so disgusted that Clinton would appoint the evil Salazar it is because of his constant interference and anti-wild horse activities.

If that’s not enough for you, how about this?

It is Salazar’s ranch hand Tom Davis who made money selling hundreds of America’s federally protected Mustangs to slaughter. Many more wild horses are also unaccounted for from the Salazar era. Davis was never arrested or prosecuted though he admittedly committed this crime — a federal crime to boot. I think there is little doubt where the others ended up.

All of this took place under Obama’s nose who never expressed a moment’s concern though he was inundated in the early years of his Presidency by wild horse and burro advocates to help. Even the most devout among them eventually gave up and pursued other means. In the meantime, Obama did not help but instead supported the loathsome, hot headed Salazar.

The Nevada quarter features three wild horses roaming freely. Three is about all that may be left if the BLM have its way.
The Nevada quarter features three wild horses roaming freely. Three is about all that may be left if the BLM have its way.

I am loyal to neither the Democratic nor the Republican party because both let the United States and its citizens down on a regular basis in often egregious ways. No wonder the Millenials are heard to say they have “no hope”. I am an old timer (comparatively speaking) and I am right there with them.

America is in bad, bad trouble. So are America’s Mustangs. Tragic. They could just leave them alone. But no, that’s too easy. And not in cruel Nevada. Or this morally decaying country. Who is going to turn it around? Not the current suspects for President that’s for sure.

Wild mares held by the BLM in Palomino Valley in extreme heat with no shade. YouTube image.

Little horse sense in public funding debate of mustang eco-sanctuary study

Wild Horses Nevada. Andy Barron / AP Photo.
Wild Horses Nevada. Andy Barron / AP Photo.

DYLAN WOOLF HARRIS, reporting for the Elko Daily Press writes concerning the next step for Madeleine Pickens’ proposed eco-sanctuary in NE Nevada. Some of the statements made by the people he includes in his article seem to lack basic horse sense, and you wonder where these people come from.

Harris starts his article, “Public funds to pay for horse eco-sanctuary” with:

ELKO — From the onset, certain locals have opposed the idea of a wild horse eco-sanctuary as a tool for managing the range. Objections were raised recently over federal dollars paying for the project’s scoping.

The Northeast Nevada Wild Horse Eco-Sanctuary is to be located about 25 miles south of Wells on more than 500,000 acres of public land and about 14,000 acres of private land. It will be federally owned but privately run.

The eco-sanctuary is in its early stages and still at least one and a half years and many steps down the road.

A year and a half. Let’s see. That would be 2014. It has been so long since Pickens started out on this adventure I cannot remember when she began, but it has been years already. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have used one delaying tactic after another, although they deny it. Simple protocol the BLM says. Perhaps.

It seems that the main issue at this stage is who should pay for the study necessary for the eco-sanctuary to be approved.

Most recently, the Bureau of Land Management hired a contractor — Environmental Management and Planning Solutions Inc. — to guide the development of an environmental impact statement, which will require the company to scope the project, collect and analyze data, and draft the document.

Ralph Sacrison, chairman of the Elko County Natural Resources and Management Advisory Committee, asked Elko District BLM Associate District Manager Dave Overcast at a meeting earlier this month why taxpayers were on the hook for EIS costs. A mining company for instance, he argued, involved with a project on public land would be responsible for funding a similar study.

Sacrison suggested Save America’s Mustangs — the group that will manage the eco-sanctuary and brainchild of Madeleine Pickens — pay the contractor.

“How come, suddenly, when someone wants to study mustangs I (a taxpayer) have to foot the bill?” Sacrison said.

There is more to-ing and fro-ing, but look at this out of the mouth of a local politician:

Committee member and former state assemblyman John Carpenter, who facetiously asked Overcast if those conducting the study were cowboys, doubted EMPSi had any on-the-ground knowledge of wild horses gained through ranching and being around horses.

“I don’t believe any of these people know anything about managing horses. They’ve never lived with wild horses like I have,” he said. “You cannot manage them. Pretty soon they get so mean and they get so smart that you cannot manage them.”

To do so, he said, many large fences would need to be constructed and even then, a permanent concentration of horses could dramatically alter the range.

“These horses are going to kill that country,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter has lived among them and still does not see the truth before his very eyes that cattle who outnumber mustangs 50-1 destroy rangeland, not the horses, and that wild equines actually replenish the land. My stars. Isn’t there anyone sensible who can advise these people so they do not make utter fools of themselves?

Carpenter did make himself a bit useful when he questioned the credentials of the EMSPSi and how much the BLM are paying them.

Look at this round robin of bureaucratic failing.

Yet to be released is the amount the BLM is paying EMPSi. At the advisory board meeting, Carpenter asked how much the contract for the environmental impact statement cost. Overcast said he didn’t have that information with him.

Dobis passed a request made by the Free Press for the contract amount on to contract specialist Susan Corbeil. Corbeil passed the same request on to the BLM State office Public Affairs Specialist Chris Rose.

Rose said he needed to get the information from the project manager and contract specialist — Dobis and Corbeil.

Insert nauseousness here.

So the taxpayer is conceivably being stiffed again by the BLM to mismanage even the simplest task, to set up an eco-sanctuary for wild horses, on lands that are theirs to roam freely to start with (although a small portion has been sold to Pickens for good effect).

What is tragically ridiculous is that wild horses need no management. The lands need no management. They are governed by nature who does a perfect job, and costs mankind nothing. It is when mankind want to exploit these areas for their own gain it all becomes unbalanced. Once they have raped and pillaged, they leave behind a mess they do not know how or care to repair.

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Hearings set re: Pickens’ plan for wild horse eco-sanctuary

Madeleine Pickens and wild horses. Google image.
Madeleine Pickens and wild horses. Google image.

ELKO, Nev. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans a series of open houses in northern Nevada in the coming weeks to field public comment about proposals to create a wild horse eco-sanctuary in Elko County.

Madeleine Pickens, the wife of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens and founder of the group Saving America’s Mustangs, wants to operate a sanctuary about 25 miles southeast of Wells to help protect wild horses.

All three BLM meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. They will be at the Wells City Hall on Aug. 29; Hyatt Place near Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Aug. 30; and at the Elko Convention Center on Sept. 4.

Source: http://www.elkodaily.com/

Elko commissioner opposes Pickens’ wild horse sanctuary

Nevada Quarter features Wild Horses
If destructive thinking continues like the sort by the Elko Commissioner, the only wild horses in Nevada will be the ones on the back of this Quarter.

This type of thinking makes me shake my head in wonderment.

How does it hurt the U.S. economy for range destroying cattle to push range restoring wild horses off public lands? Thousands of federally protected wild horses and burros have lost their homes, family bands and freedom to benefit thousands of head of cattle that are an insignificant part of the beef industry. Now all one woman wants to do is establish a sanctuary for them to redress this error.

The Associated Press reports:

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — An Elko County commissioner says a proposed eco-sanctuary for hundreds of wild horses in northeast Nevada will damage the range and could put some ranchers out of business.

Demar Dahl says backers of the project “have a big hurdle to cross” to prove the concentration of as many as 900 horses won’t cause harm to public rangeland in violation of U.S. environmental regulations.

He told the Elko Daily Free Press it makes no sense to him to take viable cattle ranches important to the economy and turn them into taxpayer-supported horse reserves.

Madeleine Pickens and her non-profit group Saving America’s Mustangs want to establish the eco-sanctuary across nearly 100 square miles east of Elko and south of U.S. Interstate 80 — from the Ruby Valley to near the Utah line.

Boo, hiss!

Source: http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/148540095.html